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


Monday Morning Check-in: Frozen Hell…

Good Monday morning everyone.  It was a lovely 55 degrees yesterday but it is winter in Iowa so this morning we woke up to snow-covered grounds…  Of course, it is March so it probably won’t last long.  On tap for today is chores and listening to an audiobook while knitting.  I have several coming available all at once and I’m only allowed to have three out a time so I need to listen to a couple of the short ones quick so I don’t have to get back in line for them.  Have a great week everyone I have a book review to write up next.


Month in Review: February 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  10 Books, 3,014Pages 

Read this year: 21  Books, 6,122 Pages 

The Freeze-Frame Revolution Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1) If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4) Wolf UndauntedOnly Human (Themis Files, #3) Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)

Looking Back:

Another great month of reading!  Four of those pictured above are ARC titles that have not yet released so I’ve not posted their review yet.  The Readers of Broken Wheel was a reread for a library book talk and since I just reviewed the title last year I decided to not post an updated review.  Half of the titles are audiobooks which is really helping my numbers this year and my knitting habit!  I’m also enjoying the revisit to series I previously enjoyed.  A couple of disappointments this month with the first two pictured above didn’t work for me.  Didn’t hate them enough to DNF but couldn’t give them more than two stars either.  Somehow I also missed the blog’s birthday!  On February 24th Read What I Like turned four.  Happy anniversary!

Looking Ahead:

I hope to keep up momentum with my reading this month.  I have about three or four audiobooks that I am next in line for at my library.  Hopefully they won’t all become available at the same time.  I have two review books, well one review book and one set of review postcards from Blogging for Books.  I said I was going to give up on the program but still find myself checking in on what they have to offer about once a week. I’m going to finish up two of the Bloodhound Files books and possible try to catch up with JR Ward or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series. If I do go with either of those authors this month my numbers will be down next month as they both write bricks.  I’ve also been toying with a month of Star Trek fiction so we will just have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for.

Happy Reading ~Amy

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Over and over and over again

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:

 February 27: Books I Could Re-read Forever

I used to not reread books then I took a look at my expanding home library and decided that if I was going to justify keeping all these books they had to be ones that I would be interested in rereading eventually.  That way my stacks are reserved for only those titles that mean the most to me.  So far this system has worked pretty well.  I only keep books I absolutely love and no longer feel guilty about spending money on books.  With my recent expansion into audiobooks, I have also started listening to titles I’ve previously read.  It is a great way to get a different perspective on a book and a lot of times the narrator brings a story to life.  Below are some of the titles and series I envision myself enjoying the rest of my life.

Ten books that plan to read over and over again.

  1. Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1) The Dark Hunter Series is one of the longest series I own with over 40 different stories that make up the complete series (including all the novellas and spin-offs)  it is also one of my favorite series!  I’ve reread it once already (took three months) and I will most likely read it again someday.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) I love this trilogy and am super excited about Marcus’s book that is coming out soon!  I’ve read this one three times already.
  3. Redshirts This was the first book by Mr. Scalzi I read and while I’ve not read this one a second time yet I plan to eventually as it is a lovely tribute to the original Star Trek Series.
  4. The Martian I’ve not talked about this book in a while.  I’ve read it three times already and can see myself reading it many more.  It is probably my favorite stand-alone series.
  5. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) This is a series I am working on reading again in audio format.  Have to say I’m falling in love with it all over again.
  6. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) This is the other series I am working on in audio format and am waiting for book six to continue.
  7. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) This series is one I’m torn on. I wonder if I am getting tired of the series.  I’m not as excited about picking up the later books but love the spin-off series which feels more like the earlier ones in the Blackdagger Brotherhood series.
  8. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) This is my favorite light chick-lit paranormal romance that I read.  I have most if not all of the books in the series.  I hope to read them again someday even though it is quite long at over 20 books.
  9. Born of Night (The League: Nemesis Rising #1) Yep, Ms. Kenyon made my list twice.  I have found that this audiobook is offered through my library and might borrow it sometime when I am done with the other two rereads.
  10. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires is a finished series and I am excited about the spin-off series.  I hadn’t thought about rereading it until this list and needed one more book or series.  But now that I think about it might be fun.  Maybe it is available in audiobook format.

Another week, another list.   What books do you plan to reread?

Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (reread)

Book Review


Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Ready Player One #1

Released:1/16/2018 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 374 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books



Book Synopsis:

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Confession time.  I had already read this book when I requested it or rather I had listened to it.  I borrowed the audiobook from my library a while back but had wanted to read it again before seeing the movie.  I loved listening to it the first time as it is narrated by Wil Wheaton who quite frankly made the book truly come alive for me.  I had been toying with adding the title to my home library and when I saw the movie tie-in version come up for review I went for it and put in a request.

I’m happy to report that reading the book was just as delightful as listening to it.  It really does surprise me that this book works for me when I struggle so much with his second title Armada.   This book, however, is such a fun trip down nostalgia lane for anyone that grew up in the 80’s.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

Much of what I said in my first review carries over to this one as my opinion and observations haven’t changed in this rereading.  If you would like to know what I said in that review you can do so at this link.  If you are excited about seeing the movie please do pick up the book first.  After all the book is always better!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Monday Morning Check-In: Plugging along.

