'Dante's Journey' is a contemporary rewrite of Dante's 'Inferno'. Unfortunately I haven't...moreReviewed for www.bookchickcity.com (7 out of 10 on the blog)
'Dante's Journey' is a contemporary rewrite of Dante's 'Inferno'. Unfortunately I haven't read the original, so I can't compare.
The book follows Joe Dante, a 1960's cop who dies whilst in pursuit of a powerful drug lord, whom he also believes to be responsible for the murder of his wife and two children. Suddenly there's a flash of light and he finds himself in hell.
Joe is a man obsessed with revenge. Determined to bring Filippo Argenti to justice for his crimes. An obsession that even in death he cannot relinquish. As Joe seeks Argenti and answers about the death of his family he slowly descends down through the nine circles of hell. Voluntarily I might add.
The deeper into hell you go, the greater the sin and inevitably the greater the punishment.
The punishment for each sin is clever and inspired. Although be warned more than a few are macabre and gruesome. As Joe descends into each level, it's surprising what is viewed as the greater sin. What would you view as worse murder, suicide or betrayal?
But, what really worked was the mix of dark, be it the punishment of the damned or Joe's unrelenting obsession, with the witty and entertaining dialogue. To say Joe is madcap is understating it a little. He is a man with nothing left to lose, not even death now, and his craziness escalates. His recklessness is however hugely entertaining.
On his route through hell, Joe encounters many different people characters, each with different sins of their own. Each person has an impact on Joe, some both in life as well as death. Including Joe's very interesting guide Virgil, who is a constant enigma.
Time has no meaning, and the juxtaposition of different villains and cultures from different eras is a fascinating mix. The straight 60s cop meets the hippy is a scene that is guaranteed to make you laugh.
Mixed into Joe's journey is flashbacks to his past life and the actions and events that led him to to where he is now. Joe is an immensely endearing character, you cannot but help to become wrapped up in his love, grief, bitterness and determination for revenge. Almost egging him on as he goes and does the one thing you know you wouldn't have the guts to.
I was a little unsure of this book when I began reading it, but it quickly draws you in. It is well written and pacy. Compromised of short chapters that make it a surprisingly easy read.
A refreshing new voice to the Urban Fantasy genre, JC Marino has written a different but insightful novel. It is a clever commentary on human behaviour, our role in life and will make you think about the life you lead and the decisions you make.(less)
Willow is a moving and poignant young adult novel. When I first read the back cover, I wasn't sure how I'd react to the subject matter and was concern...moreWillow is a moving and poignant young adult novel. When I first read the back cover, I wasn't sure how I'd react to the subject matter and was concerned about how the author would handle the issue of self harm. But, to my surprise the book captured me from the first page to the last.
Willow is a confused and grief stricken teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of her parents in a car crash. Making her grief even more complicated is the fact she was the one driving when they died.
The book takes off seven months after their death. Willow is living with her older brother David, his wife Cathy and their new baby Isabelle. The move means she also at a new school with few friends and due to circumstances money is also tight, requiring Willow to work in order to contribute her share towards the household bills.
As well as coming to terms with their parents death, Willow and David struggle to come to terms with the shift in their relationship. From brother and sister, to guardian and ward. This shift seems to have irrevocably altered it, which wrapped up with their grieving combines to push them further apart.
Submerged in terrible grief, guilt and loneliness, Willow finds an outlet that enables her to survive: her razor. She lives from one cut to the next, only able to feel she can breathe again when the blade penetrates her skin.
There is no escaping that Willow's illness is shocking and when you first begin reading even makes you feel a little uncomfortable. Perhaps what becomes more uncomfortable is that after a while you begin to identify, just a tiny bit with Willow as you begin to understand her suffering.
The book is undeniably dark and doesn't shy away some very difficult issues, but at the same time it does not become too intense.
