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Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) Giveaway Winner Selected!

You guys have waited long enough! Please forgive me. It’s been a really busy week and I knew I wouldn’t be sending it out to the post office anytime soon.  But now I’m ready!  I got to see a screening for Divergent on Tuesday and then another one for Captain America on Thursday.  I’ll be posting my reviews of both of those soon.  In short, Divergent was okay, but Captain America was AMAZING!! Can’t wait to let it all out soon!  But I won’t keep you waiting any longer!  I was actually very surprised to see such a mixed amount of responses when it came to everyone’s preferred format.  I thought hardcover would really win out, but it seems like everybody is adjusting to ebooks! To be honest, I’m the same way now.  Unless I’m getting a book signed (and that usually involves Kim Harrison), then I don’t really have a use for paper books myself.  Oh how the world has changed! 

I received a pretty big number of entries! 542 is one of my largest giveaways yet! Based on the announcement post for those of you who entered the Rafflecopter giveaway, I used the trusty random number generator and it chose:

Sarah Courtney

Your preferred format was the ebook!  Please keep an eye out in your email.  Congrats! And thanks again to all of you for entering and supporting the blog. It means a lot! I won’t keep you hanging too long for the next one either. As I said before. I am catching up on the Dresden books (FINALLY) and with how things are going, a Skin Game giveaway might just have to happen.  Just sayin’!  Have a nice weekend everyone!


Night Broken – Review + Giveaway! Baby Mama Drama Rama!

When a book is quotable, I’m gonna quote!

“Adam snorted as he pulled on a faded green t-shirt that said “I Heart Coyotes.” Yet another sign that folding my clean clothes wasn’t too big a price to pay to make him happy. He didn’t have any “I Heart Christy ” shirts–or I would have burned them already.”

“I thought we should apply that kind of thinking to the matter of Cristy’s stalker.” He gave me a skeptical look. “No, really,” I said. “Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, superpowerful nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?” He laughed. 
“I’m serious,” I said.

“Seriously? Do you know how many guilty people are in jail? None.” Gary’s voice rose to imitate a woman’s voice. “Honest. I didn’t kill him. He fell on my knife. Fourteen times.”

You would think that our favorite coyote, Mercy, would have enough to deal with in her life when it comes to adversaries of the supernatural and furry variety.  But she may have to confront her biggest challenge yet in the form of the former Mrs. Adam Hauptman.  That’s right, the ex is in trouble and on the run from her psycho boyfriend.  And Adam wouldn’t be the Adam that Mercy knows and loves if it wasn’t in his nature to help others, especially the mother of his child.

The ex, Christy, is only safest in Adam’s house and with his pack even though several things aren’t quite adding up.  But one thing is as clear as day, Christy wants Adam back and isn’t afraid to play dirty to get him. Mercy isn’t going to take this lying down, but Christy’s peculiar psycho boyfriend may have more going on than some crazy stalker tendencies and as more bodies pile up, it’s up to Mercy to put a stop to it.

Night Broken is certainly one of the more memorable entries in the world of Mercy Thompson.  She’s got bad guys…and girls all around and it’s hard to know who she can truly trust!  Christy’s character is the one you love to hate.  We’d been lucky for a while with her out of the picture, but since the character never died we knew she’d have to crop up sooner or later.  And even death isn’t always a guarantee that we’ll be done with a character in the paranormal world, so it’s always in our best interests to just wait and see.  I did thoroughly enjoy this part of the book, even if Christy made me want to

Mercy’s snark was of the highest order this time around and I found it refreshing.  I loved this that novel tested the depth of Mercy and Adam’s feelings for one another as well.  They define what it is to be a unit. I think Adam fans in general will find him pretty swoon-worthy.

The villain was pretty interesting.  I wasn’t always sure what direction Briggs was going to take with his character so that helped keep the read very engaging.  I did find myself annoyed more than once with Adam’s pack though. It really disappointed me how they treated Mercy despite her dedication to them and the fact that she sticks her neck out there for their sakes time and time again.  I really wish they would get over themselves.  One saving grace is the fact that if they can’t do it at once, they might be able to do it one by one.  I thought the developments with Honey were well done and are a closer step in the direction of where things need to go.

My biggest gripe for the book would be the length.  The latest Mercy books have felt too short to me. I mean, 350 pages might seem like enough but I feel like I whiz through it so fast.  I could use another meaty 50-75 pages per entry.  Additional pages would perhaps allow for more inclusion of side characters whose presence I found myself missing, namely Stefan.  I know it’s probably not very easy to figure out how to incorporate him now that Mercy’s married to Adam, but I really like his character and his devotion to Mercy.  Though he plays an important role, he is featured so little here and that makes me miss the old times.  I am not that invested in the vampires as a whole, just him.  I could use a Stefan spin-off!

But all in all it’s a good read and I think the fans will enjoy it immensely.  The series still has a lot to offer and I look forward to what’s next.

