Its been six months since the last time see saw Ethan and Merit. Malory has a love hate relationship with Berna and the world is good… well maybe not. As we know the house is revolting against the Greenwich Presidium rule after everything they did in Drink Beep. Everyone is coming down from the Tate’s and Mallory’s release of evil. The vamps are trying to keep a low key now that they have not friends or love in the Mayor’s office.
Now Cadogan House is preparing for its divorce from the GP and there’s a killer on the loose. When it rains it pours in Chicago. Not only will Merit have to use her head to help Ethan with the GP. She also has to figure out how to keep everyone she cares about safe. And the things she’s been dreading since she made her decision about the RG (Red Guard) comes to a head. In House Rules Merit uses every resource she has in her arsenal to help the house and I do mean “every”.
House Rules takes us back to the funnier books in the series, with Merit, Luc and others having one liners. We get things like Lucsey (Luc and Lindsey) and Methan (Merit and Ethan) just to give you a little taste of what you might find. I laughed and chucked throughout the whole book even with the series issues going on. We also see how Ethan’s death and resurrection have and are affecting and redefining him and the house. I know people don’t like or believe in the story because CN killed Ethan off and then brought him back. But I’m here to say the changes in Ethan blend whom he was and is together nicely. We get to picture what Ethan would have been like as a human if he’d come back from war alive. House Rules brings Ethan’s warrior training, nature and history together with his vampire strength, strategies and political ideals. He truly has become a man who can be Merit’s equal and lead a house of Rogues.
We get to see some of our favorite characters and not so favorite. We also meet some new ones that aren’t so likeable. McKetrick makes an appearance. We also see Kelley, Juliet, Luc and Lindsey. Margot makes some awesome food as always. Malik goes back to being second as he gives Ethan control of the house once again. Helen helps with the transition of the house. The librarian, Paige along with a new character named Michael Donovan and Lacy try to find loop holes the GP might use against the house. Merit gets to hang with Chuck “grandpa” Merit, Jeff Christopher and Catcher. She also gets to play cards with Gabriel and we get to meet a few more brothers Christopher, Ben, and Derek. With a murderer on the loose we meet up with Noah, Jonah, Morgan Greer and Scott Grey. And of course we see the GP Darius West who we’re met before and now we meet Harold Monmoth who was the man that helped Celina when she was human.
As the house becomes a house of Rogues we also see what help the RG will give the house. And the best part Ethan goes off on a few people, which has been a long time coming as far as I’m concerned.
I had a blast reading this latest installment and I hope the next six months goes by quickly. If this book is any indication the next one will be wickedly hilarious and one that you won’t want to put down. Put your reservations a side and take a chance to fall in love with Ethan and Merit all over again.
I hope you guys had a great holiday weekend and week following. Mine was busy, I actually went out to visit with friends twice this week, surprisingly. It was needed last night I finished edits from the editor I’m working with. Now I have four more versions to work on, we’re testing out POV’s to make sure I’ve picked the right one. We’re doing this because Legacy has two character POV’s that we see, one main one and than one that shows up in a handful of chapters. So we need to make sure everything flows for the readers and not just in my mind. And lets face it my mind when writing may not be the best judge. I mean I do like dark things and tend to write about them.
I’ll be honest since the last time I posted it’s been crazy. I lost my ipod, well lost is the wrong word, it’s dead. I was running the other night and it started raining and as you’ve probably guessed it got wet and died. So I had to go get something I could run with and move songs and audiobooks around. I must say it really sucks that you can’t take music off you’re ipod and put it in a folder for another device, it would make knowing what’s on one much simpler. Now I have a nano for running instead of my 80 gig and my touch has my writing music and books. Putting that together has taken time away from editing though which sucks. But its don’t know so that’s good.
I also helped a friend out last weekend by reading her latest edits, and I must say I loved what she has so far. I can’t wait to see what comes next and I think you guys will love it too.
Two cool thing happened this week one is that Flyboy sent me some beautiful flowers, a mix of calla lilies and red roses. It got my mind out of the dark depths of my writing, and I can’t stop smelling them or looking over at them. I’ll post pictures later. The second is that I got a job back in a legal office, it’s part-time so I’ll still be able to write every day. I want to do a happy dance.
I started a new series, at least listening to it. Rachel Caine‘s Morganville Vampires Series. You guys should check it out if you haven’t done so yet. It has something like twelve books out so I’m a little late to the party. When my friends and follow PBD (Dolls) talked about it I was a little sick of vampires after reading Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse. Granted I haven’t read any of those since book 9 or 10 I can’t remember which, the one that came out in 2009 I think though it could have been 2008. Anyway audible was having a sale so I checked a few books out and I’m hooked, go figure. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that all the series I read have already come out so there’s nothing new to read. Plus I really like the narrator, Cynthia Holloway, I like her as Merit in Chicagoland Vampires and she works for this too. Rachel Caine has been making me laugh in her Morganville Vampires series, in fact I’ve laughed out loud a few times, even when running. So check it out.
Alright guys I need to get to work, the life of a writer never stops and if this is ever going to work I have to get those edits done.
Have a great Sunday night see you soon.
