Just not the same :( Dark Debt #review

September 21, 2016 Reviews 4

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Just not the same :( Dark Debt #reviewDark Debt by Chloe Neill
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #11
Published by Tantor Audio, NAL on March 3, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 395
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs....

The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last....

Like many readers of the Chicagoland Vampires series, there was a pivotal moment that made me lose a little bit of my love for the series. And no, it’s not book 4 that did it for me, but book 5. Here’s the thing though, I kept going and I’ve had many books since then that I really enjoyed. But something with Dark Debt just was not the same 🙁 I liked it, but the LOVE is lost.

What Worked:

  • The bad guys. The villain for Dark Debt finally has that Chicago mob feel that I expected when I picked up a series set in Chicago. And I really liked that. They also were fairly cleverly disguised – one in particular really surprised me.
  • Mallory and Catcher. I love the secondary characters for this series, often more than Merit and Ethan, and that was definitely true in Dark Debt. Mallory and Catcher stole the show and that wasn’t a bad thing 🙂
  • Shockingly… Morgan! There was a moment WAY BACK in book 2 maybe, that I thought I liked him. And then he’s been nothing but a disappointment, until Dark Debt. He actually acted like a master and what do you you know, I’m thinking I just might like him again!
  • The narration. Although it’s not amazing, it’s enjoyable. And I’ve grown accustomed to Sophie Eastlake’s narration – she is Merit, Ethan, Mallory, Catcher, etc. Personally, I can’t imagine not listening to the series and I think her narration is probably part of why I keep going even though I’m a little less in love with the series.

What Didn’t Work:

  • Merit and Ethan. *sigh* I’m over them. I know, how can you be over the heroine and hero of the story and still enjoy the book? The thing is, I’m not over them as individuals, just all the hype around their relationship. All this talk about (and this is semi-spoiler if you haven’t read the series…) how Ethan is going to propose and their going to have the first vampire baby. Yada yada. Tease tease. I’m just like – do it already or don’t. Because honestly, I’m not sure I care anymore. Had they not talked about it so damn much I might actually care. But when you KNOW without a doubt that something is coming, it makes the expectation pretty boring.
  • The procedural aspect.. or at least the recaps of the procedural aspects. I’ve never been a huge procedural reader, but I’ve learned that I can enjoy them when done right. And I think at one point this series really nailed that side of things. But lately I feel like we spend so much time recapping. Merit meets up with Ethan and shares what she just found out. They go together to meet with the omsbudies to recap what Merit just told Ethan. The omsbuddies reveal something new, so now we’re off to the gang at the house to recap all that with them. Seriously, can we just say they recapped and not relive it? I think the book would be 2 hours shorter without the recaps!
  • The politics… which are remarkably missing. I know many people didn’t like that side of the series, but I loved it. I think because it added intensity and drama that wasn’t linked to procedural detective work. The only hint of it is the Red Guard and, honestly, that drama is a joke and a bit annoying. Especially because it paints a character I really liked – Jonah – in a bad light.

All in all…Idk, I didn’t dislike Dark Debt, but I just don’t have any wow moments to make me rave about it either 🙁

3 stars Just Okay

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About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Romance Writers of America.

Photo by Dana Damewood


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4 Responses to “Just not the same :( Dark Debt #review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m sorry that Dark Debt didn’t deliver, Berls. I know that you’ve liked this series and have stuck with it so it’s doubly disappointing that this one was a ‘meh’ read. Do you think you’ll continue since you’ve tired of Ethan and Merit? I mean, they’re pretty important so… Anyway, I hope your current read is spectacular! {{{hugs}}}
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  2. Katherine

    I hate when this happens to a series I really enjoy. I’m a big Nora Roberts fan but for the last few years her books have been just really flat. Nothing I disliked but nothing that really grabbed me. I’ve been thrilled with the last few so I’m hoping the flatness was just a phase. Hopefully that’s the case with this one and book 6 will be fantastic!
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  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Is this series ending anytime soon? I fell behind and had hoped to catch up, but it just seems to keep going on and on and on. Sometimes I think series drag on too long (thinking Anita Blake in my head). Sorry you’ve lost your love for Merit and Ethan – it doesn’t give me much to look forward to 🙁
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  4. Melanie Simmons

    I stopped reading this series after book five. I won’t give any spoilers, but I think you know what I’m talking about. I’ve heard that they got better again, but I have no desire to find out. The number of recaps would bother me too. I’m like you, can’t you just say they went to recap with this person or that after the first one? I’m glad it was still okay for you. 🙂
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