'Tried & True' was so much of what I'd hoped for in this story. There were so many answers to a lot of questions and things have taken a decided shift towards what's yet to come.
The tenth book in the THIRDS series ironically started a little bit on the slow side for me but I really didn't mind. It was good to ease into things with them and so worth it. This is it folks...the moment we've all been waiting for...for quite a while now. Dex and Sloane are tying the knot...or at least they will if they can manage to get to the alter in one piece because needless to say as is often the case with the members of THIRDS the road to love is not smooth...oh hell, who am I kidding there are no smooth roads to anywhere with this group. But they are indomitable and no matter what comes their way...they are family, they have each other's backs.
I loved all of the things that we learned with this story...Ms Cochet gave us more about Wolf, about Sparks and about Sparks relationship with Tony, so much more about the Makhai and yet, I have the feeling that we've barely scratched the surface on this group and Dex...he's changing so much. One can't help but wonder when the changes will end and to what extent Dex will change. Even though we really didn't learn more about him, we got more Austin...I admit it, I'm a total Austin fanatic and I can't wait to get his story, I want some happy for Austin...so much happy for Austin and I'm really, really trying to be patient but...well,it's hard so needless to say whatever peeks I can get of Austin...any little tidbits of information, anything at all is always appreciated and I have to admit I'm starting to really want more Wolf. I have the feeling his story is going to be a white knuckle ride.
But in the meantime 'Tried & True' was a 'THIRDS' fan's delight. We were given action, danger, suspense, sexy times, humor, romance, love, a tiny bit of heartache, answers to questions, more questions in need of answers and best of all at the end of it all we got to go to a wedding and share Dex and Sloane's big day with them and the rest of the THIRDS team and in true Dex style it was a wedding unlike any other.
If you've never read this series, this is honestly a good time to get on board. This book came along at just the right time. It's got a sense of closure to it because things are changing but at the same time it brings with it a wonderful sense of more. I honestly can't wait for the next book in this series because I simply love this collection of characters but I'm not feeling like I got left sitting precariously on the edge of a cliff, more like I'm at a wedding and the dinner's over and I'm waiting for the dancing to begin.
A copy of 'Tried &True' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Please note that these are not necessarily books published in 2017, only books I've read during this year. I also had to change the title from novels to books, because of the awesome PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, which is more of a reference book. I've read a lot of great books this year, and making up this list was so difficult, that I've added a few "Honorable Mentions" at the end of the list.
Without further ado, (please click the cover to see my original review):
1. by Christopher Golden. I haven't read very many books by Mr. Golden, but I own quite a few of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting him numerous times at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, where he is always friendly and humble. This story about the discovery of Noah's Arc was fun and frightening all at once and I loved it!
2. by Christopher Buehlman. This author is my favorite discovery of the year. Over the past 12 months I've read or listened to every novel he's written and I'm eagerly awaiting the next. The Suicide Motor Club features a road trip with vampires in American muscle cars. It couldn't have been more perfect or fun for me!
4. by Ken Greenhall. This novel was originally published in the late 1970's. Brought back by Valancourt Books with a new cover and an introduction from Grady Hendrix, this book about an evil dog is spellbinding fun!
7. by the AWESOME John Connolly. I've read a lot of series books over the years and very few of them have kept up the quality continuously throughout like this series about fictional detective Charlie Parker. I feel in my bones that the series is coming to an end and I will be so sad when that happens.
8. by Grady Hendrix. I don't even know what else to say about this GORGEOUS volume. It's a reference book, really, but no reference book EVER in history was as much fun or as pretty as this one. With colorful commentary about the times in which these books were originally written, no other book has had such a powerful impact on my TBR list as this one.
9. by Ken Greenhall. This is his second entry on my list. Originally published in the 70's, (like Hell Hound above) and brought back by Valancourt Books, this novel is CHILLING in its depiction of a nasty, calculating witch of a girl. (Also, please note both of these are referenced in Hendrix's PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.)
10. by Eric Scott Fischl. This book isn't classified as horror, but I put it solidly in the land of dark fiction and as such, it belongs on this list. I know it's not a popular or well known book, but it sure was a unique, fun and interesting ride. This one slid under most everyone's radar, but I thought it was great and I humbly hope its mention on this list helps it to get more attention.
As mentioned above, I have three honorable mentions, (click title to see my review):
THE LISTENER by Robert McCammon. Much as I loved ARARAT, this was my favorite book of the year. Except that it isn't even out yet. Publishing in 2018, I didn't feel it was fair to add it to this list. (And even though I read it in 2017, be assured that it will be on my BEST BOOKS OF 2018 post.) An amazing novel of magic, friendship, crime and love, I cannot wait until more people read it, so I can discuss it with them!
SPINAL TAP: THE BIG BLACK BOOK by Wallace Fairfax was a total blast. This book features fun facts about the fictional band as well as a discography and other interesting tidbits. I haven't seen this book mentioned or talked about anywhere, and that's a damn shame. Any fans of the film This is Spinal Tap would love this book.
ASH WEDNESDAY by Chet Williamson was a fantastic book of quiet horror. It was slow burning and horrific, but not in a bloody or gory way. I took away from it a sense of the value of life and time-we have to make the most of the time we have.
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.