The main reason for this is Guy. To put it simply, Guy is lovely. A bright, caring and charismatic boy who inadvertently discovers Willow's secret. They are both horrified at first, but little by little as their connection grows, Guy begins to teach Willow to live again.
Willow has not only forgotten who she is, but how to communicate and live in the outside world. She has shut it all out, because it's easier to harm herself and focus on that than it is to deal with her own emotions. Guy forces her to look outside herself, to remember what it's like to enjoy the small things and what it's like to have friends.
This is what makes the book so eminently good in my opinion, how the narrative combines moments of real darkness with that of hope.
Willow aims to demystify the stigma and misconception around self harm. At first it is a first quite baffling why anyone would chose to disfigure and hurt themselves in this way, but as the book progresses you, like Guy, begin to come to terms with who Willow is.
This book really is beautiful. A surprising choice of word perhaps given the subject matter, but out of the agony and suffering blossoms a love story that is about acceptance and loving a person for who they are despite their flaws.
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I have one small caveat to my review and that is a small frustration that at no point in the book did Willow and Guy turn to anyone for help. I would have liked to have seen Willow seek professional help or at least tell an adult about her problems. If the book had been about an anorexic sufferer I think the approach would have been different, and this shows perhaps a little naivety in the writing. Given the audience that this is aimed at, it's important to show that asking for help is not a demonstration of weakness.
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Willow is about intense grief, mental illness and ultimately redemption.
Don't be put off by the difficult subject it explores, while I'm not expert on self harm, I believe it is handled exceptionally well by the author.
The overall message of this book is one of hope. While we all might suffer terrible things in our life, we must never forget ultimately that there is still joy to be had in living it.
'Arson' is a deep and moving book about Arson Gable, a seventeen year old orphan who lives with his Grandmother and has the ability to create fire wit...more'Arson' is a deep and moving book about Arson Gable, a seventeen year old orphan who lives with his Grandmother and has the ability to create fire with his mind.
Living in remote America, other than his job in an ice cream parlor, Arson lives in relative isolation. That is until the Pheonix family move in next door, and suddenly Arson's near empty life is awakened. Enter Emery, a scarred yet gutsy girl, who feels safer wearing a mask over her face when she greets the world.
Emery challenges the way Arson lives his life. Forcing him out of his current existence, from a trip to the bowling alley, to volunteering at the local hospital. All small steps that force him to connect with the local community. And as Arson begins to connect and inevitably fall in love, he begins to start to come to terms with his troubled past and present.
Arson's ability aside, at the root of this novel is a coming of age story about two teenagers both damaged in some way; one emotionally and the other physically.
It also tackles the complexity of family relationships: what it means to love and hate someone all at the same time. As well as difficult issues facing many young adults such as abuse and alcoholism. Arson's relationship with his elderly Grandmother is painful, as is Emery's with her dysfunctional and breaking parents.
For a long time throughout the novel, I wondered what the purpose of Arson's ability was, as it felt like nothing more than a manifestation of teenage angst. If the author had given Arson a box of matches instead, I believe it would of had about the same impact as his pyrokensis on 90% of the novel. And as the book neared its end, I wondered how on earth all of the threads were going to come together.
Then came the conclusion. A compelling, horror filled ending that left me thinking – where on earth did that come from. It seemed to come out of nowhere as though the author had tried to tie the threads together a little too fast. It was shocking and ended on a cliffhanger that leads me to believe there must be a sequel to come.
'Arson' is extremely well written book, packed with stunning imagery. It was dark, intense and at times disturbing. It's navigation through some very difficult issues means that it wasn't always an easy read, but is compelling never the less.
My one small wish is that Vega had taken a little more time to build the ending as I think it would of hard more of the impact he was hoping for.
When I first started reading 'Before I Fall' it reminded me a little bit of a cross between the films 'Groundhog Day' & 'Mean Girls'.
At the beginn...moreWhen I first started reading 'Before I Fall' it reminded me a little bit of a cross between the films 'Groundhog Day' & 'Mean Girls'.
