Series: Chicagoland Vampires #8
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by NAL on August 6, 2013
Cover Artist: Tony Mauro
Reviewed by: Kate
Kissing, briefly mentioned sex scenes
Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she’s already seen a lifetime’s worth of trouble. She and her Master, centuries-old Ethan Sullivan, have risked their lives time and again to save the city they love. But not all of Chicago is loving them back.
Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water.
Merit and her allies rush to figure out who’s behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there’s any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time
BITING BAD, book eight in the Chicagoland Vampires series had everything you’ve likely come to expect from a Merit book- action, supernatural politicking, the big evil baddie with a plan and of course, plenty of sarcastic Merit one-liners. The last few pages packed in so many developments I found myself rushing to keep up with all that was happening. At book eight in the series, we’ve gotten to the point where they books focus less on Merit’s development, and more on the events surrounding her. And quite a few events there are! Riots against the supernaturals, continued difficulties with the GP, and a malicious force out to get the vampires.
What I missed in BITING BAD that we had in previous Chicagoland Vampires books is Merit’s camaraderie with her girlfriends. I feel like since Mallory had her little incident (you know when she almost destroyed Chicago), and Lindsey is now dating Luc, Merit doesn't have the female companionship that she used to. The cast of characters has grown to the point where Merit just can’t spend quality time with any of them, and while I like all of the additions, it’s hard when it means we don't get to see as many interactions with her grandfather or other of my early favorites. Plus, since her relationship with Ethan is pretty set, it is less exciting to me- no tension!
I still love Merit as a main character. She's awesome, strong and smart, and a really great vampire heroine, one of my favorites. I'm a bit biased, but I also enjoy her love of the city of Chicago, since I'm a fan and love the location dropping- though I'll have to forgive her Cubs allegiance. The development in BITING BAD of her relationship with her family is both interesting and funny, since we haven't had much experience with them before, and I feel we see a different side to her father, even if it’s just for a minute.
I’m dying to get my hands on WILD THINGS, book nine of the Chicagoland Vampires series. Looks like I’m only going to have to wait six months since Neill seems to be putting out Merit books as fast as she can. Luckily, the quality hasn't decreased and that makes me eager for more, since I need to find out what happens with McKetterick and between Ethan and Merit. Chicagoland Vampires is one of my favorite series, and with each installment, I'm reminded why I keep coming back for more.