Good Monday morning everyone I hope you all had a good weekend.  Iowa is slowly starting to defrost and I spent a good portion of my Sunday cleaning out a chicken coop.  It looks like it is going to be another good month for reading.  I attribute that to the Olympics being held this year and the fact that I refuse to watch them. Left me three weeks of evening reading time.  This week I hope to finish up a couple more books before Wednesday.  I managed to do my Monday chores on Sunday so today is free for reading after I run to the post office.  Not a lot else going on besides paying bills and waiting for spring which is in 22 days.

Have a great week and happy reading!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review


Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: Alpha & Omega #1

Released: 7/29/2008 by Ace

Pages: 294 Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library



Book Synopsis:

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

My Review:

If you are new to this spin-off from the Mercy Thompson series please do not start with this book.  Go and read the Alpha & Omega prequel book because then this one will make much more sense.  The first time I read it I did not and that is probably why I enjoyed it more this time having known what happened in the prequel.

And I did, enjoy it more the second reading or listening that is.   In fact, I had forgotten so much of the story it was almost like I was discovering this series all over again!  A perk of getting old and reading so much, series you once loved can be fresh and new all over again…  Anyway,  I have always liked Charles and Anna more than Mercy and Adam and this reread simply reinforced that opinion.  Mercy’s series is told mainly from Mercy’s POV while Anna’s series you get the opportunity to be in several different character’s heads and learn their background story too.  You also get to experience some scenes from multiple POV which simply enriches the story in my opinion.

This book also reintroduced me to a secondary character that I had forgotten about.  Asil.  I love this character and it was a treat to have him be the focus of much of the this book’s plot.  Then there is Bran who we get to know so much better in this series than Mercy’s.  We finally get to see a bit of what makes him the big bad wolf.

This book captivated me and I found myself staying up well past my bedtime wanting to hear more of what was going on.  I’m a bit disappointed that I need to wait for my turn at the next book but excited that book five comes out next week!  I will probably hold off reading it until I get a chance to reread the next three books, however.

As far as audiobook versus print I have to confess I was a bit upset about the change of narrator.  Took me almost an hour to get used to him but in the end, I think he did a good job.  I’ve listened to the other narrator for quite some time now as she also read the Charley Davidson series that it was a bit of a shock to listen to a male reading the story to me.

My Rating: 5 Stars, raising it one star because I enjoyed it so much more this time.

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review


Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)Book Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #4

Released: 2/3/2009 by Ace Books

Pages: 287  Price$24.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.




Book Synopsis:

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after.

My Review:

Going to have to take another break in rereading of this series as I need to wait my turn for the next book.  Oh sure, I have the next one up on my shelves but I’m enjoying the narrator and want to continue listening to the story.

I am falling back in love with this series!  I remember most of the plot and action but I had forgotten details and knowing what happens next I’m able to pay attention to the development of supporting characters more.  My only frustration with this series is the continued portrayal of vampires.  I wish they were not put in the role Ms. Briggs picked for them.  Stephan is one of my favorite characters and I don’t like how vampires are tainted in this world.

A big development in Adam and Mercy’s relationship in this book much to the chagrin of several pack members.  I know that there will be drama surrounding her place among them in future books.  That is something else that has irked me about the series.  Most of them don’t deserve her.

Met another interesting Fae in this story and my favorite walking stick was back and played a pretty important role in the plot this time.

This was a quick listen I finished it in just under a day and I anxiously wait for the next book!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Time to say good-bye.

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:

February 20: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

This might be a challenging list to work up this week.  I recently figured out how to weed books from my Goodreads account and did a major purge.  I went from something over 600 titles to-read to 282 titles.  I removed everything I was no longer interested in or recognized/remembered.  I kept mainly titles by authors I was familiar with or knew I wanted to read.  Some of the titles I removed are ones I own.  I’m no longer going to use Goodreads to prevent myself from buying a book I already own because recently I haven’t been using it while shopping.  My tastes have changed and I’m not picking up the same type of books that I used to.  I did keep my Star Trek books on the account because I do pick those up when I come across them even though I don’t seem to ever get around to reading them.  Anyway,  I’m sure I can scrounge up some titles to share this week.

Ten books that I simply lost interest in…

  1. Written in Red (The Others, #1)  This one caught my eye in a few blog reviews.  I put it on my list but didn’t go out to buy it and waited for it to cross my path.  Never did so I removed it from my to-read list.  If it ever crosses my path I might pick it up and read it.
  2. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1) Another one that I added a long time ago and it never crossed my path.  I’m going to remove it for now.
  3. Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) This book was one that I added when I was into YA titles, now that I’m over them I am going to remove this one from my to-read list.
  4. Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1) This is a case of I picked a book up cheap at a sale and it sat on my shelves for years.  I’m going to donate it someplace and maybe someone else will find time to read it.
  5. Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1) This book is pretty much the same explanation as for the last book…
  6. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1) I tried this author once and just didn’t care for her book that much but had downloaded this title already from a free e-book offer.  I’m not going to delete it but I’m going to take it off my to-read list.
  7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Added this one when I was in a what classics should I be reading phase.  I’m over reading to try to impress people.  Weeded
  8. Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) Never got around to this title but it still looks interesting.  Might get to is as we have it in the library where I work but probably not.
  9. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) This book is another victim of my lost interest in YA… Also didn’t enjoy the movie that much.
  10. Never Let Me Go I suggested this title to my library but after some feedback from patrons, I’m not sure I’m going to read it.

There is my list for the week.  Are there any titles above that you loved?  Why not lobby for them in the comments.  Maybe they will make it back on to my reading list.