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review 2017-12-16 18:27
#Audiobook Review: Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3 - Audible Studios,Faith Hunter,Khristine Hvam

Mercy Blade opens a month after the conclusion of Blood Cross. Jane and Rick are back at her mountain home, packing up her belongings so she can move to New Orleans to take on the job offered by the Vampire Council when the world finds out that Weres (shifters) are real. Meanwhile, Leo has been accused of murder by the U.S. werewolves and Jane has a mystery to solve.

 

So here’s the thing… I really, really enjoy the parts of the Jane Yellowrock books that revolve around the book-specific mystery, and this is especially true with Mercy Blade. I became immersed in the detective work surrounding the death of the mysterious panther-were. Following Jane’s thought process and the police procedures as Jane tries to put together all the pieces is fascinating. I love how she finds little threads and pulls until she unravels the truth. However, I have issues with almost everything else.

 

First, I feel the world building is a bit forced. We are three books into the series and no mention of the weres or the Mercy Blade before now? Maybe it was meant to be, but then, the fact that EVERYONE keeps Jane in the dark so completely is irritating and annoying. She’s supposed to be in charge of security, and I agree with her that both Leo and the police should have informed her of what is happening in NOLA. I was okay with this in the first couple books, but by now, having Jane know nothing when she starts the book and has to pull teeth for information is old.

 

Next, Jane nearly dies too often in every book. She gets mauled, shot at, and destroyed multiple times now in each book. This is old. I know she works in a dangerous profession, but can’t she just get nicked from time to time, rather than knocking on death’s door?

 

Finally, I am not a fan of Jane’s “love life.” While I don’t need romance in my urban fantasy stories, if it’s going to be included, I don’t want this… I’m too much of a romantic to follow Jane’s mish-mash of emotions and sexual cravings. I don’t like when Beast controls her - pushing her to mate with someone other than her boyfriend. I don’t like cheating. I can embrace multiple partners, but it needs to be consensual and in the open, and I feel like what happens in this book was neither. I’m greatly simplifying what is going on in Mercy Blade, but needless to say, I have issues with it.

 

On the bright side, Khristine Hvam continues to provide excellent narration. And while I was annoyed with some of her accents and male voices in the beginning of the series, I find she’s settled down and firmed up many of the voices.

 

So in the end, while so much of Jane’s story calls to me, I find myself overly irritated and frustrated far too often. Mercy Blade has some fabulous moments, but unfortunately, they are overshadowed by messy and irksome complications. 

 

My Rating: C/C-

Narration: B+

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review 2017-12-12 21:30
Michael's Mercy (Sleeper Seals) (Volume 3) - Dale Mayer

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Gosh! Suspense and excitement from start to finish, its intense and mysterious as well. Linked to both the Sleeper Seals Series and Dale Mayer's Heroes For Hire Series, the focus is on Michael. Levi and Ice have been trying to recruit him for a while but he has been refusing, wanting to stay retired until he receives a phone call from someone else needing his help that changes his mind.
Mercy is trying to find out why her sister was murdered, she goes privately under cover to get information. This is a book you do not want to put down, I was hooked from the first page and would happily have sat and read without interruption (#blow life getting in the way)still I read in every free minute I could get. I loved that Mercy was strong and feisty, determined to stay and do her bit. I loved that the clues were slow to pop up and gradual when they did to draw the suspense to maximum, causing my heartbeat to slowly increase as the excitement towards the conclusion built. Wonderful plot and characters and as always at the end of the main story a brief introduction to the next story character. Just enough of a tease to have me wanting the next book. Well worth the five stars.

 

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review 2017-12-07 00:24
Shocked how terrible the book is.
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

I've had this for several years and thought it would be a good time to read after watching 'Crown Heights' (which follows the story of a man jailed for a murder he didn't commit). It seemed like an excellent companion (even if they are not about the same men). 

 

Author Bryan Stevenson takes the reader though the founding of the Equal Justice Initiative, which defends the poor, the wrongly condemned, the people who are most likely to be victimized by the justice system. And in this story is of one Walter McMillian, a man on death row for a murder he didn't commit. Which is what the back summary told me and is the story that I thought was going to be told.

 

Instead the book meanders and tells the stories of others who are caught in the same or similar awful circumstnaces. Stevenson isn't very good in weaving the stories together. I thought the subject matter would be something that would definitely keep my interest given how horribly and horrifyingly common this is (plus the other problems with the justice system). Maybe I wasn't in the mood for a book like this but I do not understand the other reviews who say the writing is otherwise good. It was unbearable to get though and I had to begin skimming early because I just did not find the text holding my attention.

 

There is merit to the book and maybe this is another case where I'm totally wrong and the multitude of awards this book has is completely deserved. I do think Stevenson brings to light many important issues that are never given the proper attention and the justice system really isn't as great and dandy as far too many people seem to think it is. But it just felt like this was not the right vehicle or that Stevenson was the wrong person to tell the tale.

 

Maybe it just wasn't for me. Another book that I'd recommend is 'The New Jim Crow' although that is not specifically or exactly about the same topic. I bought this but wish I had borrowed it from the library instead. 

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review 2017-12-05 19:32
Monday Minis – 3 Novels by Candace Calvert @candacecalvert
Critical Care - Candace Calvert
Disaster Status - Candace Calvert
Code Triage - Candace Calvert

I won these signed paperbacks and it was a very pleasant surprise reading them.

 

Critical Care (Mercy Hospital, #1)

 

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My Review for Critical Care

 

No villains here, in this uplifting hospital romance with characters that brought tears to my eyes, and I was so surprised that it it did. The writing drug me into what I thought would be just one of those hospital romances I used to read years ago. Now, I am deeper, more sophisticated….and so is this story. I thought this would be a three rating…until Sarah’s trouble. Religious without being preachy. Have I become a hopeless romantic? Rating:  4 Stars

 

Disaster Status (Mercy Hospital, #2)

 

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My Review for Disaster Status

 

One thing that bothered me early, the word description of Nick didn’t match the cover, but, I am glad to be back with some familiar characters, and this is Erin’s story. It doesn’t take me long to start smiling. Erin, oh my…she cracks me up. I love what she did to the bully when she was seven years old. I love the feisty Nana. Sarge, a great guy in a very sad and tragic situation. Ocean air is always refreshing and so is this stand alone romance series. Life isn’t fair, but…love, loss, friendship, family, despair and a rebirth of faith and hope is a part of Disaster Status and makes me rate this….4 Stars.

 

Code Triage (Mercy Hospital, #3)

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My Review for Code Triage

 

Communication lost, mistakes made, dreams crushed…Can hearts be healed, mistakes forgiven and love prevail? The dinner at the Tonga Room shows how happiness and love can be given and shared without any thought of self, just making someone’s difficult life a little better, Death, danger and loss reads as if this could be a true story. The characters shine, regardless of their faults and foibles. 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-11-27 00:00
Mercy (A Wanted Novella)
Mercy (A Wanted Novella) - Andrea Johnson Mercy is about finding yourself, when you had no idea you were searching. At the center of Mercy's journey is a place to belong. All along she thought her destiny was in the big city, but her heart was leading her toward small town life. Ms. Johnson blends down home hospitality with good ole common sense to create a heartwarming walk on the wild side.
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