In the third book in the New World series, quiet and shy Missy makes one of the hardest decisions in her life – to infiltrate the enemy's camp in orde...moreIn the third book in the New World series, quiet and shy Missy makes one of the hardest decisions in her life – to infiltrate the enemy's camp in order to help a friend. Terrified and alone, she puts herself on the line for the one thing in her life worth fighting for – Tyler.
I love Missy. I love how she was able to step out of her comfort zone, not only to help Tyler but to let herself trust him. Tyler is a character I loved getting to know more about. In the first two books we only got glimpses of him, but they were enough to provoke my curiosity about him. My favorite thing? Seeing the two of them together. Missy has a lot of hurt in her past dealing with men, and Tyler is nothing if not a man's man. He is all muscle and tallness and sexy Scottish accents (Mmmmm...Yes, I would speak his lines out loud using his sexy accent. Don't judge.). He is possessive and dangerous and incredibly scary, but he's all soft and sweet for Missy...even when he's not completely himself.
Tested continues the plot that developed over the first two books and also brought a new exciting direction to the story. Once again, I cannot wait for the next book! (less)
I have read and enjoyed Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, so I was very pleasantly surprised that instead of this being a whole new series is was a spin...moreI have read and enjoyed Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, so I was very pleasantly surprised that instead of this being a whole new series is was a spin of the Mercy Thompson books. I really do not get into short stories very much, but this one I enjoyed because I already knew all about the wolf pack dynamics and got to see a little about what was behind Charles. I had always wondered about him in the MT books. I cannot wait to get to the rest of the Alpha & Omega series! (less)
It seems like I had been waiting forever for this book, and then once I got my hands on it I read it in two days. Now I have to wait forever for the n...moreIt seems like I had been waiting forever for this book, and then once I got my hands on it I read it in two days. Now I have to wait forever for the next one. At least I was not disappointed. This book delved right back into Mercedes Thompson's crazy world of sexy werewolves and crazy vampires. This is easily one of my favorite PNR series, and reading book seven so long after the first six made me want to go back and re-read. I think I just might.(less)
Fire Country, the first book in the Country Saga, is the story of the Heaters, a tribe of people struggling to survive in a world where if breathing t...moreFire Country, the first book in the Country Saga, is the story of the Heaters, a tribe of people struggling to survive in a world where if breathing the air doesn't kill you, then certainly the unrelenting heat, the Killers, or the Glassies will. Fifteen-year-old Siena is on the cusp of becoming a Bearer, a woman who is of the age to be Called to bear children for the survival of the tribe. Even though the Call is a requirement for every young girl, Siena is not sure this is the life for her.
I liked Siena's character a lot. She is young but strong, not afraid to question the things she sees going on around her or those in power. She feels at times that she doesn't fit into her little world, but what she doesn't realize right away is that it is okay not to conform. Throughout the story we see Siena's character grow emotionally, and as she matures she makes choices that fit her own desires rather than those of the tribe elders and begins to question everything she thought she ever knew.
The world building in this book was simply amazing, and I hope it continues to be as dedicated and intricate through the rest of the series. The imagery the author was able to portray brought the story to life. I additionally enjoyed the unique language in the story, which helped set the atmosphere and added to the overall effect of the story. Add all of the above to the unique and interesting storyline, the author's humor (loved Perry!), and all the mysteries brought about by the conclusion of this story, and Fire Country looks to be a very promising start to a new series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (less)
Many times while reading a book series, after the fourth or fifth book I will need to find something fresh to read for a while before going back to fi...moreMany times while reading a book series, after the fourth or fifth book I will need to find something fresh to read for a while before going back to finish the series. This is not one of those! I love how the Mercy Thompson series, even after reading the sixth book, still leaves me wanting more.
The things I enjoyed most about this book were reading about Mercy and Adam (I love Adam!) and their ever-growing relationship and also finding out more about Mercy's background. And, Stefan was back in this book! The thing I really missed in this book was more of the pack. I love the pack life and dynamics, conflicts, and ties, and even though I know we needed to see Mercy and Adam on their own for a while (their honeymoon, in fact), I still missed it. We got glimpses here and there, but the overall feeling was gone.
Briggs has made in Mercy a heroine who so easy to like. She is strong and independent. She can hold her own around the wolf pack, the vampires, and the fae. I can't wait for the next book…but sadly, I'm going to have to. (less)
Nimia is a young slave girl being trained as a concubine for her master, Sygarius. He has owned her for years but has been waiting to use her until sh...moreNimia is a young slave girl being trained as a concubine for her master, Sygarius. He has owned her for years but has been waiting to use her until she was of the perfect age; after all, the anticipation is half the fun.
