Note: This review contains spoilers from the previous three books.
Bone Crossed opens with the same scene that closes out the previous book, Iron KisseNote: This review contains spoilers from the previous three books.
Bone Crossed opens with the same scene that closes out the previous book, Iron Kissed, for which I was extremely thankful. Mercy is still recovering and dealing with the repercussions from her assault by Tim, and deciding to take Adam as her mate fills her with joy and panic. I appreciate the care that Ms. Briggs takes with Mercy and the realistic reactions Mercy deals with after being raped. Although the previous book leaves things open ended, Ms. Briggs sets Mercy and Adam on a positive forward course right at the start of Bone Crossed.
Once again, vampires are giving Mercy a bit of trouble, and we find out that the vampire queen, Marsilia, discovered Mercy killed one of her favorites, Andre. Marsilia tortures Mercy's friend Stefan and warns Mercy she, and those she loves, are all targets. On top of this, Mercy has been contacted by a college roommate to deal with a ghost plaguing her home. This sets Mercy in the sights of yet another dangerous vampire.
While I enjoyed Bone Crossed, I felt it was missing some of what made the first three titles so amazing. I did laugh more reading this title than any of the previous books. With statements like
"Thank you for tearing Tim into small Tim bits." and
"Vampire with shotgun - it seemed a little like Jaws with a chain saw, too much of a good thing."
I was seriously chuckling out loud during several moments of the book. Mercy's wit has sharpened, making her observations both insightful and, at times, down right hilarious.
However, Bone Crossed has a dark undercurrent that plagued my enjoyment of the story at times. Between the twisted machinations of Marsilia and the sheer evilness of the vampire Blackwood, I found myself upset at times and resigned to the fact that things cannot change at other times. One thing I've always admired about Mercy from the start is her fierce inner strength coupled with her "normalness" and lack of "superpowers." She perseveres and triumphs over even the most difficult situations. But at some point, Mercy needs a break. After all that she went through during the last book, I found that the continued violations on her person brought me down. But at the same time, I was frustrated that Mercy didn't seem angry or upset enough over what was happening. Maybe I expected more from Mercy - but I found that I didn't connect with her as much during this title as I had during the first three stories.
In addition, while I simply adore Mercy and Adam as a pair, I find their backwards approach to mating a bit frustrating. Mentally, I get where the author is taking the couple and don't necessarily disagree with her approach. But emotionally, things feel off to me. There is no passion between the couple. Part of it is the "behind closed doors" writing style the author uses, and part is the need to take things slowly because of their situation, but primarily, it's the reverse order of their mating that leaves things a bit wonky. Mercy and Adam are still in the "get to know you" stage, yet also mated and in love. They don't live together (and she's living with her first love), but they are dating. I don't feel a connection because Mercy is still keeping Adam at arm's length, even with some of the changes that do occur during the book. I hope that Mercy and Adam's relationship progresses more in the next title, or else I will be extremely frustrated!
All in all, Bone Crossed is a good addition to the Mercy Thompson series. Although I had some small issues with the characters and their reactions to different situations, I did enjoy the progress that was made. The two primary story lines with the vampires left me a little off center (they were not my favorite plots of the series), but I found them gripping and exciting. The Mercy Thompson series is still extremely enjoyable and I plan to start the next book right away!
My Rating: B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues...more
Mercy is back in action in this, the fifth title of the Mercy Thompson Series. This time around, Mercy has multiple issues to worry about. First, herMercy is back in action in this, the fifth title of the Mercy Thompson Series. This time around, Mercy has multiple issues to worry about. First, her roommate and close friend Samuel seems more depressed than normal, and she's worried that maybe he's giving up. Next, she's trying to adjust to being mated to werewolf alpha, Adam and being part of his pack, part of which doesn't want Mercy around. Finally, it looks like a mischievous fae is causing problems for Mercy and her friends.