At the beginning, I didn't like Sam very much at all. She was one of those girls at school who was more concerned about appearances than substance, and her friends were equally as shallow. They were more obsessed with how many red roses they would get on Cupid's Day, as a show of their popularity, than the true meaning of friendship.
It seemed somewhat fateful that after a party and one episode of drink driving too many, that Sam's life ended in a horrific car crash.
Then, as the pages began to turn, I realised that this was the point. I wasn't supposed to like Sam at first. As she began to relive each day, she also began to grow as a person. And with each new day, Sam begins to realise that her life is not as good as she thought it was.
At first her choices are selfish and evolve around her desperation & frustration as she tries to alter its inevitable course. But, each day brings with it a new discovery and soon Sam's choices become more about everyone else, than herself.
Surprisingly, despite Sam living the same day seven times, the book doesn't get repetitive at all. Each time she makes different decisions that twist the story in new & at times quite unexpected directions.
As the book develops and Sam begins to grow, the more I began to see her as misguided and began to like her. So that when the seventh and final day arrives, I turned each page with anticipation, wondering how she was going to get the guy, save herself and avoid some of the less than pleasant events.
When the novel reaches its crescendo your desperation mirrors Sam's. The day whizzes by and despite having lived it with her six times before you have no idea how it's going to conclude.
The ending of the book is beautiful and eloquently written. I won't spoil it for you, but be warned there's a good chance that tissues will be required.
'Before I Fall' is a really well written and moving book. It's a poignant tale of how life can end all too soon and about understanding the impact of your behaviour on others.
It's one of those books that when you turn the final page you have to sit back and let it all sink in.
My one criticism would be as I didn't like Sam at first, it does take a little while to get into, but persevere as it is worth the read.
'Original Sin' is a black and white tale of good versus evil. The main character is Moira, the daughter of Fiona, a dark and powerful black witch. Sev...more'Original Sin' is a black and white tale of good versus evil. The main character is Moira, the daughter of Fiona, a dark and powerful black witch. Seven years ago, Moira escaped her mother's evil coven and found sanctuary in The Order of St Michaels, a worldwide group of monasteries dedicated to fighting evil.
Despite escaping, Moira has never found peace. Trained by the monastery to be a warrior, she is a dedicated servant to their fight. The problem is the daughter of a powerful witch, is also a witch. And magic and the use of magic of any kind is evil and corrupts. So Moira has never found acceptance from St Michaels with the exception of from one elderly priest: Father Phillip. Leaving her very alone and often frustrated and angry.
But St Michaels needs Moira, Fiona's coven has been growing in power its evil spreading. They are performing some of the darkest rituals and releasing some of the most powerful demons and magic from the underworld, and Father Phillip believes that Moira is one of the few people that can stop her.
As part of their mission, The Order take in young orphaned boys often with a calling to the greater cause and train and nurture them. Be it as a warrior, a demonologist or a priest. There is a calling for them all.
Rafe was one of these boys, a man now, he is yet to find his calling. The monastery in Santa Monica where he lived was attacked by the coven several months ago, and everyone in it was killed except him, leaving Rafe in a coma ever since.
As the book opens the coven are performing one of their most deadliest rituals yet, and unleash a terror onto earth that hasn't been seen since Adam and Eve were alive.
I have to confess I struggled with this book. The premise of the novel seemed fantastic, and I was really interested in reading it. But there were three really big problems with it for me.
The first is the both the characterisation and the number of characters. The book is written in the third person, which isn't a problem at all. But, it swaps character point of view very regularly, more than once a chapter. If this had been between two or three characters or even four this would of been fine, but it was so many characters that it became very difficult to keep track, particularly at the beginning. Because of this the plot very quickly became a mash of characters, that made it a very confusing read. It also means that the characterisation even for the main characters was quite shallow and a lot of assumptions seem to have been made.
