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

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Top Ten Tuesday: Stuck it out

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Have to be honest with you I hardly ever finish a book I’m not enjoying.  Repeat after me: Life is too short to read bad books.  So I’m not sure how this list is going to go but I will try and find ten titles of books I hated but finished anyway and I seriously doubt that I will be glad I read them anyway…

Ten books that I’m Glad I Finished

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  I didn’t care for this one and surprised I stuck it out as long as I did.  I didn’t read the last 40 pages but by the end, I just didn’t care anymore.  I’m glad I made it far enough to give it an honest review for the publisher.
  2. Retribution (Dark-Hunter, #19) The next three books I’m glad I read so I know what happened in the series but don’t plan on rereading when I reread their prospective series.
  3. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) See above.
  4. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Ditto.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) Another book that I’m glad I read to know what happens in the series but the book just didn’t work for me on the whole.  I could have probably skipped this book altogether and not been lost in the series but you don’t know if a book is good or bad until you read it.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16) This was the final book in the series so I’m glad I read it but it simply didn’t live up to the rest of the series.
  7. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)  I think you all know how I feel about this book.  This is one book on the list I’m not glad I read… well, that isn’t exactly true.  I’m glad I finished the series but wished I had stopped reading three books back.
  8. Dracula  Not a fan of classics but with all the vampire books I’ve read over the years I’m glad I read the one that started them all.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)  This book I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up so disgusted by the end that I was able to walk away from the series altogether.  I’m done and I don’t care how it all ends.
  10. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)  Another case of I’m glad I read the book to know what happened in the series but it wasn’t my favorite.

What book that you hated are you glad to have read?

River Marked by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review

 


River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)Book Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #6

Released: 3/1/11 by Ace Books

Pages:  326 Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip – and the pimped-out trailer they’re using – is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached…

Being a different breed of shapeshifter – a walker – Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River – and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil… 

My Review:

It feels like I should be further along in the reread of this series.  Maybe because I am also reread the spin-off series at the same time.  Whatever the reason I find it difficult to believe that this is only book number six.

I originally gave this book only four-stars and I’m not sure why. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. We get to attend Mercy and Adam’s wedding and join them on their honeymoon where of course trouble follows Mercy thanks to some finagling by the Fae.  While I feel that this is the book where Mercy and Adam’s relationship loses its last interest, becoming much tamer in later books, we do get a bit of heat between the lovebirds.

What interested me most about this book was the chance to explore some of the Native American paranormal legends and creatures.  We learn a bit about a side of Mercy that hasn’t been delved into much in earlier books and we get to meet Coyote which was confusing and fascinating at the same time.

I’m going to leave the rating where it is but I do think I probably enjoyed this more the second time read it.  I have the next book already started but then the book eight and nine are not available through my library online.  I choices are to skip the books, read them, or try to get my hands on the audiobooks another way.  I liked book eight but book nine didn’t work that well for me.  I might read books eight and then skip nine.  Or maybe I should reread nine and see if my opinion has changed for that one.  Maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time too.  I have a bit to wait before I need to make up my mind though.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple Fever

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 May 8: Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title)

Not a lot of explanation needed and in case you haven’t already guessed it I’ll be sharing books that feature my favorite color purple today.  I think I’ve done this topic before so in order to not repeat titles, I’m going to select from books that I have not read yet.

Ten Purple Books that I Want to Read

  1. Cursed (The Order of the Wolf, #1)
  2. Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, #4)
  3. Faefever (Fever, #3)
  4. Passion for the Game (Georgian, #2)
  5. Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica #4)
  6. Bad Attitude (B.A.D. Agency #1)
  7. Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove, #1)
  8. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1)
  9. Undead to the World (The Bloodhound Files, #6)
  10. Gemini

That was more challenging than I thought it would be.  Probably because I heavily weeded my to-read shelf this year and had only 250 books to choose from.  Still, there were some good-looking books there I’m torn between book two or three as my favorite but book nine looks good too.  Did you create a list this week?  Share a link in the comments along with your favorite color.

