Midnight Marked moved in a better direction #review

September 28, 2016 Reviews 3

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Midnight Marked moved in a better direction #reviewMidnight Marked by Chloe Neill
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #12
Published by Tantor Audio, NAL on March 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

Merit is one of Chicago's most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn't scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won't give up until he owns the Windy City.With his last plan thwarted, he's more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House's vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting supernatural against supernatural. In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death-and winning might mean sacrificing everything.

As you may remember from my review of the previous book in this series, I’m so not in love with it anymore. But I’ve come this far, I’m having a hard time letting go. I want to see the end!

That being said, if things continue in the direction of Midnight Marked, I might actually enjoy the final book. I thought there were like 3 or 4 left, but there’s only one. Which just confirms this whole marriage and baby hinting has dragged on too far – the events could have been big parts of future books, but instead they’re going to get crammed into one! That worries me… but we’ll wait and see on that. For now, let’s talk Midnight Marked.

What Worked

  • The “Big Bad” was pretty great actually. It was kind of a continuation of the last book – the Circle, with their magical mobishness, was at the center and I really liked the way they tried to take Chicago.
  • Speaking of liking the “Big Bad” – I think part of why I liked them was this fairly epic fight scene toward the end. Mallory and Catcher – easily my favorite couple of the series – were right front and center and the magical fireworks were pretty great. I think it would like great in a movie, honestly.
  • Merit’s dad! OMG he’s come a long way and I actually LIKE him. Wow! And yay 🙂
  • Ethan and Merit – there’s some improvement here. I like where they are as the book ends. But, I still have issues (as you’ll see below).
  • The shifters! I always enjoy them and in Midnight Marked, they managed to complicate the shit out of things 🙂
  • Sophie Eastlake’s narration continues to be a solid B. Like her for all the characters and wouldn’t be happy if they switched it!

What Didn’t Work

  • Relationship talk – this is my CONTINUED problem with Merit and Ethan. Merit is always thinking about how he’s going to propose someday. How they’re going to have the first vampire baby someday. Why can’t we just focus on their current relationship? I’m so sick and tired of the continous foreshadowing – Talk about taking away all the anticipation and excitement. There’s no wonder, no uncertainty. When it does actually happen I wonder if I’ll even care.
  • Another continuous problem – recaps. I will say they were better than the last book, but geez, just assume your reader is smart enough to remember. Please?
  • I think this series lost all real excitement for me when the GP was “defeated”. That drama was so good for the story. Without it, it’s just a plain procedural. With paranormal elements of course.

I wonder if the series will ever return to one that I LOVE… But with Midnight Marked it’s headed in the right direction again.

3.5 stars pretty good

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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.

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3 Responses to “Midnight Marked moved in a better direction #review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    Well, I’m happy this was was better than the last and that maybe you’ll end up being happy with the series as a whole?!? Will you continue the series no matter what? Or will you quit if the next one isn’t up to snuff? I mean, it’s not really a good thing that you’re so irritated with Merit and Ethan when they’re focal but then you’ve invested so much time with the series, you want to see it through. Right? Well, that’s just a whole bunch of rambling. Sorry about that. I’m just nervous to start this series. I have book 1 but I kinda want to see what you think in the end before I decide whether to take a chance or not… The pressure’s on, huh? LOL
    I hope the series continues on a path where you’ll love it in the end, Berls!
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    • Berls

      Well this is why I’ve stuck with it the last couple… The next one is the last one. There’s some great moments in this series, to be sure, but I honestly won’t recommend it if you haven’t started. Unless this last book is epic. Or unless you can stop at the almost end of book 6.

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