While Moira is definitely the main protagonist and is the most rounded of them all. There are at least seven other characters that take up the narrative regularly and this excludes various perspectives from people in the town who take up the story just once or twice.
You don't get any real understanding of who they are which makes it very difficult to identify with them. Moira is often quite terse & snappy and her dialogue switches rapidly from inquisitive to churlish without any explanation as to why, meaning the flow of the dialogue is not as good as it could be. I wanted to understand Moira, but I found that I just couldn't.
Two of the other main characters are Anthony a demonologist who is in a relationship with the local Deputy Sheriff Skye. Anthony has been raised by St Michaels and wholly distrusts and dislikes Moira because of her past. But Anthony and Skye leads to my second criticism the book, which is its reference to past events. Anthony and Skye are as important as main characters in the novel as Moira. They met and fell in love when Anthony came to help after the monastery in Santa Monica was destroyed. This event is referred to regularly in the novel and has such importance to the narrative that it feels like this is the second book in the series and you've missed the first. I kept wondering what exactly had happened and why. How had such an unlikely couple as Anthony and Skye fallen in love and how had Rafe ended up in a coma. While this is explained loosely, it felt like parts of the story are missing.
In fact in parts I got both confused as to what was going on and at the lack of explanation as to why characters were feeling or behaving in a certain way, that if I'm honest if I had not committed to review this book, I would have probably given up on it.
Finally and thirdly is the love story. I liked Rafe, Moira's love interest, probably the most out of all the characters. But, while I have not gone and taken count, at a guess I would say that Moira and Rafe were in no more than ten chapters together (there are forty one in the novel overall). So there was little time for the author to build any chemistry between them let alone a smouldering love scene. I have seen this book classified as a paranormal romance, personally I don't think it's really a romance at all and think it is more likely to appeal to horror and fantasy fans.
The most frustrating thing for me though, is that this book has so much potential. If the author could have cut half the characters out, fleshed out the main ones and took her time to tell is the story in two books instead of one, then this could have been a brilliant book (or two).
I think it's important for me to say that while I have been quite critical of this novel, that if you look on Goodreads this book has received some very mixed reviews. It has incited a real diversity of opinion from people loving it and giving it five stars out of five, to people really disliking it. So while it was not for me and I don't intend on finishing the series, you may very well disagree.
This is a book with a lot of potential. But it never really gets off the ground and becomes lost in web of far too many characters who don't have enough time to develop.
As a result the plot becomes muddled which consequently means you don't engage or feel connected to the main characters.
I also missed my shades of grey, all magic cannot be evil now can it?
With her blue hair and black baggy clothes, Philomena, or Fil to her friends is not your typical heroine.
Living with her best mate Jim, Fil's life is...moreWith her blue hair and black baggy clothes, Philomena, or Fil to her friends is not your typical heroine.
Living with her best mate Jim, Fil's life is simple and just how she wants it. She has three great friends and her dream job working as an illustrator for the comic 'Girl From Mars'.
Then one night the sanctity of their foursome and the latest X-Files marathon is rocked. One of her friends had the audacity to go and fall in love. Completely taking the group by surprise the revelation shakes up Fil and the remaining two friends. Will their group ever be the same?
An amusing night and a few too many drinks later the remaining two friends: Fil, Digger and Jim take a vow to never date or fall in love. Thus keeping the group and their lives the same forever.
Then enter a new writer to Fil's most beloved 'Girl From Mars' who decides that it's time the comic had a shake up too and Fil is aghast. The Girl From Mars cannot fall in love too can she? You see, her job is more than a vocation for Fil, as far as she's concerned in many respects she is the Girl from Mars.
I had a debate when I began to write this review about what genre to classify this book as. Officially it's classed as Romance, but at times it very much reminded me much more of a chick lit novel. It clearly has a strong romance story running throughout, but Fil's relationship with her friends and the sub plots surrounding them are equally important as the main love story.
