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Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 4, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #4
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban, Romance, Contemporary, General
Pages: 336
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five-stars

Praised for being “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense, and paranormal,”* Patricia Briggs’s Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…   For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday at the big Scottsdale horse show. Or at least their visit starts out that way...   Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.   *Rex Robot Reviews

I came late to the Mercy Thompson world. I didn’t read my first Briggs book until 2012 and I started with the Alpha and Omega series. While I love Mercy, Adam, and the rest of the Columbia Basin crew, Charles and Anna are my favorites.

I knew I was in for a good story before I started, simply because it’s Charles and Anna. I had no idea I’d end up loving it as much as I did. This is, hands down, my favorite Briggs novel to date. The way Charles and Anna both grew in this story was wonderful and the external plot was engaging and interesting. While I’m not one who needs to read in order, I believe this series should be read from the beginning. The development of the relationship has been a slow and intricate thing, and many subtleties will be missed if you skip the earlier books (though I do not think it’s necessary to read the Mercy Thompson series in order to enjoy this one).

In the previous book, Fair Game, the Fae declared themselves a separate nation after one of theirs didn’t receive justice from humans. They retreated to their reservations and all but disappeared. They’ve been publicly quiet, though privately they’ve been trying to enter into an agreement with the werewolves to act as allies. It seems they’ve also been allowing some of the strongest, most evil of their species out to play.

Charles receives a call that his old friend is dying, and Charles uses Anna’s birthday as an excuse to visit, since he’d like to buy her a horse and his friend is a breeder. Charles hasn’t seen Joseph in many years, so the trip is meant to be about new beginnings and old goodbyes. Of course, nothing is easy when it comes to them, and right off they’re faced with a situation.

Joseph’s father ,Hosteen, is the local alpha. When Hosteen’s son, Kage, receives increasingly disturbing messages from his wife, Chelsea, indicating she’s in distress Anna, Charles, Hosteen and his son rush to their home to find she’s just barely stopped herself from attacking – and killing – her own children. It started  with a headache that came on while on the way home from picking the kids up at daycare, and turned into her having thoughts about harming her children.

These beginning chapters are what initially drew me in. Chelsea’s struggle to overcome the compulsion to hurt her children coupled with her frantic messages to her husband had my heart racing. I was crying by chapter two. I was extremely impatient when the chapters switched to Charles and Anna, which rarely happens. Slowly the two storylines (Ann and Charles and Chelsea and her children) merged and that’s when the story really picked up.

Anna and Charles come to realize the compulsion Chelsea was under is a result of Fae magic. While investigating the source, they discover many missing children, or ones who are acting in a very strange way. A powerful Fae is stealing the children and replacing them with simulacrums. Though it’s too late for many, they’re soon racing against the clock to save one in particular.

On the personal front, Anna has been considering a way to get Charles to agree to give her a child. Werewolves can’t have children – the change is too hard on them and they always miscarry – but Charles is a born werewolf. Anna is convinced his magic, combined with her Omega status, will allow her to carry to term. But Charles’ mother went mad from not changing and died shortly after giving birth to him. He refuses to lose Anna, and can’t even consider letting her try to become pregnant. They don’t really talk about the issue, but they’ve both been thinking about it. The resolution to this thread (which has been woven throughout the other books as well) was the most satisfying for me. In the end we saw growth and acceptance from both Charles and Anna, which gave a polished, well-rounded shine to their relationship.

There’s also the familial connection with Charles’ old friend, an old flame of his and a horse show to put together. Briggs works these threads seamlessly into the tapestry of the story. While it could have been clunky or too busy, instead it felt as if we were immersed in their daily lives.

Charles has always been something of an enigma. Though I feel like we have a good sense of the person he is, based on his thoughts and Anna’s perception of him, we don’t know a lot about his past. Seeing his old friend opened up a whole new side to him. He became more relatable, more human even. His humor is more evident in this book, which I loved. Most importantly, though, I felt like he finally saw himself through Anna’s eyes. Not that he’ll necessarily feel any different about himself, but seeing her perception of him was enough for now. He’s always seen himself as a hired killer and nothing more, but Anna sees him as a protector of those unable to protect themselves, herself included.

Charles put his lips against Anna’s ear. “He’s very dead.”
She nodded jerkily. “Sorry.”
“No,” he said, his breath warm against her neck. “Don’t be sorry. Just know if anyone ever tries to hurt you again— they will be dead, too.”
And some people had tried, hadn’t they. And yes, she realized, they were all dead. Charles was a big warm presence at her back, better than a solid wall or bars.
She picked up her fork and took a bite of brisket. “Okay,” she told Charles. “Deal.”

