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Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Posted August 22, 2016 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Fire Touched by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Also in this series: Night Broken, Shifting Shadows, Blood Bound, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10), Moon Called, Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban, Romance, Paranormal, General, Action & Adventure, Contemporary
Pages: 352
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four-half-stars

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...   Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.   Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?   *Library Journal
From the Hardcover edition.

When last we left Mercy and Adam, his ex-wife, Christy, had spent several weeks making Mercy’s life hell, they’d fought a volcano god and Mercy brought a Tibicena (a mythical dog that guarded the volcano god) into the pack.

I was fairly frustrated with Adam and Mercy both by the time I finished Night Broken, the previous entry in this series, so I started Fire Touched with caution. I’m happy to report all my concerns were addressed well before the halfway mark. This entry brings new trouble to the Pack, but also clears up some lingering issues from previous books.

Mercy gets a call from her human cop friend Tony asking for help with a “huge monster” that’s perched on a bridge, eating cars and people. The pack races over there and discovers it’s a Troll. After battling it and sustaining heavy injuries to many pack members, Mercy claims the city as pack territory and vows to defend it. As the Fae are still trying to prove their power to the humans who refused to see them as anything more than meek pushovers, this causes major issues. Especially after Mercy grants sanctuary to a child the Fae desperately want, as he’s been living in Underhill for years and seems to be accepted their in a way they no longer are.

Mercy has settled into the pack now, and people are beginning to look toward them more for support and protection. Claiming the Tri-Cities as pack territory was the right move, but she gets a lot of flak for it from the pack, since they weren’t consulted (and neither was Adam) before she made her declaration. I really enjoyed seeing Mercy take on more leadership in the pack. Not that she wasn’t hands-off before, but her place in the pack seemed more secure, as did her role as Adam’s mate and Alpha.

The plot featuring the Aiden, the Fire Touched boy was especially intriguing. The twists and turns of the plot made for an engaging read.

One thing did make me very sad, however.

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Aside from that, there was quite a bit of humor. I laughed out loud several times while reading, especially in the beginning.

Fire Touched was a fascinating, thrilling tale from start to finish.

4.25 out of 5

four-half-stars

Review (+ a Giveaway): Blood Bound by Patrica Briggs

Posted February 26, 2016 by Holly in Reviews | 14 Comments

Review (+ a Giveaway): Blood Bound by Patrica BriggsReviewer: Holly
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Also in this series: Night Broken, Shifting Shadows, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10), Moon Called, Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2007
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, General
Pages: 292
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four-stars

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

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At the end of the last novel, Mercy’s vampire friend Stefan does her a favor. So when he shows up out of nowhere in the middle of the night and asks her to accompany him to meet a new vampire in their territory, she reluctantly agrees. Stefan doesn’t really expect to need Mercy’s help, but he wants an impartial witness and vampire magic rarely works on her. It turns out the vampire is also a sorcerer (a man who is possessed by a demon) and he enthralls Stefan, making him believe he succumbed to bloodlust, something forbidden in their seethe, for fear they’ll be discovered by the humans.

Mercy is forced to meet with Marsilia, head of the seethe, to share her memories of the encounter – which are different from Stefan’s  – and ends up involved in a deadly game of vampire politics. When Warren, one of the wolves in the local werewolf pack, turns up severely injured and Adam, the local alpha, Samuel, the Marrok’s son, and Stefan coming up missing, Marsilia asks Mercy to hunt down the rogue vamp.

When I was asked to choose a novel for this re-read blog tour, I had a difficult time choosing. Though this Blood Bound isn’t my favorite of the series, it’s where the series picks up steam and the full breadth of main characters take shape.

This second installment of the series continued on in the vein of the first, building on the world and exploring the characters in depth. I enjoyed the plot more, I think, because it involved all the important people in Mercy’s life. Mercy is, at heart, a practical, down-to-earth woman who happens to be able to turn into a coyote and was raised by werewolves. She doesn’t want to draw attention to herself or get wrapped up in the affairs of the “others” who surround her (werewolves, Fae, Vampires, etc), but she can’t turn her back when they need her most.

She’s doing a dance with Adam, who has claimed her as his mate so his pack will leave her alone (something she hasn’t accepted, nor did she want), and with Samuel, whom she used to love but broke her heart when she was younger. Add into it the frustration she feels when dealing with members of the pack and the anger and frustration she feels when she’s left behind, and she has her hands full.