Month in Review: April 2018

Month in Review

Read this month: 8 Books, 2,384 Pages 

Read this year: 30 Books, 9,233 Pages 

CatStronauts: Mission Moon Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) The Taster Head On (Lock In, #2) Legacies #2: Best Defense Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

 

Looking Back:

Audiobooks saved my butt this month.  I’m truly surprised that I managed to read eight books this month.  I DNFed a couple of titles but it just felt like I spent so much time not reading this month… I shouldn’t be complaining though.  I only have 15 books to go until I meet my reading goal of the year.  I have to say though, the most exciting part of the reading month was the opportunity to go meet John Scalzi in Iowa City and getting my first edition of Old Man’s War autographed.

Looking Ahead:

I have like five review request books to read.  One of them has passed its release date and one or two of the others releases this month.  I have been itching to work outside and with temps finally warming up I need to get my garden in the ground.  Other than trying to get my reading groove on I don’t have a lot of plans for the month of May.  I have started a new weekly blog post of What I’m Reading Wednesday which is in conjunction with the new dedicated Instagram account for the blog, seen in the sidebar on this page.  Have a great month!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Wolf Undaunted by Shannon Curtis

Book Review

 


Wolf UndauntedBook Genre: Romance, Paranormal

Book Series: N/A

Released: 5/1/18 by Harlequin Nocturne

Pages: 304 Price: $4.99 e-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

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

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mortal enemies…

…bound by a kiss

When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?

My Review:

I have a confession.  I’ve never read a Harlequin romance before.  Ever.  There is a certain undeserving stigma that comes with the brand that sells millions of popular books each year in the romance genre.  Romance, in general, tends to get looked down upon as “trashy” but publishers like Harlequin seem to catch the brunt of the prejudice.  I, like many of you, grew up with mothers and grandmothers devouring these books by the shelf full and in high school, I had friends that would raid those very shelves for reading material during study hall.  I simply never picked one up to read myself before now.  When I spotted this interesting title available for review I decided to rectify that immediately!

I wasn’t expecting a bad story after all a company does not stay in business 69 years by publishing books that people don’t want to read.  I was expecting a stand-alone paranormal romance and I don’t think that was the case.  After exploring other titles by this author I have a feeling that this title is part of a series and I was jumping in on the action mid-plot a bit.  I wasn’t lost but it would have been nice to read the other stories first.  That is my biggest complaint about the book.

It was a fun read, though, I like the tough heroine and the enemies becoming lovers plotline worked for me.  The steam level of the story was just right, enough to keep it interesting but the plot wasn’t simply a series of setups to get these two in bed.  Plenty of action as well along with quite a suspenseful scene near the end of the book where both the hero and heroine got to shine and become united as one.

This is perhaps why I enjoy romance books the most.  I know when I pick one up what to expect.  I know I’m going to get a funny or thrilling or suspenseful or mysterious plot where two people come together and overcome their circumstances to build a future together.  I want that happy ending, especially in the world where reality fails to deliver constantly.  This title delivered on all those points but I really wish I had read its predecessors first.  I would have been more invested in the characters and action.  Still, it was a good story and I’m glad I tried it!

My Rating: 3 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 May 1: Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

I have to say one of the definite perks of being a book blogger is that we sometimes get our hands, or e-readers, on books that we want to read before anyone else does.  Below are some of the titles I’d LOVE to get ARC for!

Ten books that I’d love to read early

  1. Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) I have to say on this list this book is probably the one I’m most excited about!  The spin-off Chicagoland Vampire series Heirs of Chicagoland.  Yes, please.
  2. Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires, #13.1) Might as well put these two together.  I would love to read the upcoming unexpected novella in the Chicagoland Vampire series.
  3. Time's Convert (All Souls Universe #1) This is the second book I am most excited about reading.  Another book set in the All Souls Universe featuring Marcus.  Be still my beating heart!
  4. Vampires Like It Hot (Argeneau, #28) Still, a huge fan of the Areneau series and I’m keeping an eye out for the next book in the series to be offered up over at Edelweiss.
  5. Blank 133x176 Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones.  The release date for this book has been pushed back until next year.  Disappointing but not unheard of for a final book in series.  I’ll wait. Patiently.
  6. Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) Another book from the Night Huntress world!  We don’t have long to wait for Ian’s story.  Can’t wait! Also, yummy cover.
  7. Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers, #3) The first two books in the Wayfarers series were such a delight that I am eagerly awaiting the next book and watching Net Galley for it.
  8. Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) This used to be a finished series but it looks like the author is going to release another title set in the Dark Protectors series.  Put my request for review in for this one recently so fingers crossed.
  9. Stygian (Dark-Hunter, #29) I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of Ms. Kenyon’s books up for a review request.  Doesn’t mean I don’t keep an eye out for them.
  10. Born of Blood (The League: Nemesis Rising, #11) Looks like the league books might be self-published now.  Doesn’t matter to me one bit but I would still love to get my hands on one of these titles early.

