Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review


Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Alpha & Omega #3

Released: 3/6/12 by Orbit

Pages:  308 Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

My Review:

Wow.  I had forgotten how powerful the ending of this book was.  I waited a long time for my shot at this book in my reread listen and I had kind of gotten out of the mood for this series.  I managed to make it through the book but felt like I was only half paying attention as I listened.  I hung in for the beginning and the end but parts in the middle are a bit fuzzy.

This book deals heavily with the Fae and the consequences of the wolves going public with their existence.  Charles is feeling the strain of being the enforcer and dealing with quite a bit of guilt over the lives he has taken.  Anna is also struggling to help her mate despite his pushing her away for her own protection.  They get sent on a mission together to help the government deal with some disappearances.  Where I am a bit fuzzy is if they are of the Fae or done by the Fae.  Dammit, I need to pay attention better…

Regardless, eventually, it is Anna who is targeted and taken as all hell breaks loose as an already on edge Charles has to deal with a missing mate.  The last few chapters are where the story regained a hold on my attention and I became enthralled with what was going on.  I even ended up with goosebumps on my arms as the action picked up.  The ending of this book though is the best of all the books set in this world.  It also happens to be pretty fitting for the time in which we live as our society struggles with equality, hate, discrimination, and bigotry.

Despite my struggle to focus on the story I still loved the book and it continues to be my favorite.  I think I will end my reread of this series here.  Not just because the next book is not available in audio format from my library but the next book is not one I particularly cared for.  So I might as well jump to the latest release.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan

Book Review

 


Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #0.5)Book Genre: Fantasy, Short Story

Book Series: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore # 0.5

Released: 9/1/2013 by Picador

Pages: 65 Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

August 1969 San Francisco. Ajax Penumbra seeks a book–the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. Late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles across a 24-hour bookstore, and the possibilities before him expand exponentially.

My Review:

This is a short prequel story to Mr. Pemumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, a story I listened to a while back on a whim and ended up enjoying.  I have kept an eye out for other books by this author and have his book Sourdough on hold but in the meantime this one became available and I decided to download it.

It isn’t a long story, just under two hours long, but it was quite good.  I remembered enough from the other book that I knew what was going on.  This is one case where I think you will get more from the prequel if you read the other book first.  Otherwise, much of it will simply go over your head.  Having read the other book first, though, I felt like an insider and delighted in knowing more than the main character.  This is the story of how Mr. Pemumbra discovers his bookstore and ends up working there.  There was quite a bit of backstory to his character and it was interesting to get to know him better.

If you enjoyed the other book I would say don’t miss this one.  If you haven’t read the other one then I suggest starting there and coming back.  Not my typical advice but I think it will work better for you.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Blog Tour

Official Blog Tour Stop


Welcome to Read What I Like’s stop on the blog tour for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones!  I’m so excited to be participating in the buzz surrounding the release of the last book in the Charley Davidson series!  I have a long, but fun post planned for you all, it will be broken down into several sections starting with book and author info followed by a joint review of the first and last book in the series.  Up next is some fun facts about the series provided by Ms. Jones herself and last but certainly not least a link to a giveaway where you can win the complete series!!!


Book Info

Book Genre:  Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: #13 Charley Davidson Series

Released: 1/15/2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages:312   Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  GoodreadsBuy the BookSMP Romance TwitterSMP Romance Website

 

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series! 
Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark, raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently, it is. Bummer.  She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author DARYNDA JONES won a Golden Heart and a RITA for her manuscript First Grave on the Right. A born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Darynda’s Social Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


First Grave on the Right &

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave Joint Review

When they asked me to be a part of the blog tour the publishers asked that participants review their favorite book in the series along with the last book.  Many of my followers might know that I already reread the entire series this year in preparation for this release so I wasn’t sure which book I wanted to read again.  I settled on the first book which I actually read after finishing the thirteenth.  I wanted to absorb the end before going back to the beginning with fresh eyes to see if my opinion of it change or what clues I might have missed now knowing how everything plays out.  If you are looking for clues as to what happens in the last book I’m sorry but this review is going to be a disappointment for you.  I do not want to spoil one second of your enjoyment of the last book.  Believe me, this hurts me as much as you as I am dying to talk to someone about what all went down in the last book! I will probably post a spoiler review on the blog after the book releases in January so keep an eye out for that.

