Tag Archives: urban fantasy

Fair Game – Book Review

Alpha & Omega #3

5 out of 5 stars

You see, the problem with Patricia Briggs and anything she writes in the Mercy Thompson world is that, it is so fucking good I don’t want to life. Work? Fuck it. Conversations notregarding these books? Fuck that. Sleep? Who fucking needs it. I have the next book in the series, and the temptation to pick it up immediately is practically irresistible. As I’m nearly caught up on both series, I have to convince myself to draw the books out more so that I’m getting my fix until the next installment comes.

People wonder about the obsession with werewolves, you wouldn’t wonder if you read about the wolves in these series. They make unmentionable, popular werewolves look like mother fucking chumps. It’s a testament to Briggs’ character building skills that I can say I love 90% of the wolves in either series. I think to myself, “Who is my favorite male werewolf?” and a minimum of 10 characters between the two series come to mind immediately. Picking one above the others is near impossible. Anna versus Mercy, who is better? I cannot pick. It’s a little like comparing fire and ice. They’re both awesome, strong females but each has an entirely different background and personality.

You can read the summary if you want to know the plot of this book, I’m just here to tell you to stop, shut up and read both these series.

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Midnight Riot – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Peter Grant is pretty damn chill for someone who just had their first conversation with a ghost and found out that there is a whole paranormal division of the police department. Is it an Englishmen thing? That seems to be the implication but I don’t know any Englishmen to ask.

It took me 14 days to finish this book. For a period of time, I kept telling myself that it was me, not the book. Life has been distracting and other things have been more important that sitting down and finishing a book. As much as it hurts me to say that, it’s true. However, eventually, I had to admit that it was partially the book’s fault as well. It feels much like a set-up to future installments. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with it, it just failed to pull me back in for more. It was missing that riveting factor. At no point did I need to sit down and find out how the story was progressing.

A new cop, learning magic, while being thrown directly into the paranormal action obviously peaks ones interest and I’m sure I will continue with the series in the future. As of right now, I sit firmly on the “meh” fence. Many a great urban fantasy series begin with mediocre books so the potential is definitely there for something epic.

Feversong – Book Review

The Fever series #9 (Final book)

4 out of 5 stars

There is a hella amount of capslock here, fellas. (Both in this book and at the end of this review.)

I have been head over heels in love with the Fever series all the way up until book 5 (which would have been a great ending), everything after that has been pretty mediocre. It lost it’s magic. Maybe it was shifting perspectives away from Mac and focusing on Dani for an entire fucking book. I’ve always enjoyed Dani’s character but not so much that making it 50% Mac and 50% Dani, was a good idea. Even Mac and Barrons became a little less magnetic. (Which is probably the most distressing thing of it all.)

Despite that, as usual, there is an irresistible attraction to the world that has kept me coming back each time. Two side characters (I won’t name who because that would ruin plot) were really the big draws for this novel. This ending was okay, book five was a much better one.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about never finding out where the Nine originated from. It leaves a sassy little mystery, but at the same time, I want to fucking know damnit.

JUDAS PRIEST would urban fantasy authors stop dating their books with pop culture no one is going to understand (or care about) in the next 10+ years?! I do not want to know that my favorite characters in THIS book, also watches Game of Thrones. THE WORLD IS ENDING, WHY ARE THEY WATCHING HBO?! (Yes, I’m accusing them of watching the show and not reading the books, because they’re SO busy fighting to save the world, and I don’t know how they’re fitting time in to watch TV for an hour as it is, how in the hell would they have time to read an 800+ page book?)

Overall, Dani had a more satisfying ending than Mac. Which is fucked. It will still get a decent star rating because I’m a sucker.

Also, I have this overwhelming feeling that the author is either going to A) continue the series yet again, or B) start another series set in the same world.