*ARC Provided by the Publisher
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So now that you’ve read my review are you looking forward to having a copy of your own?  Well one lucky winner of my blog will receive and ebook or hardcover version of the novel!

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Poll! Hollows Digest and Weekly Wrap up! What are you most excited about?

There are quite a few updates for Hollows and Cat & Bones fans! And that’s not all!

Live Chat with Kim Harrison and Jeaniene Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for a live phone chat with these two authors on February 13 at 7 pm EST. They’ll be discussing both of their series and answering fan questions over at Booktalk Nation.  You can sign up and submit a question (after you’ve entered your sign up info) on their site

Sign up for the chat! 

Signed Copy of The Undead Pool

There’s a silver lining for the many fans who will be unable to attend one of Kim Harrison’s book signings for The Undead Pool starting next month!  If you haven’t yet pre-ordered The Undead Pool or you’re willing to cancel your current one, you can pre-order signed copies of the book at B&N.com for the name price as an unsigned hardcover.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

The Undead Pool (Signed Edition)

In the meantime, if you missed it and you follow this blog, pigs have flown, but on that off-chance here is my review of the upcoming novel.  And if you haven’t ordered it, there’s always a chance you can win one from yours truly! A Giveaway is imminent!

Trouble on Reserve

That ever so elusive Trent and Rachel story (which began as an iOS Sony Reading App Store exclusive) will now be available for the masses!  Kim Harrison is revealing the story a little at a time on Wattpad as a lead up to The Undead Pool’s release! You can start reading it now or hold out until everything’s been posted!

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Wrap Up for this Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You chose and I obliged! I read the Night Broken ARC (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs this week.  I actually knocked it out in a couple of days which was pretty good. I then moved right onto Dirty Magic ARC (Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye Wells.  I’m almost finished with that one.  I hope to have a review done before release day which is fast approaching!  A Touch of Darkness (Healer #3), I didn’t get around to it this week, but I’ll read it next week AFTER I knock out the Hollows re-read of Pale Demon!  Can’t WAIT to start that one!  What a pivotal read! In the meantime you can check out my progress for both Night Broken and Dirty Magic on goodreads, gifs and all:

Night Broken Progress – just about done updating. 2 more left!

Dirty Magic Progress – I’m further along than this update suggests, but it’s hilarious and super quotable! Like Kate Daniels kind of quotable!

So what are you guys most excited about? This time I was nice and made it multiple choice :P

What are you most excited about? (Multiple Choice)

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Flash Poll Results! ARC-apalooza Problems Solved!

Thanks everyone for voting at the last minute to help me decide.  I also appreciated the comments which I took into strong consideration. But you have all voted pretty definitively and the winner is….

The good news is that I think I can potentially knock out two of them this week, perhaps all three. I started Mercy this morning and I expect things to get pretty juicy and unputdownable.  You can track my reading progress and comments here:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/819113262

The bad news is that this will pile up my review queue fairly quickly, lol.  There are still a couple that I need to get out of the way first, lol.  But it definitely won’t be tonight! Gotta do runnin’, readin’, Almost Human-ing, Sleepy Hollowing, and Teen Wolfing!  I think I’ll be DVR-ing one of those 3 to watch later this week.  And I might just tune in for the Ninja Warrior: US vs. Japan thing tonight.  There are but so many hours in an evening!


FLASH POLL! ARC-apalooza problems. Which one should I choose?!

Okay, so I recently acquired a few ARCs.  I am trying to wrap up my Black Magic Sanction re-read for The Hollows (that really was a great book for Al), so that I can get to them, but unfortunately I can’t decide which one to read first!!  So whenever I’m stuck with this dilemma I default to you guys because you’re awesome at helping me out.  Of course I will read all of them, it’s just that I need to figure out the best order.  I have:

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs

Synopsis

My dilemma: I wasn’t expecting to acquire this ARC at all, let alone this soon, but I’ll sure as hell take it!.  I am most interested in reading this for the baby mama drama that is sure to ensue, but it’s not going to be released until March.

Dirty Magic (The Prospero’s War #1) by Jaye Wells

Synopsis

My dilemma: I’ve been curious about this one for a couple of months. A preview of the first several chapters is available for free on Amazon.com.  But its full release is January 21st, so I would need to read and review it pretty quickly before its release.

Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder

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My dilemma: This one is already out so I feel kind of guilty that I haven’t read or reviewed it yet.  I blame the holidays and The Hollows-days :P.  I decided to re-read The Undead Pool to prep my review.  And that actually pushed me back from the re-read with Kim Harrison or else I’d probably be done with Black Magic Sanction by now.

So yeah, your opinion will be much appreciated in helping me decide which one I should read next! I hope to start it by Monday so I’ll need your votes before I decide to read it that morning.  Also please comment on which order I should read all of them!

