Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Title: Drink Deep
Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires, #5
Publisher: NAL Trade
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Pages: 321

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.

DRINK DEEP is the book all Chicagoland Vampire fans need to read to feel comfort after the little incident where all hell breaks loose in Hard Bitten. I feel like everyone will get some comfort and feel calm and won’t go throwing their books across the room a second time. I think fans will be very satisfied, some things are resolved, but not all things. Does Ethan come back? You’ll have to read to find out because I’m not touching that topic.

DRINK DEEP would have to be my least favorite in the Chicagoland Vampires Series, it’s not because I didn’t like it. I liked it, but throughout the book I found myself quite bored with the events that happened. There wasn’t that much excitement compared to when I read the previous books and maybe that has to do with the fact that Ethan was absent. Ethan felt very much alive in a way for Merit always dreams about him and we can see him in that way.

But the book really felt like it was a filler book. Just a book that needed to be written to get to the end because the ending includes all this big stuff. I think the real point of the book was to set up the events that happen at the end that will go into the next book. The plot wasn’t as strong as the previous books to me.

Merit is mourning over Ethan’s death and there are many people who just want her to move on and some who thing she is not respecting his memory and it just makes me mad. He just died and she needs to deal with it Merit’s way, not other people’s way. I love how Merit handles everything. I just love how she can’t really move on and she feels like if she moves onto another guy it feels like she is cheating on Ethan. Merit has to be one of my all-time favorite heroines.

Which bring me to my next topic. Jonah. Jonah as you know is another love interest for Merit. I feel like Jonah really saved this book for me. It was really boring and when the Jonah scenes come around I’m totally drooling all over him. And a part of me wants Merit to be with Jonah and another part thinks no way! Oh, my god. I am cheating on Ethan with Jonah! Morgan was a horrible love interest because he is acting like a childish baby, and Jonah is perfect to me.Jonah seems like a well, respected, honorable man with good intentions. I’m sorry Ethan, I’m cheating on you with Jonah while you’re gone. I can’t help it!

The GP, I couldn’t stand as usual because they’re so dumb. I mean Frank, the vampire who came to the house to see what was up with Cadogan made absolutely no sense in what he was doing to the house and we knew it, and the vampires knew it as well! I didn’t really get it. I was surprised they didn’t tell Frank to go fuck off at the beginning but I kind of get it.

DRINK DEEP was very hard to review without saying what I really want to say because the truth of the matter is you can’t really get much from the reviews of what really goes down in DRINK DEEP. I’ll probably explode all my thoughts about the spoilers I can’t spill when you read it. I think there will be those who will love it and those who won’t. But it’s definitely a must read for all you Chicagoland Vampire fans!


  1. I'm struggling with writing my review of this one too. Although it was a 5 star read in my books. I'm having trouble not giving away any spoilers because you're right; the bulk of this story is just a build up for the ending. Time for some creative reviewing I guess!

  2. This was a hard review to write. I actually loved it, and in no way did I want her with I am glad for his friendship but when the scene in the car happened I wanted to punch him. I was so glad Merit mourned Ethan if she didn't and moved on I would be one of those throwing my book across the room.

    I see what you are saying about a filler book, but I honestly loved it.

    Great Review!

  3. OMG DEAR!! I think it will feel the same way to me since Ethan is not there sniff! dreams are not enough for me ugh! great review Mariya! thnaks for not spoiling! it's highly appreciated!

    P.D: Dear, you got mixed with the title. Drink Deep =)
    Happens to me too. Specially when Im craving Ethan! aaaaaaaah!

  4. Oh, great now I have to change all of it. Thanks for noticing, Natalia.