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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My Thoughts:

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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  1. i haven't gotten this book yet so obviously i haven't read it yet either^^;; i can understand why it can become frustrating if she is solving eveything but at the same time she is supposely predestined to big thing so it's perhaps part of the thing. On the other side, since she is still quite new in the vampte world she still think as herself and perhaps it give her an advantage to those way older that kept the same mind and can't think outsite their usual mind frame

    1. I guess that either of those reasons are possible. :-)

    2. once i will have read this book i will perhaps come with another answer though^^

  2. It does get on my nerves when one character always solves everything. What's the point of even having other characters if they don't get to help out? Besides, I always hate when the characters always solve everything, it makes them seem too perfect and I have a harder time relating to them.

  3. I have this series on my TBR list, but haven't started it yet. However, I can totally understand what you are trying to say. I have read series where this has happened, sometimes a book just doesn't appeal. An author can't always write a gold metal winner for every reader.

    1. What are you waiting for? I just know you'll like it!

  4. I haven't read this series but it sounds like I should. I added it to my list and hopefully will get to book one soon! Thanks for sharing one of you favorite series with us

    1. Oh my! Yes, you need to read it Dione! The first three books are my favorites in the series so far! Don't get me wrong, they are all good though. :-)