One of the best things about Charles and Anna is how they work as a partners, both in a romantic sense and out. Charles wants – needs – to protect Anna, but he realizes he can’t smother her or treat her like a child. In fact, teaching her to protect herself is one of the best gifts he has given her. Similarly, Anna brings out a lighter side to Charles.

He felt Brother Wolf’s joy in his mate and shared it. He would never take the gift of her presence in his life for granted. He’d been alone so long, so certain that there would be no one for him. He scared even other werewolves. And a part of him— of Charles, not Brother Wolf— hadn’t wanted to find anyone. He’d understood that caring for another person the way he cared for Anna would leave him vulnerable. His father’s hatchet man could not afford any weaknesses. And one day, there she was, his Anna: strong and funny despite the harm that had been done to her. She had tamed Brother Wolf first, but before he’d been in her presence ten minutes, he’d known that she would be his. That he needed her to be his.
“You’re growling,” she said, a smile in her voice. “What are you thinking?”
“That I love you,” he said. “That I am grateful every day that you decided to let me keep you.”

I’ve been wondering when Anna’s past would come up again. She was mistreated by her former pack – before Charles mated with her – and she carries some trauma from the abuse. I never felt like it was swept under the rug or not dealt with, but we didn’t see a lot of side effects in the previous two books. A few small things here and there, but mostly she was growing as a werewolf and becoming stronger as a human. Here she was confronted with her past in a way that left her vulnerable and scared, and really showed her trauma. Yet she triumphed. Not because she miraculously overcame her past, but because she embraced her weakness and rose above it.

Prior to the end of the last book, the Fae have been rather docile creatures. Their power is alluded to, we saw hints of it here and there, but they were more like fairytales used to keep children in line; Scary, but easy to brush aside. That changes here. It’s clear that the Fae have been holding back, and now the gloves are off. It will be interesting to see what other creatures they release from Underhill to terrorize the humans.

I haven’t read a book by Briggs I didn’t like (though I like some more than others), but I’ve yet to read one that grabbed me like this one did. I was smiling so wide as I closed the book my cheeks actually ached. I loved everything about it. Briggs really knocked this one out of the park.

5 out of 5

The Series:

Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

five-stars


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Giveaway: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 2, 2015 by Holly in Giveaways | 9 Comments

Published by Ace, Jove, Penguin

With Patricia Briggs’ Dead Heat (Ace Hardcover, March 3, 2015) on the way, which is my favorite book in the series so far, we’re giving away three copies of Cry Wolf, book one in the Alpha and Omega series. The Alpha and Omega series is anoffshoot of the Mercy Thompson series and follows werewolf couple Charles and Anna, told in the third person.

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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.

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. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

 

I adore this series. Anna and Charles are such a wonderful couple, and the world is fabulous. This is a wonderful opportunity for fans of the series to add to the book to their collection, or for those who haven’t read it to finally do so.

We’re giving away three copies! Use the widget below teave a comment telling us why you’re interested and you’ll be entered to win! This giveaway is open to those who have a US shipping address.
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THE NEW CHARLES AND ANNA NOVEL
Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,”* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal—or at least it starts out that way…
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Dead Heat will be available from Ace Hardcover March 3, 2015. Preorder it here or here in e-format.

 


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Joint Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 29, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Joint Review: Night Broken by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly and Ames
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Also in this series: Shifting Shadows, Blood Bound, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10), Moon Called, Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 11th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Urban
Pages: 304
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three-half-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Library Journal). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a danger unlike anything she’s ever known.

When her mate’s ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn’t right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Summary: Mercy is still trying to find acceptance in the pack when Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, calls and says she needs help. Her current boyfriend turned psycho and she needs to get away from him. Adam isn’t one to walk away from someone in need, especially someone he considers his responsibility, and agrees she can come stay with the pack until things settle down.

Mercy isn’t thrilled with the idea of her husband’s ex-wife living under her roof, but she’s willing to put aside her own feelings for the good of the pack. Especially once the pack makes it clear they want Christy there. More than they want Mercy.

Christy makes it clear right away she isn’t just there for protection. She wants her old life back…she wants Adam back. Too bad for her Mercy isn’t giving him up. But dealing with Adam’s jealous ex-wife becomes the least of her concerns when it turns out Christy’s ex isn’t human.

Holly: This is a hard one for me. I liked the story. I fell into it right away and was swept up in the world like I always am. But…I lost some respect for Adam along the way. I never thought that would happen, but it did.

Ames: I liked the story too.  There was a lot going on.  At first it didn’t seem like what was happening with the walking stick and Beauclaire was connected to what was happening to Christy and her stalker ex.  I was wondering why there were these two stories going on…but of course Coyote likes chaos.