When I think about the two books that start and finish this amazing series I am delighted to see how much of what I loved about that first book carries through until the last book.  The humor and camaraderie between the characters that is the backbone to this series stick with it until the end.  As does the more somber moments that leave me in tears weeping over my nook and reaching for tissues.  This series would take us on a rollercoaster ride in each book and leave us clamoring for more.  Which makes me so sad to know that Summoned to Thirteenth Grave is the last ride we get to take with Charley and Reyes and it was just as thrilling as the first!

That doesn’t mean Charley hasn’t grown as a character over the years, because she has.  She is so much stronger than I think she could have ever believed herself to be in the last book, this last battle.  Charley has truly come into her own in this book and it was quite the sight to see!  Charley started out as almost a goofy character that was a bit awkward at times and struggling to live with this unique ability or role she was given. Simply trying to understand it all and live as normal a life that she could.  By the end though, she is a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait until you can read all about it.

Then there is Reyes, oh sure he is what we all secretly long for in a book boyfriend but I feel his has probably transformed the most out of anyone in the entire series.  When I read how he started out and then to see where he finished.  I was simply amazed.  They truly are a perfect match and complete each other beautifully.

But what about the supporting characters? You might ask.  What happens to them?  Most everyone that started the book finishes the books, there were just a few that we lost along the way.  I promised that I wouldn’t spoil anything but you are in for a couple of surprises in the last book.  Nope, not going to say more than that I was just as sad to say goodbye to all of them as I was to Charley and Reyes.  I simply don’t want to give any of them up.

But we must, all good things must come to an end and this was a pretty awesome ending in my opinion.  I look forward to reading this series, this adventure many times over the years.  When I know I need to laugh, or cry, or simply some really good smut!  I know that Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Ubie, and all of them are there waiting for me.  I might know how the story ends now but I will never stop loving the ride!


Series Fun Facts!

  • First Grave on the Right: The concept for First Grave came about while Darynda was working as a sign language interpreter in her hometown. She stole many of the names from students at the schools where she worked, including Reyes, Garrett, and Amber. As far asDarynda knows, they have all forgiven her for her thievery.
  • Second Grave on the Left: Uncle Bob is a combination of two people: Darynda’s oldest brother, Luther, and the principal at the high school where she worked for several years.
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead: This was originally titled Third Grave Straight Ahead, but Darynda’s web designer, Liz Bemis, asked her to change the name to Dead Ahead. Firstly, it fit the content better, and secondly, Liz got tired of spelling the word Straight wrong while updating the website. Dead is much easier to type.
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Quentin Rutherford makes his first appearance in this book. While his first name was stolen from Darynda’s little brother and his last name stolen from yet another Jr. High student, Quentin is physically sculpted from her oldest son, Jerrdan, a bona fide blond-haired, blue-eyed devil with a sparkling smile that melts even the staunchest of hearts. And, like Quentin Rutherford, he was born Deaf. Not that he let it stop him for a second.
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: This book was fun to write! Darynda was trying to come up with something truly creepy to throw into the book, and she figured what would be creepier than having an apartment full of departed women crawling up the walls, skittering across the ceiling, and huddling in the corners? Also, it is one of the hotter books, so that was fun, too. Because, you know, Reyes.
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Darynda really wanted to open this one on a humorous note. She wanted to have Charley on a stakeout with a departed elderly man, who also happens to be naked, riding shotgun. Which begs the question: Are we really stuck in (or out of) whatever we are wearing when we die for all eternity? ‘Cause that would suck.
  • Seventh Grave and No Body: Osh’ekiel was originally supposed to be in one book only. And he was supposed to be a very bad guy. But Darynda fell in love with him while writing the book and decided to redeem him and give him a bigger role. Just how big his role would become didn’t come to Darynda until plotting Eighth Grave. He has been one of her favorite characters since she wrote that first scene with him.
  • Eighth Grave After Dark: Darynda wanted to really turn the tables on Charley and force her to have to stay in one place, thus the sacred ground of the convent came into play. It was fun and challenging to write a “locked room” mystery, so to speak, but that’s why she loves writing so much.
  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave: One of Darynda’s favorite books in the series, she looked forward to writing this book ever since she came up with the concept while plotting Sixth Grave. Part of what makes a romance so fun is the falling-in-love part, and she wanted Charley to fall in love with Reyes all over again. This book was doubly fun because the audience knows all the characters’ backstories, and they get to watch in anticipation as Charley slowly unravels the mysteries of her past while seeing her fall head-over-heels for the same guy all over again.
  • The Curse of Tenth Grave: This book had one of those too-close-for-comfort calls. Right before Tenth Grave went to print, after going through editors and copyeditors and readers of all shapes and sizes, a savvy proofreader let Darynda in on a little secret: A Sherpa is part of a culture, not an occupation. Thanks to this razor-sharp reader, Darynda narrowly escaped insulting an entire culture in one fell swoop. Aka, her worst nightmare. Her gratitude is unending.
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Darynda dreamed of going to Scotland for so long, she finally decided to just put it in one of her books. She had Charley accidentally materialize in the magical country, only to find out weeks after finishing the book that she would finally get to go there herself. In person. For realsies. It was even more magical than she’d imagined it would be, and she can’t wait to go back.
  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: This book has one of Darynda’s favorite epiphanies EVER!!! She thought, what if someone out there in the universe, a child perhaps, knows everything about Reyes and Charley? Everything starting from their supernatural heritage to their human identities? And what if that person wrote a book about them? Or a series of books? Say, perhaps, a set of children’s books and Garrett just happens to stumble upon them while doing research? How fun would that be? And the international bestselling children’s book (fictionally speaking) The First Star was born.
  • Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: By far the hardest story in the series to write, penning the last Charley book was a bittersweet experience. But Darynda knew she had to go big or go home, so what better way to go out with a bang than to end the world as we know it by starting the zombie apocalypse? Because that’s what writers do. We start apocalypses.