I enjoyed Nimia's character. She knows she belongs to Sygarius and what he will use her for once she is of age, but she does not mind much; after all, that's really all she has ever known. She does not remember much of her life before she came to live in his household. However, she is smart enough to realize there could be more to her life out there somewhere in the world and strong-willed enough to dream of it. Then one day a young prince shows up who claims to know of her people, and Nimia has to make a decision…live the safe life as a slave and concubine, or be free to find her past as a fugitive on the run.
I do not know much about the Roman Empire or the language of the time the book is set it, but to my uncultured mind, the writing in this book seemed to fit. The story flowed smoothly with beautiful imagery, and the plot was intriguing enough to leave me wanting more. This is the first installment of the story, and I will be looking for part two, hopefully soon!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (less)
Haley has just celebrated her 18th birthday when William, her father's best friend, a man she's known her own life, finally decides he cannot stay awa...moreHaley has just celebrated her 18th birthday when William, her father's best friend, a man she's known her own life, finally decides he cannot stay away from her anymore. "Daddy" Williams decides it's time Haley grows up and sheds some of her innocence, and he is going to be the one to show her how.
I love the premise of this story. The young girl (now 18) exploring her sexuality for the first time with someone she knows, someone she is comfortable with. And William is an alpha male if there ever was one. William comes across as a sexy, dominant male who knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after it.
But, the whole reason for the low stars from me is because of Haley. She is 18 and admittedly lived a sheltered life, but in this book she acts, in my opinion, like an 8-year-old child. She is incredibly naive, and not in a cute, fun sort of way. The word stupid actually comes to mind. Even girls who have gone to all-girl schools know what sex is and how to do it. And, she was not just naive about the sex…but everything. Her intellect and personality brought the entire story down for me. It would have been cute had it been a role playing act, but it was just how she was written.
This won't stop me from reading more from this author. As I said, I like the premise of the story and it was very well written.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dolphin shifters? How could I not? This short story gave us a brief introduction to the world of the Dolphinae. Their world is surprisingly complex, i...moreDolphin shifters? How could I not? This short story gave us a brief introduction to the world of the Dolphinae. Their world is surprisingly complex, including a centuries-old conflict between rival pods, politics I hope to delve into further, and shark shifters (the bad guys, of course). Mona catches the eye of a two of the dolphin shifters and discovers she is somehow marked in a way that makes her able to be one of their mates. The trouble is, which one?
I was intrigued enough by the story to want to find out more, even though there were things I did not particularly like – Mona in particular. Many of her decisions were rash and outright stupid. Half the time she seemed to have it together, and then she would turn into one of those girls…you know the ones. The 'I just met you but I think I'm in love and would follow you anywhere, even to my death' sort of girl. But, even with that there was still enough interest for me to want to read on and see where the story goes, and what happens with Mona, Dario, and Lucan.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Overshadowed Hope is the story of Missy. She feels she has had a tough life, and it seems that the pressure is building from all sides – her classroom...moreOvershadowed Hope is the story of Missy. She feels she has had a tough life, and it seems that the pressure is building from all sides – her classroom, her family, her lost love, and most of all herself. Missy is miserable but doesn't realize it. She is lonely even though there is family around her. Her worst enemy is herself, and it is slowly killing her.
I really liked Missy. She is very complex character, and her emotions were brought out well in the story. As I was reading I could her hurt and pain. It was heartbreaking reading her story. She reminisces of things past and dreams of how things could be, should be, but she doesn't know how to change things. Missy is not interested in help; she doesn't feel anything is wrong with her. But she finds she cannot run forever.
This story was well written and very emotional. I thought the author did an excellent job fleshing out her characters and making them real. It was interesting to be inside of the head of someone with an eating disorder, and I greatly enjoyed Missy's story. (less)
What can I say? I LOVE Mercy and the world created by Briggs. I've enjoyed watching Mercy and Adam's relationship evolve and grow. I love the werewolv...moreWhat can I say? I LOVE Mercy and the world created by Briggs. I've enjoyed watching Mercy and Adam's relationship evolve and grow. I love the werewolves, and I love Stefan (who I really missed in this book).
That said, this book brings us more of the Mercy/Adam relationship, which is growing beautifully, and more of Samuel, who I love. His is a heartbreaking story that finds a resolve in this book. If I was disappointed in anything about this book, is that it didn't give us more of him. He tagged along with Mercy throughout the book, but he was just kind of there, not really showing much of himself or his character. Overall, though, I loved the book and can't wait to get started on the next one in the series!(less)