Adam…I am torn.  I don’t want to give too much away but Christy is a master manipulator.  And Adam did give her shit but we didn’t get to see it.  I think we needed to see it.

Holly: There was a lot going on. It felt like Mercy was more on her own than usual, didn’t it? Maybe that’s why the correlation between Mercy’s walking stick and Christy’s ex wasn’t readily apparent?

I think my big struggle with the way the pack and Adam acted toward Christy is that she left him, and in the process really hurt him and her daughter. Master manipulator or not, neither the pack nor Adam should have been so quick to look past that. She already betrayed the pack. SHE LEFT. She BETRAYED THEIR ALPHA. And still the pack chose her. Even when Mercy called her out on it, the pack still chose to side with Christy. No. Just no.

I did like that the pack was forced to see how Mercy put them before herself. I think she gained some respect from them in this book. I don’t think they accept her, but they can’t dismiss her as they did before.

Ames: Mercy is always very aware of the politics of a werewolf pack.  And she knew that she’d have to fight off the stalker guy as the Alpha’s mate.  That definitely went a long way to gaining respect from the pack.  They also saw her as not quite as vulnerable as they thought she would be.  Not so much a liability. I like how one of the wolves talked about how they don’t like change and Mercy is a big change.

Holly: I also hated that Mercy called Christy out on her crap in front of the pack and they still sided with Christy. Every single one of them knew Mercy was right, but Auriele rushed to Christy so the rest did too.

Ames: Auriele is a bitch.  I saw her inability to see Christy’s true nature and the way she treated Christy as a big part of why Christy got away with how she acted.  As Darryl’s mate, a lot of the pack would take their cues from her.  I freaking wanted to punch Adam though when he let Christy keep playing that little game with the phones.  Like would it have freaking hurt him to keep his cell phone in his pocket?  ARGH

Holly: That’s one of the many things that made me so angry with Adam. That and Christy moving her things into the master bathroom. I don’t care what Christy said to him, he should have told her no. For himself. Not because Mercy would be upset but because HE was. Had he said “no, I don’t want your things in the bathroom I share with Mercy” the pack would have accepted that and not put it on Mercy. Ugh. Adam. He needed a swift kick to the ass for that.

Ames: I agree about Adam.  He was too forgiving of his ex. He should have thought about how Mercy would have felt about everything.  I mean, they have the bond, so he would probably feel how some of the stunts Christy was pulling would hurt her. But couple that with how he did reassure her and they did seem as close as ever.  Christy was pulling small stunts but Adam did stand up and speak his piece when it came to Mercy’s safety.  I would have like to have seen that on-page.

Holly: We definitely needed to see that on page. I understand that Adam has a lot of hang-ups about himself as a werewolf. He thinks of himself as a monster and Christy plays right into that. Remembering that did help me to forgive him – just a little – for not standing up for Mercy.

Ames: I think Christy will lick her wounds a bit after Mercy’s latest stunt.  And there’s definitely more coming down the line in regards to the pack.  Mercy changes things, especially when it comes to Honey’s place in the hierarchy.  And I like the pack politics, so I’m looking forward to more developing there.

 I expect to see Adam having to face his feelings about himself in the near future. I also thing things will come to a head with Christy, the pack and Mercy.

Holly: I didn’t like how abruptly the story ended. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m so unsettled about this book. Briggs usually cuts the story off before I’m ready, but things aren’t usually left unresolved. I felt like things were definitely unresolved.

Ames: I thought the book ended abruptly too.  The main mystery was solved, but there were a few plot points that were left open ended. So that made Night Broken feel very transitional.

Holly: Transitional is a good word for it.  I did like the return of Coyote. He makes me laugh.

Ames: I love Coyote.  Remember in River Marked when he threw Mercy into the river?  That’s so indicative of this chaos-driven character.  And he does make me laugh too.  I like that he was brought back into Mercy’s life.  I also like who else he brought into Mercy’s life. I can see more shenanigans there in Mercy’s future with this new character.

Holly: Ha. I do remember that. Coyote definitely likes chaos. I liked the new character Mercy connected with, too. I think he helped Mercy see Coyote in a different way. I look forward to more shenanigans from them both in the future.

Ames: Another thing I like is that the walking stick is back!  I love that stick.  Always where it needs to be.
Holly: I’m curious to see what happens next with the walking stick. Is it odd that I kind of think of it as Mercy’s friend? Or maybe a pet?
Ames: I don’t think it’s odd to think of the walking stick that way.  Look at how she talks to it.  “Behave.” She tells it.  LOL
Holly: What are you grading it? I think I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5. The business with Adam’s ex left a bad taste in my mouth and marred my enjoyment.

