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review 2019-06-21 21:27
Review ~ Awesome!
Storm Cursed - Patricia Briggs

Book source ~ Library

 

Mercy Thompson is a mechanic, but she’s also a whole lot more. As a coyote shifter she has some problems fitting in with the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Normally, she wouldn’t give a fig about the pack, but ever since she married their Alpha, Adam Hauptman, she kinda has to deal with them. And now she’s dealing with a situation that she brought upon herself and the pack and that’s being the go-between for the humans and the Gray Lords of the Fae. Mercy doesn’t try to make her life more complicated. These things just seem to happen.

 

I love this series. I really do. And while I love this installment in it, it just seems to be a bit much this time. I’m not sure why I feel that way because the book has everything I love about the entire series: paranormal shenanigans, steaminess, humor, my favorite characters, danger, mystery, and a decent plot. Ok, maybe it’s the plot. It feels off. Maybe because the last book had Mercy kidnapped and carried off to Europe. It seems like the thing on the bridge with the troll happened forever ago and I guess what I really need is a series refresher. I do hope the Fae storyline gets some more attention because I think that’s what it needs. They really only end up as a subplot of this book because there’s some new Big Bads in town and they are not Fae. Hint: there’s some adorable zombies involved. If I had to guess, this book is setting up a big Fae/human showdown which should prove very complicated and interesting. I do still love this series and can’t wait for the next story.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/storm-cursed.html
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review 2019-02-01 20:25
Review ~ Tired and Stale
Look Alive Twenty-Five - Janet Evanovich

2.5

Book source ~ Library

 

Stephanie Plum is a bond enforcement agent for her cousin Vinnie’s agency, but now she has to also manage a deli that the agency has acquired through the collateral on a bond skip. A deli that she finds out has had three managers go missing in the last month and all that was left behind was one shoe. Yikes. Never fear though because Lula is going to help her. *cue eye roll*

 

This series is so stale I want to slap myself for continuing to read it. At least I get the books from the library now and have for some time. The best thing I can say is it’s an easy-to-read brainless fluff book for when you just need to unwind with something completely predictable and uncomplicated. Grandma Mazur is barely in this one, but Lula is there for nearly all of it. Stephanie *still* can’t decide between Morelli and Ranger and I’m sick of her shit. Each book she’s on again, off again with Morelli who she isn’t ready to marry and apparently neither is he. But her one excuse for not considering Ranger is he isn’t looking to get married. What the actual fuck?! That makes zero sense. Plus, in this book she’s macking on Ranger while she’s still in a sort of relationship with Morelli. Ok, that’s cheating full out. At least all the other (few) times she hooked up with Ranger she and Morelli were off again. I can accept that. But this? No. Just, no. I’m not sure I can keep doing this to myself, but I probably will only because I love Ranger. He deserves so much better than Stephanie.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/look-alive-twenty-five.html
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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
WoWwA
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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