Blog Tour and Review: WILD THINGS by Chloe Neill

Posted 29 January, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Giveaway | 22 Comments

I’ve loved this series since the very first book, despite a couple of bumps in the road *cough* Ethan *cough* and jumped at the chance to be a part of the blog tour for Chloe Neill’s newest Chicagoland Vampires series, WILD THINGS. Hey, don’t forget to visit Chloe’s web site for the chance to win a FANTASTIC grand prize!

WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill
Urban Fantasy
368 pages, paperback
Available February 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

It seems everyone but Merit and his own house want Ethan dead or locked up. After ditching the vamp GP in the previous book and saving the City of Chicago multiple times, Ethan’s now wanted for “questioning” by the new mayor — something Merit and his supporters want him to avoid at all costs. So Merit and Ethan take off to the supposed protection offered by their tenuous allies, the werewolves. But, of course, that doesn’t go well and Ethan and Merit wind up in serious hot water, yet again racing to figure out who’s doing what and why before they lose their allies…or their lives. *cue dramatic music*

I think this might be my favorite Chicagoland Vampire book to date. Merit and Ethan make a strong, powerful team, united against the GP and for peace between races (including those pesky humans). Gabriel and his visions (ooh–these made me squee just a little bit and with I had the next book in my hands right now so I can find out if those visions mean what I think they mean…and how that’s going to happen!) plays a prominent role in this story, as do Catcher and Mallory. 

You know, I haven’t quite forgiven Mallory for what she did. I know she’s got regrets and she’s doing her penance with the pack and all but she really pissed me off when she betrayed Merit and did her scamper of terror across the countryside. (Am I taking her betrayal too personally? Maybe. But it’s how I feel, man!) I know Merit really wants her friend back and all but I think she still needs to be wary.

I’m definitely invested in this series. I want Cadogan House and the others to be safe and accepted by humans. I want the mayor to be eaten by something scary in the middle of the night. I want the GP to back off and leave Ethan and the others alone. And I want Ethan and Merit to have their HEA. Except none of that is going to happen anytime soon. Too bad! More books for me!

Jan. 27-Feb. 7

You can enter Chloe’s Wild Things Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs January 27 through February 7 on Chloe’s web site.


  • A Kindle Paperwhite
  • A $50 Amazon gift card!
  • A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires Audiobook CDs (graciously provided by Tantor Audio)
  • An autographed Chicagoland Vampires or Dark Elite novel
  • Two Cadogan House Novitiate Luggage Tags
  • A Cadogan House lanyard and BITING BAD All Access Pass
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, buttons, and swag!

Wild Things Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 27 – A Book Obsession | Drey’s Library
Tuesday, January 28 – Naomi’s Paranormal Palace | Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust
Wednesday, January 29 – The Book Swarm | Krista’s Dust Jacket
Thursday, January 30 – Reading RainBlog | Between Fantasy & Reality
Friday, January 31 – Tsk Tsk What To Read | Book Lovers For Life
Monday, February 3 – The Consummate Reader | Me, Myself & Books
Tuesday, February 4 (Release Day) – Vampire Book Club | The Saucy Wenches | Toot’s Book Reviews | Fangtastic Books
Wednesday, February 5 – Book Nympho | Blogging by Liza
Thursday, February 6 – A Great Read | Urban Fantasy Investigations
Friday, February 7 – Where the Night Kind Roam | Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy

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22 Responses to “Blog Tour and Review: WILD THINGS by Chloe Neill”

  1. WOW your favorite book to date! That is big. This series has made me laugh and cry and I do mean ugly cry. I am really glad stuck with it even when I didn’t think there was a way to redeem it. I am looking forward to this next installment!

  2. Ahhhhhh! I can’t wait for this book Mary! And it’s your favorite to date? Yessssssss! I love that Gabriel plays a big role in this one with his visions, I just adore him. I’m with you on Mallory though, I’m still very angry at her as well and am not quite as sympathetic as Merit is. Maybe if she had been my friend I would be, but from the outside I’m still holding a grudge:)

    • SO FAB! I don’t know why but it just clicked with me. Maybe because the werewolves played a large role in this one, bigger than before (I wish she’d do a spin-off with the Pack!).

  3. I’m so excited to hear this is your favorite Chicagoland Vampire book so far, because I know I have something to look forward to (eons from now, when I catch up!). I’m always promising myself I’ll binge read these books until I’m up to speed, and for once I’m actually making good on that, I have three audiobooks on my phone and have a date with my headphones this weekend. Awesome review!

  4. I’ve only read the first book and I wasn’t in love. But I know from experience that I need to keep reading to know for sure if it’s for me. So maybe one day I’ll catch up!

  5. Gosh darn it! I must get back to this series. I read the first one in the read along back in 2012 and have wanted to continue ever since despite people spoiling book five I think it was. So glad to hear everything is back on track and that you are loving the series even more now!

  6. I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read this series! It’s so wildly popular, but vampires aren’t really my thing and loooong series intimidate me from the start itself. I’ll really have to pick up at least the first book and see if I like it, though. Wonderful review, Mary!

    • I like this because, even though they’re vamps, it doesn’t dwell. They’re kind of normal-ish, except with extra rules. They even get to eat real food! Try it, you might like it!

  7. Ah I love this series, even though I was *this* close to drop it after what happened to Ethan. I was not sure I ever could forget Chloe Neill. With Mallory I’m a little easier with her than you are. I know she screwed up, but definitely deserves a better chance! Can’t wait to red it!

    • Yeah, I came close to ditching the series after Ethan and then Mallory…you’re much nicer than I am if you’re giving her another chance. Okay, yeah, I’m giving Mallory a chance but I’m just wary.

  8. I’m dying to read this! I feel that most of my favorite UF series are dead and buried, but this one is still going strong. I’m glad Ethan and Merit still present a unified front, and like you, I haven’t even come close to forgiving Mallory. I just don’t trust the woman.
    Yaaay, this is almost out.

  9. You made me even more eager to read the book than I already was. I’ve been wanting more info on the prophesies so I’m excited they play a big role.