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

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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

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)Book Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Audiobook, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #6

Released: 5/20/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 326  Price: $39.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?

Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear. 

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

My Review:

I think I enjoyed this book more the second time than I did the first.  In my initial review, I mentioned how there was too many plot thread and being a little overwhelmed by them.  The book was a little tough to follow.  I also mentioned frustration over some of the plot threads that didn’t seem to be going anywhere.  Well now that I have read all the way up to book 12 and know what is going to happen this time I was able to relax and just enjoy the story.  I wasn’t spending all my time looking for clues as to what was going to happen next because I already knew. I also had my first few instances of noticing important plot points that I might have the first time.

At book six we are at the half-way point of the books already released.  Charley and Reyes relationship is developing nicely and a few important characters are still being introduced.  The mystery of who Charley really is and her full potential is still being fed to us at a teasingly slow pace but that is what keeps it interesting.  Of course, I might be just saying that because I know what is going to happen…

I’m still enjoying the reread and have hit a wall in my progress.  I’m 17 in line for one of the two audiobooks available from my library and that means I will have to wait a while to continue.  The standard check out is two weeks so I’m guessing it will be a couple of months before I can continue.  I could just read the next book but I’m really digging listening to this one and want to continue in the audio format.  So I’ll wait… Dammit.  I do have a couple other audiobooks to listen to in the meanwhile and heaven forbid I actually read a print book.

I’m not going to change the rating because I haven’t any of the others, but I am surprised that I enjoyed this book more the second time.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #5

Released: 7/9/2013

Pages: 339  Price: $39.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth…but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason. When it becomes apparent that her own sister, Gemma is the serial killer’s next target, Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help. Arsonist or not, he’s the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return. Charley. All of her, body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.
Charley Davidson is at it again in the sexy, suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny fifth installment of the New York Timesbest selling series.

My Review:

Oy,  I had forgotten some of the truly gruesome things that happen to Charley over the years.  Here I thought listening to the graphic sex scenes was awkward, listening to a character being tortured is just as challenging.  Otherwise, I continue to enjoy this reread listen to one of my favorite series.

I continue to be surprised by how much I don’t remember from the earlier books.  I think once we get to book ten, eleven, and twelve I will be more familiar with what is going on as they are more recent releases.  I also continue to focus on subplots more than I did the first go around as I already know how Charley and Reyes’s relationship is going to play out.  While I love Charley and Reyes other characters are quickly becoming almost equal in my adoration.  Uncle Bob in this book especially tugged at my heart.

I have one more book downloaded and then I have to wait for my turn at book 7 which might be a nice spot to take a breather for a book or two.   It is going to be a long time to wait until Fall 2018 for the last book so there is no hurry.  This is such a great series I highly recommend it for whatever format you can get your hands on.  A smoking hot male love interest, humor that has you laughing in public, and touching moments that leave you in tears.  This series has it all.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review


Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #4

Released: 10/30/12 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 308 Price: Audiobook $39.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above…or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.
Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series.

My Review:

Continuing to enjoy my reread listen to the Charley Davidson series.  Also getting a ton of knitting done because all I want to do is sit and listen and laugh.  Of course, there are plenty of moments that have me in tears and blushing at what is being read to me.  These books are definitely not safe for work or commute in public transit without headphones.

Book four brought me quite a few surprises which shocked me in how much I did not remember.  There were one or two scenes in there that I had completely forgotten.  I remember zipping right through this series when I read it the first time so perhaps I should reread more of the book I finished in a day because in my rush to read them I missed a lot apparently.

Listening to this book and the last one so close together made me realize there is a bit of a plot hole with a character that had died in the previous book.  I could have sworn he was dead-dead but he ended up showing up again in this book.  There was a little explanation as to what happened but it felt a little fishy. Will need to go and read other’s reviews about this character and see if anyone else feels the same.  Don’t get me wrong I’m happy they are still in the book it is just something feels off about what happened.

