Could this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s eyCould this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s eye; I added that. ☺
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King delivers her best narration yet in the seventh installment of the Mercy Thompson series. It is like she’s right there with all of us adoring fans of these novels, and is just as enthusiastic to find out what happens next to our little coyote - and her world - as we are. This makes for great pacing in her reading.
There are many returning characters this time around and, therefore, many voices. (As Sara in GoodReads’ Who’s Your Author? group said, it is like a Reunion Special!) Ms. King keeps them all straight and seems to kick them up a notch, too. Werewolves, vamps, ghosts, feys, humans, whatever. Or maybe that is just because the book is so great! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I love her Italian accent for Stefan (a vampire); it has kind of an “I want to drink your blood…” cadence to it, but Ms. King totally gets away with it.
I’ve also said in the past that Ms. Biggs writing is simple, but that doesn’t really convey her talent. I don’t mean bland, as she is far removed from that boring fare. I mean she doesn’t have a lot of superfluous words in her books. Some authors sound like they are writing with at thesaurus open beside them at all times. She’s all about the story - and she knows how to deliver an excellent one. Plus, she loves to slip in a vital little tidbit of information when you least expect it, so you’d best pay attention.
Ms. Briggs gets her point – and her plot - across in an economically elegant style. For example, when a certain someone apologies:
“Hell must have been experiencing some climate change.”
See? No fluff or $64 words, but you know it is a momentous occasion because of the characters’ history. Still, she does throw in a high-rent word here and there, like at this point:
“You will eat this and go to sleep, so your pronouns get their antecedents back.”
Nevertheless, there is one scene, which had me cracking up:
“Obstreperous, ‘huh,” said Tad. “I see you’ve been using that Big Word of the Day calendar I got you last Christmas.”
“That is irrefragable,” I told him solemnly.
Of course, there is also a lot happening: Eep! The wolf pack has been kidnapped! Is it just political? A consequence of the cliffhanger at the end of Fair Game - third in the Alpha & Omega series? Or something else entirely? There are several nice twists, which put me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Despite the seriousness of the situation, there seems to be more humor in this one, if I’m not mistaken, and it is pitch-perfect, although some of it I’m afraid the younger generation might not get: In the opening chapter? With the car Mercy is driving (her VW Rabbit), Jesse’s question (don’t want to spoil it for you), and the whole “rabbit died” connotation? That was just too, too clever! LOL!
Yes, Ms. Biggs is so smart. I wasn’t a “Team Adam” member when Mercy had a choice between him and another, but we actually get a couple of chapters with his thought-processes; he has completely won me over. He remains his über-alpha male self, leader of his wolf pack; however, we get the added treat of finding out what is going on in his handsome head and earnest heart. It is neat to discover his thoughts on his brave little coyote mate, his deep love for her, his need to protect.
All in all, I can’t recommend this one enough. Mercy is not only a clever, kick-ass heroine; she is brave, loyal, compassionate, and filled with common sense, plus her own brand of magic.
P.S. If you don’t read Urban Fantasy, this is the series with which to start. Before you know it, you’ll be drawn into Ms. Briggs’ world. Do you need to read Alpha & Omega series along with this one? No. But, you’ll have a deeper, more rewarding reading experience, if that one is read, too. Luckily, http://www.hurog.com/* has a neat visual timeline for the reading order of these two wonderful series.
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The other thing that didn't work for me was the hero was alright all along...until near the end, when he is an asshat. Sure, he apologizes, but it still was too close to the ending. Maybe I hold on to grudges too long. LOL!...more
[image error] ★★★★☆ This is a nice escapist story combining time travel and the Old West that happened to be Western & Medieval Romance Lovers’ BOM[image error] ★★★★☆ This is a nice escapist story combining time travel and the Old West that happened to be Western & Medieval Romance Lovers’ BOM for March, 2013. Since I had already bought it, I was looking forward to it and it didn’t disappoint.
I liked Jake and Rachel – and her nephews – and their adventures. Of course, the “wagon train” setting is one of my favs. I also liked that Jake had a chance to correct his course in life and “cowboy-upped,” so to speak.
Sure, there was some question with regard to the whole “time-travel/butterfly-future effect” – and it flitted through my mind at the end – but that isn’t exactly why I was reading the book.
I’ll certainly read more by this author. While I didn't gobble it down in one bite, but enjoyed it each morning for about a week, I could tell she’s got that certain “something-something” that comes across on the page....more
[image error] ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sweet and fun. Nothing new here, but I really liked it. Fast-paced, with a nice flow. Made me[image error] ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sweet and fun. Nothing new here, but I really liked it. Fast-paced, with a nice flow. Made me smile a few times. It was very pleasant to listen to while I did my weekly errands.
