Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #5

Released: 3/30/10 by Ace Books

Pages: 342 Price: $24.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day – or night – may bring in a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly…

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets – and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side – leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

My Review:

I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Mercy Thompson series so much!  I almost feel like they have been better the second time around.  I think the narrator adds so much to my increased enjoyment.  She does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match the different characters.

In book five we have Mercy and Adam fully established as a couple even though they are not formally married or living together yet.  Briggs also needs to tidy up the loose end of Samuel before we can move forward with Mercy and Adam.  That plot line is tackled in this book with some pretty drastic drama that left me afraid of what would happen to him even though I’ve read this book before.  Damn menopausal brain… I swear I must only retain 30% of what I read sometimes.  Most likely it is just that I read so much that the stories all start blending in together.

We also deal with pack drama in this book as they are fighting Mercy’s addition to the pack.  There is also a plot to overthrow Adam as alpha of the pack.  The main instigator of book five is the Fae again which isn’t my favorite group in this world but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot this time.

I’m torn over raising my star rating or not.  I don’t think I will, four stars is still a great rating but I do feel like I enjoyed the book more the second time around.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Best Defense by David Mack

Book Review

 


Legacies #2: Best DefenseBook Genre: Science Fiction, Star Trek

Book Series: Star Trek: Legacies #2

Released: 7/26/16 by Pocket Books

Pages: 384  Price: $7.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.

A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.

An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

My Review:

I feel like I missed out a bit on the first third of the book as my reading time kept getting interrupted.  Stopping and starting an audiobook isn’t the same as a physical book, although keep continuity can be challenging in print as well.  Rather than restart the book I decided to keep plugging along and eventually I was able to get into the story.

The first part is fairly fuzzy the second half is what really stood out for me.  Much of that takes place at the peace talks between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.  Sarek has a pretty big role in this book and I find myself wanting to know more about Spock’s father.  Perhaps the next Star Trek book I need to read is his. Perhaps my favorite moments in this book were McCoy’s as we got to see him interact with his daughter who was a nursing student on the planet where the talks were being held.  McCoy’s personality truly shines in this book and his scenes were a hoot.

Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing how this trilogy wraps up in the last book.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

Book Review

 


Legacies: Book 1: Captain to CaptainBook Genre: Science Fiction, Star Trek, Tie-In

Book Series: Star Trek: Legacies #1

Released: 6/28/16 by Pocket Books

Pages: 368  Price: $7.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

My Review:

I spotted this trilogy available through my library’s overdrive account and decided to add it to my wish list.  Last week I noticed that the first two books were available for borrow and decided the time was right to check them out.

Now I’ve read Star Trek books before but this was my first time listening to them and I have to say that the narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. He didn’t sound exactly like Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew but he most definitely got the inclination of their voices down.  The author also did a great job of capturing the essence of the characters and franchise as well.

If you are not a huge Trekkie I’m not sure this will interest you much, but I don’t think you will be lost.  It takes place on the original timeline on Kirk’s Enterprise around the time of Star Trek: Undiscovered Country as tensions with the Klingons are high.  A good chunk of the book is also told in flashback to a time before even Christopher Pike captained the Enterprise.

The plot felt much like the original series dealing with the first contact with a xenophobic race on a planet on the edge of Klingon space.  The action was good, the morality lessons timely, and the dialog witty.  I enjoyed the book but then again I’m a lifelong Trekkie and I brought much to the story.

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (reread)

Book Review

 


The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #9

Released: 1/12/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 326 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

My Review:

Wow.  The reread of this book made my heart melt all over again.  Some people complain about how this book was too different etc.  For me it made me fall in love with Charley, Reyes, and all the supporting cast of characters all over again.  To watch Charley fall for Reyes all over again, to have everyone drop everything in their lives and come to support Charley while she struggled to find herself.  It simply worked for me and I stand by my original rating and review.

Since I don’t have a lot to add to my initial thoughts I have decided to do something a little different for this review.  I’m going to share some of my favorite quotes from the book.  The ones that made my heart melt.

“No offense, but what on earth could I ask of you that would be a great hardship?” His gaze rested on my mouth before making its way to my eyes again. “You could ask for the world, and then where would civilization be when I conquered it and laid it at your feet?”
“There, written in French, were the words Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I stilled. Read it again. And again. Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I’ve loved you for a thousand and one. –R.”
“No offense, but what on earth could I ask of you that would be a great hardship?” His gaze rested on my mouth before making its way to my eyes again. “You could ask for the world, and then where would civilization be when I conquered it and laid it at your feet?”
“I’ve loved her for centuries,” he said. “And I will love her until the stars burn out.”
“Well, okay then,” I said, leaning into him. “That’s all you had to say.”