I have plenty of knitting to go, knitting a blanket for my husband, and plenty of books to go! Was a little disappointed that there was no author interview at the end of this book but I guess I can look some up on YouTube if I want to hear more of what Ms. Jones has to say about the series…

My Rating: 5 Stars

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook, Mystery

Book Series: Charley Davidson #3

Released: 1/31/12 by St. Martian’s Press

Pages: 310  Price: $39.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

My Review:

Wow.  I’m surprised at how much I did not remember in this book.  Near the end, I was totally all ‘Wait a minute, what the hell just happen?!?’.  It is a good thing I have the next audiobook all downloaded and waiting because if I had to wait my turn for the next book I might have a fit.

This reread continues to be a delight to listen to and if you are a fan of the series I highly suggest getting your hands on the audiobooks.  There was another author interview at the end of this book and to gain that insight into Ms. Jones’s development of the characters and plot is so worth it.

I really don’t want to give anything away but Garrett’s storyline really tugs on the heart in this book.  We also meet Artemis in this book which was both sad and fun.  Again there are characters here that have dropped out of the plot by book 12 that I’m having a difficult time remembering their importance.  I am also surprised at how little Reyes and Charlies’s relationship is grabbing my attention.  I know how most of that plays out, having read the series already, and I am able to focus on some of the other characters more.  Don’t get me wrong I still like Reyes but I feel like I am able to enjoy some of the supporting roles more now.

My Rating: 5 Stars (No Change)

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones (reread)

Book Review

 


Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #2

Released: 8/16/2011 by St. Martian’s Press

Pages: 307 Price: $39.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.
When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie’s friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi’s still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.
Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.
Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm’s way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

My Review:

I decided to continue with my reread listen of the Charley Davidson Series when I found the next three books available through my library.  It is also way cold outside and I’m stuck at home babysitting running water pipes so they don’t freeze.  Throw in a new knitting project and you have the perfect winter afternoon activity.

I continued to enjoy book two and stand by the initial review of the title.  Of course, there isn’t anything like reading a great story for the first time but I do think that this reread is worthwhile if nothing else it is a great refresher for the upcoming last book releasing later this year.  I am surprised at how much I do remember because nothing was a big surprise as I know what the mysteries being solved in this title are already.  The cliffhanger at the end, however, is significantly less annoying when you know what is going to happen next.

There were some characters that have kind of fallen away in later books like Reyes high school friend.  I will need to pay attention in the next book to see what happened to him and his family.  I continue to enjoy the narrator of this book and appreciate how she alters her accent for each of the characters.  A bonus at the end of this audiobook is an author interview with Ms. Jones which was way fun and I highly recommend borrowing a copy of this book simply to listen to that.

I didn’t really notice anything I missed in my first read but I was working out a new blanket pattern and might have missed some while working.  It is both frustrating and interesting to be with Charley back at the beginning of her journey.  I’m torn between wanting to get to the good stuff and wanting to savor the ride.  I have two more books on deck and then might take a break for a title or two.  We will see I have almost a whole year to get through 12 books so there is no hurry.

My Rating: 5 Stars (Unchanged)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (reread)

Book Review

 


First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook

Book Series: Charley Davidson #1

Released: 2/1/2011 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 310  Price$44.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

This whole grim reaper thing should have come with a manual.
Or a diagram of some kind.
A flow chart would have been nice.
Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?
With scorching-hot tension and high-octane humor, First Grave on the Right is your signpost to paranormal suspense of the highest order.

My Review:

I discovered this series shortly after starting Read What I Like blog and if you would like to read the original review of this book then you can do so here. I continue to stand by that review and will focus most of this abbreviated re-read review on the format (audiobook).  I have decided to listen to the entire series in audio format in anticipation of the last book, #13, in 2018.  I will try to think of a different aspect for future re-read reviews for this series. A couple of ideas I have are what I missed the first time or clues to future events.  We’ll see what I decide when the time comes to write those reviews. But like I said this first review will focus on reading vs listening to this story.

I had been planning on rereading this series for some time and planned to do so in print.  What changed is that I was going to Chicago for a three-day getaway and my husband came down with the flu and couldn’t go.  I needed something to listen to while bumming around town, shopping and riding the El.  I needed a book that I knew I liked because I did not want to be searching for a replacement title while I was away.  I came across this title and thought it was a perfect fit.  I crossed my fingers and hoped for a good narrator.

