Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires #7)

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

House Rules, by Chloe Neill, is the seventh novel in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Merit has been through several life-changing experiences. At the age of 27, the former University of Chicago graduate student becomes a sword-swinging vampire. She becomes Sentinel (literally the master guardian) of Cadogan House as she adjusts to her nocturnal lifestyle. She watched Chicago nearly burned to the ground, survived several assassination attempts, watched her Master rise and fall, and witnessed her best friend almost unleash a biblical evil into this world. Despite all of these encounters, a new danger appears in the Windy City that will test Merit's wit and resolve.

Cadogan House has voted to leave the Greenwich Pavilion (GP), the vampire central organization that oversees the vampire houses in North America. Before Cadogan vampires can prepare for this monumental event, two Rogue vampires vanish without a trace. Then, two more vampires at Navarre House are found dead with their throats slashed. Someone is targeting Chicago's vampires, and anyone could be next. The GP also does not plan to let Cadogan leave without one final test. Merit and her master, Ethan Sullivan, are running out of time to solve these multiple mysteries. Before they know it, their foe is more powerful, familiar, and dangerous than anyone can imagine.

Merit is a heroine again! With the help of her friends, they were able to take down the foe who wanted to eliminate vampires once and for all. No longer part of the GP, she and Ethan will tread into unfamiliar territory in the Midwestern city that never sleeps. I am glad that Cadogan House decided to leave the GP because they were taking the blame for too many incidents that were beyond their control and not directly their fault. This opens up a new chapter for Merit, who is not only Sentinel for Cadogan House but will become a guardian for all Rogue vampires as well. I can't wait to see what's in store for Merit this summer!

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Chicagoland Vampire series, Biting Bad


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