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review 2016-04-11 12:05
NetGalley Review
Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs

*Book source ~ NetGalley


Mercy Thompson is the wife to Adam Hauptman, Alpha werewolf of the Columbia Basin Pack and she’s a Walker who can shift into a coyote. She can see ghosts, has a nose for magic and has the knack of making friends, allies and enemies wherever she goes. In this novel, while dealing with every day Pack business, she and the Pack suddenly have to deal with a troll. But the troll is not a run-of-the-mill problem. They come to find out the troll is the shot across the bow from the Fae. Mercy and the Pack have given refugee to a boy who has escaped Underhill and the Fae want him back. As if Mercy’s life wasn’t complicated enough, now they have a possible war with the Fae to prepare for.


Mercy Thompson is back and better than ever. I was getting worried, as each book produced a Big Bad that was bigger and badder than those that came before, that this series may be writing itself into a corner. However, Patricia Briggs brought things back home and gave me a look into what it’s like to belong to the Columbia Basin Pack and having a husband like Adam.


While there is a tense and potentially fatal situation developing between humans, the Pack, and the Fae, there is no single Big Bad to up the stakes yet again. In any volatile situation there are going to be factions and this tale shows how things can go from bad to worse to good again, how to negotiate (especially with the tricky Fae) and how to make the most of your connections. I also am glad that a situation in the pack that was driving me crazy is finally resolved. As with every story so far in this series, this book has everything I love: paranormal situations and characters, humor, depth, action, great dialogue and steaminess.  I love every bit of it and I look forward to more Mercy books.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/netgalley-review.html
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review 2016-02-17 14:03
Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1 - J.R. Ward


*Book source ~ Purchased on Audible


Darius has been keeping an eye on his half-breed daughter her whole life. Now that she’s getting ready to go through the change which most half-breeds don’t survive, he’s worried about her. Since they live in dangerous times he asks Wrath, the last pure bred vampire and their vampire king, to see to her if anything happens to him. Then he gets blown up by their enemies and Wrath feels he must honor Darius’s last request. Beth has no clue what she is and Wrath doesn’t want anything to do with her. Is this a match made in heaven? Maybe.


After having this series swooned over by many of my friends I expected to fall headlong for it. Unfortunately, I didn’t. What made it worse was the long boring parts that had me gnashing my teeth was exacerbated by listening to the audio and thus not able to skim over those parts. I think Beth is a moron and Wrath is unlikeable. I do enjoy the secondary characters, most especially Butch. He seems to be the most fleshed out character, but I could do without his dumbassedness around Marissa. Pu-lease! Check and see if you still have balls, Butch. Because I’m thinking you don’t. Fritz, the butler, is probably my favorite character. I love that guy.


The writing is unbelievably repetitive. Omfg, I think I got the point the first dozen times. Also, I was confused the entire book about who the fuck were vampires, lessers and whatnot. It is not explained well at all and I was constantly floundering.  Maybe if the author had spent more time detailing the history of these people instead of telling me a million fucking times how badass the brothers are then I might like it better. And can someone please tell me why Wrath is damn near totally blind and yet he can see juice dripping down Beth’s chin. And he can see emotions in eyes and a bunch of other shit that shouldn’t be possible. I call bullshit and I’m annoyed. Beth’s change is completely glossed over and the big fight in the end is not very fighty. It’s more limp dickish. Not impressed.


I give this a 3.5 because I do love the secondary guys and what little of the world I can figure out. When I cut out all the unnecessary shit it’s not too bad of a story. However, when I do continue on with the series, which I’m sure I’ll do some day, I’m going to read it so I’m not stuck listening to all the crap I could be skipping. Also, the narrator isn’t the best I’ve ever heard.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/02/wowwa-dark-lover.html
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review 2016-01-06 14:31
Cemetery Girl #2
Cemetery Girl: Inheritance - Christopher Golden,Charlaine Harris

*Book source ~ Library


From Goodreads:

She calls herself Calexa Rose Dunhill. She has been living—hiding out—in Dunhill Cemetery ever since someone left her there to die. She has no idea who wants her dead or why, but she isn't about to wait around for her would-be killer to finish the job.


Despite her self-imposed isolation, Calexa’s ability to see spirits—and the memories she receives from them—guarantees she’ll never be alone, even among the deceased. The only living people she allows herself to interact with are Kelner, the cemetery’s cantankerous caretaker, and Lucinda Cameron, an elderly woman who lives in an old Victorian house across the street. With their friendship, Calexa has regained a link to the world beyond tombstones and mausoleums.