“I think I met your friend Charley.”
“You…did? When?”
“When I looked in the mirror this morning.”
She stood in disbelief for a moment. Then astonishment. Then doubt. Then hope. Then wariness. Aka, the five stages of Cookie.”
Those are just a few of my favorites.  I’d give you more but I would practically end up quoting the entire book I loved it so much.  I have to wait my turn for the next couple of books but that’s alright.  Only three more to go before I’ve reread the entire series with the exception of the last book.  Boy, I’m sure going to miss Charley and Reyes when it’s done…

My Rating:5 Stars

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #8

Released: 5/19/15 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 293 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life…. 

My Review:

I did not enjoy this book as much the second time I read it as I did the first.  I’m not going to change my star rating but if I were to give it a reread rating it would come in at three stars I think.

Why is that you might ask?  Mainly because while there were some earth-shattering plot revelations I now know them and some of the shine has worn off of the story.  Much of the plot of this book revolves around Charley’s pregnancy and the arrival of Beep and quite frankly I’m just not that into kids.

I’m still glad I reread it as it was nice to have a refresher for all that went down, though.  It was fun to witness Cookie and Uncle Bob’s wedding and the end where we have a chapter in Reyes’s p.o.v. was awesome!  This time I was a little less satisfied with what went down with the step-mother and wished she could have received a bit more payback.

If I reread the series again someday I don’t think I will skip this book as there is so much that was revealed but it probably won’t ever be a favorite in the series.  A bonus with the audiobook was an author interview at the end with the narrator.  I was lucky enough to have my turn pop up for book nine so I don’t have to wait to continue on.  Did notice that the release date was pushed back for the last book until 2019.  Kind of disappointing but should give me plenty of time to work through the entire series before then.

My Rating: 5 Stars (originally)

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #7

Released: 10/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 336 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

My Review:

Over the weekend my turn at book seven in the Charley Davidson series came up at the library.  Well, book eight became available first but I was lucky to get this one a couple of hours later too.  So I promptly set aside my current book read and started this one so I could get it returned for the next in line.  Also, I had a knitting project I wanted to work on.

This story picks up after the bombshell revelation of Charley’s pregnancy and it dominated much of the book but didn’t smother us in baby-related plot.  I think that is what happens in the next book but I’m not sure.  I continue to love the narrator and I am finally getting used to her interpretation of Reyes’s voice.  His name still throws me for a loop because I still want to pronounce it differently.  Reyes that rhymes with keys, not an a sound and rhyming with days.  Not a biggie though.

I had also forgotten how devastating the ending of this book was.  To lose such an important person in her life.  Wow.  There was one plot line that I had forgotten about but that might be because it seemed to have little to do with the plot besides justifying the title.

Looking forward to the next book and listening to them all up to book 12 in preparation for the end of the series.  I sure hope Ms. Jones starts something new because I will so miss her writing style if she doesn’t.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review

 


The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Book Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Paranormal

Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3

Released: 11/29/16 by Harper

Pages:  496 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…

My Review:

Wow, that was quite the ending!  It was well worth the wait for my turn to find out what happened.  If you’ve been frustrated with so many of the looming questions left unanswered in the first two books I am pleased to report that most if not all of them were answered in the final book in this trilogy. Like others have mentioned the ending was a bit abrupt but it didn’t really disappoint or frustrate me I guess.  Oh sure, I want to know more about Kelsea’s life afterward but I’m fine filling in my own details of what I imagine life has in store for her.

This book worked so well for me that it almost lifts up my opinion of earlier books.  Now that I KNOW what all happened it all makes so much more sense.  This story has so much to offer that I almost want to listen to it all over again to truly grasp the morality lessons it delivered.  Like the story, itself states works of fiction teach us empathy and hold up a mirror to our society and allow us to take a good hard look at ourselves.

The themes that I particularly enjoyed in this trilogy are the examples of extremism and fanaticism.  Also of what happens when the church takes over a society.  I almost wish that the author hadn’t solved these problems with magic but it is what it is.  Then there is the whole plot of a utopian society gone wrong that was a pure delight to explore.  The story shows us why you simply can’t run away from problems for they will simply follow you.  Change is a long and hard road with no easy answers to complex issues and can not be had without great sacrifice.

