Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires Series #5)

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires Series #5)

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In the fifth entry in Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, with the city in turmoil, the waters of Lake Michigan turn pitch black---and Merit must turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this spell of the darkest magic before it's too late.

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ISBN-13: 9781452631578
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: Chicagoland Vampires Series , #5
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Chloe Neill was born and raised in the South, but now lives in the Midwest, where she can keep an eye on the Cadogan House vampires.

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"A wonderfully compelling vampire heroine." —-Julie Kenner

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Drink Deep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 233 reviews.
Pdiddles More than 1 year ago
I've read the four books that came before this one, and like most of you I was heart broken when you know who was killed. I cried, sure, just like alot of you. I really, really didn't want to read this installment, and I was convinced that I wouldn't. Before the book was published, the author told us to 'trust her' and I decided to give it a chance, thinking I would put it down. Well, I just finished it, and I would encourage you, if you're on the fence to read it. Most of it is emotionally jerking, but it all comes together in the end. I'll say this: Your heart will swell with relief.
evanescenceSE More than 1 year ago
Chloe Neill is a fantastic writer. I love each of her books and can't wait to read more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The vampires residing in Cadogan House are going through a rough time from without and within. Externally the mayor believes vampires are an abomination that should be ethically and ethnically cleansed from the planet. Internally, the Order has dispatched FranK Cabot of Cabot House to judge them based on whether the Cadogan clan is changing the rules. Merit knows her performance as the Cadogan Sentinel is poor as she cannot focus on her duties since she lost the love of her life Ethan the Master of the house. One night the lakes and rivers turn black. The politicians led by the mayor blame the vampires which angers the suspicious humans. Merit discusses the crisis with the Dryads and the Siren; each insists they had nothing to do with the mess. When Lake Michigan and the other waters turn black again, the night sky turns red. The Queen of the Fairies informs Merit that an elemental magic practitioner is causing the environmental crisis. Merit knows time is running out on her investigation as the state wants the paranormal registered as documented aliens with no inalienable rights at the same time humans demand vigilante mob justice. Urban fantasy fans will enjoy the latest fascinating Chicagoland Vampires thriller (see Twice Bitten). Using recent immigration furor as a theme, Chloe Neil provides an insightful exciting look at de facto and de jure prejudice even though most of the paranormal want either to be left alone in peace or to help mankind who despises them. Keeping the entertaining story line focused, Merit proves her fortitude as she still reels over Ethan, but pulls herself together accepting the threat to the existence of vampires and humans is tangible and she need to fix it.. Harriet Klausner
miranda-lynn More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical about whether to give up on the series or not but I'm glad I kept reading. The last book's ending made many people upset and mad but like I said before I'm glad I kept reading, for this book made up for it and ended with a happy thought in mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Chicagoland books. They have never failed to be page turners. I bought this book two weeks ago and just opened it today. I read it in one day. I put it off since in the last book Ethan died and I really liked him. This book did not disappoint. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
kirstin913 More than 1 year ago
This is (by far) the best book of the Chicagoland Vampires series. Chloe Neill, really packed some punch with this book. There are so many layers to the story that you just can't seem to absorb the content fast enough. Just when you think you've figured out what is going on (and who's behind it), then the rug gets yanked out from underneath you, and another layer gets added to the story. I can't really do a full review on this book because there would be way too many spoilers. All I can say is that I can hardly wait for Book 6, Biting Cold to come out in August 2012!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thhiis was a very suprising book from what i thought it would be compared to the fourth one but if you haven't read it yet because of any thing that happend in the 4th book dont worry its just as good u need to read it
Sue_Smiles More than 1 year ago
Has anyone thought of the fact that with Ethan gone Merit can now wholeheartedly throw herself behind the Red Guard without feeling as though she's betraying him? Otherwise how will the Presidium get their just desserts? Remember he was killed in the presence of an evil sorcerer, her best friend is studying necromancy and this is, after all, fantasy. Ms Neill can do whatever she wants, including bringing back a main character or bringing a new one in. She promised an HEA and I believe that will happen. Just trust her :)
Alexia Grant More than 1 year ago
There must be something up this authors sleave for she has great taste in captivating peoples attention. So lets always go into the next book with an open mind and heart. Let the story be cook to perfection and see what is waiting around the corner.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Kept me interested
