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


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:Passing Fancy

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:

 April 10: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

There are several series that I am working on rereading and a few more that I plan to re-read in the future.  Then there are some series that I truly enjoyed but don’t need to revisit.

Ten series I enjoyed but don’t want to re-read

  1. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) This was a fun YA paranormal series that never really took off.  It ended after two and a half books.  Thought it was not as well-known I enjoyed it but not enough to ever re-read.
  2. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) I loved this series when it first came out and desperately wished that I had stopped reading around book nine or ten.  If I had I probably would have wanted to reread this series but with the way it ended, I simply can’t revisit this world or ever read one of Ms. Harris’s books ever again.
  3. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, #1) This was a lesser known quartet of books that took me forever to start but once I did I was super impressed by how good it was.  Not enough to reread though.
  4. Fated (Dark Protectors, #1) This was a hot urban fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal series that I zipped through.  I’ve tried other series written by this author but never found one that I liked as well as this series.  completely recommend to others but won’t be re-reading.
  5. I'm the Vampire, That's Why (Broken Heart #1) This series kind of fizzled out for me and I never ended up finishing it.  The first few books were great though, but I don’t think I’ll be rereading them in an effort to finish the series.
  6. Jacob (Nightwalkers, #1) Another great urban fantasy/paranormal romance world that I loved.  Haven’t given her other series a try yet and I don’t think I ever will.  Nor will I be rereading this series.
  7. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) This series is freaking hilarious.  I used to love her work and then I kept getting turned down for her ARCs and never seemed to make time to pick them up and read them after release.  Finally, I have just given up on keeping current with her series altogether.  Kinda sad.
  8. Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) The Crossfire series is kind of like a train wreck that you just can’t look away from.  I was glad I read it and enjoyed the ending but I don’t think I will be revisiting this world again.
  9. The Passage (The Passage, #1) I’m so glad I stuck with this trilogy to the end.  I’m also thrilled that I got a chance to meet Mr. Cronin at BEA a couple of years ago.  That being said I don’t think I’ll be rereading this series.
  10. Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) I read this series last year, actually need to finish the last two books still…, I thought the first two books were great but I don’t think I’ll be re-reading it even though I plan on keeping my signed copy in my home library forever.

What books did you love but never plan on reading ever again?

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

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

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

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review


Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #1

Released: 1/31/2006 by Ace

Pages: 288 Price: $19.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed an audiobook copy of this book from my library



Book Synopsis:

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

My Review:

The great reread of 2018 continues with another paranormal series I enjoy.  This book is narrated by Lorelei King the same person who narrates the Charley Davidson series and does a great job of bringing these stories to life.

I hit a wall with the Charley Davidson series am on a pretty long wait list for book seven.  Not wanting to give up working on my blanket while I wait I decided to see what other audiobooks series I might enjoy.  I was delighted to see this one is read by the same person and decided to reread the Mercy Thompson series too.  Hopefully, between the two I have enough books to finish my blanket.

Again I was surprised by how much I didn’t remember about how this series started.  Of course, some was familiar but there were parts that were totally new to me.  As with other reread titles I decided to listen to I have also learned just how off I am on names of different characters.

This was a fun title to revisit in audio format and I only have one tiny complaint.  I’m not a fan of the accent that is used for the main vampire character.  It feels a bit too cliché.

My first time reading this book I left kind of lame review so I will try to write some better reviews for the next few books I listen to.

My Rating: 4 Stars