I haven’t read anything by this author before, but I’ll be checking out more of her books. Enough that I checked into when the next in the series comes out. (April, 2013).
For that matter, I’ve never heard Amy McFadden narrate before, and she does a nice job. I’ll look for her again, too. Hope she does the next one in the series. ...more
★★★★ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the reA vintage button wreath.
★★★★½ This is vintage Catherine Anderson and I just loved it! It is a reissue, but definitely holds up and remains worth the read – or re-read – as the case may be. I loved the characters, especially the little girl, Miranda. Ms. Anderson knows how to write a big rough and tough hero interacting with a small child. It was also heartwarming to see this gentle-giant of a neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, fall for the ‘little mite’ as well as the abused, skittish, young widow, Kate Blakely.
This author can take a scene that has been done a million times and make it special:
“What are you doing?”
His voice was tight with laughter. “I’ve never been so fascinated with a woman’s buttons in my entire life.”
The plackets of her bodice fell open. “Zachariah, it’s broad daylight.”
“So it is.”
Not impressed? Well, maybe it is the character-building before that that makes me picture the scene so well, and what takes place before this...and that it is a set-up for (view spoiler)[those three little words! (hide spoiler)].
Is it my favorite Catherine Anderson? No. But I’ll still give it ★★★★½ because Ms. Anderson’s best is beyond five stars. Was it perfect? No. Was Zach a little too patient (view spoiler)[I would have hit the bottle sooner (hide spoiler)], and the ending a little too neatly wrapped up? Yes and yes. Or maybe I just need to find a man like him? Doesn’t matter to me. I know I’ll re-read it again just to enjoy the dialogue between the characters and escape back into their world just to experience them falling in love all over again...and the three of them becoming a family.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) First, let me tell you that I’m really NOT a fan of the “loving two brothers” theme. Keep that in misaw mill
★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) First, let me tell you that I’m really NOT a fan of the “loving two brothers” theme. Keep that in mind as you read this review.
While I liked Julia Motyka’s lovely voice narrating this story, her cadence was just too slow for my ear. Speeding it up helped a lot. (Thank goodness for technology.) I also felt some of her delivery was a little too “cheesy” or melodramatic, as Dhes points out in her review. Of course, the book itself is a bit melodramatic, so that would make perfect sense. Some could consider that it goes with the setting, which is post Civil War, a poignant time in our history, where brother fought against brother. Literally.
I could understand Evelyn Tucker, our heroine, being drawn to Radford Grayson over his brother Kyle Grayson; he’s a hunk and Kyle is a bit of a presumptuous jerk over more than just the brothers’ saw mill, but with regards to what Evelyn should do (view spoiler)[about her father’s livery (hide spoiler)]. Nevertheless, two or three times of, “We can’t, we shouldn’t!” - and then going at “it” the next opportunity anyway - was more than enough time for her to just be upfront and honest with Kyle. And Radford, for that matter.
This is the first time I’ve read (or listened) to anything by this talented author, and I will most likely go on with the series. There are some very nice scenes, especially with Radford’s traumatized little girl, Rebecca; however, the conflict between this trio was just not my cuppa tea.
I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. My sincerest thanks to Wendy Lindstrom for her generosity.
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★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one; an exceptional read! Rebecca Macauley does an excellent job of sounding like sixte
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one; an exceptional read! Rebecca Macauley does an excellent job of sounding like sixteen year-old Francesca, as well as the other diverse characters in this wonderful coming of age story. Sure, there isn’t much of a stretch for her narrating an Australian accent, but she conveys Francesca’s teenage angst (something Francesca so doesn’t want to do!) and the interactions with other characters: teenagers – children – adults – males, all beautifully. I noticed she also reads some of Ms. Marchetta’s other books and that makes them even more of a draw. I’m so glad I found this author!
This is a wonderful, poignant, ultimately upbeat “coming-of-age” book that has Francesca stuck in what was previously an all-boys school; tossed in with people whom she wouldn’t normally be friends, she not only has to learn to adapt, but find herself. Plus, she has to deal with the unknown of why her energetic, over-achieving mother suddenly takes to her bed and won’t meet the day.
It is all presented with humor and tenderness and the lovely Australian lingo, such as ‘pashing’ for ‘kissing’. I happen to have the paperback by my side as I listened to this one (because I did it as a “buddy read” and I needed a reference for my discussion questions). I noticed in the paperback there were expressions like; “I'm chuffed” that were changed to “I’m pleased.” So glad I got to hear it on audiobook where it retained the “down-under” flavor.
Definitely a GoodRead – or GoodListen!
Leichhardt Town Hall, New South Wales, built 1846.