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having been in tears at the end of Hard Bitten, I was almost afraid to pick up this book. However, Neill said to trust her, and I am so glad I did. This book was full of surprises from start to finish! Merit is back, and she has to save Chicago, yet again, from vampires, sorcerers, and corrupt politicians. I love the corrupt politician angle that Neill adds to this series. It's just so Chicago, and yes, I can say that because I am a Chicagoan. GO CUBS! ahem...Merit is a Cubs fan too, and that's just another reason that I love her. She started this book being a bit weak because she was still grieving over Ethan, but she gets her act together pretty quickly when she notices that things are going terribly wrong in Chicago. There's a scary looking cloud over the city, and the lake goes completely black and still. Being from Chicago, the the clouds are normal (especially in the winter), but the lake thing terrified me. I know, I know, it's fiction, but Neill has the ability to fully immerse the reader into her world, and I was curious and worried about the fate of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Not only that, but a new politician is in town, and she's wanting to get rid of all the supernatural/government alliances, which means Merit's grandfather is out of a job. Think things can't get any worse? You'd be wrong. Outside of the house, the entire city is a mess, but inside the house is even worse. Since Ethan's death, Malik has taken over the house. However, the GP thinks that Cadogan house is falling apart, so they sent someone to watch and run the house. Of course, this GP doesn't want Merit involved in what's going on in Chicago, but in typical Merit style, she doesn't listen. Since she can't work with anyone from Cadogan House, Merit has to team up with Jonah from Grey House in order to solve this mystery. I liked Jonah and everything, and his interactions with Merit were fun to read, but he's no Ethan. Therefore, I wasn't his biggest fan throughout the book because I kept missing Ethan, even though he was present in Merit's dreams. Mallory and Catcher also weren't present as much in this novel, and Mallory was distancing herself from Merit a lot. I missed their interactions a bit, but I missed Merit and Ethan the most. In an effort not to give anything away with the plot, Neill packs this book full of surprises. Some of the things I saw coming, and others came completely from left field. From the first page, I was hooked. Of course I peeked to the back because I'm a big cheater, and I had to make sure things ended the way I wanted. After being satisfied with that, I went back and read through the entire plot to see how things ended up the way they did. Somehow peeking at the end didn't kill my enthusiasm for this book in the slightest. I still had to see what Neill had up her sleeve, and the pacing is so fast that the pages flew by. The characters, of course, were well-developed, and everyone's favorites and least-favorites were present in this novel. Merit even talks to Tate about things. Tate's an enigma, and no one can figure out what he is. He doesn't exactly help Merit's cause of saving the city, but he's an entertaining villain nonetheless. For those of you who have read the other books in the Chicagoland Vampire Series, Drink Deep is a must. Neill does not disappoint with this novel. If you haven't read the series yet, then start with Some Girls Bite and work you way through the series from the very beginning. Neill has created an enthralling world in Chicago, and you do not want to miss out on it!
LeleliaSky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I understand some of the less than flattering reviews of this book, but I did enjoy the process that Merit goes through to make the decision to join or not join the RG. I also enjoyed the writer bringing in other supernatural creatures. Of course, there are two surprises in the book which take you on a ride. Looking forward to the next one!
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult book to review because I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, Drink Deep fulfilled many of my expectations following the bombshell ending in Hard Bitten, but, on the other hand, it wasn¿t completely satisfying. I did enjoy it, however, and the series still has me hanging on every word, so I¿m going to give Drink Deep a four-star rating, on par with the previous books.The plot is alright; Merit does a lot of investigating, but she doesn¿t really get anywhere. Suspense is generated from the fact that Chicago is going to hell in handbasket while the GP (the vampire ruling body) does its best to trip up the people who are trying to fix the problem. Cadogan¿s GP overlord, Frank, is little more than a paper-thin, cartoon villain, and the revelation of the true perpetrator of all the city¿s supernatural mayhem is rather disturbing. It wasn¿t a big surprise, given all the clues that Merit fails to add up, but it was shocking to me that the author would choose to twist this character in such a dramatic way. It left me feeling off-balance and emotionally distressed all over again.Speaking of emotional distress, (warning: major spoiler for Hard Bitten) this book sees Merit grieving over Ethan¿s death. He¿s never far from her mind, even as she tries to figure out how to handle her burgeoning partnership with Jonah. I¿ve always felt like Merit is one of the most emotionally honest heroines I¿ve ever encountered, and this still holds true in Drink Deep. Merit¿s inner thought process, her feelings about Ethan, and the way she chooses to interact with this potential new love interest, all felt very real and truthful to me. In fact, Merit¿s emotional struggle between grief, love, attraction, and the desire for support might be the most captivating part of the book.Once again, the ending totally pulls the rug out from under you. It feels surreal and dream-like. Even as you¿re sitting there thinking, ¿Yes! I knew it,¿ you can¿t help but feel like it¿s all happening too fast, like it might be some sort of trick. The first time I read the ending, I felt like something was missing. Some spark just wasn¿t there, and it wasn¿t as emotional as I wanted it to be. There are things that I expected Merit to say that she doesn¿t, and other things that are said don¿t feel as weighty as they should. But, even though I still think the ending could have been better written, I liked it much better the second time I read it, after having had time to process the events. I realized that my initial reaction to the ending was the same as Merit¿s emotional reaction as she¿s going through it. She isn¿t sure how to feel, and she even uses the word ¿surreal.