I thought, before I started the series, that Mercy was a super kickass heroine, along the lines of Eve Dallas. Someone who kicked ass and took names, then asked questions later. That really isn’t the case. Oh, sure, she’s tough in her own way, and she’s certainly capable, but she’s mostly just an average person trying to eke out an existence, just like the rest of us. Yet she makes it seem perfectly normal that these things are happening to her, and that she’ll work through them despite her fears.

I generally shy away from love-triangles, but this one doesn’t bother me. Probably because I know it doesn’t last long, and the romance in the early books is slow anyway. Both Samuel and Adam are interesting characters, and I like seeing how they interact with each other and Mercy.

What really stands out is the world-building. I was fully immersed.  The pack, Adam’s daughter, Samuel, The Marrok, the Vampires, the Fae and even the bad guy only served to enhance the story and draw me in further.

Although twists and turns abound, the simple elegance of Briggs’ writing makes the story flow flawlessly. I can’t wait to dig into the next book.

4.25 out of 5

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four-stars

Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 18, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Rowena
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #2
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 25th 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 304
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four-stars

The first Alpha and Omega novel, Cry Wolf, unlocked the doors to a unique urban landscape in “a great…new werewolf series” (Darque Reviews). In Hunting Ground, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs invites readers to follow her even deeper into that seductive realm of the unknown…

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son—and enforcer—of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be, either…

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan—and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all—or risk losing everything…

I’m reading a lot of Patricia Briggs these days and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. I’m really liking the Alpha & Omega world and Briggs definitely kept the party going in Hunting Ground. Reading these books is like watching my favorite crime show every week. We get the same characters, living in the same world but they’re fighting through something different, fighting a new bad guy every week. I’m kind of addicted to this series.

This book follows Charles and Anna out to Seattle where they’re on business for the Marrok. The Marrok is bringing the werewolves out in the public and he’s the big boss so he can make those kinds of decisions. The Alphas from around the world are coming together in Seattle so that they can voice their concerns and vent their frustrations to Charles who is there on behalf of the Marrok. That’s a lot of Alphas under one roof and with that many dominant wolves together, you know there’s going to be drama.

Charles was prepared for the drama that came with a bunch of Alphas together under one roof. He was also prepared for all of the anger and frustrations about the werewolves coming out to the public. He wasn’t prepared for the vampire attack on Anna and then the other werewolves that followed.

Charles continued to make me all swoony with how Alpha and hot he is in this book and his love for Anna makes me want to hug him for the rest of my life. I adore seeing these two grow in their love for each other in small doses. They’re mated and they both love each other but they’re still learning new things about each other every day and trying to fix their issues …together. I really enjoy the sweet moments between these two because it balances the intense-ness of everything else going on around them.

I love how one moment Charles will say something like this:

“If it would benefit you, I would kill every wolf here. But there are things that you need to do — and interfering with that is not protecting, not in my book. The best way for me to protect you is to encourage you to be able to protect yourself.”

…and then he’ll make me laugh with shit like this:

“Your woman tells me you will hunt me down and eat my marrow while I live.”

“Did she?” Charles looked at her, and she saw the approval in his face. She doubted anyone else would have read anything at all. His voice was a caress, just for her. “Would you like that, love?”

Keeping the romance alive is real between Charles and Anna and I’m so here for that. I’m also here for everything else going on. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind the vampire attacks and I’m happy to say that I knew early on who the big bad was. My senses were tingling from the first but I didn’t guess the motivations behind their actions so there was still loads for me to figure out. I liked how everything came together and I liked all of the new characters that we met in this one.

I’m trying to remember if there was anything that didn’t work for me in this book but I can’t think of anything. This book was another great addition to this series and I immediately started the next book in the series so Briggs did good with this one.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

Reading Order:

Seeing Eye
Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

four-stars

Joint Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 17, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Joint Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly & Rowena
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 310
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four-stars

Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson's world--but with rules of its own.
INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS...

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member--and as his mate.

Rowena: Cry Wolf is the first full length book in the Alpha & Omega and it introduces us to the world of Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. Charles is a dominant werewolf who works as the enforcer for the Marrok and Anna is a newly turned werewolf who was abused and mistreated until Charles shows up and saves her from her old pack.

Over the course of Cry Wolf, there are many things at play. There’s a rogue wolf taking out humans, there is the whole mating thing between Charles and Anna and the list goes on and on but one thing that I found interesting was how well Briggs was able to juggle all of those different story-lines and still deliver a fantastic book. I thought she set up the rest of the series incredibly well and am really looking forward to digging into this series.

Holly: Briggs is a master at keeping things together. You haven’t read her Mercy Thompson series, but the way she weaves the threads from that series and this one together is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I really love Charles and Anna, but it was the world itself I was invested in. The secondary characters, the strange dreams Asil was having, the Marrok and his pack, the politics, etc. All of it was fascinating.