Piazza at Italian Forum in Leichhardt, where Francesca and her family - sans mum - go for some gelato.
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Spoiler Pic:(view spoiler)[Francesca is supposed to look like the beautiful Sophia Loren. I think this is a picture of her when she was “discovered” at seventeen, an age Francesca turns in the book: (hide spoiler)]
Looking for pictures of the Woy Woy Train Station, I came across these pictures.
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★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Angela Dawe continues to narrate the wonderful Psy-Changeling series, and with the sixth book she delivers h ★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Angela Dawe continues to narrate the wonderful Psy-Changeling series, and with the sixth book she delivers her usual excellent job of distinguishing the male and female characters. However, I must admit I’m impressed with the way she does the children; there is innocence in her tone that comes across. She is one of the readers I seek out when choosing my next audiobook.
Willow, a lynx cub who is traumatized when her brother, Nash, a MIT student is kidnapped.
Oh! This is a good one. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like a struggle between two dominants: Sentinel Mercy Smith from the DarkRiver cats, and Lieutenant Riley Kincaid from the SnowDancer wolves. Nonetheless, it was exceptional.
The chemistry between these two equals is H.O.T. Ms. Singh is deft in handling the love scenes! They certainly sizzle; however, while both individuals like it rough, the interludes are evocative of a deeper emotional tenderness. Oh, yes. Mercy is certainly flirting and cavorting with Riley in what she calls “shoo-away,” but really she’s playing a very dangerous game of “Come here, come here, come here…Go away, go away, go away.” She is definitely getting off on the excitement of the chase. But it is more than that. She wants Riley to prove himself worthy of all she has to offer as a lover; however, I believe there is a part of her that is not aware she really wants him to demonstrate he is worthy of being her mate. Still, these two pack liaisons have a lot of issues to work out. (view spoiler)[Where will they live? Will the mating bond cause one to have to leave their family pack? Which will give up their blood-link/sentinel-bond to their Alpha? Can they have kids; will those off-springs be able to shift? (hide spoiler)]
As deft as this writer is in the bedroom (or forest floor), she’s equally so outside; presenting us with a gripping suspense. Conspiracy is everywhere! There are a lot more clues and few more answers to what has been going on in this series’ story-line: The Ghost, the NetMind, the Human Alliance, the ‘puppet master,’ the Information Merchant, the PsyNet, Pure Psy, the LaurenNet, Henry Scott, Kaleb Krycheck, Anthony Kyriakus, and Nikita Duncan! We get updates on Judd and Brenna, Lucas and Sascha, Hawke and Sienna and so many, many others from this series.
I often do a great disservice to Ms. Singh; I tend to rate her books against each other instead of against other paranormal romance writers. I’m such a moody reader and it isn’t fair that the next book should have to match my current temperament. But all of her books are a step above other PNR writers.
If you haven’t started this series, and you enjoy paranormal romances, shifters, and futurist stories, this is a great one to start!
Shazahn Padamsee (actress) as Ashaya Aleine “Shaya” - as Dorian calls her - has pale blue-gray eyes; so, this is when she is wearing her dark contacts.Shazahn Padamsee (actress) as Ashaya Aleine “Shaya” - as Dorian calls her - has pale blue-gray eyes; so, this is when she is wearing her dark contacts.
★★★★★ & a Whoa! (This is a review of the audiobook.) Angela Dawe does an excellent job of reading this powerhouse episode in Nalini Singh’s fifth installment of the Psy-Changeling series. There is a reason she is up for an “Audie Award” for an another audiobook this year.* She makes Dorian sound not only filled with possessiveness, but suitably conflicted. For Keenan’s (Ashaya’s son) four-year-old voice, she sounds just too cute. There are a lot of – for lack of a better word – “thought bubbles” going in this book and I never confused them with what a character was actually saying verses thinking.
All I can say about the storyline is that you had better put your thinking caps on for this one. I was confused for most of the book. There is a lot going on in this volume! However, Ms. Singh doesn't “info dump.” Oh, no. Not her style. Instead she gives us a Juggernaut! This one is action packed; nevertheless, she takes time for the sexy, steamy love scenes. Phew!
Still, you have to pay attention. There are tons of clues for the ongoing mystery. Sure, you get some answers, and tons of amazing secondary characters... but there is plenty left unanswered. Thank goodness, I had my fellow GRs Psy-Changeling “buddy readers” with whom to share all my “WTHs?” And, luckily, the next in the series are already published. Conversely, I don’t know if all of us will be able to hold out until next month for Branded by Fire. LOL!
If you want a great picture of yummy Dorian, check out Lady Jayne’s review. With this GoodReads formatting bug, you might have to hyperlink to her blog (the link is posted at the top).