¿ Ultimately, I can¿t fault Merit for reacting to everything the exact same way that I would in her situation. So, while I still have mixed feelings about it, I¿ve decided to accept the ending and let myself be happy with it.Drink Deep doesn¿t really end on a cliffhanger - the mystery of Chicago¿s supernatural troublemaker is solved - but there¿s clearly a lot more to the story. It sets up the next book nicely, and gives us tidbits that will undoubtedly be important for mysteries in future books such as Tate¿s scheming and Morgan¿s strange behavior. Not to mention, there¿s still a huge political mess, complicated relationships, and emotional issues to be worked out. Overall, I really enjoyed Drink Deep. I just hope that the next installment, Biting Cold, coming out in August 2012, can sort out some of these conflicts and rekindle the emotional intensity and the passion of the first four books.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s been 2 months since Ethan took a stake in the heart for Merit and she¿s been staying at home grieving since then. But it¿s time to get out of Cadogan House and do her job as Sentinel; only this time without Ethan¿s guiding hand and strategic input.Cadogan House isn¿t doing very well. It¿s bad enough that they are grieving for their Master, but the vampire assigned by the GP to report on the House is setting the entire House up to fail and morale is low. The new mayor believes vampires have received special treatment and has decided to put a stop to it; strongly influenced by a man with an unreasoning hatred for vampires, believing they must be evil. A number of changes are made that adversely affect the entire supernatural community. And the main mystery of this particular book involves things happening that include the blackening of Lake Michigan, all being blamed on vampires. Yet it¿s the vampires that are working the hardest to discover the cause and the first in the community to respond when disaster strikes.Being made a vampire and House Sentinel were both done without her approval but Merit finally gets to start making hard decisions on things that will affect her. She might not have asked for this life, but she¿s darn well going to do her best for the House and Chicago. We¿d been told in the past that Merit has what it takes to be a future Master and you can see that aspect slowly building in the choices she makes. Readers will be shocked at a few things in the story.I didn¿t know if I wanted to read this book after Ethan was killed in the last, but there is plenty going on throughout the story and a lot of changes. I can see how Ethan¿s death was necessary for the direction the series appears to be taking.Does it grab you as much as the uniqueness of the first book? No, I wouldn¿t say that. But the books had started to drag and I thought this one added life to the series, and I can see challenges on a number of fronts in the future. And being familiar with Chicago, I love how much of the city¿s locations are included in the story.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Because I try really hard not to reveal spoilers this is a very hard review to write. I have loved this series from the first chapter of the first book SOME GIRLS BITE. I love that Chloe has added in all these little hints that tell you of things to come and things to look forward to. This is definitely not a series that you can pick up at any book but book 1 so if you have not started the Chicagoland Vampires series yet I would highly recommend starting from the beginning.As all you fans know there was a HUGE devastating cliff hanger at the end of HARD BITTEN. Hopefully you didn't hold that against the series because DRINK DEEP totally makes up for the absence of Ethan. Will you miss him? Of Course. But the story still rocks. I found the pacing to be slower then previous installments but there is a lot of action and detective work mixed in to everything. We see a lot of Jonah and don't worry all you loyal Ethan fans it isn't bad as you might be thinking. I actually really enjoyed seeing Merit become closer friends with someone outside the house or someone in her normal circle. There were so many surprises and major things that happened in DRINK DEEP that I will end this review with, you really have to read it. All you people that said you were going to stop reading after HARD BITTEN will be extremely disappointing if you don't snag a copy.
KLeaHudson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is (by far) the best book of the Chicagoland Vampires series. Chloe Neill, really packed some punch with this book. There are so many layers to the story that you just can't seem to absorb the content fast enough. Just when you think you've figured out what is going on (and who's behind it), then the rug gets yanked out from underneath you, and another layer gets added to the story.I can't really do a full review on this book because there would be way too many spoilers. All I can say is that I can hardly wait for Book 6, Biting Cold to come out in August 2012!!!!
