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Review – Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

Book Title: Wicked Hour

Book Description: “In the second pulse-pounding novel in the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics. Vampires were made, not born--until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever. After the dust from the attack has settled, Elisa is surprised when Connor invites her to a usually private Pack event in the north woods of Minnesota, and by the warm welcome she receives from some of Connor's family, even though she's a vampire. But the peace doesn't last. The shifters tell tales of a monster in the woods, and when the celebration is marred by death, Elisa and Connor find themselves in the middle of a struggle for control that forces Elisa to face her true self--fangs and all.”

Book Author: Chloe Neill

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Berkley Publishing

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Date published: 2019-12-03

Number Of Pages: 368

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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Development - 8/10
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Summary

The second novel in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, Wicked Hour, is out. And this time around Elisa will be dealing with werewolves and politics, rather than fae and disasters.

 

Wicked Hour

Wicked Hour is the second novel in the Heirs of Chicagoland series by Chloe Neill. And yes, it is, in fact, a spinoff of her hit series, Chicagoland Vampires. But even if you haven’t read through Chicagoland Vampires, the Heirs series is already proving to be worth checking out. 

Elisa Sullivan has always been different, even by vampire standards, so she’s gotten pretty used to weird stuff being thrown her way. But in Wicked Hour she finds herself thrown into an entirely new situation. She’s the only vampire at a private event for werewolves. And naturally, that means that things are not going to go so smoothly.

Chloe Neill - Wicked Hour
Chloe Neill – Wicked Hour

Wicked Hour is a fun read for fans. Elisa’s story has always been compelling, and now we’re finally getting a chance to see some more of Neill’s werewolves and their societies. This series is the epitome of the urban fantasy genre; it blends the modern world with a plethora of magical creatures and ailments.

Writing

Wicked Hour is the second novel in Chloe Neill’s latest series, and that means that it ran the risk of a sophomore slump. However, Neill opted to handle this risk in a clever way. She focused on the characters, giving plenty of time for development and change. And thus, a plot sprung out from there. Or at least that was how it felt while reading.

Where Wild Hunger was an untamed dash from one catastrophe to the next, Wicked Hour spent more time developing Elisa’s character. Everything from her unique status as a vampire to the way she feels about certain characters is explored, and then some.

It’s arguably a more emotional read than the first novel, but it also felt like it was laying more groundwork for the rest of the series to come. And, to be fair, Elisa does have several things that she needs to work out. Ideally, sooner rather than later.

Development

Wicked Hour was very careful to keep the pace moving forward steadily. There were a surprising number of complications that Elisa and her allies came across here—and their quest to find solutions kept them all busy.

The antagonist of this series was multilayered, with one than one character and risk actively in play at any given time. That’s perfect, because it gave us ample opportunities to see more of Conner’s world and the politics within. Speaking of, the deep dive into the pack politics is very much appreciated.

The novel did occasionally have some lulls in actions or events. These are the moments I was referencing earlier when I said that there was a lot of room left for character development. While there is a main plot to be dealt with, it’s clear that Neill wanted to spend some time developing Elisa and Conner’s relationship. On the bright side, fans of that ship are going to be enthralled by all of the tension and dialogue that occurs there.

Conclusion

Wicked Hour was not the read I expected to follow Wild Hunger. But there’s no doubt that it was a fun read. As a huge fan of the urban fantasy genre, I snatched this book up the moment it was available. And I don’t regret reading it. I imagine other fans of the series or genre will end up feeling the same way.

What will prove to be truly fascinating is seeing how the story and characters move on from here. Chloe Neill has established the perfect platform from which to leap off. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.


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