Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill

Blurb from Goodreads:
The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House… 

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
My Review:
Series enders are necessarily bittersweet and I've been waiting for this one forever (pretty sure I've been reading this series for nearly ten years!).  So, yes, I had high expectations but I also was waiting for so many things to be wrapped up in this last book.  And, yes, ostensibly, all the threads were wrapped up but I can't help but feel disappointed by this end. If there is one thing I can point to it's that it tried too hard - it tried too hard to be funny, it tired too hard to be spectacular in the supernatural, it tried too hard to be romantic. And it failed a bit on all accounts.  Without spoiling you for the series if you haven't yet read it (and you absolutely should!), there was a prophecy throughout the latter half of the series.  I've been waiting anxiously for this prophecy - as to how it would occur - and it felt like a complete afterthought. Although I won't forget this last book, and yes everything wrapped up in it, my fondest memories from this series won't come from this book. That being said, this is still one of my overall favorite urban fantasy series and I think everyone should read it!
Blade Bound comes out later this month on April 25, 2017, and you can purchase HERE. While I'm sad to see this series end, it definitely felt like it was time after thirteen books and I can't wait to read what Chloe does next! #MEthan forever !
"Not to mention the fact that she's narcissistic and unpredictable. She has changed the weather. Endangered the lives of millions. Brought the city to a standstill because she could." He glanced at Mallory. "Because you didn't let her have her way at Towerline." 
"She's acting like a hormonal teenager," Lindsey said. "She is basically the worst Sweet Valley High novel ever written."


  1. I started this series years ago and then never read further for some reason. I'm so sad that the ending wasn't everything you hoped it would be.

  2. It's pretty disappointing when something is built up so much (the prophecy) and it doesn't deliver the big bang that it should. Uh, where's the pay-off? Sorry the series didn't end on a better note.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  3. Too bad you were disappointed with this book. In my experience series enders are either mind blowing or disappointing with almost no in between. =/

  4. Aww that is sad! I mean, at least it wasn't a complete trainwreck, but still, it is hard when you are so excited for a conclusion and it doesn't deliver. I find that happening more and more lately and it is so frustrating!

  5. series enders are very bitter sweet aren't they, it sounds like this one didn't meet up with expectations though. Sorry to hear about that.

  6. Noooooo! Man this is a bummer. I haven't even touched a book in over a month so I haven't read this but I'm sad you didn't love it :(


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