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Review: Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Posted January 4, 2019 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Wild Hunger by Chloe NeillReviewer: Holly
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #1
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Point-of-View: Alternating First and Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
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three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill's spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

Wild Hunger is the start of The Heirs of Chicagoland spinoff series. This is my first Chloe Neill. I meant to read the Chicagoland Vampire series years ago but never got around to it. Since this is the start of a new series (featuring the heirs of the characters from the Chicagoland series) I figured it was a good place to start. While the premise was interesting and the overall story good, the main characters were very immature.

Elisa Sullivan is the only vampire child ever born. As she’s grown up, she’s found it difficult to find her place in the world without constantly being judged by what her parents have done. She ended up going to school in Paris and taking an apprenticeship with a vampire house for a year after. Her first assignment is to guard the members of the Paris house as they travel to Chicago to a peace summit being led by her parents. When a vampire is killed the first night of the summit and a shifter is blamed for it, Elisa knows there’s something fishy going on. Determined to get to the bottom, she and her best friend, along with Connor, son of the local pack alpha, team up to investigate.

I really enjoyed the basic premise of the story. Trying to puzzle out how the fairies were involved in the scheme with the vampires is what kept me reading. Elisa and Connor were both pretty immature and didn’t do a lot for me. Elisa, especially, drove me crazy. She jumped into things without thinking and kept a major secret from pretty much everyone for the entirety of the book. She read more like an 18-year-old than a 23-year-old.

This read more like a young adult novel than anything else. As the book wore on, the immaturity of the heroine really began to bother me and detracted from my overall enjoyment. It’s possible I’d feel differently if I’d read the Chicagoland series and therefore had some kind of connection to these characters. As it stands, I doubt I’ll continue on.

2.75 out of 5

Heirs of Chicagoland

three-stars


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Guest Review: Hexbound by Chloe Neill

Posted May 4, 2011 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Mary’s review of HEXBOUND (Dark Elite #2) by Chloe Neill.

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Let me just start off saying that HEXBOUND is a young adult paranormal and contains nothing steamier than teenaged lust (which can be pretty steamy at times but not in this story). But it does contain mystery, use of a wide array of powers, and some bad baddies.

Lily and her BFF (best friend forever), Scout, are part of the Dark Elite, kids who fight the evil crawling around Chicagoland. During the day, they’re your typical boarding school teens, lusting after cute boys, snarking about the local queen bee/mean girls, and going to classes. I really like these two characters. They have their own quirks and flaws but are still trying to do the right thing, despite the fact that, if they don’t give up their powers when they get older, they’ll turn evil and become Reapers, ex-Elite who suck the magic out of (and ultimately kill) other Dark Elites. Yes, it’s a tangled web. One that gets even more tangled when you factor in Sebastian.

Sebastian is a Reaper but it seems like he’s trying to help out Lily. In the first book, he did help her learn a bit about her powers and, in this story, he’s always skulking around, appearing to feed Lily little tidbits of information. Some of this information is useful and some is just confusing. Plus, Lily’s got feelings for Sebastian and she’s not sure what to do about it. He’s bad, right? That’s what I want to know. It’s like Neill is teasing me with the lack of information about Sebastian, enjoying my frustration. He’s an intriguing character and, like Lily, I want to know what his deal is.

I like how Neill introduces aspects from her adult vampire novels (Chicagoland Vampires—and awesome series if you haven’t read it!). There are some new baddies in town, slimy, vamp-like, slug creatures (yes, they’re as pretty as they sound) and the kids have to enlist the help of another group of Dark Elite as well as get some info from the vamps. The answer to the mystery is rather obvious, with the clues dropping like breadcrumbs in front of the kids.

There’s great potential in this series, potential that I don’t think it’s quite reached yet. Because this series is done episode-style, much like Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampire series, there’s a major mystery surrounding Lily’s parents, the company they work for, and Lily’s boarding school itself, including the headmistress. So, the set-up is there but it’s a bit too unclear at the moment. However, I have the feeling, as we progress, the pieces will start to fall into place.

All in all, a fun, fast read with great characters and a mysteriously dark city for them to play, love and fight in.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Series:

Firespell (Dark Elite, Book 1)Hexbound (Dark Elite, Book 2)

This book is available from Signet. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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