I absolutely loved this book in audio format.  Loved it.  It loses nothing and is just as enjoyable as reading it in print.  The narrator is a good choice for the voice of Charley and she does a great job of differentiating her tone and accent for the supporting cast.  Cookie does sound way different from I imagined but I she still works for me.  The humor is still just as funny and I had to remind myself while listening that I must not laugh out loud in public.  The steamy parts were a little awkward to listen to while carrying on in public.  Walking around wicker park listening to some pretty hot action going on in my ears made me grateful for my wireless ear buds.   The serious parts also still grabbed me and I found myself with tears streaming down my face in a section near the end.  Fortunately, that didn’t occur until the car ride home from the train station.

This is such a fun book no matter the format.  If you are looking for something that will run the gambit of emotions from hilarity to somber then I highly recommend it to you.  I look forward to rereading this series.

My Rating: 5 Stars (no change)

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Book Review

 


The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)Book Genre: Fantasy, Western, Post Apocalyptic, Adventure

Book Series: The Dark Tower #1

Released: 6/10/1982 by NAL

Pages: 231 Price: $20.00 paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

Source: I borrowed this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.

My Review:

This my second reading of this book. The first time took place in January of 1991 when I was in high school.  How do I know this? Because I wrote the dates I finished each section in the table of contents of my book which is currently being read by my husband.  All through middle and high school I read everything I could get my hands on written by Stephen King.  Partially because it was a way to rebel, another because these were books my deceased mother had read, and because I enjoyed how pieces or clues to this epic series would be found hidden within other stories he wrote.  I have long since broken up with the author but still, I hang onto the main books in this series in case I ever wanted to revisit them.

My husband and I recently went to see the movie loosely based on the books and my husband enjoyed it so much he decided to read the first book.  Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to read the same book he was I decided to check this one out from the library and read it too.  I was also curious to see if I would feel the same about this epic fantasy that I once did.  I was obsessed with this series, after all, it was time to see if I still was.

I wasn’t.  I can see why my younger self was so enamored by the story but my 26 years older self found a lot lacking.  Younger Amy fell hard for the epic good vs evil the magic and the mysticism.  She wanted a story to get lost within something to sink her teeth into.  Older Amy knows how this story plays out and isn’t interested in taking this journey twice.  Ironic when you think about how the last book ended.  My older reading self comes to this story with more experience and was able to see the flaws of this story.  It wasn’t awful but I’ve read better where my 17-year-old self most likely hadn’t.

Basically, I’ve moved on much like the world Roland inhabits.  There were a time and place for this series in my life and it was 26 years ago.  This is one I am fully able and willing to let go because after reading this book for the second time I will not be rereading the rest. The book was a bit slow-paced for me and near the end, I kept thinking I should just put it down. But I finished it and now the husband and I can discuss it over lunch sometime.  I didn’t care for the characters much, Roland was alright and Jake was just annoying.  The man in black was probably the most interesting which surprised me.  If they ever make a second movie I’ll probably go see it but quite frankly I don’t think that is going to happen.

My Rating: 3 Stars

So I’ve Been Busy…

Just thought I should perhaps think about posting something since I’ve been neglecting both my blogs this month.  I’m still here and still reading albeit slowly.  I’ve been busy with doctors appointments, work, the garden, and my birds.  Not a lot of reading going on but I hope to pick back up soon.

Last weekend my husband and I went to go see The Dark Tower, a movie loosely based upon Stephen King’s magnum opus Dark Tower series.  We both enjoyed the movie and were disappointed to see all the negative reviews.  Oh, sure it’s not the same as the books.  Movies based on books rarely are but I thought it captured enough of the essence of the series to be enjoyable.  Now I broke up with Stephen King a long time ago but the movie has inspired me to pick The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger up and read it again.  My husband has also decided to read the book so I gave him my copy that I read back in 1991 (!) and I checked out my library’s copy.  My husband rarely reads fiction so for him to be interested in this book is a BIG deal!  I was not going to pass up the opportunity for us to read the same book at the same time and discuss it.  It is a long series, seven books if I remember correctly, and I’m sure he probably won’t finish it, but I might.  I loved this series and the complete set remains in my personal library.  I think it is time to revisit this world and see if it still hold the same magic that a much younger Amy found.  It will be interesting to see if I still think it is as great as I once did.

I hope to return to normal posting next month.

Happy Reading~