Biting Cold

Instead of me writing a start to a story for my Sample Sunday post, I’m taking a different path today. I’m going to share some of my favorite lines from a recent read.

Not too long ago, I finished Biting Cold, book six in the Chicagoland Vampires series, by Chloe Neill. Merit and Ethan fans, please don’t kill me after you read my next sentence. While I enjoyed Biting Cold, it wasn’t everything I hoped for and more. I’ve been trying to figure out why I feel this way but haven’t come up with a reason yet.

I liked the beginning – it was fast-paced and action-filled. Most of my favorite lines are found in this part of the book. The second portion of the book – meh. Instead of Merit and Ethan celebrating his coming back from being dead, there was worry and distance. A happy reunion was nowhere to be found…until much later. The last part of the book rocked!!

The story telling in the book was amazing – with the two Seth Tates and the explanation behind fallen angels. I really like how Merit and Paige (and yes, Cadogan’s librarian) research and find answers. To me everything made sense, there were no surprises that she pulled out of thin air, and Seth/ Dominic was dealt with in the end – no, I’m not sharing the particulars of what happened!

I’m going to work backwards (sort of) on my favorite lines. Only one came from the latter part of the book. This one is from Malik to Merit (see pages 309-10):

“Not pressure to win,” he said. “Pressure to try. Pressure to push through pain and fear and to do the thing even if you don’t want to do it. He did not trust you with this task because you guarantee him a victory; he trusts you with this task because he believes you will give everything you have to the effort. It is the heart, Merit, not the sword, that rules the day. Remember that, and good luck.”

Wow! What a quote (not that I doubted Malik had that kind of wisdom)! Ethan and Merit shared some amusing conversations at the beginning of the book. I’m looking for the best one to share. Ok, this one is an example of why I liked the beginning so much (see pages 2-3). They are in Ethan’s Mercedes on the way to Nebraska:

Ethan chuckled. “And are you aware you keep looking over here like you’re nervous I’m going to disappear?”

“It’s because your devastatingly handsome.”

He grinned slyly. “I wasn’t questioning your good taste.”

Hee hee. Oh, no, Ethan doesn’t think too highly of himself or anything!! Ok, one more… At the beginning of Chapter 4 (pp. 40-41). Ethan has been sure to remind Merit several times over that he took a stake for her. I’ll pick up with Ethan talking:

“Really, the stake was only worth it for the points it got me. For saving your life twice,” he added, in case I hadn’t remembered that he’d made me a vampire and jumped in front of a stake to save me. As if either was something I could easily forget.

I rolled my eyes. “I’m giving you one week to use the stake against me, and then you’re done.”

He smiled smugly. “It won’t take me one week, Sentinel.”

I didn’t bother to ask what he was trying to accomplish.

“But for now there’s business at hand, and I prefer to have you undistracted when the time comes.”

His eyes flashed silver before falling back to emerald green again. A bolt of desire shot through my body, raising goose bumps on my arms and magic in the air.

Despite my hesitations with this book, the series is amazing, and I highly recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars

Biting Cold: Sneak Peak

Well, I’m supposed to be editing my suspense/ thriller short story, but I made the mistake of checking my email first. Lucky for me, though, it contained some good news. Although, my editing is going to be further delayed, at least it will be for a good reason – I need a taste of Merit and Ethan!!

Thank you, oh thank you Ms. Neill! She has generously posted the first chapter of Biting Cold, her next book in the Chicagoland Vampires series, on her website. http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=1753

Unfortunately, we still have to wait until August to get the full story on Merit, Ethan, and Mallory (among others, I’m sure!).

I’ll leave you with a tantalizing tidbit between Sentinel and Master:

Ethan chuckled. “And are you aware you keep looking over here like you’re nervous I’m going to disappear?”

“It’s because you’re devastatingly handsome.”

He grinned slyly. “I wasn’t questioning your good taste.”

Impatient for New Releases

I just finished reading Fair Game by Patricia Briggs. It is the third book in the Alpha and Omega series. I just love Charles and Anna. In this book, Anna has really come into her own. She shows she truly is a fitting mate to the Marrok’s son. It led me to wondering when some of my favorite series will have new reads released.

Starting with the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews…Gunmetal Magic is slated for July 31, 2012. This will be Andrea’s book. Gonna be good!! Kate #6 (as yet untitled) is expected in February 2013. Can’t wait for more sassy Kate and overbearing Curran.

The next book in the Mercy Thompson series isn’t scheduled until Spring 2013. We will have to wait way too long for Frost Burned. Darn it!! There aren’t any upcoming releases mentioned in the Alpha and Omega series.

Looks like Jeaniene Frost will be releasing a book that is a spin-off of the Night Huntress series. Once Burned will be the first book in the Night Prince series. It will be released on June 26, 2012. I’m psyched that hunky Vlad will be getting his own book. Yay!

Thank goodness – we don’t have too long to wait for Biting Cold. Book number six in the Chicagoland Vampires series is set to be released August 7, 2012. Woot woot! Can’t wait for more Merit and Ethan. Check out Chloe Neill’s site for a brief synopsis of the book: http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=801