Giveaway Info!

Enter for a chance to win the entire Charley Davidson series by Darynda
Jones, an ARC of the epic finale, Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, plus
fun swag!

Giveaway Link


Closing thoughts

Thanks for visiting I hope you had a great visit and learned all kinds of fun stuff about the series and the upcoming final release.  If this is your first time here I hope you will be back!  I post honest reviews of everything I read and every so often I have fun posts like this one to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the all the blogs on the tour as I’m sure there are loads more interesting posts to check out!

~Happy Reading!

Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Book Review

 


Time's ConvertBook Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Historical

Book Series: All Soul’s Trilogy Stand Alone/Spin-off/sequel 

Released: 9/18/18 by Viking

Pages: 436 Price: $29.00 Hard Cover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

My Review:

I didn’t know what to expect with this continuation of the All Soul’s World but I knew I was excited about its expansion!  I did know that the books were going to delve deeper into supporting character’s background, tell their stories.  Up first is Marcus, Matthew’s son but I do hear that she is working on Gallowglass’s story which should be up next.  He is a character that caught my eye in the main trilogy and I can’t wait to learn more about him.

This book, though, is Marcus’s and I was happy to see it didn’t take place only in the past but we also got a continuation of Matthew and Diana’s story in this book.  This book is very much Marcus’s HEA as he has chosen a mate for himself in Phoebe who he showed interest in during his ‘parent’s’ books.  Being a warmblood Phoebe has decided to become a Vampire and needs to be reborn before she and Marcus can build a life together.  Of course, nothing is easy in the vampire world Ms. Harkness has created and there are much pomp and circumstance for the two lovebirds to endure after Phoebe’s change.

The book is divided into three parts that are broken up and shared in revolving pieces.  We start with the present which is broken into two-part one following Phoebe as she is reborn into her new life as one of Miriam’s children and the other path following Marcus as he is forced to be separated from his love for the first few months as she learns the ins and outs of vampire life.  All of this brings up skeletons from his past which brings us the third part of this story which is flashbacks to how Marcus became a vampire himself.

What I loved about this book was how it delved into the vampire side of the All Soul’s world and we learned so much about these creatures.  I felt that the first three books were more centered around the witching world and in this one there is a little turmoil revolving around Diana’s son but this book’s focus is much heavier leaning toward a glimpse into what it is like to be a vampire.

I’m not going to lie the book did drag on for me at times.  I’m not a big fan of revolutionary American history so Marcus’s past didn’t capture my attention as Matthew’s did.  I just didn’t find it as interesting.  I did enjoy how the author wove historical figures into Marcus’s story like he did for Matthew and Diana.  It was a lot of fun to imagine how  Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin might have interacted with these characters.

