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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)
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

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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This book is available from Ace Hardcover. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
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Guest Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

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

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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What I Read Last Week

Posted March 18, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 6 Comments

What Beautiful Monday! 

They said it was supposed to be overcast today but so far it’s a gorgeous day here in Southern California. I did have a bit of a shock this morning on my way to work. After dropping the kids off in beautiful weather I drive down the street a couple of miles and found a wall of fog. Weird. (Not sure if you can see it)

Yesterday the girls and I went to the mall to buy a gift for one of their friends and my youngest found these glasses. I couldn’t believe the amount of “stache” stuff they had on hand! Funny. 

Since I’m sharing pictures I thought I’d add this one in of my oldest and my kitteh, Echo. So cute together. If anyone else in the family tried to do that to the cat she’d run like hell. lol (It’s a little grainy, sorry)

So I started off the week with Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs. I just LOVE the Mercy Thompson series so much (thanks again, Renee) and this one was no different. In this story Mercy is almost on her own as she searches for the entire pack after they’re kidnapped. She gets help from unlikely sources and of course kicks some ass. As a bonus in this story we got 2 whole chapters from Adam’s POV! Woohoo! Good stuff! 4.5 out of 5 

Next up was The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca. This story is about Adam who’s pretty messed up from his childhood and his horrible parents as well as another incident that is undisclosed. He is back in his hometown after being gone for years to sell his parents home with no plans to remain after the sale. That’s before he sees his old love, Megan, and the old feelings start to stir. Pile those feelings on top of the fact that he finds out he has a son and someone is framing Megan and Adam is suddenly feeling things he never thought he would, nor does he want to. This was a good category length story with a definite alpha hero. 3.75 out of 5 

Still Life with Shape-Shifter by Sharon Shinn was not the shapeshifting paranormal story I expected. It was 2 stories in one that eventually intersect for a very short time. I can’t possibly even give you a little without telling you a lot of the story. It’s somber and dark and has to do with loving and losing those you love and how you deal with those people in life and in death. My review will post on Thursday over at Book Binge if you’d like to read more about the story. 4 out of 5

No Turning Back by HelenKay Dimon was a contemporary read about three brothers who claim a house that their grandmother had left them. Their father was a con man and he once stole from the town. Now there are more than a few that want the brothers gone, including Mark Baron. Mark’s daughter, Leah, was raised to hate the Hanovers and it’s her job to get them out of town. She’s nicer than her father though and while she’s trying to move them out she’s falling in love with brother number 2, Declan. This was an angrier book than I expected. The brothers have their issues with the town, the townspeople are divided on their feelings toward the brothers, Mark Baron is a complete ass and treats his daughter like dirt. Yes, there was an HEA for the most part but lots of things were left open when the book ended. It just wasn’t a happy tale to me, at all. 3 out of 5  

Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann is the story of a woman who is caught in a compromising position (kind of) and ends up having to marry the Duke that lives nearby. He’s a vampire though and there are lots of things going on with her not wanting to marry him at first and with him trying to decide what to do with the little wifey in the future when she starts aging and he doesn’t. It was a decent read that was entertaining. 3.5 out of 5  

Last for the week was Steamroller by Mary Calmes. How do I describe this story? Carson is a star player on the college football team – famous really – and he wants Vince. Vince has no idea that Carson knows he exists but when Carson makes his move there’s nothing Vince can say to deter Carson from his chosen path. The love story in this book happened SO very quickly but it was so well done that I was totally rooting for the guys to stay together. Carson was the steamroller and I loved his confidence in himself as well as the confidence he had in Vince. Really good. 4 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Mating Instinct by Katie Reus
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm
From Here to Eternity by Paige Cuccaro

Happy Reading!

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Lightning Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted November 5, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Lightning Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Epic, 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.

Though this is labeled as the first book in the series, I would recommend reading the companion novella, Alpha and Omega, before starting this as it sets up the story/characters. You can download it here or here.

Anna has been brutalized by her pack for 3 years. Though she gains some confidence in this novel, I like that Briggs didn’t make her well overnight. It takes time to overcome something so traumatic. Her relationship with Charles is one that moves slow. Normally that’s something that would bother me, but Briggs does a good job of balancing the outside plot with the internal story, so the story wasn’t bogged down or slow. Because of Anna’s past, it makes sense that they would take things slow and have a lot to learn about each other. That Charles is a closed off person doesn’t help. He’s used to being alone and doesn’t know how to open up to Anna, even when he wants to.

The witch storyline was interesting, but I felt the final resolution was almost anti-climatic. I expected more bang. The cast of characters is interesting and I really like the world Briggs has built.

I’m hooked. Thank goodness she has a large backlist…

4.25 out of 5

Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

This book is available from ACE. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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