Silver Borne is full of intense moments and thrilling story lines. I am pleased that the few issues I had with the previous book were addressed this time around. I adore that Mercy is starting to act conscientiously rather than completely impulsively. She's finally realizing that she's no longer alone and that her family and friends are there to help her out, even when she doesn't ask. Even though it is difficult at times, Mercy is thinking about the repercussions of any actions before she makes her decision. That doesn't mean Mercy has become cautious; she's still a bit reckless!
I also admire how Mercy is dealing with being part of the pack. She's been so scared of how it will change her - afraid it will limit her - that she's missed out on the benefits of belonging. The way she thinks through and acts on some problems within the pack is perfect. I also appreciate how she moves forward with respect to her mating with Adam. I feel their connection much more than in any of the prior books.
The story has some high-impact action scenes that were emotionally gripping. I found myself enjoying the overall story line with the fae much more than any of the prior preternatural story lines. Ms. Briggs strikes a solid balance between action, thoughtful insight, and romance.
The narration by Lorelei King is just jaw-dropping marvelous! I've said it before, but it is worth repeating. This woman has talent! She has dozens of very individualized voices, each perfectly suited to the characters. Whether male or female, young or old, sweet or angry, she makes the book sound like it's being narrated by a dozen actors.
My Rating: A, Loved it! Narration: A+ Personal Favorite...more
River Marked is one of the most interesting, exciting books in the wonderful Mercy Thompson series. For the first time in the series, readers get a laRiver Marked is one of the most interesting, exciting books in the wonderful Mercy Thompson series. For the first time in the series, readers get a large dose of Mercy's Native American heritage. I found the story rich with fascinating tales and riveting details about the natives who inhabited the land long before the werewolves, fae, and vampires.
The story begins with discussion of a wedding, leading to one of the most romantic weddings ever (and so perfectly fitting for the couple). Adam and Mercy beginning their honeymoon with hopes of spending some much deserved time away from it all; however, soon enough they find themselves in the middle of a deadly and dangerous situation. Along the way, Mercy finds out much about her background, including more about what it means to be a walker AND more about her own father.
In addition, Mercy and Adam have finally found their place in my heart. I've always been on board with the pair as a couple, but there wasn't much of an emotional connection. This time around, I found that the couple had that extra something that made them special. They are more relaxed around one another and free with their affections. I love that they accept each other for who they are, and are good sharing that with each other. All of these parts together made River Marked one of my favorite books in the series.
As per usual, the narration by Lorelei King is sublime - an A+.
Murder of Crows is the second tale from the wickedly interesting world created by Ms. Bishop. Directly following the conclusion of the first book, WriMurder of Crows is the second tale from the wickedly interesting world created by Ms. Bishop. Directly following the conclusion of the first book, Written in Red, the story focuses on the Lakeside Courtyard, its human and Other residents, and how life is changing because of the Blood Prophet, Meg Corbyn. I strongly suggest reading the first book in the series prior to this one, due to the intricacies of the world and the depth of the histories of the well-developed characters.
Like its predecessor, Murder of Crows is a deeply involving book, told from multiple points-of-view, to include a few Others, multiple humans, and even the villains. Although the POVs change frequently, the story doesn't jump around. The story flows from scene to scene and person to person naturally, and this method of storytelling provides a marvelously rounded picture of all that is happening.
One thing that I didn't care for about the book was the level of gruesome acts and violence against women. While not graphic in nature, there are parts of the story that gave me pause and horrified me. In the end, it didn't diminish the quality of the work, but while listening, there were times I needed a break from the story. These parts are few and far between, but there were enough for me to make note of it.
Due to the extensive nature of the book, it wouldn't do justice to try and highlight the various storylines. While many of the plots are shown to intertwine and conclude by the end of the book, there are a couple, such as Lt. Sgt. Montgomery's ex and daughter and the humans first and last movement, that are left unfinished. It is clear that the world is heading for war, and I just hope that the bits and pieces dropped into this story are picked up in the forthcoming book, Vision in Silver (March 2015).