Ames: I would give it a 3.5 as well. It furthers the plot but some stuff left me disturbed. Mercy still continues to kick ass however.

Final Grade

Holly: 3.5 out of 5Ames: 3.5 out of 5This book is available from Ace. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

three-half-stars


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Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Posted April 1, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Published by Ace, Jove, PenguinGenres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Holly‘s review of Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, Book 7) by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted. Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

While Mercy is out shopping late with Jessie, her step-daughter, she gets in a car accident. She tries to reach Adam and can’t, which is odd. Stranger still? No one in the pack is answering. She makes it to her shop and finds Gabriel – her employee – and Ben, one of the werewolves in Adam’s (and now her) pack. Ben is severely injured and having a hard time controlling himself. With a little help from some friends, she discovers that Adam and the entire pack – even those not at his house for Thanksgiving – have been taken. Though she can still feel him through her bond, she has no idea how to find him.

I came late to the Mercy Thompson series. I didn’t start them until last year after I read the Alpha and Omega series. Since I binged on them fairly recently, most of the details from the earlier books are still fresh for me. While this wasn’t my favorite book of the series, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Briggs takes us on an action-packed ride in this installment. From the beginning Mercy leans on her friends, which I think shows how far she’s come. Instead of relying only on herself and reluctantly accepting help only when she had to, she reached out right away. The mystery here was who took the pack and why. I figured out the why early on, but I was kept guessing until just before the big reveal about the who. That rarely happens for me. I was so wrapped up in the story I didn’t have time to figure it out.

Aside from the excellent story, we also got the bonus of two chapters from Adam’s point-of-view. It was interesting to see how close his wolf really is to the surface, and how much he craves violence. Though we’ve seen that from Mercy’s perspective, it was still somewhat of a shock to read it first hand. It made me appreciate his constant restraint even more. It was also wonderful to see his thoughts and feelings on Mercy. She really anchors him. His love for her really came through and solidified what I’d always believed about them.

Having said that, I’m not sure why his POV was included. In the past Mercy is usually the one in trouble, so we see first-hand how things unfold. I can’t help but feel like we were given his POV simply so we could see the action behind the scenes. I’m not exactly complaining about this – hello, it’s Adam – but I have to be honest and say I’m not sure it was necessary.

Another great entry in the series. I’m anxious to see where Briggs takes us next. I only wish we got two or three of these books a year.

4 out of 5

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Guest Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 20, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Published by Ace, Jove, Penguin

Tracy’s review of Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

Mercy and her step-daughter Jesse are out on Black Friday (well technically it’s still Thursday but the sales have started!) when she gets in a car accident. Mercy is banged up but they’re both ok for the most part. When she tries to call Adam she gets a voicemail. When she tries to then call almost every other person in the pack, she gets voicemail. Extremely weird. They hitch a ride with the tow truck driver back to Mercy’s garage and when they get there they find Gabriel, Mercy’s employee, and Ben, one of Adam’s wolves, who says that the ENTIRE pack has been taken, even those who weren’t at Adam’s house for Thanksgiving, and Ben just managed to get away with his life. He’s been injected with a tranq that also has silver in it and he’s weak and practically uncontrollable.

Mercy sets out to check on the rest of the pack that she hadn’t heard about and get Jesse and Gabriel to safety while trying to figure out who took the pack and how she can get them back.

Being book seven in the series I guess some people would think that there wasn’t much more that could happen between Mercy, Adam and the pack…they would be wrong. I had no doubt when I started the book that it would rock and it totally lived up to my expectations.

In this book Mercy is not fixing things on her own, she’s got others helping her at all times. I think I really liked that about this book as it still showed Mercy’s strength but also her vulnerability. She is not an island and she knows that. She worked with everyone’s strengths and went from there. I love how Briggs writes Mercy’s character in that while the situations are always unpredictable Mercy is always consistent in her desire to help and do her best no matter the situation.

The story is mostly from Mercy’s pov as is normal but in this story we actually got 2 full chapters of Adam’s pov and I freaking loved it. It was so great being in Adam’s head and seeing things from his eyes. When we’re in his head we get to see how incredibly hard it is for him to deal with not ripping everyone to shreds and eating them (he is a wolf, ya know) and also how much he loves Mercy and wants to take care of his pack. The view of him as wolf was a bit scary but oh so realistic, imho.

Overall it was a great book. I loved getting another glimpse into Adam and Mercy’s lives, into the lives of the vampires and a little bit into the Fae. As usual I can’t wait for the next book!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

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