Where could Chloe Neill go after Drink Deep that’s what we find out in Biting Cold the sixth book in Chloe’s Chicagoland Vampires series? As we know there’s not a lot Ms. Neill won’t put Merit and Ethan though, or us for that matter, and Biting Cold isn’t any different. Will someone die… of course we haven’t had a book yet that someone hasn’t died. This time I promise it’s not Ethan or Merit, but that leaves everyone else up in the air.
Biting Cold picks up hours after the end of Drink Deep with Merit and Ethan on the road to Omaha to catch Mallory. And if you’ve read the first chapter or have heard about it since it’s been posted on CN’s website, so this isn’t a spoiler, along the way (on the road) they meet an “old” friend. Nope it’s not Mallory, it’s mister evil himself, former Mayer Seth Tate. Oh yes, the Mayer is out and about, and he’s all about revenge among other things. Biting Cold is action packed from the get go and every time you think you’re going to catch your breath think again. I think I can count on one hand how many times Merit sleeps.
Since we all know hell is about to break lose as Ethan and Merit race off to save a black magic addicted Mallory what else could go wrong? That my friend’s is the billion dollar question? After Drink Deep‘sending we were left with so many questions. What’s going to happen with the House? Who or what is Tate? Can Mallory be saved? Will the Ombud’s office be able to help the sups as it did but from the shadows? What will happen to Merit and Johan’s partnership? Will Morgan grow a pair or remain a child? Who is the Master of Cadogan? Does Mallory control Ethan?
I know so many questions and I’m sure I forgot a few. Here’s the thing I can’t answer them. What I can say is you’ll find out when you read the book. I couldn’t put this one down and there were times I had too. I read Biting Cold in less than 24 hours (don’t tell Flyboy) because it was that good.
Chloe Neill’s latest story is going to have you all over the map both literally and emotionally, because let’s face it does anything ever go according to plan? There may be love in the air but it may not be from Merit and Ethan. You’ll have to read the book to find out. I’ll tell you this we do see some of our favorite sups come out to play and even hear from not so favorite ones. So much happens within these pages and we get many answers. This book pretty much closes all the issues that have been left standing open to date. I’m not saying there aren’t threads where we can’t still learn more as time goes by. This book just seemed to shed light on questions I’d had and issues I know others have had since Hard Bitten.
I will say I like where CN is going, as a writer I always have, and I don’t see an end in sight. This path she leading us down is the next step in the progression of the storyline. And let’s be honest without a path in the next direction the series would fall to the waste side. Now I’ll tell you, some may not like the ending because it’s left open-ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s a cliffhanger. Trust me there is a difference and it’s a big one. Yes the ending is suspenseful but it’s not very which is way open-ended works. The story doesn’t have a predetermined limit. Which is why this is a series and not six standalone books. So while we have one issue arise that is settled yet brings up new issues for the end of the book I’m sure House Rules will pick up the thread and run with it. We just have to wait until February 2013 and to be honest that’s not a long wait. So sit back relax and enjoy the action, it’s going to be a wicked hell of a time.
Yesterday I told you guys of my plan to work on edits so I could send off the changes that I’ve made to the birdie. I didn’t get much of that done yesterday or today. Yesterday I went out to see the latest Batman, Dark Knight Rises, I must say I really enjoyed it. I had to see it alone since Flyboy is out and about but he’s supposed to see it this week, then we’ll discuss it. The downside to seeing the movie alone is that afterward I had a migraine and by the time I got home I was sick. So while prior to going I had plans on working when I got home that plan got shot to hell. However I’m not disappointed that I went to see the movie and I’d see it again.
Besides editing yesterday I also wanted to get started on my review of Biting Cold, again something that didn’t get started but I think I’ll have a bit of it by Sunday.
Today I finished listening to Downpour, and started listening too Seawitch, both by Kat Richardson there part of her Greywalker series. Next up I’ll listen to Biting Cold, to make sure I have my review the way I want it. Then I’m going to read the whole Greywalker series and write up a review.
So why didn’t I get any work done today, that’s because I treated myself to a massage. I’ve been so tense lately I figured I’d start this weekend off right and truly get the relaxation in so my body & mind would fuse back together. With me being able to workout now since surgery, and I have been, I thought it would be a good idea to sooth the muscles a little. Now I can get to work and have a productive weekend. While I’m productive I hope you guys relax and enjoy the weekend.
Here in Charleston, we’ve had a lot of rain, and on rainy days all I want to do is curl up with Flyboy and a good book. Unfortunately I can’t do one of those, so over the last few days I’ve been reading non-stop. Yesterday I finished reading Biting Cold by Chloe Neill, I haven’t written the review yet but I’ll try and start it today. I also finished listening to Labyrinth by Kat Richardson. I’ve been listening to the Greywalker series since surgery but I haven’t written any reviews yet. My plan is to go back and read all seven books and do two reviews one over the first six and then one on book seven since it just came out.
As some of you know I’ve been talking with let’s say a birdie and from comments that this birdie has made I’ve been cleaning up Legacy. Tonight, as long as I get everything I want done, I’m going to send said birdie changes I’ve made. I’m hoping I’ve tightened up some areas.
Today ladys and gents, the Doll House is featuring Chloe Neill’s Biting Cold Blog Tour. Its a scavenger hunt, so stop by and see what’s in store.