4.5 starsBiting Bad was good enough to make me go back and re-read the entire series; something I don't do very often. After doing so, I came to appreciate the growth I see in Ms. Neill as a writer. So many authors tend to lose the edge and their focus as the series progresses. In this series, the onion layers tend to peel off so very slowly but the characters both primary and secondaries are becoming more mature; they are changing and evolving and starting to feel comfortable in their own skin and surrounding. The writing has also became more precise, more focus just as it should be since it is Merit's POV and she now has a better understanding of her world and the role she plays. There is just enough hint and clues to keep me wanting more.