This God-awfully wonderful woman and her phone call cliff hangers are going to be the absolute death of me! Consistently one of my favorite authors anThis God-awfully wonderful woman and her phone call cliff hangers are going to be the absolute death of me! Consistently one of my favorite authors and main characters and she never fails to deliver for my expectations. In fact she routinely exceeds them. I absolutely love Jo. A strong female character with all the same hang ups and variable self-confidence of a real human being. Continually torn between having to save the world and dealing with normal everyday emotional issues. Her relationship with Morrison has been such a potential thing that finally seeing it come to fruition was as emotionally cathartic for me as the end of Sixteen Candles. I love how things didn't fall perfectly into place. Sure they fell pretty darn close, but dealing with things like emotional hang ups and the realization that she doesn't really know him all that well give realism to a fairytale relationship. Even more of Jo's past is exposed in this book. A lot of very powerful and raw emotional moments that have shaped her as a character and as a shaman are explained and given vivid feeling for the reader. It was appropriately emotional without being sappy. Dealing with facing the child you gave up for adoption and a life you had to walk away from is a difficult issue to write about without being either melodramatic or curt and I felt that Murphy walked that line beautifully. The action is fantastic, and although I am partial to my clearly superior home state, the North Carolina setting lends a lot to building the vision of the book in mind. I am simultaneously weeping for and salivating over the final book....more
I almost feel bad because I wasn't utterly in love with this book the way have I have been with the majority of the previous ones in the series. I reaI almost feel bad because I wasn't utterly in love with this book the way have I have been with the majority of the previous ones in the series. I really enjoyed it though. Mercy is consistently one of my two favorite literary protagonists. She's capable and strong while sharing a relationship that is entirely a give & take partnership. I was so happy to get some of the story from Adam's POV this time. That's new, and I dug it. It shook things up a bit and was able to play out the story from different angles. And I ADORE Adam. Adam & Mercy's relationship is almost my ideal book relationship. It's such a partnership, equal on both sides with the bickering and being rescued and running off to play white knight without informing the other. I know that it might lack realism but that equality is the kind of model relationships I like to see portrayed in popular culture.
Anyway, while I felt like the plot played out well it just felt like there was so much GOING ON in this book. They were continuously rushing from here to there to back here to the next state and the whoops we stole a car & there's a dead body in the trunk and then we have to go all the way back where we started, etc, etc. It just got hard to track sometimes. Ultimately it worked out in the end. Although I will say that though the final chapter is tied into the overall story arc and conspiracy theory fairly well I couldn't help but feeling a little bit like it was added almost as an afterthought? There was just such a finality to the wrap up of the werewolf storyline that randomly throwing in vampires at the last minute seemed really disjointed to me. Just really out of left field and then we were forced to find even more very fast resolution. I found us killing characters that I barely had reason to feel victorious over since I'd learned 90% of what I knew of them in the last 20 pages. Those were really the only complaints that I had over the book and they didn't in anyway keep me from really enjoying it.
I almost feel like I've been gypped. I guess I really shouldn't say that. I really liked this book. A lot. Mwyfanwy is essentially the archetype for mI almost feel like I've been gypped. I guess I really shouldn't say that. I really liked this book. A lot. Mwyfanwy is essentially the archetype for my favorite kind of heroine, vulnerable and kind of unsure of herself while simultaneously a badass who is slowly growing into the person they are supposed to be. And I dug it. I loved the idea of the Chequy and the organization of the plot and setting. But I just feel like I spent so much time waiting for something to happen. The first two hundred pages or so is a lot of paperwork and very little action. Make no mistake, even though I'm complaining it didn't really bother me because I was interested in what was happening and just figured we'd get to it eventually. But even though I was enjoying the book I never really got over that feeling of waiting. I did get some satisfaction when Mwyfanwy did go out to do some fieldwork and there was some good action before we got to the end. But I still feel like I'm waiting. On what I'm not sure, maybe book 2? Also, I'm a sucker for an underdog romantic moment so the business card in the borrowed shirt kind of made my night. What an adorable way to just barely slip it in there! Although it did make me wonder why the author spent so much time talking up Aldrich and having him conveniently stumble across her at the club because he 'found her scent' for us to never address that as a relationship? Which would be weird in it's own way since he's immortal and stores blood in his hair, apparently. Once again, I guess I shouldn't really complain since I liked the way it turned out in the end. Just some food for thought. ...more
**spoiler alert** I adore this woman. Honestly, I was so relieved to see that Joanne is still her bumbling, stubborn, courageous self after the 'awake**spoiler alert** I adore this woman. Honestly, I was so relieved to see that Joanne is still her bumbling, stubborn, courageous self after the 'awakening' she experienced in Spirit Dances. The fact that she really has no clue what is going on or a definite plan on how to fix it is part of what makes her, and this series, one of my favorites. When she manages to look inside and find the necessary tools to rise above whatever nasty is currently trying to end the world it never fails to invoke my happiness. I was very happy to see that this book addresses the relationship between Jo and her mother. As tumultuous as it has been in the previous books to have an explanation of everything is thirst-quenching. I'm glad too, that Jo doesn't immediately call the new connection love and forget the lack of mother in her life even though it was a necessary evil and she eventually sees Sheila's reasons laid out in time to save the future and her daughter. Real-world estranged parent reunions are never quick, easy, or pretty. For time and plot's sake, there was a significant shortening of the painful reunion phase, but at least it was there. I'm ecstatic for the new book whenever it comes out because based on the ending of this, we will finally get the full story on Jo's life and difficult teen years in North Carolina and possibly even explore her relationship with her dad. I'm not going to lie, part of why I'm so excited is the fact that I'm from NC and ADORE it when my favorite state is the focal point of my favorite novels, which rarely ever happens. Even if this is just a clever way to further play out reasons to prevent the world-ending admission of love and physical interaction between Jo and Morrison, I'll take it because I know that the background work will be so good....more
I think it's very hard for an author to write a teenage character who is supposed to be emotionally wrought due to life circumstances. I'm sure that iI think it's very hard for an author to write a teenage character who is supposed to be emotionally wrought due to life circumstances. I'm sure that it happens in real life and there are pertinent circumstances to explain it and even a character that relieves the lack of emotion, but it's just so hard for me to see teenage characters as being hardened, emotionless people. I have difficulty believing it in writing, particularly fantasy. I also felt that the abrupt swapping between character POV with each chapter gave the book a disjointed feeling, particularly with regard to the relationship between Silas and Rosie. I felt the relationship was a bit forced by the end anyway and honestly I think I would have preferred an ending that preserved Scarlett and Rosie in the relationship that they had previously. Overall though I did enjoy the book. I am a big fan of fairy re-tellings to begin with and appreciate an author who will write a historically damsel-distress-role made over into a strong heroine who will save herself. The scene where Rosie escapes the Fenris in the warehouse is one of my favorites specifically because of this. ...more
Liked this book a lot. I was really glad to see Patricia Briggs start to steer this series away from the paranormal romance and more towards the trueLiked this book a lot. I was really glad to see Patricia Briggs start to steer this series away from the paranormal romance and more towards the true urban fantasy with this book (and somewhat the second one). I prefer the Mercy Thompson series, but this series is interesting as well and fleshes out the universe nicely. ...more
Consistently one of my favorite authors and I love supporting her work but honestly the art is just really really not good at all. Kind of disappointiConsistently one of my favorite authors and I love supporting her work but honestly the art is just really really not good at all. Kind of disappointing....more