Probably my favorite aspect of the story is watching how Simon (the wolf) and Meg (a non-edible human) learn from and about each other. Their growing friendship is both touching and sweet. Due to its unusual nature, the pair have learned to take time to listen to the other. Their communication is developing, creating a solid base, even though neither is sure what is happening. I also enjoy how this friendship is translating into a larger trust between some of the Others and humans. This coupled Meg's own personal growth as she learns how to live outside the compound and abuse of the Controller, gives the story heart.
Listening to this, the second book narrated by Alexandra Harris, I found myself more used to her idiosyncrasies, including her slower pace and her odd voice for Simon. I found comfort in the familiar and so, while the narration isn't remarkable, it isn't horrible, either. I was able to look past the issues I had with the narration more than in the first novel.
Overall, Murder of Crows is a well-written, intense and engrossing fantasy.
Rating: C Originally Posted at That's What I'm Talking About Review copy provided by author
It’s the day before Christmas Eve, and Evelina must rescue thRating: C Originally Posted at That's What I'm Talking About Review copy provided by author
It’s the day before Christmas Eve, and Evelina must rescue the kidnapped Snow Maid and the magical staff that belongs to Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa. Because of her mixed heritage, daughter of Jack Frost and a human mother, Evelina has always been somewhat of an outsider in the Ubezhishche, a haven for magical creatures near Siberia. During her attempts to rescue Snow, Evelina and her husky are attacked by ice zombies and rescued by a Yeti.
Kameron hides a secret... he is the Yeti. Originally from Scotland, he was magically cursed to live as the Yeti. He has been alone and solitary for years. Now he finds himself utterly attracted to Evelina and all of her self-perceived faults. He must decide if he should share his secrets before time is out for Evelina.
Evie has a lot of issues-she has a huge chip on her shoulder because of her past history, both romantically and with her family life. Because of her fears, she won't allow anyone close to her. So when she feels an attraction to Kameron, she brushes it off as something not real. It became a bit annoying as Evie continued to make excuses why she wasn’t good enough or that her attraction isn’t real. Kameron doesn’t seem to have as many issues, but he’s been alone for so long, his social skills are in great need of polishing.
Romantically, the pair felt off to me. They are overly goofy, sharing awkward dialogue while sexing it up. However, as a dynamic duo fighting off the ice zombies and saving Christmas, the pair make a great team.
Overall, the story had some exciting parts, but it just didn't keep my interest during the entire tale. I liked the concept and mythology, although at times I felt a little lost. While the romance didn’t work for me because it felt too goofy, the rescue story and battle scenes were intense and exciting....more
**spoiler alert** I give this story 3.5 stars. Meljean Brook has created a fantastic world and wonderful mythology. The love story of Lilith and Hugh**spoiler alert** I give this story 3.5 stars. Meljean Brook has created a fantastic world and wonderful mythology. The love story of Lilith and Hugh is beautiful. The overall story of finding freedom for the pair is a fun ride and an interesting tale. At times the action is exciting and fast paced. The romance is hot!
However, at times the story seemed a bit slow and overly wordy. I found there were several parts that I had to reread because the flow of action was choppy and/or hard to follow. I was able to read past it all, but I feel like I have missed out on the true meaning and/or actions of what happened in parts of the story.
WARNING - Spoilers...
My favorite part of the book came fairly early on when Hugh first sacrificed himself for the first time. The dialogue between Guardian Michael and demon Lilith was amazing. I could feel the anguish of Lilith, Hugh and Michael's concern. This clarity of emotion was also strong in Hugh's interactions with Lilith when he attempts to "set her free" by killing her and "falling."
Overall a good start to a promising series. I am looking foward to reading the next book....more
"Wild Hearts in Atlantis" by Alyssa Day. 3.5 stars. Great little short if you are reading the Poseidon Series. Quick pace and easy to read.
