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Wrath and Bones

(The Marnie Baranuik Files #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Marnie Baranuik is confident that her new psychic detective agency will be a great success, and she has eight million business cards to prove it. But before the paint even dries on her open for business sign, she’s summoned to face the Demon King Asmodeus in His own playground, the revenant court, home of the undead nobility, to participate in a conclave of the most powerf ...more
Kindle Edition, 496 pages
Published December 28th 2015 by Booktrope Editions
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This was my first completed book of 2016. Yay me! And it was a really good one!

I think Wrath and Bones is my favorite since Touched. To be honest, the love triangle and Marnie's obnoxiousness kind of ruined Death Rejoices for me, but maybe I wasn't in the mood. I liked Last Impressions better, but this really seemed like inspired story-telling and got me back in full-on LURV mode.

From the first page, I was drawn in the story, and t
WARNING: spoilers in the comments section. This review is spoiler-free.

For some time, I've been offering my soul in exchange for ARC's from my favorite series, and this time my shameless offer finally paid off; big time! I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
To whoever owns a piece of me now and thinks that you got the better deal: Nuh uh! It was soooo worth it! ;-P

Yes, everyone's favorite horny/snarky/lovable Groper is back with a vengeance - and as usual finds hersel
*** To Be read with sounds of wailing and gnashing of Teeth *****

Oh whoa is me !!!! how can this book be finished- only 496 pages of utter bliss, pure sarcasm, and wrapped in the strong arms of kick ass action and betrayal (which I didn't seem coming).

Clearly this book could have been 1000 plus pages, it wasn't nearly enough. The release of the book came as a bit of a surprise but to much excitement and fanfare - what a great christmas present, and as such any plans went to hell and I spent all
Holy crap on a cracker.

Seems like I waited forever for this book ...... Now I want a do-over. I want to scrub the last 15 pages out of my mind

Sucks toad balls.

I'm am ab-so-fricking-lute-ly. Numb.
*Cliterary Genius 2017 reading challenge, January: read a book you've been meaning to read.
Grace's Potato
At around 95%:
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book counts towards the Cliterary Genius 2016 A to Z challenge. Letter: W
S.J. Cairns
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a Marnie Baranuik follower I had certain expectations for Wrath & Bones since we're quite far into the series by this point. Boy howdie, I was not let down. There's no better bumbling hero to admire. Marnie and her cold company are always entertaining, Harry's ever the dashing gentlemen with the right amount of edge to make you shiver in the best ways, though it was Marnie and her immortal assistant Declan whose banter and ease that made me want to be a part of the pack on all the mission ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The sign of a truly great book is when you become emotionally involved in the story. I was flung full force into the depths of this book. Snickering in public whilst reading on the train, devouring every word like I needed them to live. Now least I should spoil the plot all i will say is this;
I am currently heart broken. This book provided a rollercoaster ride for my emotions and I may take some time to recover.

This was an epically great read and I whole heartidly say that if a book 5 is not pla
Angela Verdenius
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? This book had me in the freezing snow and on a quest with Marnie and Declan. I mean, a gathering of revanants, a vampire hunter, a sassy heroine and a hapless ally (that'd be Declan), what could possibly go wrong?
Everything, apparently.
This story had me laughing, and the ending - did not see that coming. Okay, yes I DID know it was coming because I couldn't help but read spoilers (so sue me, I also read the ending in paperback romances before I read the whole story and I'm not as
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
I love this series, but damn..... I don’t have any words right now. How could you do this to me? (and Marnie)
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And now I'm distraught, but not for the reasons people might imagine.
Jennifer Wheeler
Daaaamnnnn. I couldn’t love this series more if I tried. And it has a ton of editing mistakes, so that’s really saying something. Having said that, I’m about to channel my inner Marnie here, so get ready for some swears. AJ Aalto....dude(tte)....what the fuck?! If you were here in front of me right now I’d be tempted to kick you square in the piss flaps. You better fix this! I don’t know how you could possibly resolve this situation to my satisfaction, but just DO it, m’kay?
Tami Garcia
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yikes (in a good way)

Marnie is even more bad ass (in her clutzy and sassy way). And since i get attached to the characters...i feel you should know tissues might be needed. Well, i needed them, anyhow. But it was such a great read and I'm ready to read the next one.
Kat Lebo
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Wrath & Bones, The Marnie Baranuik File, Book Four
By A.J. Aalto

Dear Ms. Aalto:

This is probably not the format you are used to seeing reviews of your work. However, I felt a real need to direct this specifically to you, rather than to the general public. After all, it is your work.

