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review 2017-03-28 15:09
History of Wolves
History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

If you were to tell me that you got lost in this novel, I would have to agree with you. If you were to tell me that, there were many good stories in this novel, I would agree with you. If you were to tell me that, you didn’t find this novel a bit strange or unusual, I would have to question you about this.

 

I think that this is one of those novels that what I acquire out of it, could be different than another individual reading it. It would all depend on the individual who read it. My premise of this whole novel, why I read so many interesting stories, each story cutting across each other, their beginnings coming and going without any notice, was that Linda was trying to fit into each one of them, somewhere. Throughout each story, the time period not a concern, she was trying to put herself in the picture. I found myself frustrated many times as I read. Deeply involved in the storyline, it suddenly would change and I would find myself adjusting to a new situation as Linda carried on in another time period in her life. I also was confused as I didn’t understand why the author chose to elaborate more on some stories and others I thought needed more attention. I felt cheated, I wanted more information and details on the stories which the author cut short. There were always talk about a trial scattered about in the novel and I wondered what happened that made her go to court and what was her position in the courtroom? Her life was far from boring and I think that was because she was adventurous, she was a seeker, always wanting to see what was outside her door.

 

This book was nothing like I expected or wanted it to be. I did enjoy the author’s stories and her writing definitely captivated me. It was an interesting and challenging read for me. I would like to read more by this author.

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review 2017-03-22 19:14
Gentry
Gentry (Wolves of Winter's Edge Book 1) - T. S. Joyce

Good cast of characters with a new take on shifters. Definitely moving to book 2 of the series because i just want to see Gentry (hero of this installment) get his revenge.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1890677941?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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review 2017-03-21 12:05
Review - Thunder Wolf by Heather Long
Thunder Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11) - Heather Long

I just love this series and Thunder Wolf helps move this story arc of the Enforcers forward, giving us a bit more insight into the Enforcer world as well as revealing more information about the threat of the Russian Volchista.

Hadley and John were both great characters. I just loved watching Hadley go all Enforcer on her charges, keeping them in line and reminding them that just because she may be small, doesn’t mean that she still can’t kick some serious butt. John wants Hadley – no ifs, ands, or buts…except as an Enforcer relationships aren’t something you can do. Of course, from the beginning of this story arc you can feel that the world is changing for these wolves, and maybe involvement is not a liability. I loved that even though John’s base instinct was to protect Hadley, he respected her Enforcer ability and let her take care of herself, never trying to step in front of her, always fighting beside her. It was great seeing these two work together and play together – and I loved how Hadley could bring about that playful side in John.

I also love the way that Heather Long manages to interweave the stories of the packs into each book, allowing us to keep track of the goings on and spend time with some of the characters from previous books. And continuing to see different sides of Julian, the head of the Enforcers, is always interesting – and has me anticipating his book!

As I’ve said before, this is one of my favorite series. I think the only thing keeping me from a 5-star rating on this one was I didn’t feel as emotionally vested in the characters as I have in so many of the other books, which may have been a result of both characters being Enforcers and both were fairly well adjusted – I felt like I was watching a great story rather than being a part of it. Again, still enjoyed this one, just finding it hard to rate it the same as some of the other books in the series that I loved!

Although I think you can read this one as a stand-alone there are a lot of tie-ins to the overall story arc which may make this one a bit harder to follow along with – and really, this entire series is worth the read so why not start at the beginning!

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review 2017-03-10 17:37
Great Story and Characters
Thunder Wolf (Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11) - Heather Long

Hadley had been ordered that all lone wolves within her territory to gather because there was safety in numbers. Hadley knew Julian meant in groups of two or three not twelve like Hadley had gathered together. Hadley’s lone wolves had been alone for five years or more so keeping them all together with no problems would not be easy. Then Haley got a message Calitri- another Enforcer like Hadley was dead. Hadley and Calitri had trained together and at one time had been lovers. He was stubborn, strong, and funny and Hadley could not believe he was dead. When Hadley asked what had happened the answer was Volchitsa . Amy had come to do the autopsy which was an honor shown to the enforcers as Amy typically served the inner circle along side the alpha Serafina and her closest friends. At any given point the number of Enforcers did not rise above fifty . Lately they had been losing enforcers faster than they were gaining them. The Chief Enforcer was  Julian. The Volchitsa had been making senseless moves with no rationale that they couldn’t understand until long after wards. The enforcers could not afford to stay so far behind. They were hunting Enforcers. Lone wolves were normally allowed their freedom  as long as they followed the rules. John Loved Hadley but understood her need and loved of her freedom and doing things her way. Hadley felt being an Enforcer was like being a house mother at a sorority. John didn’t really like many wolves he was a true loner. John wondered if Julian knew the Alphas were chatting? Or were the Alphas beginning to make moves without the Enforcers? John would have to report to Julian that it sounded like if the Enforcers didn’t take care of the problem the U S packs were planning their own offenses. John was sent to Willow bend to question two Volchitsa prisoners one had killed himself before John could question him.The prisoners had GPS tracking devices in  their noses. Then four more Volchitsa wolves attacked the Alpha’s pregnant mate in her home at Willow Bend. John killed the fourth wolf saving the pregnant wolf’s life. Hadley and her lone wolves  had been attacked at the Lodge by six Russian wolves . One wolf- Herman was dead and two other wolves were seriously hurt. But Hadley waited until they were well enough to travel as wolves and the went to Oregon. Hadley got the lone wolves on planes to go packs except Peter and Hadley worried where Peter was and if he was okay and hurt over Herman’s death as Hadley had a very big and caring heart especially when it came to her lone wolves. Hadley started to a cabin that was suppose to be a safe place when she got close to the cabin she spotted three Volchitsa wolves. Hadley killed the two males and was fighting with the female when John appeared and killed the female. Hadley had wanted to question the female but could not now. Julian sent John an address of a safe house and it turned out to be Julian’s estate.

I loved this story all the way to the last page and it ended with a cliffhanger not a bad one but still I hate any kind of cliffhanger or this would definitely been a five rating. But I loved Hadley’s character she was tough, strong yet could be gentle and loving.  I loved the action and intrigue in this story. The plot was great and I loved  the way the story came together.. Julian was a good leader and I loved how John and Hadley came together. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story I recommend. I would give this a 4.5 if i could

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url 2017-03-10 07:57
10 Characters in the Mercy Thompson Series You Must Meet
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

So this is a round-up I did for B&N SciFi, which is a little listicle-y because it's number 10 in a series and nobody much cares about, like, an actual review at that point. Either you'll read it because you're on the hook, or you won't.

 

But coming up with the list kinda reminded me how kinda terrible the Mercy Thompson series is about relationships between female characters. I think there's a big step forward in Silence Broken -- Mercy has real conversations with Honey, that Russian witch lady, and Marselia -- but that doesn't precisely make up for the previous 9 novels. It ends up being one of those bummers where I pretty much like everything about a series but a huge fucking gaping hole where normal human interaction should exist between people of the same gender, but alas, it doesn't. Or it does a little not, but. 

 

Oh, but as per the actual plot: I thought this one unstuck some stuff that had been, um, stuck, in the few previous. Mercy ends up kidnapped into Europe, so we get a whole new political and literal landscape to deal with. I though it shook up some things that needed shaking up in the Mercyverse. 

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