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review 2017-09-18 19:37
Solid Second Book in Mercy Thompson Series
Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs

I was initially going to read this for the demons square for Halloween bingo, however, it includes werewolves and I decided, two birds, one stone.

 

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If you have been following my reviews you know that I devour the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books. I have all of the books either via ebook or one that I got in hardcover (never again, I realize I don't care for the feel of most hardcover books) and I tend to re-read my favorite parts of this series over and over again. One of these days I will get around to just posting a mega review or something. Until now, here is my review of book #2.

 

"Blood Bound" finds Mercy trying to get settled with the fact that she now is dealing with the fact that an old love has moved in with her (Samuel) and by the way, the alpha of the local werewolf pack is interested in her as well (Adam). If she didn't have to deal with vampires and a demon slaughtering people left and right she may actually get some time to repair some cars. 

 

This book actually deals more with the vampires in the Tri-Cities than the prior one did. We have Mercy agreeing to help out her vampire friend Stefan which has her getting involved with local vampire politics with the head of the seethe Marsilia.  I do like how Briggs in her series let's you know first and foremost vampires are predators. They are not sparkly and friendly (well except for Stefan, and only the friendly part). 

 

When the werewolves gang up to take out a new enemy everyone in Adam's pack has to deal with it too. 

 

I do love Mercy. She has become one of my favorite urban fantasy characters. I can read about her and Kate Daniels (see Ilona Andrews) all day. I will say though that this book includes my least favorite thing ever, a love triangle. Thank goodness that Briggs deposes of that triangle in book #3. I am not a fan of who should I be with in my long running series, see Janet Evanovich. Also, Briggs does a great job developing Mercy through this series. We are only provided so much information about her, but we find out about things real time for the most part just as she does. I rather have that instead of a info dump.

 

My favorite characters are in this one, Adam, Stefan, Zee, and Samuel. I do wish that we got more Samuel in the later books since he kind of disappears after Silver Borne, Mercy Thompson #5. 

 

I do love the writing in this series. I always think that Briggs can make dialogue really work. I also have to say the flow for this one works. We also get to see a new dimension to Mercy's powers besides shapeshifting. I will echo something another BL member has mentioned here before, Mercy has I think zero female friends, which is weird. I didn't realize that when I was reading the series the first time. But honestly, besides Honey (in the later books) most of Mercy's friends are male. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I will still keep wishing that Mercy becomes closer to Charles's wife (see Alpha and Omega series) or other females such as Honey. I can see why she doesn't reach out to women more though since she is a male profession (auto mechanic) and her hobbies include self defense courses along with ghost hunting. 

 

The setting of the Tri-Cities in Washington state is always a fun one to return to. 

 

I did like the ending of this, but if you want to be wowed by this series, check out Iron Kissed, Mercy Thompson #3. That one almost wrecked me. It was really good. 

 

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review 2017-09-18 17:28
Halloween Bingo Update 4: Marked in Flesh
Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh, like the rest of the books in this series, has plentiful supernatural characters, but several of the most important are werewolves.

 

 

And that's the square I'm using it for.  (Would also qualify for Supernatural, Vampires, or Monsters.)

 

 

 

Called and Read:

 

Werewolves: Marked in Flesh, by Anne Bishop

Locked Room Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

Ghost: The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

 

Read, but Uncalled:

 

Supernatural: Murder of Crows, by Anne Bishop

 

Called, but Unread:

 

Genre: Horror

Murder Most Foul

In the Dark, Dark Woods

Witches

Cozy Mystery

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review 2017-09-18 09:40
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad!
The Werewolf Whisperer: ¡Feliz Navidad! (A Werewolf Whisperer Novella Book 1) - Bonita Gutierrez,Camilla Ochlan

by Camilla Ochlan & Bonita Gutierrez

 

This took a while to settle into because it was dialogue heavy and I felt there wasn't enough description or exposition to easily grasp what was going on right away, not to mention a few names beginning with X raising questions about pronunciation.

 

Eventually I caught on that all the chatter about make-up and wardrobe was preparation for a television appearance, wherein the werewolf whisperer was expected to give a demonstration. What could go wrong?

 

The author's note at the end also pointed out that this was related to a series. My feeling is that the Christmas add-on expected a certain amount of familiarity with the original story.

 

To me the plotting didn't really hold together, although I started to get to know a couple of main characters. I do have the first book of the series and will attempt to read that soon, but if it's as disjointed as this one, it might become a DNF.

 

We did get a werewolf transformation, but the strands of story were such that I couldn't tell you how that came out.

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review 2017-09-17 20:13
Halloween Bingo -- Werewolves -- Howl, Growl, and Groan
Sleeping With the Wolf - Maddy Barone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure:  Obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was offered free.  I do not know the author nor have I ever communicated with her about this book or any other matter.  I am an author.

 

This is a Liquid Silver release, so the sexy stuff was expected.  The story was just the vehicle. 

 

Carla is an up and coming country singer on a flight from Minneapolis to Denver when her plane crashes.  She and some of the other passengers survive, only to find that it's no longer 2014 but 2064, and the whole world has changed due to some kind of apocalypse.  Technology is just about gone, and so are most women.  (I'm not sure how that happened.  Maybe it was in one of the sexy parts I skimmed.)

 

After leaving the crash site to go search for help, she reaches a town where women are prizes for which the men fight.  She ends up being won by Taye, who is sometimes Lakota and sometimes wolf. 

 

“Not a werewolf.” Carla remembered his explanation that first night. “Just a guy who can turn into a wolf when he wants. Talk about crazy, huh? It takes a little getting used to.”

Barone, Maddy. Sleeping With the Wolf (After The Crash Book 1) (Kindle Locations 1803-1804). Liquid Silver Books. Kindle Edition.

 

His lust is instantaneous -- she's his mate, he somehow figures out -- but hers is inevitable.

 

He has a pack of about 50 other wolves/werewolves living in a den that's mostly an abandoned motel. 

 

Word gets out somehow or other that Carla was a singer in the Times Before, so some human man from another town brings her his wife's guitar.  Carla gets to resume her singing career!

 

Her concert for the wolves that night was a hit. For feral murdering wolves they were amazingly tenderhearted.

Barone, Maddy. Sleeping With the Wolf (After The Crash Book 1) (Kindle Locations 1569-1570). Liquid Silver Books. Kindle Edition.

 

It was short, the writing was passable, there was something resembling a plot and conflict and resolution.  And it filled a Bingo square. 

 

 

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text 2017-09-17 13:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs

Going to read this for the werewolves square instead of the demons square just to complete that square. Now I'm going to need a book for the demons square. 

 

 

 

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