Fire Touched – Book Review

Mercy Thompson #9

4 out of 5 stars

I waited almost an entire year for this to go paperback. Mostly, because I own the entire series in paperback and I wanted to continue that trend. I don’t think I can patiently wait for that to happen again when Silence Fallen comes out in March. Not that there was a cliffhanger ending, but the story is so amazing and building up to something grand, that I don’t know how I was that patient this last year to wait and wait and wait.

In this installment, we follow the escape of a human boy who has been stuck in Underhill for centuries. He has powers that no human boy should have and the Gray Lords would love to take him apart to see how he ticks. Underhill herself wants him back and encourages the fae to bring him back at any cost. Naturally, being the soft hearted little rebel that she is, Mercy pledges that the pack will protect him for 24 hours. This declaration however, puts the pack on the verge of war with the fae.

Can the werewolves take on the fae? Or will they reach a compromise and avoid war? Is the life of one fire touched boy worth the lives of those she loves?

Does Mercy Thompson Hauptman let anyone push her around?

As exciting as that all sounds, this seemed more of a lazy adventure that is building to something big. Not that that is a bad thing. There was no grand battle scene like there is usually in each book but it was just as important. This seemed to be the strategic planning edition, and it was well thought out and still entertaining. I’m still left fiendish for the next book.

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Tempting Danger – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Tempting Danger has been in my TBR list for a long time. So I bit the silver bullet and bought it recently in a lovely little book haul.

I had high hopes and will have to admit, they weren’t quite met.

The urban fantasy tropes ran rampant throughout the entire novel. Strong/stubborn female MC who works in law enforcement (any form), dripping sex alpha werewolf male lead who just so happens to be rich and a playboy, and instantaneous love/lust. The use of practically every trope under the sun had me rolling my eyes almost as often as the terrible come-ons did. The one my mind refuses to forget, “Put yourself inside of me.”

Wait, what?

Did two horny teenagers that don’t know how to dirty talk just hook up?

Based on all of these things, you’re probably thinking that I hated it. I didn’t. There were a couple neat tweaks on the werewolves, other paranormal creatures and pretty good characters. I still had fun while rolling my eyes across my skull. I’ll give the second book in the series a try before I make a firm decision whether to continue.

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Book Haul – Valentine’s Edition

I have been on a strict book buying diet since we’re saving for a house. It can be incredibly frustrating at times but the truth is that I always have roughly 100 books, either physical editions or ebooks, waiting to be read in my house. (Though I’m sure many book wyrms can agree, you always want to read the books you don’t have.) I’ve only been buying ebooks on sale for $0.99 to $1.99 or physical used books for $0.50 at my library. I won’t lie, I’m pretty proud of my self control.

My husband shot that all to shit though when he handed me money and demanded I buy myself books for Valentine’s Day. So while he spent most of Valentine’s Day evening raiding in World of Warcraft, I spent it blissfully selecting books I’ve been wanting for a long time, but never to seem to be in stock at my local B&N.

So sometime between this coming Monday and Friday, I should be receiving the following 5 books:

  1. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
  2. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  3. The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
  4. Tempting Danger by Eileen Weeks
  5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

 

In the mean time, I’m reading short novels to fill the time until my new books arrives. Because as soon as they arrive, I’m diving in.

 

Grave Peril – Book Review

The Dresden Files #3

3 out of 5 stars

Harry Dresden and I have had quite the whirlwind romance. Many people say that it takes a few books for the Dresden Files to get going, I wholeheartedly disagreed with this sentiment in books one and two. After nine pages in book one, I was hooked and looked forward to us having a bright, happy future together. But unfortunately book three but a halt to us running away and eloping.

Now, it was not by any means a bad book. It just wasn’t as good as the first two. Harry’s wing man, Michael, really put a crush on the magical vibes. His constant holy-rolling brought any compelling scene to a screeching halt. His incessant correcting of the words out of Harry’s mouth anytime he said something a tiny bit sacrilegious made me want to punch the book, not to mention an overwhelming desire to punch the “Fist of God.” If Michael had a second title it would be, “Buzzkillington the Third.”