First, let me say that I think you are a top-notch storyteller. I love your characters, who are funny, and pathetic, and emotional, and unfeeling, and smart, and idiotic, and sexy, and revolting, and crazy, and rat
Carol Ann
So let's talk about this. I adore the first 3 books and have read the shorter stories so I could have more to read because I love the characters so much. I literally read the other ones laughing out loud and crying because they were so funny. The other books are easily 5 stars for me. This book felt like someone was trying to imitate the characters and writing style of the other books and failing miserably. I usually love the slightly silly and immature behaviors of Marnie, but she acted and nar ...more
Christi Fowler
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I was looking forward to the humor that is always present in any installment of the Marnie Baranuik Files and it didn't disappoint. The creative cussing and pure ridiculousness of some situations made me laugh out loud - sometimes randomly throughout the day. The tantrums, the legs, and the yeti were quite hilarious. Although it is more serious than the rest of the series, A.J. Aalto does a great job in taking Marnie to new heights in her abilities and locations. We get to tr ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Saving the world sucks.....

Kudos to the author for bringing to life what real betrayal looks feels and smells like. Many reach for this as an essential plot line in a series so as to manage a growing and developing character storyline moving in more complex directions, but few actually get the portrayal of survival of a long grinding soul and body crushing train wreck right. AJ AAlto did with this story. Moving along past that, this story grows Marnie up some and brings her another step closer t
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Trollpocalyse Now

This series must be read in order. The first book is Touched. The second book is Death Rejoices. The third book is Cold Company. The fourth book is Dirt Nap. The fifth book is Last Impressions. The sixth book is Deadhead. This is the seventh book. I can't was it to read the next one!

Marnie is finally starting to get the hang of this. Hood has her running and learning self-defense. She is even starting her own psychic detective agency with Mark Batten. Can she trust Kill-Notch Ma
Merrilyn McGloin
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Marnie Baranuik Books 3 & 4

This has been the best series I have ever read by far! Please tell me Book 5 is in the works, I can't stand not having Mark Batten a part of her life any more! Sob, sob, please tell me it isn't
so! Words simply fail me when I try to describe this series, the characters, the incredible other worldly scenes created and Marnies' relationships to all these other world revenants and creatures is fascinating! She is one of a kind even as she bumbles thru her qwests she en
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh Snap

Marnie's in deep this time. She's placed in the position to save the world from avenging trolls but at what cost? She'll have to make hard choices and gross challenges to get through going into the revernant's world, one she's expected and urged to protect. Loss is swift and her actions are again brash. Brilliant writing and characters , some you love to hate and others you hate to love. Excellent series. I can only hope for more. It's become one of my all time favorites!
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
The first half of the book was a jumbled mess. Endless and repetitive descriptions of characters and events. Paragraph after paragraph of ooogling that went from cute to beyond annoying. Most of the second half flowed better and appeared rightly written, it was enjoyable mostly.
Overall, the book had many editing mistakes I wondered if it was edited at all! One sentence in the book, stated they were boarding a "ship" but it was written "shi*". So many errors and double sentences, it was sad.
Debbi Sizemore
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was so great. I should have seen the end coming and didnt. I am so wondering what Harry found out at the last and hate I have to wait and find out.
Sheila Walker
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always known to bungle get herself in trouble and generally fumble into life, this time however she was given a specific task. Marnie, Harry, Golden (then Battern turns up) are summoned to their house, all revenants have to vote for their new king, but she has other ideas, she surprises everyone by voting for a queen, and that particular queen is locked away banished from court, thus stirs the pot, Marnie is given 3tasks to complete before her request is allowed. She is allowed to take Declan an ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This one threw me for a loop. I had gotten used to the formula which included lots of silly humor, sexual tension, and competition for Marnie's affections. The big bad was there but almost secondary. This one is much more serious and darker. I wasn't prepared for it and I'm still conflicted after finishing it 12 hours ago. I was glad to see Declan back. I really like the character. It was good to learn more about the revanents and their history. But I'll be honest the ending left a bad taste in ...more
Donne Knudsen
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm afraid this series is taking a nose dive. Not only was this my least favourite book but I really dislike it if the protagonist is forced or does something and that action is being emphasized and then .... drumroll .... nothing! Nothing, nada, zilch. It might as well have been left out.
Yes, it might pop up in the next book, maybe, one can hope but it still doesn't change how lousy it was done.

And not only that, Marnie is send on a quest to retrieve things and then at the end nobody asks or
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Get the series now.

Well , A.J has pulled it out of the bag again ! This book was the best yet ! Court intrigue is not for the faint of heart at anytime , but adding in demons and vampires is a whole new ballgame. Or so you'd think. Marnie with her usual brand of wit and ineptitude gives her best performance ever. Will love conquer all or will Harry bolstered by the House of Dreppenstadt and threat of betrayal from within finally rein Marnie in ?
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Okay. It is official. I am done with this series. The overly done and ridiculous verbose dialogue has finally done me in. It's just too much! Ms. Aalto doesn't know how to use a little and how powerful that can be. It wears out the reader before you can even get a handle on the plot.

I won't bother to recap the storyline. As always, judge for yourself!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hold on to your nuggets for this ride my friends. There are so many creatures and new characters to meet. There is joy, sadness, betrayal, lust and let me just say you should go ahead and have the next book ready b/c it's like crack with sprinkles on top! I just can't say enough without spoilers but have everything handy, tissues, something to punch, cold shower, etc...
Happy Reading!
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