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review 2017-03-23 23:08
Etched in Bone (The Others, #5)
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

Every book in this series have been marathon reads for me, and Etched in Bone was no exception.  I picked it up yesterday morning and pretty much did absolutely nothing else until I read the last page about midnight last night (although I did stop, in the name of marital harmony, to shovel some dinner down; luckily, there was a footy game on last night, so the shovelling went largely unnoticed).

 

I have loved every moment of this series; been sucked into this world so thoroughly that interruptions leave me hazy about reality and I have been as attached to these characters as much as, or more, than any others.  Possibly more than real people I know. 

 

But... this one; this final book concerning Meg and Simon, was not as great as the first 4.  Because this book deviated from the rules the author created for The Others.  In any of the other books, Jimmy would have been a stain on the sidewalk before chapter 3.  I get what she was trying to do here, I get what she wanted to explore, but it was not done as gracefully, and the effect felt forced; its execution more heavy handed.  In short, Jimmy got on my nerves; I stopped being horrified and started getting irritated and mumbling 'why isn't this man dead yet???'.

 

Still, I'd recommend this to anyone who likes urban fantasy and/or parables.  Because this whole series is one giant parable about the human race: our capacity for grace, our capacity for vice, and our wholesale destruction of everything in our path as long as we remain unchecked.  As horrifying as The Others are, I can't look around at what's going on today and not sort of wish our Earth had Naimid's teeth and claws to protect her.

 

I'm attached so thoroughly to these characters in the Courtyard, I'm not sure I'll read the next book; which is apparently in the same universe but with a different setting and characters.  I want more Tess!  But I'll definitely be re-reading these.

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text 2017-03-03 13:42
Books I Bought This Week (March 3, 2017)
The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi
The Boy on the Bridge (Extended Free Preview) - M.R. Carey
A Crown of Wishes - Roshani Chokshi
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

I don't mind showing the books I bought once a week since I hope it showcases books out there that many here at Booklikes may not know are coming out or are already out. Doing a weekly TBR list was too much to track. My holds and borrows at the library at this point are out of control. 

 

 

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Release date: March 21, 2017

Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster-than-light travel is impossible—until the discovery of the Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

 

Riding the Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

 

The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, the Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

 

The Boy on the Bridge (Extended Free Preview) by M.R. Carey

Release Date: February 14, 2017

 

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.

The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.

To where the monsters lived.

 

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

 

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

 

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

 

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
 
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

 

 

 

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review 2017-02-24 15:31
Review: Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels, #3.5) by Ilona Andrews
Magic Mourns - Ilona Andrews

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Magic Mourns 

 Kate Daniels, #3.5  
 Ilona Andrews  
 Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance  
 Berkley Books  
 May 1st 2011  
 eBook  
 77  
 Bought  
 

 

Andrea Nash of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid - with an assist from her friend, Kate Daniels - tries to figure out why the giant three-headed dog who guards the gates of Hades is sniffing around Atlanta.

 

* Originally published in the anthology, Must Love Hellhounds.

 

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I re-read Magic Mourns in Must Love Hellhounds

 

I just LOVE the Kate Daniels series.

 

Magic Mourns can be read as a standalone title or part of the series. The Andrews team does a fabulous job giving you all the pertinent information about the world that you need to enjoy this novella. 

 

Andrea Nash, works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid and she’s also a Beastkin, but that’s a secret only a few know about. She’s a kick-ass women who loves her guns. I love Andrea. She is such a wonderful character and a great friend to Kate Daniels. 

 

Raphael is a werehyena and bouda to the hyena clan. He’s been trying for 6 months to get Andrea to give him a try. 

 

We are treated to Andra’s POV. Where this novella starts Andrea is filling in for Kate who’s on medical leave. A call comes in about a big dog chasing a shapeshifter and so she goes out to investigate. What she finds is Raphael being chased by “the coolest thing ever, a twenty foot tall three headed dog.” 

 

It’s was nice to see Andrea loosen up a bit. It was also nice to see Raphael not give up and wear her down. These two have such a fun flirtatious banter between them in this novella and their romance explodes once they give into their desires and decide it’s ok to give a relationship a try. 