Fil is a really funny character and I loved her rag tag group of X-Files, and Dungeons and Dragons loving friends. Enjoying the fact that this book deliberately avoided a lot of the clichés it could easily have fallen into.
Another important thing to note about this book is don't be fooled by the cool Sci-Fi looking cover. Other than the fact that Fil is an illustrator for a Sci-Fi comic, there is nothing science fiction related about the plot at all. Which I found a bit disappointing.
The book looks at the role of your friends as you grow up and those pivotal moments that change your friendships forever. Everyone can remember your first friend to get a boyfriend, the first to get married and the first to have a child. And while those changes to the group dynamic are irrevocable, true friendships adapt and grow stronger.
This is a really fun book, it's a tongue in cheek romp that good naturedly delights in the somewhat geeky antics of Fil and her friends.
However, while it became evident two thirds of the way through the book I wasn't going to get my wish, I couldn't help but think that Fil had ended up with the wrong guy. And would of loved to see how the book would of concluded if she had chosen her other suitor.
This book is an entertaining romantic comedy that comic book lovers will enjoy.
This book has its bases covered, from the will they, won't they story line, to the romantic love triangle and the much coveted happy ending.
Personally, I was just hoping for a different one.
When you pick up a Nora Roberts book, you know it's going to be a good read. A bit like a Disney movie, you know you're guaranteed a happy ending, but...moreWhen you pick up a Nora Roberts book, you know it's going to be a good read. A bit like a Disney movie, you know you're guaranteed a happy ending, but enjoy the twists & turns of the journey never the less.
'Blood Brother's is the first in a trilogy succeeded by 'The Hollow' and 'The Pagan Stone' with each of the three blood brothers, Caleb, Fox and Gage taking their own story. 'Blood Brothers' is Caleb's book.
Unlike urban fantasy authors, you will find that Roberts is not dark or gritty, but she does do spooky rather well. From the onset she slowly grows the sense of eeriness. The signs of evil though small to start with, rapidly grow throughout the book as does the creep factor. There's something much more unsettling about a demonic child than an adult, especially one floating outside of your bedroom window.
What makes the book work, is the strong, three dimensional characterisation. From the two leads: Caleb and Quinn, to the friendship between the three blood brothers Caleb, Fox and Gage. You even find yourself overlooking the convenient arrival of Layla and Cybil who complete the sextet and will inevitably become the love interests for Fox and Gage in the subsequent books, because they're written and fit into the story so well.
Quinn is easy to identify with, with her direct manner, sense of adventure and belief that half a slice of pizza doesn't count on the junk food barometer. In contract Caleb's sense of duty, strength and calm make them an interesting couple. Their love story is a gentle, but believable one. The depth of the relationships between the characters is layered and grows nicely, which I can only imagine will continue to develop throughout the next two books.
Although I have to say that perhaps my favourite character of all has to be the fantastically named Lump the dog... every fireplace should have one.
My one disappointment with the book is that I found the finale a touch anti-climatic, and suspect I may need to wait for the final instalment of the trilogy for what I was hoping for. It is clear that this book is one of three and cannot really be read satisfactorily as a stand alone novel.
That being said, the book was thoroughly enjoyable. Roberts writes with the type of detail at times that should be tedious, but in reality is far from so. Her books are always easy page turners, and this one is great for a spooky Sunday afternoon, I've already started the second one.
Nora Roberts' demonic trilogy continues in 'The Hollow', which began with 'Blood Brothers' and will conclude with 'The Pagan Stone'.
The story continue...moreNora Roberts' demonic trilogy continues in 'The Hollow', which began with 'Blood Brothers' and will conclude with 'The Pagan Stone'.
The story continues where it left off with Fox and his love interest Layla taking up the narrative. Fox and Layla are very different characters from the steady Caleb and vivacious Quinn who were the focus of the previous novel, but it's very easy to get back into the swing of the story.
