Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a walker (coyote) and auto mechanic in the tri-cities area of Washington State. She was raised by a powerful pack of were...moreMercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a walker (coyote) and auto mechanic in the tri-cities area of Washington State. She was raised by a powerful pack of werewolves, is close friends with fae and vampires, and her next door neighbor and possible love interest, is pack leader of the area werewolves. Needless to say, it isn't long before trouble comes to her doorstep. A new werewolf, Mac, shows up at her shop asking for a job and a place to stay. He is a were, but seems to have dulled senses and no direction on how to control his inner wolf. No sooner than Mercy can introduce Mac to pack leader Adam, all hell breaks loose. Adam is attacked in his home, his daughter is kidnapped and a dead body is dropped at Mercy's door. It's up to Mercy to get to the bottom of things with a little help from the wolves, fae and vampires.
There are some things that I really liked about this book. For one, I think Mercy is a great protagonist. She is strong willed, big hearted and has one hell of a sense of humor. I like that she is independent - she owns her own business and because she is a walker, she does not belong to a pack. And this book has a little more diversity than some others in this genre in that Mercy and several of the characters are at least part Native American. I also liked that this book centered on the wolves, and I learned a lot about werewolf lore, which is good because so many books concentrate on vampires.
As for what I did not like - I thought the plot was slightly disjointed and I wanted more development of the characters. The writing was also a little choppy and got cliché at times. While there was a lot of action and suspense in the story, it never really pulled me in and got the pages turning.
All in all, I thought it was a good, quick read and I did get the impression that the series could improve as it expands. The book was good, not great, and I'll probably read at least the next book in the series.
I'll end this review with a caveat - this is my first book after completing Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. After reading such a great series, I think almost anything in the same genre would have paled in comparison. There is nothing really wrong with this book, it's just not quite as good as others that I've read recently. (less)
This book completes the story of Atretes, the slave/gladiator that we are introduced to in Voice in the Wind. I almost decided against reading this bo...moreThis book completes the story of Atretes, the slave/gladiator that we are introduced to in Voice in the Wind. I almost decided against reading this book because my favorite character Haddasah is not featured. I'm glad I changed my mind. While this was not quite as good as the first two in the series, it was a great read and a fitting end to the series. I loved the development of Atretes & Rizpah's relationship and the book was full of twists and turns. I cried with the first two books, and while this book did not draw tears, I did find myself wanting to leap for joy at some parts. If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, I recommend that you read this book - you'll likely be sad that it doesn't include Hadassah, but Atretes' story is just as amazing! (less)
I found this book while browsing through the Christian Fiction section of a bookstore. When I noticed the authors, heavyweights Ted Dekker and Frank P...moreI found this book while browsing through the Christian Fiction section of a bookstore. When I noticed the authors, heavyweights Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, I thought there was no way this book could be anything but good. I could not have been more wrong.
House tells the story of two couples, Jack & Stephanie and Randy & Leslie, who end up at an inn and encounter the unusual and creepy hosts. They soon realize that they are trapped in the mysterious house by a serial killer that appears to be in cahoots with the hosts. The killer demands that they murder one of themselves in order save the other three. After being warned to stay out of the basement, all four end up in the basement and wonder around for hours looking for a way out. But it seems that the house is always changing and nothing is as it seems. Sounds interesting, right? I thought so too in the beginning. The first 10 chapters of this book are actually pretty good, but somewhere around chapter 11, things go south. The writing is repetitive and horrid - it's choppy and quite annoying. It almost reads like stage directions or a movie script rather than a novel. There's nothing suspenseful about people walking down mysterious hallways and finding hidden doors to nowhere again and again for 15 chapters. There were several times when I almost stopped reading, but I kept hoping that the book had a point. It didn't. While things did pick up towards the end, I saw most of the big "twists" coming from the beginning, and the ending really isn't profound or meaningful at all. This book was actually painful to read, and after I finished, I spent 10 minutes asking myself why I finished it at all!
Both Dekker and Peretti have done better. If you want great Christian fiction, you can't beat Peretti's classics "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness,' or Dekker's "Three." Do yourself a favor and skip this one. And if you must read it, please get if from the library - don't waste your money. (less)
This was my first experience with the author Evelyn Palfrey and I didn't know what to expect. But I'm so glad that I read this book!! It was a great p...moreThis was my first experience with the author Evelyn Palfrey and I didn't know what to expect. But I'm so glad that I read this book!! It was a great page turner, with an interesting plot and a complex romance. I loved it!
Vivian Carlson is smart, beautiful, ambitious and married to the wrong man. Her husband of nineteen years, on-the-rise Texas state representative Walter Carlson, is a serial philanderer and has come to take Vivian for granted. For years Vivian has been patient, putting her desires on hold to support her husband. The final straw comes when Walter brings home his baby by another woman and hands her off to Vivian. Having already made the decision to leave Walter, she initially views the baby in a negative light, but comes to see her as an answer to her prayers after years of being unable to conceive. Struggling to keep up with her law school schedule and the baby, she meets Marc Kline, a wonderful man who comes to care for her and her baby. Their story is full of twists and turns, and beautiful romance as well.
Palfrey does a wonderful job of telling the story in a way that lets you get to know the characters in all of their complexity. I found myself being able to relate to both Vivian and Marc so many times while reading. The budding romance between Marc and Vivian was well developed and was neither trashy nor cheesy. I finished this book within 24 hours and loved every minute. It was a wonderful read and I'll definitely be reading more by this author.(less)