3 1/2 stars for this bit, but I rounded up since Goodreads doesn't have a 1/2 star rating. I was really hoping that this book would again be from the...more3 1/2 stars for this bit, but I rounded up since Goodreads doesn't have a 1/2 star rating. I was really hoping that this book would again be from the viewpoint of Lily and Simon again. I really liked her character.
I don't know what it was about this book... I just didn't adore it as much as Shadow Kin (it also didn't pull me in like Shadow Kin, too). Plus, there was just something about the female protagonist Holly that I just couldn't get into.
Oh! One thing I noticed right off the bat was Scott labeled what perspective we were following (like at the beginning of a section or Chapter if we changed perspective she would have it labeled for Guy or Holly). During the last book , she didn't do that and I remember this caused me a bit of confusion until I looked closely at the symbols and figured out the moon symbol was Lily and Sun was Simon.
So Blood Kin opens a little while after the end of Shadow Kin. The Night World is in an uproar about Lucius' death and alliances are being struck and people are aiming for power. So Guy, a Templar Knight who defends the helpless and all that jazz, needs someone with information on who are the players and what is exactly going on in the Night World since the Templar Knights keep getting attacked while they are out patrolling. Enter Holly Spy extraordinaire. Maybe not so much extraordinaire.
Anyways, it had some twists in the book which I had thought were at least foreshadowed in the previous book. The next book is Iron Kin and I'll buy that one too. I think with Iron in the title that the book might be about Saskia (Guy and Simon's sister). From what I glimpsed from her in the book, she seems like a fun character. I really hope we will get to see a part of the Beast Kind's world next since we've seen Vampire and Fae. (less)
Essentially Charles is being haunted by the ghosts of the people he had to kill (since they have come out, the Marrock, Charles...moreBriggs is a genius!!!
Essentially Charles is being haunted by the ghosts of the people he had to kill (since they have come out, the Marrock, Charles Father, had become more strict with those who step outside their laws since he wants the werewolves to be seen in a good light), and it is affecting his relationship with Anna. Charles is depressed and I think showing signs of burning out.
With prodding from Anna and some help from Asil (I was happy to see a return of Asil. I believe he was in Cry Wolf and possibly a Mercy Thompson book) Bran, the Marrock, decides to send Anna and Charles to Boston as a werewolf consultant to the FBI and some other law enforcement agencies and also to help law enforcement see werewolves as good. Basically they are hunting a killer who has been killing for a long time and has recently taken to hunting werewolves.....
I devoured this book quite quickly. When I first reading Briggs Charles and Anna series, I was hesitant with it at first, since I thought it would be one of those fantasy/romance books in which the dominant, over-bearing, powerful werewolf went around beating his chest and growling at everyone who looked at his mate, and Anna would be this submissive thing who thought it was all sexy. There is a little bit of that... but it's really toned down. After this book, I'm really glad I stuck with this series, it was that good.
There was one plot twist in the book, I had the basis of it, but Briggs really went head over heels with the plot twist which had me giggling (if you read the Mercy Thompson's books, you'll see why).
One thing that I really enjoy with Briggs is that when she writes about the "fey" she makes a point that they aren't all good and light, and/or they aren't all that way now. Two themes stuck with me 1.) A secondary character as a child had met a fey who had come to deal with another fey who had been eating animals and children. The girl had commented that that day she had learned two things "they were powerful and charming -- and they are children and puppies." 2.) This was mentioned three times in the book that you shouldn't give something old and powerful something to love. Because when it is taken away... it has deadly results.
I am really curious as to what is going to happen in Frost Burned, the next Mercy Thompson book. Sad that I have another year. (less)
The Wicked Lovely series has come to its end. I've felt many different ways about this series... intrigued about Seth in Book 1, then Gabriel and Iria...moreThe Wicked Lovely series has come to its end. I've felt many different ways about this series... intrigued about Seth in Book 1, then Gabriel and Irial. Frustrated with Seth when he didn't know that time passes differently in Fairy.
I've always enjoyed Marr's gritter side of the Fey which is reminiscent of Terry Pratchett's take on them, "They'd smash up the world if they thought it would make a pretty noise."
But Darkest Mercy is a conclusion to all that has been built up since Book 1, but the most important case is the War against Bananach. Remember war is filled with loss and heartache.
I would recommend this series (or book, but I would say before reading this one, read the preceding books. You can't fully appreciate everything without the other books) to older teens or if you're mature young teens. But it was great and can't wait to crack open Marr's Graveminder.(less)
**spoiler alert** I have been reading Melissa Marr ever since I came across Wicked Lovely when it was recommended to me on Amazon. She is a great Auth...more**spoiler alert** I have been reading Melissa Marr ever since I came across Wicked Lovely when it was recommended to me on Amazon. She is a great Author, not too cliche, her writing grabs you, and doesn't let go. The characters are great! They seem alive and relatable (even the Dark court faery, Niall).
Usually, I'd give this book a five out of five. But there was one "small" thing that happened in the book that niggled at me which made me give the book four out of five stars.
*Potential Spoiler alert*
If Seth had done so much research on faeries and knew a lot about them. How could he NOT know that time passes differently in faery than in the mortal world? It's faery 101! It confused me and had me yelling at the character inside of my head till the end of the book.(less)