As a male lead, Fox is easy to warm to. With his unorthodox, hippy, vegan family which has led to his gentle coke swilling, junk food rebellion. Making a living as a lawyer, he is submerged deeply into small town life, yet what should be small pettiness is written with affectionate warmth and is interesting, endearing and despite all of this he still comes across as ruggedly sexy.
In contrast, I found Layla harder to identify with. Somewhat aloof, it took me until the end of the book to really get a sense of who she is. Maybe it's how she arrived in the first book: drawn to the town by strange dreams she had a vision that told her to go to Hawkins Hollow, but as consequence she does not have a connection to the town or any of the deeper relationships or connections that the others do. Her family is never mentioned, or her hair colour, small things, but their absence bugged me.
In terms of the overall narrative, the demonic haunting continues to gain pace, with the episodes getting darker and more prolonged. Developing the creepy, chilly edge I so enjoyed in 'Blood Brothers'. The swarm of black spiders turning the windows black in particular gave my arachnophobic self the heebie geebies.
The relationship between the six friends, three women and three men continued to grow, the solidarity, strength and matter of fact way they approach the haunting is inspired. Index cards and diagrams for sightings, they would make any murder detective proud.
As with the first in the series, the book is inescapably the second of a trilogy and in that sense would fail as a stand alone novel. But if you're prepared to read it, as I have, as one of three, then it's a warm, easy reading page turner.
I'm already eagerly anticipating the final instalment as the electricity between Gage and Cybil is particularly tangible. I have a feeling it may be my favourite of the three.
This is the last of the 'Sign of Seven' trilogy, with the narrative moving to focus on the final unmatched couple Gage and Cybil.
And, of all the three...moreThis is the last of the 'Sign of Seven' trilogy, with the narrative moving to focus on the final unmatched couple Gage and Cybil.
And, of all the three, this was the book I looked forward to the most. The chemistry between Gage and Cybil had already been sparking interestingly in the previous books. They were the first of the three couples who I really found myself wanting to get together. It's not that the love stories for the others weren't satisfying, they just weren't as electric.
Gage is a fascinating character, complex with a difficult past. A drifter and a gambler he's not your typical main character and the last person you'd ever expect to settle down with the archetypal white picket fence.
I also really loved Cybil she's feisty and intelligent, with a interesting gypsy heritage. Not intimidated by Gage's quick temper, she faces up to each demonic episode with a cool strength I know I could never manage if I were in the same position.
As you would expect, the evil seven year curse continues layers itself over the town of Hawkins Hollow, becoming heavier and more sinister. Infecting the minds and will of the townspeople and the sextet's friends. As the demon grows in power, so does his ability to endanger the group. Sharing the gift of foresight, Gage and Cybil try to prevent the deaths of the people they care about as well as working together with the others to end the curse for good.
As the story draws to a close we know it can only mean one thing, the end of the demon curse or the end of the three couples. But let's face it, it's a Nora Roberts book so an unhappy ending is about as unlikely as Simon Cowell wearing pink lycra. But, it doesn't matter, as the darkness sweeps in, the pages begin turning and you need to know how it ends.
This book is most definitely the best of the series. The finale packs the punch the previous two books hadn't and the love story is without a doubt the most compelling. There are a couple of clichéd moments that you need to ignore, but overall an enjoyable conclusion to a spookily satisfying trilogy.
Without a doubt the werewolf books in Kelley Armstrong's 'Women of the Otherworld' series are the best. If I were able to get a chance to talk to the...moreWithout a doubt the werewolf books in Kelley Armstrong's 'Women of the Otherworld' series are the best. If I were able to get a chance to talk to the other herself I would ask whether she enjoyed them writing them more, as it certainly comes across that way in the narrative.
For those of you that have not read any of the previous books in the series I would recommend you read them first, I have listed them in order at the bottom of this review for your reference.
The books follow the life of Elena Michaels. In a world where werewolves are very real, the condition passed on through a hereditary gene from father to son. Very few humans have ever survived a werewolf a bite and certainly never a woman, which makes Elena the only female werewolf in existence.