 

This story is full of action, world building, mystery, mythology, and exciting characters. The world they live in is an uncertain one and Magic comes and goes as it pleases. 

Magic Mourns is a fabulous read.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/02/review-magic-mourns-kate-daniels-3-5-by-ilona-andrews
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review 2017-02-15 07:44
The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crimes, #1)
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

This book...  I have so many random thoughts about this book.  In no particular order:

 

1.  Easily the most highly quotable book I've ever read.  Including books of quotes.  
One of my favourites:

 

Mr. Pewter led them through to a library filled with thousands of antiquarian books.

'Impressive, eh?'

'Very,' said Jack.  'How did you amass all these?'

'Well,' said Pewter, 'you know the person who always borrows books and never gives them back?'

'Yes–?'

'I'm that person.'

 

Don't know why, but that cracked me up.

 

2.  I'm pretty sure Fforde had no intention of writing a satire (based on what I've found on the interwebs) about the sensationalism of the free press, but this is definitely a case of current events shaping a reader's interpretation of the text.  I had a really hard time reading this and not drawing parallels.

 

3.  I'm equally sure he definitely meant to write a satirised murder mystery and this was easily the closest I've ever read to my blog's namesake movie, Murder By Death, which in my totally biased opinion is the acme of mystery satire.  Which brings me to another quote:

 

Dog Walker's Face Body-Finding Ban

 

Anyone who finds a corpse while walking their dog may be fined if proposed legislation is made law, it was disclosed yesterday.  The new measures, part of the Criminal Narrative Improvement Bill, have been drafted to avoid investigations looking clichéd...

 

Now this is legislation I can get behind.

 

4.  I wish I'd picked this book up directly after reading The Well of Lost Plots.  It makes no difference to someone new to Fforde's books, but I think those that have read TN would feel a stronger connection to the characters here when The Well... was still fresh in the memory.

 

5.  Prometheus has an incredible monologue on pages 271-273.  A popular fiction novel that can weave serious philosophy into its narrative always earns huge bonus points with me.

 

6.  Oh, yeah - good mystery plot too!

 

Off to order the second one...

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review 2017-02-14 15:50
Review: An Angel’s Torment (Eternally Mated #0.5) by Valerie Twombly
An Angel's Torment - Valerie Twombly

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

An Angel's Torment 

 Eternally Mated #0.5  
 Valerie Twombly  
 Paranormal Romance  
 April 23rd 2016  
 eBook  
 42  
 Bought  
 

 

Prequel to Fall Into Darkness: 

 

When an angel falls in love it happens hard and fast. 

 

Archangel Tegan is an elite soldier who has lived centuries bound by duty and honor, so when he is chosen to procreate with a human, he never thinks to question his orders. Once he realizes the depths of his emotions for the fair-haired beauty who carries his child, he attempts to claim Ana as his own. It is only then he discovers just how forbidden a relationship with her really is and the lengths his commanders will go to stop it. 

 

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Tragic, Sad, & Heartbreaking

 

An Angel’s Torment is the prequel to Eternally Mated series. This story focuses on Tegan and Ana the human he falls in love with. It’s their meeting, courtship, and what comes next. It’s not a happy story. No HEA.

 

It doesn’t need to be read; before starting the Eternally Mated series.

 

I read the Eternally Mated books; before reading the prequel. In the books and this short story it explains that only male Angel’s are born, so the Tribunal decreed a long time ago that it would be best for certain Angel’s to impregnate a human woman and then walk away. The women do have a choice in this. Why is this done? Because the human will only birth a female who one day can mate with an Angel. This little tidbit in the world makes me uncomfortable. I never liked it. It feels wrong. I get it, but it has always made me uneasy.

 

Back to An Angel’s Torment. The writing is well done. Their was an interesting appearance and a very nice love scene. Tegan loves Ana, but deep down he knows they won’t get their happy ever after and what they do get are a few months of happiness and love. It’s a sad story.

 

I felt that this short story was not necessary unless the author is planning on giving Tegan an HEA. It’s just too sad and heartbreaking.

 

Rated: 2 Stars

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/02/review-an-angels-torment-eternally-mated-0-5-by-valerie-twombly
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