Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Posted February 8, 2012 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #5
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Published by NAL Trade on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 321
Source: Personal Copy

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.

Sherri’s Thoughts:
After Hard Bitten’s cliffhanger I was reluctant to begin Drink Deep. I was curious which direction Ms Neill would take with it, but at the same time apprehensive that what I had loved about the Chicagoland Vampires Series; the cast of characters and action packed storylines, would be ruined by that ending. But I was wrong and I am so happy that I was.

First of all, let me say that writing a review for Drink Deep is really hard. There are so many twists and turns that keep the reader engaged, that putting them in a review would spoil the reading experience; and I really hate that. I can say that I continue to enjoy Merit as the main character. She is one of my favorite female characters. Not to say she is without faults, but her loyalty and devotion to her friends is refreshing to see. Her character development as a vampire has been a roller coaster but in Drink Deep I feel that she enters her stride. In the previous books she has relied on her friends and her master to affect her decisions; whereas, in Drink Deep, she begins to take the lead and is confident enough to stand up for her beliefs.

The cast of secondary characters continues to add to the story and the introduction of Jonah just enriched the cast. If Merit is my favorite female character, Jonah may be my favorite male one. I love his personality and it is a perfect foil for Merit’s.

The pacing was a bit slow in the beginning as Merit struggles to deal with the fallout from Hard Bitten. There isn’t much action in the first part of the book, but once the apocalyptic events begin the story flew. I think the problems I had in the book’s beginning were more related to Frank Cabot. I really didn’t like him and wanted anyone to kill him, but he does serve the purpose of moving the story in an interesting direction and sets up the storyline for Biting Cold, the next in the series. Drink Deep does exhibit some of those storyline transitions that often happen when one plot is wrapped up and the next phase needs to be introduced, but overall it is a great read and handled with a deft hand.

7 responses to “Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

  1. Everyone keeps saying how great the Chicagoland Vampires series is. I’m really going to have to move them up in the to read list. Good review!

  2. I have not started this series, I was going to then heard everyone talking about the HUGE cliffhanger and waited. (cliffhangers just kill don’t they?) And now I can’t make up my mind about picking up this series or not, I like the sound of it but I have some friends that have given up on the series. What do you think, worth starting or just a frustrating series that you love and hate?

  3. I’m not super in love with this series. I find it a slightly slow read and the characters not that likeable, but I’m definitely going to give this one a read. In general, I’d give the series as a whole 31/2 flowers.

  4. @Lexi
    Regarding Lexi’s comment and the cliffhanger. Since there are (I believe) 2 books now out after the cliffhanger that shouldn’t hold you back, because you can immediately pick up the next book. You can see my comment about how I feel about the series as a whole. So many love it, but I feel that there’s better out there if you don’t have much time to read.

  5. Thanks Anne. It is the characters and love triangle (?) that have me wary of starting this series. I don’t know if I will get sucked into Merit’s world and like her enough, even though the plot line sounds great.
    Good point on there are two books after the big cliffhanger so I wont be stuck in book agony.

  6. @Lexi – That is true Lexi. I inadvertently heard about the cliffhanger and avoided continuing the series until the next book was almost out. I hate waiting a year to find out what happens next.

    @Anne – LOL! I found them very quick reads and finished them in typically a day or two. I can understand what you are saying and agree that its between a 3 and 4 series. Series for me that are 4 to 5 would be Kate Daniels, Rachel Morgan (the Hollows) and Mercy Briggs. I go out and buy those for myself.

    Have fun reading and I’d love to hear what you guys think.

  7. I know this sounds so dumb but I hate covers with girls holding any type of weapon. I know…
    Anyway it does sound like a good book. I will put it on my TRL.