In this fourth installment in the series, Elena and her tempestuous mate Clay are now parents and are a little older and a touch wiser. Chasing a stray mutt and investigating a series of mysterious wolf deaths they end up in the frosty Alaskan wilderness.
Alaska is great setting for the novel, its remote and somewhat alien landscape adds to the mysterious and deadly beat of the storyline. As Clay and Elena tackle unsolved crimes, murder, stray mutts and mysterious mythical creatures it made me remember just why I love this series.
It's the intense relationship between Elena and Clay that always makes the books and it doesn't fail to deliver again in Frostbitten. They are are independence, wilfulness and strength twinned their all consuming passion for one another is delicious, believable and enough to make women the world over drool.
As we've seen in previous novels, being the partner of one of the pack's most notoriously terrifying werewolves and enforcer comes with its problems and this is no exception. And it is Elena's time to prove that she is not in fact Clay's weakness, but his partner in every right. Delving into her childhood in foster care, she has to face up to some old issues in order to face up to future responsibilities.
We see the arrival of some new characters that I hope to see again in later books as well as some faces from Clay's past we saw introduced in the 'Men of the Otherworld' novellas.
There's a lot more Elena than Clay in the book as well as a twist about Elena's future that I really didn't see coming.
My main criticisms of the book are, I would like to see have seen more of the pack, it is mainly centred around Clay and Elena and I missed the witty interactions between them and other pack members that on times make me laugh out loud, and their relationship with the long suffering Alpha Jeremy. I was also disappointed not to see more of their twins in the book and how they were coping as parents, instead they were conveniently at home being looked after Jeremy, giving Elena and Clay free run to frolic, hunt and fight as normal. Which if I'm honest felt like a touch of a cop out.
That being said, the book is a great fast, action packed, page turner that kept me up last night reading to the finish. I continue to be a huge fan of the series which I'd heartily recommend to any urban fantasy lover. (less)
I'm a really huge fan of the Mercedes Thompson books, so rushed to buy this book as soon as I knew it was out.
I haven't read any other of Patricia Br...moreI'm a really huge fan of the Mercedes Thompson books, so rushed to buy this book as soon as I knew it was out.
I haven't read any other of Patricia Briggs' books, other than the Alpha and Omega books, which, in my opinion, pale in comparison.
Mercy Thompson is a tough car mechanic who also happens to be a coyote shape shifter. This is book five in her series and she has developed from being a single woman with few responsibilities, to mate to the scrumptious Adam, the local pack's alpha.
I found 'Bone Crossed' the last book in the series a little disappointing, so I was delighted to be back on familiar ground with this one.
This time it's Mercy's connections to the fae and not the vampires that gets her into trouble. But, for me this book was more about Mercy's relationships. With Adam, with Sam, with Adam's daughter Jesse, and with the pack, than the main story, entertaining as it is.
This book moves Mercy and Adam's relationship on, exploring the implications of their mating and handling the inevitable ramifications of Mercy's rape, but also shows you some wonderfully tender moments between the two as they grow closer.
However, something I particularly enjoyed in the book was learning more about Sam. While I was desperate for Mercy and Adam to get together at the end of 'Iron Kissed', I love Sam and would hate to see him written out of the series. The interaction between Sam and Mercy is fantastically entertaining and written with ease and wit. Mercy's relationship with Sam is as important as her one with Adam, so it was interesting to see how this is going to move on now that she is mated.
'Silver Borne' gives you an insight into both Sam's history, but also a glimpse of his potential future.
As with the rest of the series, this book was a thoroughly entertaining read and there were times when I could barely put it down, the pages whirling past in a blur. Driven by the NEED to know what is going to happen next. The action jumps out and grabs hold of you, and the characters are superbly written. Mercy is feisty, determined and brave and you can't help but admire her. This series will continue to have pride of position on my bookshelves. (less)