Many if not most of the beloved characters from the original trilogy make appearances in this book so fans should not miss picking up this one too.  While much of the story is a chronicle of Marcus’s life we are treated to how Matthew, Diana, and the twins are progressing.  This was an unexpected delight for me as I wasn’t expecting to see much of them in the future books.

This was a wonderful addition to the All Soul’s world and I’m happy that I read it.  It was a sweet love story of two vampires starting a new life together, but it was also a bittersweet remembrance of a tough life Marcus had for much of his existence.  There were moments where I didn’t like Matthew very much seeing a side of him we didn’t see in his books.  I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Marcus had.

I look forward to Gallowglass’s book and hopefully many more after that.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #1

Released: 8/14/18 by Berkley

Pages: 352 Price: $15.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

My Review:

Being a fan of the main series this book was spun off of I was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book.  Then the summer hit and I got busy and felt awful that it took me until the week before the release to read it.  To top it off the author is coming to Naperville on Thursday and I took the day off to go see her.   So this week I pushed myself to carve out some reading time and finished the first book in a whole new chapter of Chicagoland vampires

I might have also been a bit hesitant to start the spin-off out of fear that it wouldn’t live up the original series.  Of course, many of the characters would carry over but there would be new people to connect with and form bonds.  Lulu and Connor were my personal favorites. The first book in series are often make or break for the success of a series.  We need enough background information to get hooked but not an info dump.  We need a compelling plot to keep us engaged with characters we barely know and enough cliffhangers to keep us coming back.  That’s a lot of pressure for a book.

Fortunately, Ms. Neill does a beautiful job with Wild Hunger.  There was enough distinction from the first series for this one to stand on its own.  Yet there was plenty of characters and settings carried over from the first series to keep fans of that one feeling like they were visiting old friends.  The time jump between the last series and this one was handled nicely too. Of course, being vampires, for many of the characters, we don’t have to worry about them having died off.  Ms. Neill demonstrates the advancement of time more through the changes in the city and technology which were subtle yet fun ways to make to book feel like it is set in the future.

Then there is the fact that Elisa is the descendant of the two main characters from the last series.  This could have easily come off as Merit with blond hair but doesn’t.  If anything I almost see more of her father Ethan in her than Merit, but she is a nice blend of their personalities and quirks.  Ms. Neill also sets up Elisa’s love interest for the series with Connor, which wasn’t a huge surprise because it was implied in the last series.  It isn’t a major plot point in the book but a good start for future books.  I look forward to seeing how they come together.

I don’t want to spoil things for you but there was an unexpected twist that links the two series through Elisa.  I am looking forward to seeing how she handles this issue and how it becomes known to her parents.

Overall if you are a fan of Chicagoland Vampires then it is a given that you are going to want to get your hands on this book.  Take my word on it! If you want to start here though, there is a lot to love in this book.  The action, humor, and setting are all spot on!   It was a fun read and if you enjoy urban fantasy then you will enjoy Wild Hunger too.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones (Audio)

Book Review

 


The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #12

Released: 10/31/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 289 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings–some corporeal, some not so much–as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture–the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford–out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? 

My Review:

I’m both excited and sad to have finished my reread of this series.  Sad because that means there is only one more book left and I have to wait until next year to read it.  Excited because the next book (fingers crossed) will be amazing and wrap up all the cliffhangers and plot threads that are left.

My opinion of the story hasn’t changed since my initial review when I read it last year.  Still a hilarious read which might be even funnier when read to you.  I listened to the end of this while mowing the lawn yesterday and laughed so hard I ended up with a stitch in my side.  Also, probably looked like a fool on my riding lawnmower laughing my head off. Good thing I live in the country…

Since I don’t have much to add to my thoughts on the book I’m going to encourage you to consider listening to this series.  I’m glad I did both and happy I read it first.  I worked through the series without outside influence mispronouncing names and locations like crazy.  Then I listened to the book, going in knowing I loved the series and was in for a funny, steamy, crazy ride.  It was a blast!  The narrator Lorelei King is an amazing talent and I have begun seeking out titles that she has recorded.  She breathes a story to life and was an excellent choice for this series!  In fact, if I was to rate this book now I would give it the full five stars, she brought so much to the story.  But I’m going to leave the rating as it is, just know I enjoyed to book more the second time thanks to Ms. King.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Slaying it by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 


Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.5)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Novella

Book Series: Chicagoland Vampires 13.5

Released: 7/17/2018 InterMix

Pages: 79 Price: $1.99 e-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Merit, Sentinel of Chicago’s Cadogan House, is pregnant. She’s ready to meet her daughter, but also very excited about the possibility of seeing her feet again. But trouble always seems to find her…

Ethan and Merit have been married for eight months, and they’re preparing for life-with-baby. Ethan’s battling his overprotectiveness, while Merit’s hoping she can figure out how to be a loving parent given her family’s chilliness.