Rowena: Yes. I found it interesting that as much as I loved the bits with Charles and Anna figuring things out between them, I was just as interested in everything else that was going on. From Walter and the rogue wolf to the Marrok and his mate to just…everything. I wanted to know all of it.

I will say that things started off a bit slow for me. I think I was much more anxious for things to get rolling that I slogged through the beginning but after I finished the entire book, I went back and read the first part of the book and was taken aback and how thorough Briggs is with just everything.

After finishing, I wanted to know everything. I want to know what happens now. Are there any lingering affects with the Marrok? What happens now with Charles and Anna? What about Samuel? There’s a lot to dig into and I’m looking forward to all of that.

Holly: I thought the beginning was a bit slow as well. When they started looking for the Rogue is when it picked up, I think.

I love that though Anna and Charles are fated mates, it wasn’t a quick fall into love and comfort for them. They barely knew each other, and I think Briggs handled that well.

Do you think you’ll read the Mercy Thompson series?

Rowena: Oh, definitely. I’ll be all over that Mercy Thompson series for sure.

Man, that whole thing surrounding the Marrok and what happens to him when the Black Witch gets her claws into him? Do they dig into that whole thing in the coming books? I’m really interesting in reading more about that.

I really liked that Charles wanted Anna to be sure, that he gave her a choice in the matter of becoming his mate. I liked seeing them both battle their feelings along with everything else that was going on. When she introduces herself as Anna Cornick? I cheered like a crazy person!

Holly: We learn more about the Marrok in both series, though there isn’t a book dedicated solely to him…yet. Shifting Shadows is a collection of novellas set in that world and one of the shorts, written about Samuel, explains a lot more about the Marrok.

What did you think of the suspense portion of the story? The witch and all her shenanigans?

Rowena: Good, I’m glad to hear that cause I found myself more curious about him as I read through this book.

That woman was crazy and for her to be crazy for those many years? I also thought she was pretty crafty too. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do what she did in any other paranormal series that I’ve read. At least I can’t remember so her whole deal and her obsession with the Moor was mind boggling good.

What about that rogue wolf? I thought Walter was a fantastic character and even though we don’t really dig deep into her character, we got enough that I was completely in love with him.

Seriously, I want more.

Holly: I thought Walter was pretty great. His back story made me sad,but I liked the person he was.

The world is fresh and imaginative. I love Charles and Anna, too, as well as all the secondary characters. I’m giving this a 4.25 out of 5.

Now we just need to get you to read the Mercy Thompson series. 😉

Rowena: Overall, this book was an entertaining read. I’m really enjoying getting to know not just Charles and Anna but the other people in their world as well. Bran, Samuel, Asil and so many others. I like that the Alpha & Omega novella tied right into the beginning of this book and I can’t wait for more.

Oh, I’m definitely reading Mercy Thompson…especially since I read Fair Game and have already met her mate, Adam. I want to know more about him.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

Reading Order:

Seeing Eye
Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

four-stars

Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 3, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Rowena
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: October 20th 2008
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 86
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four-half-stars

In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson — but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega," the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.

Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...

This novella was originally published in the anthology, On the Prowl.

So this was the introduction chapter into the Alpha & Omega series that I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about. I picked this book up because I started the Five Books Everyone Should Read challenge and this book was on Kaetrin’s list. This was actually my first book for the Five Books Everyone Should Read Challenge and I really, really enjoyed it.

So I guess I owe Kaetrin a big ol’ THANK YOU because right after I finished this book, I had to start Cry Wolf…and I’m not even a little mad about it. It’s been a while since I’ve let myself become immersed into a paranormal world or as this series would actually be catogorized as Urban Fantasy but whatever genre this one is, it’s been a while for me…but I really loved the world that Briggs has created for this series. It’s interesting and three dimensional.

Charles came onto the picture all hot to trot and Anna felt so small that I’m really looking forward to seeing their relationship and Anna grow.

One thing that impressed me with this short story was the punch that Briggs packed in such a short amount of page space. Reading this book didn’t feel like a short story and while it didn’t feel like a complete story either, I thought it was the perfect set up to the rest of the series. We got the cobwebs out as to who is who, we got the set up for Book 1 perfectly and the intrigue for the rest of the world was there as well.

In the short amount of time that it took me to read this book, I loved and I hated and when I closed the book in the end, I looked forward.

Kudos to Briggs on this one. It rocked my socks!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Reading Order:

Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

four-half-stars