Until the night she witnesses a murder that shatters her life—a life now under a police microscope—as their investigation threatens to uncover Calexa’s true identity…


Wow. Calexa just can’t catch a break. She’s just starting to gain some security and bam! I didn’t guess who the murderer is, so that’s a nice surprise. She gains a new ally and comes into an inheritance. However, there are more questions popping up and since this is showing as a trilogy I’m wondering how the last book is going to wrap everything up. I can’t wait to find out though. Oh! And the artwork is fantastic!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/01/cemetery-girl-books-1-2.html
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review 2016-01-06 14:30
Cemetery Girl #1
Cemetery Girl - Charlaine Harris,Christopher Golden

*Book source ~ Library


Calexa Rose Dunhill isn’t her name, but since she can’t remember who she is she names herself from the surroundings in which she woke; Calexa from the crypt nearby, Rose from a gravestone and Dunhill from the cemetery. Until she can figure out who killed her, why she woke up in a cemetery, why she can see spirits and who she is she decides it’s safer to make her home in a crypt. With the unobtrusive help of the old caretaker, Mr. Kelner and an old lady, Lucinda Cameron, who lives across the street from the cemetery, Calexa survives for months, but is no closer to discovering anything about her past. Then one night she witnesses a murder and she has to make a decision. Let the murderers get away with it or call attention to the cemetery and hope she’s not discovered?


I love this story and the artwork. Who is this girl? Why did someone try to kill her? Why was there no mention of her disappearance in the papers? What the hell is going on? Gah! I need to know! The teens who commit the murder in the cemetery are fucked up. I mean, seriously, what the fuck?! That is just so FUBAR. Calexa’s solution to reporting the murder is brilliant. Anyway, I’m glad Calexa has Mr. Kelner and Lucinda. Now, if they can just figure out the mystery that is her then I’ll be happy.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/01/cemetery-girl-books-1-2.html
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review 2015-05-13 12:03
WoWwA ~ Our love is strong with this one
Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15 - James Marsters,Jim Butcher

*Book source ~ Purchased on Audible


Harry Dresden, smartass, wizard, former private investigator and current Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness has been living out on Demonreach for nigh on a year when Mab suddenly has a job for him. Well, job implies he has the option to refuse and that is so not the case when it comes to Mab. In order to pay off a debt to Nicodemus Archleone, Evil Denarian Extraordinaire, she has loaned her Winter Knight to him for a bank heist. Not just any ol’ bank heist though. Oh, no. Nicodemus intends to rob the vault of Hades. Not only does Harry have to work with an entity he hates with every fiber of his being, but he has to play nice with the rest of the team and hope no one literally stabs him in the back all while robbing the God of the Underworld of one of his most precious treasures, the Holy Grail. No, not a figurative one, the literal one. Harry is so screwed.


Guest Reviewers

My 17-yr-old daughter A

My 15-yr-old son T

My 14-yr-old son K


It’s unanimous…this book has been deemed awesome. Plot, mystery, twists & turns, humor and characters kept us entertained and the narration was spot on. Each time we thought Harry was going to go toes up, something would happen to save the moment. And then there was the big finale. Holy shit! We so did not see that coming. Actually, there were many moments like that, but that big one near the end was a doozy. Butcher is one diabolical mofo.


While everyone was glad to see Michael back in a big way in this installment, A was particularly happy. She loves Michael. And Mouse, too. T wasn’t happy with the way Butters was acting, but we agree that we think he’ll be better after this book. As usual, T & K love the magic use and the battles. I enjoyed it all and the Xanth reference made me giggle. Other favorite characters are back, some more than others, and a few new ones are introduced. There’s a few new villains introduced as well as two new characters that I hope we see again. And even though Harry told Binder he would kill him if he set foot in Chicago again (Turn Coat), he was forced to work with him. We actually like Binder. It would be nice to see him in future books, preferably on Harry’s side.


So many great quotes in this one it was hard to whittle them down. So I leave you with four funny ones and two inspirational ones.



“Did you shout 'Parkour'?" Michael asked.

"Well, sure," I said. "That was kinda Parkour-like."

Michael fought to keep a smile off his face. "Harry," he said, "I'm almost certain one does not shout 'Parkour.' I believe one is supposed to simply do Parkour."

"Do I criticize your Latin battle cries? No, never once.”


“Nice try?” Butters said. “Mister, where I come from, there is no try.”


“The Blue Beetle was not a clown car," I said severely. "It was a machine of justice.”


“But they were doughnuts of darkness. Evil, damned doughnuts, tainted by the spawn of darkness . . . . . . which could obviously be redeemed only by passing through the fiery, cleansing inferno of a wizardly digestive tract.”




“Because . . . fear is a terrible, insidious thing, Waldo. It taints and stains everything it touches. If you let fear start driving some of your decisions, sooner or later, it will drive them all.”


“Hope lets you do things you would otherwise never be able to do, gives strength when everything is darkest.”

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2015/05/wowwa-skin-game.html
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