While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a human in need, only to find herself under attack. A sociopath with a debt figures pregnant Merit is an easy target–and Cadogan House would pay handsomely for her return…

My Review:

This was a fun return to a finished series! Since I hadn’t made much progress in my ARC of Wild Hunger I decided to put it off a little longer and read this book before diving too far into that one.  I’m glad I did as it keeps the timeline intact being a reader that prefers to read in the order of release.

In this short visit to the world of Chicagoland Vampires, we get to witness a very pregnant Merit in all her shining, waddling glory!  Not being a kid person or interested in pregnancy at all I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about Merit’s experience giving birth to the world’s first-born vampire.  Of course, Ethan was a hoot and it was pretty awesome to see some familiar faces around the house.  There was also this whole side story revolving around Jonah and Margot!!!  Much of the plot revolved around some chaos affecting Merit which is pretty typical for this series.  I was delighted to see Merit was her usual kick-ass self, even if her body was currently incubating a vampire miracle.

If you are a fan of the series and looking forward to Wild Hunger releasing next month I suggest picking this one up to tide you over.  It was a lot of fun and I found myself laughing out loud in several parts.  The last chapter was super sweet as well.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Review

 


Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Dark Protectors #8

Released: 6/19/18 by Lyrical Press

Pages: 292  Price: $5.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot-blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

My Review:

The Dark Protectors was a completed series and the author had moved onto other series including a spin-off that failed to capture my interest.  I loved the series and was sad to see it go but completely satisfied with where it left us.  After rereading my review for book 7, however, I see that I had wished the author would revisit the world and continue someday.

Well, today is that day!  If you don’t take into account the novella and short stories…  Anyway, Vampire’s Faith is a full-length novel set in the Dark Protectors world and I’m thrilled to see that this series is back!

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew there were going to be a strong-willed defiant female lead and a pig-headed yet completely sexy alpha male that would swoop in and throw her over his shoulder to claim her as his mate.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The action was plentiful and nicely paced, and the romance full of tension and chemistry.   I so enjoyed watching Faith defy and attempt to resist Ronan knowing full well he would win her in the end.  some days you are just in the mood to read about a female standing up to a pushy mate.  My only complaint about their relationship is one sex scene near the end bothered me a bit as it felt that sex was being used for a punishment and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  Otherwise, this was a great couple and I enjoyed reading about their pairing.

If you are looking to check in on some of the previous characters in this world you might be a bit disappointed.  They were mentioned several times but largely stayed out of the plot.  We do have a couple of their kids play prominent roles in this new book but the rest stay out of the picture mostly.  I don’t want to spoil the plot but the way the story went gives me hope that the series will continue and we might get a chance to see familiar faces.

This was a great read and I loved the fresh plot and new adventures that await us.  If you enjoyed the first seven books you won’t want to miss this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

House of the Rising Son by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review

 


House of the Rising Son (Dark Hunter #22.5; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #28)Book Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Dark Hunter 22.5

Released: 1/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 115  Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.

My Review:

This is a short story included in the Dark Bites anthology and is the origin story for Styxx and Beth.  This story is the origin of how their two souls met and fell in love.  If you have not read Styxx you will be fine as this doesn’t give anything away.  If you have read Styxx then this is a sad but interesting read to learn about how their love started.  Warning, this does not end well but then again it is not the end of their story.  The HEA comes in Styxx’s book.

It wasn’t a very long listen but it took me a bit to figure out that it was a prequel to Styxx’s book.  I thought it was interesting but have to confess that I’m simply not that into reading about sex/romance anymore.  I blame menopause.  Whatever the reason I found myself losing interest once the characters started hooking up.  If you are a fan of the series though you will want to add this one to your list as it will add to the broader overall scope of the world.  Just be prepared for heartbreak.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review

 


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 Stars