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review 2018-05-24 22:06
Bullet: Anita Blake #19, wherein a lot of things and nothing happens
Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #19) - Laurell K. Hamilton

The weirdest thing about this book, by far, is that it simultaneously manages to have no plot and too many plots all at the same time. There are at least five plot hooks thrown into this novel and none of them really get fully pursued. There's too much planning, and angsting, and screwing, and agonizing, and ruminating on long winding metaphysical descriptions and threats, and even dancing, to ever get around to totally engaging with any one thing. If this book is about anything it's about the whole plot with the weretigers that has been brewing for...four books? Five? I'm not sure. At any rate this book comes to a screeching halt after Anita collects her entire rainbow (not joking) of weretigers, leaving plot lines like assassins and evil vampires dangling for another time.

 

More and more these books blend into one another so that they cannot stand on their own - each book a record of a day in the life, if every day is rife with conflict and melodrama. It feels like fanfic, except the original author is penning it. It's almost like a new weird art form born of loose editing and fever dreams. Regardless, the series marches on, and I will continue my dabbling out of morbid curiosity. (Again, I'm reading these so you don't have to. You're welcome.) I give this book a solid shrug.

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review 2018-05-24 21:51
Flirt: Anita Blake #18, Sort of
Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #18) - Laurell K. Hamilton

A short story, inflated to a novella, marketed as a novel. I did appreciate that this installment had more of an actual story arc than most late series Blake novels - the length kept it from spinning too far off the rails. It also focused primarily (though not entirely) on her necromancy more than other metaphysical wankery, which was refreshing. Unfortunately she also manages to somehow add a new man to her collection (through force I might add), and repeat herself every other paragraph. So...yay? I give this a resounding meh. (Again, I'm reading these so you don't have to.)

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review 2018-05-24 15:44
Audio Review: Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)
Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs
Dead Heat

Alpha & Omega #4
Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Holter Graham)
Urban Fantasy
Brilliance Audio
March 3, 2015
Audiobook
11 hours and 25 minutes
Rantings of a Reading Addict

 

The new Charles and Anna novel

 

Praised as "the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal" (Rex Robot Reviews), the Alpha and Omega novels transport listeners into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business....

 

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

 

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up - and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

 

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Dead Heat is book four in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

 

I enjoyed Dead Heat, but not as much as previous books in the series. Things where slowed down in this one. The storyline takes us on a vacation to Arizona to buy a horse and visit an old friend of Charles. We get to meet the Hosteen’s pack, see a different side of Charles, reconnect with an old love and witness some flashbacks. Their is some tension in the story and on their mini-vacation things go a little aria with a Fae who is kidnaping children and causing problems.

 

To me the story was tame compared to previous installments. We do get some action, but it doesn’t happen until the end when they confront the Fae. Most of the book is about horses and Anna wanting a child. Briggs does a wonderful job on the detail with the breeds, gaits, temperament, etc.. As an equestrian it was a little much, but for those that may not know about horses and all the aspects involved with breeding, showing, etc.. it’s probably helpful. To me, it became redundant. As for the kid aspect. I found the options Anna shared viable and Charles concerns legitimate. It would be nice if they could have children, but we know why the wolves can’t carry to term.

 

I did enjoy learning more about Charles and seeing a different side to him. His relationship with Joseph was wonderful; however I wasn’t happy with Maggie’s role aka the ex. Leslie Fisher the FBI agent showed back up to help with the missing kids. And, Anna and Charles characters continue to grow.

 

I will say that Briggs is an amazing writer. She knows how to make her characters interesting and to keep adding to the world and growth. I like Anna and Charles, but Mercy Thompson will always be my favorite.

 

Audio Narration: I love the audiobooks for the Alpha & Omega series. Holter Graham did a superb job. He is perfect for the narration of this series. The voices of all the character’s come to life with him. I highly recommend the audiobooks.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-24 09:12
Borderline - Mishell Baker
Borderline - Mishell Baker

This is one of those books where I wavered for a long time between 3 and 4 stars. Over here, I lay out roughly why I make a decision between those and sticking to that really does make me give Borderline 3 stars rather than 4. My first clue probably should have been that I could put it to one side for a few days and not really wonder about what was going to happen next.

 

Anyway, on to the plot. Borderline is the first in an urban fantasy series but one which thankfully escapes the sexy leather-clad woman discovers her secret abilities/heritage and that the world isn't quite what everyone thinks. Well, it has the latter but our protagonist has all sorts of issues - a significant mental health issue that's ongoing through the book (and referenced in the title) and also the serious physical aftermath of a failed suicide attempt. Millie is recruited straight from her rehabilitation centre into working for the Arcadia Project, a group of humans who work as intermediaries with the fae, in Hollywood of course! 

 

It's pretty much stated early on that the kind of people that get recruited are those who won't be missed if they disappear and that the attrition rate is high, with Millie subsequently also discovering that the amount of metal she now has holding her skeleton together helps her deal with some fae magic. There's an ongoing plotline about an actor (who is secretly fae) disappearing and the idea that fae and humans are matched together - one of the things I liked about this book was the fact that when Millie meets her fae match, the circumstances mean nothing can happen and nothing does happen, rather than some kind of magical exemption for plot service purposes. 

 

Anyway, the things that annoyed me a little about the book and which mean I probably won't be reading the sequel (Phantom Pains): while I accept that it would be difficult to get across Millie's mental health issues without it, the ongoing monologue about 'I do this because of my brain doing this' got a bit wearing after a while (a.k.a. 'my ongoing issues with first person'). Likewise, I didn't really give a crap about any of the characters sufficiently to wonder about their future lives but then the author also killed off one of the more interesting characters, making me even less likely to continue with it. 

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review 2018-05-21 00:47
SIDESWIPED by KIM HARRISON
Sideswiped - Kim Harrison

I am sitting here trying to think about what I want to say about the story. It was confusing, tried to be heartbreaking, really geared toward young adults. I like this author but I'm not sure I'll like this series. So, I'm going to stop here until/if I change my mind.

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