"Paradise""Wild Hearts in Atlantis" by Alyssa Day. 3.5 stars. Great little short if you are reading the Poseidon Series. Quick pace and easy to read.
"Paradise" by Meljean Brook. 3.5 stars. 3rd "story" in her Guardian series. Good piece to read after Demon Angel b/c it's a fairly straight forward and light tale. Main female, Selah, was from Demon Angel. Nice transition to next full-length novel. Enjoyed the outcome... "Animal Magnetism" by Maggie Shayne. 4 stars. Easy to read short shory. Loved the characters, enjoyed the romance. "Hunter Kiss" by Marjorie M. Liu. 3.5 stars. It took a bit for me to get into this story, but once I did it flowed nicely. I haven't researched, but I had the feeling that this story is part of a larger series. Not sure if I will search out and read them....more
I think Moon Called has been on my MUST READ TBR pile longer than any of the other books I own. I am finally reading the Mercy Thompson serieFINALLY!
I think Moon Called has been on my MUST READ TBR pile longer than any of the other books I own. I am finally reading the Mercy Thompson series via a hybrid mix of primarily audio with supplemental Kindle.
I really enjoyed the first book of the Mercy Thompson series. I felt that the author does a fabulous job developing her mythology and creating three dimensional characters through action rather than backstory and telling. The primary characters are each a bit flawed in one way or another, giving them realism set within the fantasy.
Mercy Thompson is a likable "walker" - a one-of-a-kind preternatural coyote "shifter." She works as a mechanic, scraping to get by. She's made friends with a few members of the local werewolf pack, including her neighbor, Adam - the pack alpha. She's also friends with a vampire - which is basically taboo - and a few other fae. When Adam is attacked in his home, and his human daughter kidnapped, Mercy gets caught in the middle trying to help her friends.
I love that although Mercy is a preternatural being, she is a lot like an average human. Other than her increased senses and speed (when in coyote form), she doesn't have any extraordinary powers such as fast healing or increased strength. She uses the skills she's learned and her intuition to get through life, and so far, she's doing alright.
The storyline was well developed and kept me guessing until near the end who was behind the kidnapping and why Adam was targeted. I found myself engrossed in the plot, but also the character introduction and interactions.
The narration by Lorelei King is excellent. I was blown away by her range of voices - each so unique. There are some voices she performs, especially male characters, that I could have sworn were actually voiced by another narrator. While I'll admit that at first Adam's voice bothered me, I did grow to like it by the conclusion of the book. The wide range of vocals creates a richer listening experience.
My rating for the book: A- Enjoyed a lot My rating for the audio: A- Enjoyed a lot
Kindle copy - purchased with own funds Audiobook - loan from the library ...more
The Sea Forest world is magical land that is completely covered in water, where massive trees grow up from the ocean floor to support an entire eco-syThe Sea Forest world is magical land that is completely covered in water, where massive trees grow up from the ocean floor to support an entire eco-system within their branches. There is no ground: only roots, branches, and channels. Dwellings are carved into these magnificent trees. In this world there are two classes of humans: the Royals and the Water-rats. The Royals control everything, including the sacred zabbaroot, which gives those with tolerance to its poison, special mental abilities.
Ms. Kennedy has created an amazing and original mythology. The planet is lush, full of beautiful flora and fauna, unique creatures, and fascinating abilities. Mahri and Korl share a sexy and passionate bond. Both have faults - he is ignorant at times and completely arrogant, she is equally as willful and refuses to trust Korl - yet they both are genuine and likable. He is persistent in his demands for her body, mind, heart and soul. But Mahri doesn’t trust the Royal with her heart--thinking he only wants to control her. However, her physical attraction for Korl is undeniable, and when she eventually gives into her desires the sparks fly! The emotional connection between Mahri and Korl - their personal struggles for freedom and equality and for love and trust - make this a book worth reading. I truly enjoyed this entertaining tale.
My Rating: 4 stars: Really enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)