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review 2019-01-02 16:40
Silver Borne / Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...

 

2018 Re-read:

 

I felt quite different this time around reading The Silver Borne.  I’m willing to give it a full 4 stars, without reservation.  I also enjoyed the Fae-ness of this installment much more this time around.  Which brings me back to a thesis of mine, that some books need to be given second chances, when I’m in a different mood. 

 

I’m still impatient will all the books that depict women’s relationships as competitive, rather than cooperative.  Perhaps because I’ve encountered more collegial or friendly relationships with the women in my life, rather than competitiveness.  There are always a slim minority of women who aren’t supportive, but I find far, far more who are willing to work together on things.  If there’s more of this female competitiveness out there than I run into, I am most glad that I’ve got a better situation.

 

I am now declaring myself slump-free, this book having been the last step needed to rekindle my love of reading.

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review 2019-01-02 16:25
Bone Crossed / Patricia Briggs
Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs

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.

It'll be her friends'.

 

2018 Re-read:

 

One of my favourite Mercy Thompson novels!  Lots of vampire drama, but most importantly we get to know Stefan better.  Is it wrong that I still wish Mercy had chosen him rather than Adam?  Mercy gets to really draw on her skinwalker powers, proving once again that being a growly werewolf is not necessarily as tough as the wily coyote!  (BTW, I saw a big fluffy coyote over the Xmas holidays, and thought of Ms. Thompson).

 

Re-reading this series has really re-set my internal reading-metre.  I’m enjoying myself again, recovering from a potential reading slump before it really got hold of me.  Thank you, Ms. Briggs, for giving me that oomph to escape the downward pull of the book-slump-undertow!

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text 2019-01-01 19:59
December Books

I read 36 books this month with an average score of 3.72. 14 of my books were young adult and 8 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

 

My top reads were Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson and How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper. My worst read was The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki.

 

 

5 Stars

Runaways Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever - Kris Anka,Rainbow Rowell Becoming - Michelle Obama  How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings - Sarah Cooper  Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson  

 

4.5 Stars

My Real Name is Hanna - Tara L. Masih Domino Vol. 1: Killer Instinct - Gail Simone,David Baldeón   

 

 

4 Stars

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt  The Prodigy - John Feinstein  Grace and Fury - Tracy Banghart  One Giant Leap - Heather Kaczynski  Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television - Joy Press  sick - Tomo Kurahashi,倉橋トモ  Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor  Ten Count, Vol. 1 - Rihito Takarai  Jack of Hearts (and other parts) - Lev A.C. Rosen  Girls of Paper and Fire - Natasha Ngan  Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane - The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  Impostors - Scott Westerfeld  

 

3.5 Stars

For a Muse of Fire - Heidi Heilig Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll,Margaret W. Tarrant Hot Ice - Nora Roberts  The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner: Deluxe Hardback Collector's Edition - Terry Pratchett  Dengeki Daisy, Vol. 01 - Kyousuke Motomi As Old as Time - Liz Braswell  A Sweet Beast - Suji     

 

3 Stars

Marvel Rising - Devin Grayson,Ryan North,G. Willow Wilson,Roberto Di Salvo,Irene Strychalski,Marco Failla,Ramon Bachs,Georges Duarte  Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular - Mayim Bialik  Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done - Andrea Gonzales,Sophie Houser  The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory  Archenemies - Marissa Meyer  Scream All Night - Derek Milman  The Silence of the Girls - Pat Barker  Then She Was Gone: A Novel - Lisa Jewell  Omoichigai ga Koi no Tane - Owaru  The Carpet People - Terry Pratchett  

 

2.5 Stars

The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World - Kaya Kizaki 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 2
  • Unknown: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 17
  • Audio: 19
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review 2018-12-31 23:00
The Crossing Places / Elly Griffiths
The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths

When she’s not digging up bones or other ancient objects, quirky, tart-tongued archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives happily alone in a remote area called Saltmarsh near Norfolk, land that was sacred to its Iron Age inhabitants - not quite earth, not quite sea.
      When a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Nelson calls Galloway for help. Nelson thinks he has found the remains of Lucy Downey, a little girl who went missing ten years ago. Since her disappearance he has been receiving bizarre letters about her, letters with references to ritual and sacrifice.
      The bones actually turn out to be two thousand years old, but Ruth is soon drawn into the Lucy Downey case and into the mind of the letter writer, who seems to have both archaeological knowledge and eerie psychic powers. Then another child goes missing and the hunt is on to find her. 
      As the letter writer moves closer and the windswept Norfolk landscape exerts its power, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory – and in serious danger.

 

I’m still analyzing why I enjoyed this little mystery as much as I did. There are several factors, but I think I’m starting to put my finger on the appeal.

This book was like a cross between Lyn Hamilton’s Lara McClintoch mysteries and Steve Burrows' Birder Murder Mysteries. Like Hamilton’s main character, Lara McClintoch, Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway is an archaeologist. Like Steve Burrows’ main character, Domenic Jejeune, Ruth lives in Norfolk, in an isolated house on the saltmarsh.

Griffiths’ writing falls somewhere in between the two, not unusual for a first crime novel. Thankfully, she is much closer to Burrows in quality and her characters make up for a plot that lurches a bit from suspect to suspect. 

Ruth Galloway is a wonderful main character. She is very, very good at her job (Iron Age archeology) but she is pushing 40, weighs more than she would like to, and is a bit sensitive about all the people around her who seem to think that marriage and children are the only possible fulfilling things in a woman’s life. I hear you, Ruth! Our Western culture has certainly decided that we women cannot possibly be happy without husbands and children and yet there are many of us out here who are doing just fine, thank you very much!

So, I obviously identify with Ruth, I adore reading about archaeology, I love Norfolk (although I have only visited there once), and I found the writing decent. The book encompasses both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, making it a wonderful little read during my Christmas vacation days from work. I will definitely be reading more about Ruth in the future!

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review 2018-12-31 22:57
Obsidian Butterfly / Laurell K. Hamilton
Obsidian Butterfly - Laurell K. Hamilton

In her ninth adventure, vampire hunter Anita Blake owes a favor to a friend-a man almost as dangerous as the ancient evil she's about to face.

 

Edward, the empty-eyed sociopath who haunts the outskirts of Anita Blake’s life, is arguably the most interesting character in the Anita Blake series. A man of mystery, obviously dangerous, Anita values his occasional assistance and has a wary respect for him. When Edward calls in a favour that Anita owes him, she knows she has no choice but to go give him a hand.

The actual mystery portion of the book is predictable and rather uninteresting. The reason that I enjoyed this book so much was getting to know Edward and observing the dynamics of the “team” that he has assembled to solve the mystery. Four usually-lone-wolf killers must find a way to co-exist in Edward/Ted’s Santa Fe adobe home for the duration of the operation and it becomes obvious as the book progresses that Anita could be in danger from her fellow team members as well as the usual supernatural crowd.

I find myself debating whether Hamilton did Edward any favours with this installment. Does the knowledge that he has acquired a girlfriend and step-children and that he seems to care for them (at least in his own limited way) weaken him in his role as stone-cold killer and psychopath? Or does it add an unusual dimension to an otherwise stereotypical sociopathic role? One way or the other, Hamilton gives us the even creepier Olaf as contrast and the implied promise at the book’s end that he’ll be back at some point in the future.

Anita must also deal with her own ethical slippage in this adventure, wondering just how much like Edward she has become and if the progression will continue. Can hard cases like Edward be redeemed by love? Is there hope for Anita too?

Perhaps the most enjoyable Anita Blake book (especially since I’m part way into the next one and I’m wondering if I’ll even finish it). 

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