There were a few surprises near the end and a couple of things I would have done differently but overall I was so satisfied when I finished this story that I can’t even fault the story over them.  The last book ended up being my favorite which doesn’t often happen in trilogies.  Sorry that the trilogy is finished but happy that I took the time for it.

My Rating: 5 stars

Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight #1)Book Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy,

Book Series: Darklight #1

Released: 10/2/2011 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 274 Price: $9.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my library.

Book Synopsis:

Sophomore Year Was Never Supposed to be This Complicated
Ten years ago, Lorelei McAlister’s parents disappeared without a trace, and she is finally beginning to accept the fact that they’re never coming back. Life must go on. She’s got her grandparents and the support of her best friends, and high school is not quite as painful as she thought it would be.
But This is What Happens When You Fall for the Angel of Death.
Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, tough, sexy Jared Kovach – comes to school. Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other, and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.
Life as She Knows it is About to Change Forever.
What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real? Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Death and the Girl Next Door proves Darynda Jones is a force to be reckoned with.

My Review:

I believe I have mentioned a time or two before how I am long over YA books.  I am, however, a huge fan of Darynda Jones.  So when I stumbled across her YA series at my public library I decided to give it a shot.  This trilogy is also narrated by the same actor that narrates her Charley Davidson series so that was another plus.  I needed to wait my turn but over the weekend the first book became available.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started the book as I knew little about the trilogy.  I was hoping for Ms. Jones’s trademark humor and character comradery.  The cover looked to offer a love triangle as well.  If you are a fan of her adult series I believe you will probably like this one, as well, as they are pretty similar, but I’ll get to that in a minute.  The teenage drama is pretty light and the characters don’t actually spend a ton of time in school.  I did make an observation though that the adults in the story seem to let the teens off the hook pretty easily and are far more gullible than must adults would normally be, in my opinion.  The romance and language is very clean so don’t hesitate to let younger readers pick this series up.

The main thing I noticed about this book is how very similar it is to her adult series.  I believe one of the names is the same and the supernatural elements are almost the same as well.    I was surprised to see that this was actually published after the first Charley Davidson series because it feels like a predecessor to that series.  Not a prequel but more like a first attempt, if you know what I mean.  For example, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s first league book Born in Ice was actually written before her first Dark Hunter books and some of the characters in that book feel like first drafts to some of her later characters in the second series.

Regardless of how Death and the Girl Next Door came to be, I liked it.  Not as much as her other series but enough to put book number two on hold.  I’m not quite sure if I want to continue for this world’s potential or to see how it compares to the second series.  I almost wish it was a spin-off from the Charley Davidson series.  I think a YA book about a teenage Charley and Reyes could be a lot of fun or a series about their daughter’s life in the future.

Anyway, again it was a good book and I’m glad I tried it.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review

 


Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: Alpha & Omega #2

Released: 8/25/2009 by Ace Books

Pages: 286 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either…

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything…

My Review:

This continues to enthral me as I continue with book two in my reread.  For some reason I thought this story was part of Mercy’s series and had been waiting for it as I reread the main series.  Guess I have been blending the plot lines in my memory.

In book two we continue to watch Charles and Anna build their relationship and learn to function as a team.  Lots of pack politics in this story, which I loved, but also a nice amount of romance as the couple grew closer.  We are in Seattle for this story so we have a new PNW playground to explore and lots of new alphas were introduced.  Fae and Vampires continue to be the big bad guys and while I’m fine with the Fae being dark I continue to wish the vampires were not.

The narrator did an excellent job with the different accents of the different foreign alphas visiting and it was fun to hear him switch between them.  Charles’s and Bran’s voice throws me a bit as I heard something quite different in my head.

The next book in this series comes out tomorrow so I hope to get my turn with the next couple books so I can read the new release sooner rather than later!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

Book Review

 


Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Novella

Book Series: Sin du Jour #1

Released: 10/20/2015 by Tor

Pages: 225 Price: $12.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In New York, eating out can be hell.

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?

Welcome to Sin du Jour – where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.

My Review:

This series is simply not for me.  Not a fan of the humor used in this book or the gore factor.  It wasn’t a long audiobook so I decided to tough it out but had I been reading I would have put this one down.

There wasn’t a lot that I liked but there isn’t anything I really hated either.  Lots that I found gross, however.  Tons of characters which was alright in audio format because the narrator did a great job with differentiating the voices.  Not a long book which I was thankful for but plenty there to introduce you to the series.  If you are going to give this one I try I do suggest the audiobook.  The actor reading the story did a great job.

My Rating: 2 Stars