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another exciting adventure for Merit. She is still grieving the loss of Ethan Sullivan. But she doesn't have time to really grieve. The House had been put into the charge of a receiver who is testing their fitness. He is not an admirable character which does, at least, distract the vampires from their grief. He is delighting in setting up petty rules just to have the vampires break them. He undoubtedly has a hidden agenda and a special desire to see Merit fail. This provides tension within the House.There is also major political fallout in Chicago since the previous mayor who had supported the vampires was found to also be a drug dealer and genuine bad guy. The new mayor is looking to run for president and thinks a campaign against supernaturals will aide her. She disbands the Ombudsman's office and legislates a system which would require supernaturals to register and have permission to travel. She is managing to blame the vampires especially for everything that goes wrong in Chicago. This provides a lot of tension outside the House.Unfortunately, lots is going wrong in Chicago. Some sort of magic is loose. The lake and rivers turn black and stop flowing, the sky turns red and has constant lightning flashes, earthquakes erupt in downtown. Merit along with Jonah who is a guard at Grey House and her recruiter for the Red Guard are investigating the problem. Their goal is to find out the cause and prove that the vampires had nothing to do with it. Along the way Merit has to meet with the former mayor, the Siren of the lake, and the queen of the fairies. All those meetings put her in danger and are very frustrating because she gets more questions instead of answers.Meanwhile, Merit is having nightmares that may be prophetic dreams about Ethan. Her best friend Mallory is pulling away from her because she is so involved in becoming a sorcerer. Merit feels that all her support system in being pulled away. Ethan's gone; Mallory is distant. And she is facing harassment from inside the House. Through it all Merit is determined to solve the problem and protect the House.The story is filled with tension and is a true puzzler both for Merit and the reader. I found that I had to keep reading to see if Merit would ever figure out what was going on. I was very satisfied with the ending of the story because a number of the threads were resolved. I do very much look forward to the next story to see what happens with the threads that were not resolved in this story.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Drink Deep is book five in the Chicagoland Vampires series. This series revolves around Merit, a recently turned vampire trying to find her new place in life at Cadogan House. The previous book left us with Merit grieving over the loss of another vampire in her house. I wasn't sure where this one would go and hoped I wouldn't see a crying leading lady the entire time. After the events in the previous book, humans are not very pleased with the vampires and are protesting outside the House more so than before. Add to it that something is causing the lake to turn dark and the sky to turn red and you have some confused and pissed off people that think the vampires are to blame somehow. Merit and the others decide to investigate in an attempt to find the culprit before everyone turns against the vampires for something they had no part in. With no leads in sight, Merit winds up chasing her tail and issues just continue to escalate. Drink Deep left me needing the next book asap mainly because I need to know where the series is going to go now. I don't like when characters that die manage to come back to life so it pissed me off somewhat. I didn't see a lot of things in this novel coming so at least it kept me on my toes. I'll have to see how the next book plays out, hopefully amazing. If you're a fan of vampires in Urban Fantasy I think you'd enjoy this series.
pugsnhugs More than 1 year ago
I love Chloe Neill's books, just different enough to keep my interest and the perfect mix of characters.
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IAmy More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** A little calmer after reading this addition to this very addictive series. I’m not sure if I love or hate this author. She has this power over my emotions and seems to love to play with her characters and thus keeps me in limbo. Just when you think you know where the series is going she shakes things us and up is down, left is right and suddenly the best friend is the harbinger of evil. Yes you heard me right. Best friend Mallory has being turned to the dark side and become addicted to black magic and turned against Merit. I must say this one didn’t surprise me all that much. Merit and Mallory have had kinda an up and down relationship since Merit was turned and Mallory discovered she was a sorceress. Still though, I am surprised at how far Neill took the character over to the dark side. Much of this story line is going to be continued in the next book, which thankfully is sitting right here next to my computer as I type this. Other shocking news in this book, Ethan is back. I was so upset over his loose in the last book, and after reading another’s review and the synopsis of future books, I did know he was coming back. I’m not sure if I’m glad he was brought back so soon, or if I would have rather Merit have to learn to stand on her own for a couple of book. I almost think it diminishes the pain we went through in the last book to bring him back at all. As if Neill did so to appease her fans. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see him, and I still want Merit and him to have a future together, I just think Merit could have grown more as a character without Ethan around for a couple of books. You could really see in this book how much she depended on him, he was her crutch, she needs to learn to stand without him. But he is back now and I hope the teasing of a relationship is over and the author just puts them together now. Other major plot line through this book was this nonsense with the GP. What a messed up organization. I seriously hope they tell them to go to hell and Merit ends up taking them down one member at a time. There is also a new bad guy introduced in this book. The new mayor is practically a right-wing poster child and is being manipulated by the psychopath McKetrick who was introduced in the last book. His character is a little over the top with cliques, but manages to serve his purpose. Quite frankly I hope he ends up getting his ass turned. Would serve him right to become what he is trying to destroy.
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