The last quarter of the book was the best part. Probably due to Michael’s absence and Harry kicking ass by himself. The plot was a little slow building but not in a mind-numbingly boring sort of a way.

I look forward to the next installment regardless. I just hope there’s more Bob and less Michael the Vibe-Killer.

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House Rules – Book Review

Chicagoland Vampires #7

3 out of 5 stars

This series started out so strong but then the author started using the same formula for every book in the series. Trouble brews in Chicago, Merit and Ethan are thrown in the middle of it, will their relationship survive or won’t it? They solve mystery and work out their relationship.

No matter what happens, even if the action is good, the mystery thrilling, just seeing a repeat of the same formula every time gets under my skin. I’m so tired of the relationship drama that I could spit. (Not on the book, I’m not the Devil.) At this point, I wish Merit would dump Ethan and explore options with Jonah, as he is a much more enjoyable male character.

I’ve read the synopsis for the next book and I can’t say that it thrills me any. Quite honestly, it looks to be a repeat of another, “Oh no! Chicago is in trouble! Can Merit and Ethan save the day?! Will their relationship survive the test?!”

*Barfs*

Maybe one day, if I’m bored and for some unforeseen reason, curious, I’ll pick up the series again and see how it goes. *Grumps off into the horizon.*

Mongrels – Book Review

2 out of 5 stars

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There may be some meaning to this story but it’s as hard to find as a needle in a haystack. It is well written but the prose is attempting to hide the lack of actual depth. It appears to be character-driven with plot playing second fiddle, but the characters are as lackluster as the plot. I’m not even entirely sure why I read it all the way until the end. Perhaps there was a little flicker of hope of something beautiful blooming from this dusty story. Nope. Just crab grass.

This is a coming of age tale involving a werewolf family. A will he, or won’t he, turn into a teenage werewolf like he so desperately wants? A family consistently on the run to hide themselves. Running from anything and everything like a bunch of sheep.

Wait? What? I thought you said this was about werewolves?!

Oh it is, I guess. The most unimpressive werewolves I’ve read about in a long time.

If you can imagine a trashy family, that happen to be werewolves, that break the law, live like scum and travel back and forth across the southern United States, well then you’ve just imagined this entire book. The end. Move along. Your imagination probably did it better anyway.

Mark of the Demon – Book Review

5 out of 5 stars

Ever read a novel, thoroughly enjoy it and then not know how to review it? That’s me tonight. It may make you think that it couldn’t possibly be all that good if I’m having a hard time reviewing it. But it’s me, not the book, I assure you. I’m just in a weird mood. When I finished this though, I had to restrain myself from running to the book store and picking up the next book in the series. I’m trying to get my book buying under control, but self-restraint isn’t one of my strong points. I happened to win this time.

Kara Gillian just made Homicide Investigations. Just in time for a serial killer to emerge from his slumber to play. This serial killer has a little something up his sleeve. Something most humans can’t see and know nothing about. Kara isn’t one of those humans. She’s a summoner. A practitioner of the arcane. She can call forth demons from another plane of existence. And she can see the arcane trails left all over the corpses of victims.

As if this didn’t make her life difficult/interesting enough, a Demonic Lord (read demon badass) has ruined one of her summonings by appearing uninvited. Worse yet, he keeps visiting her dreams. It’s killing her confidence of summoning demons and sometimes those guys are the only ones with useful answers.

Meanwhile, the serial killer is upping his game, preparing for something big. The corpses are piling up and Kara can’t explain to the other officers why she knows so much about the killer. Add a FBI agent to the task force who knows more than she is comfortable with about summoners, and a girl is up to her eyebrows in a complicated shit storm.

This was a wonderful blend of detective novel and the paranormal. I was equally interested in the police work aspect as I was with the arcane element. The main character was perfectly flawed. I’ve said it more than once, but I’ll say it again, I can’t stand uber badass heroines that make no mistakes.

This was fresh, exciting, fun and interesting. I will definitely be coming back for more.

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