Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Review ~ House Rules by Chloe Neill
From the back of the book:
In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.
At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.
It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.
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As most of you know, this is one of my favorite series.
I was very excited to read House Rules and see which direction Chloe Neill was going to take us. I liked it but I wasn't as enthused as I usually am while reading her books.
All of the usual players were there including Ethan. ;-) There was still a mystery to figure out, in addition to the action we are used to. I think perhaps I just wanted more snark. I'm not sure what, but it felt like something was missing. Perhaps nothing was missing but nothing stood out either.
I do know that the mystery wrap up seemed slightly rushed. The whole book there are missing vamps and we have no idea who it is or how they're making it happen and then at the end Merit figures it out as usual. Actually she figured out both problems! Merit is the main character so she should be involved but once in awhile, someone else should figure something out. I mean this is book seven surely in that amount of time one of the other characters must have had a thought. Even the best of the best get it wrong from time to time. Right?
There were some sweet moments between Ethan and Merit but not as many as I would have liked to see.
House Rules went quickly for me. Usually I'm left pondering after reading the books in this series, not so with this one. :-( While I liked it and I have the next book pre-ordered, I really hope the next book has more of the spark from the beginning of the series. I'd like some ooohhhs and aaahhhs please!
I'm counting this towards my Paranormal reading challenge for February. This month was supposed to focus on Angels. While there are angels briefly mentioned in this book, I don't think the brief mention is enough to count towards the extra points.
What do you think about Merit always solving everything?
Does it get on your nerves too?
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