Another week, another list.  What books would you love to get a chance to read before everyone else? Leave them or a link to your list in the comments!

 

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Book Review

 


Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalBook Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, YA, Superheros

Book Series: Ms. Marvel #1

Released: 10/30/14 by Marvel

Pages: 120  Price: $15.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I Borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! 

My Review:

Teens are a fickle group of readers and one area that is severely lacking at the library where I work is in the graphic novels section of YA.  With the popularity of the Marvel movies, I decided to start there and came across this comic.  Now I’m not really a fan of GN but even I have heard of Ms. Marvel from when it came out and decided to add this one to our library.  Of course, when it came in I needed to check it out for research purposes.  The wink is implied here…

I actually quite liked the GN and finished it in one sitting.  I liked that the hero is female and Muslim yet remains relatable to most anyone from the age group.  She faces much of the same problems any teen is going to have of fitting in, peer pressure, overbearing parents, struggling to find one’s own identity.  I liked that the comic wasn’t over sexualized which will make it an easier sell to parents.  It was fun and I hope teens in my community give it a chance.

Overall this book isn’t quite my style and didn’t convert me over to GN or Comics.  I still struggle to appreciate the graphics part of them.   Ms. Marvel wasn’t really written for someone like me however and I’m keeping that in mind with my rating.  I liked it.  I see the value of it and look forward to introducing it to others.

My Rating: 4 Stars

CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

Book Review

 


CatStronauts: Mission MoonBook Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Comic, Cats, Humor

Book Series: Catstronauts #1

Released: 4/18/17 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 160 Price: $16.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library

 

Book Synopsis:

CatStronauts, you are needed!

When the world is thrust into darkness due to a global energy shortage, the Worlds Best Scientist comes up with a bold plan to set up a solar power plant on the moon. But someone has to go up there to set it up, and that adventure falls to the CatStronauts, the best space cats on the planet! Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles, genius technician and inventor Blanket, and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet! 

My Review:

Not the typical type of book that I review on this blog but it was new book day at the library and the first couple of pages of this one made me chuckle so I decided to check it out.

I was actually the one that suggested this title be added to the catalog where I work.  Cat books have been fairly popular with this age group and I thought the premise sounded cute.

First impressions turned out to be spot on as this was a charming read that tackles quite a serious topic of renewable energy.  The gags were cute and each catstronaut had a unique personality quirk that carried through the book.  The artwork is well done and I made sure to pay attention to what was going on in the background imagery and not just read the text which I tend to do with graphic novels.  I did catch a few clever details that I would have missed had I not been forcing myself to pay attention.   I’m still pretty new to the graphic novel scene so cut me some slack…

Anyway, I’m glad I suggested this book to our library and look forward to my young patrons discovering a new series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #10

Released: 6/28/16 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: 
* Why can I see dead people? 
* Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? 
* How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? 
* But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

My Review:

I can’t believe I’ve finished book 10 of my reread/listen of this series!  I’m going to have a bit of a wait for book 11 and 12 which is alright as the last book doesn’t release until 2019.  I have to say it has been a blast listening to these books and I’m going to explore rereading other series I enjoy in audio format.  I used to not enjoy audiobooks but now that I’ve gotten used to them it is a rewarding and different way to enjoy books.  After all, doesn’t most of us start off with having books read to us as children?

Not a lot I can add to my previous review as I’m getting into the books in this series that I’ve read fairly recently.  Much of the plot is fresher in my memory and there are fewer surprises of stuff I forgot.  I had forgotten that this book ended on a huge cliffhanger but since I know what happens next it isn’t such a big deal.

At the end of the audiobook, we are again treated to an interview with the author which is simply the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned.  It is so cool to listen to Ms. Jones’s thoughts on the characters and how she got some of her inspiration.  Totally worth listening to the books for the interview alone.

One thing that rereading this series has made me realize is just how much I’m going to miss this series when it ends.  I really like Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and all the others.  I do hope that Ms. Jones takes this series into the future and does a spin-off featuring beep and her army.  Fingers crossed!

My Rating: 5 Stars