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Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) – Absence made my heart grow fonder

Frost Burned, Mercy Thompson, Patricia BriggsMercy’s adjusting to  lot of changes theses days; she’s now Mrs. Hauptman, wife and mate to alpha werewolf, Adam, and stepmom to his daughter, Jesse.  This level of normalcy is refreshing compared to the usual whirlwind of her life.  But of course things can’t remain peaceful forever.  While taking advantage of Black Friday, Mercy and Jesse are in a car accident and find that they can’t reach Adam or anyone else in the pack. And it’s not a coincidence.

The pack has been abducted and may be in serious danger.  It’s a delicate time for the werewolf race as they work to gain public acceptance.  Without her pack to turn to, Mercy will reach out to every ally possible to save them, including some new and unexpected faces.

This was a really great read! I breezed through it in no time. I really missed Mercy and the gang. Maybe that’s a sign that this series is inching its way into my favorites group. And that’s a pretty exclusive club!  But after this book it’s earned it. Adam is a true badass here, even tied to a chair!  I don’t quote Paris Hilton often, but that “that’s hott.” Seriously, he’s to die for here, especially since we get TWO chapters from his point of view!

His relationship with Mercy really is refreshing.  Though they have some drama and angst, they are secure in their relationship and don’t bother with mind games.  That’s become an oddity with a number of series, even some of my favorites.

The story combines events that occur in Patricia Brigg’s Alpha & Omega series.  It definitely helps if you’ve read the A&O series. I haven’t yet, but I was able to keep up with no trouble.  Though at first I wasn’t really planning to read the series, but after Frost Burned I think I’ll go ahead and add A&O to my TBR pile, though I likely won’t get to them until next year, maybe around the time when Mercy 8 will be released.  Thankfully that won’t be two years.

This is one of my favorite Mercy novels, but I would have liked more Bran and Stefan (who I think deserves a spin-off of his own).  The book wasn’t too short or long, but maybe if it were a little longer they could have had a little more presence.  I hope we’ll see a good bit of them next time.  This book was definitely a must read for Mercy fans.


Mercy Thompson Graphic Novel: Moon Called Vol. 2 – Eye candy extraordinaire

moon called volume 2, patrcia briggsIt took me a little while to get around to reading the second and final volume for the Moon Called graphic novel.  What with no bookstores nearby, I wasn’t totally sure if I wanted to pay for a comic that I couldn’t see.  The first volume was beautifully illustrated, but I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy the story.  For me the Mercy Thompson series definitely suffers from FBS (first book syndrome), but seeing the story illustrated mitigated the experience immensely.

Volume 2 picks up directly after Volume 1. Adam’s daughter, Jesse, has been kidnapped and Mercy tries to help track her down.  She has to enlist help from her vampire friend, Stefan, whose camarilla may have information on where to find her.  She has to manage this on top of figuring out whose been experimenting on weres. Facing a lot of danger, Mercy has to work with vampires, werewolves and faeries while she tests her own boundaries to see where she fits into it all.

The comments from my first review remain steady when it comes to the artwork. If anything I think it’s even better than the first volume.  The story is the weakest part of this entry, but I can’t say if it’s because I was never really interested when it came to the written novels or if it was because it’s difficult to grasp the whole story when you’re limited to speech bubbles.  Sometimes it was hard to follow and I noticed a couple of continuity issues from frame to frame.  Even still, the art exceeded my expectations when it comes to this series.  I have a new way to imagine the characters.  I was really happy to see Stefan this time around and he has a significant presence. I feel like the illustrator probably liked drawing him. He’s quite the looker!  I like Mercy and Adam together, but I honestly wouldn’t have minded seeing her with Stefan in the books, and the graphic novel only makes it worse now, haha!

So all in all, I do recommend this if only to admire the beautiful illustrations, but you will definitely need Volume 1 as a companion to know everything that’s happened.

 

 


Mercy 2 Finds a Groove

Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson Book 2) by Patricia Briggs

The second installment of the Mercy Thompson series shifts focus from the werewolves to the vampires.  This time her vampire friend, Stefan, decides to call in a favor from Mercy.  She risks life and limb to thwart an evil sorcerer-turned-vampire (as if vampires weren’t evil enough on their own) causing numerous deaths all around the city.  The supernatural cream of the crop are all involved to take this sucker down, from head vampires to head werewolves.  And even still,  somehow Mercy’s abilities prove useful to help save them all.

While I’m still not totally hooked, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.  This book is a lot better in terms of action and the characters are more established, so I could relate to them a bit more.  The love triangle (or maybe quadrangle?) is definitely kicked up a notch and confirmed here.  Adam seems to be becoming my Were of choice, but there is enough argument for her other suitor(s?) as well, so I will just see how Mrs. Briggs decides to develop that angle. I liked the incorporation of ghosts this time around, and their use is quite intuitive and sensible.  The vampire politics are somewhat more interesting than the first book since I didn’t find myself zoning out quite as much.

Stefan, has potential to be an extremely interesting character as the series progresses.  It’s hard to tell what motivates him which will only keep everyone guessing.  That’s a good sign of complexity considering that vampires are inherently evil in this series.

So all in all, it was certainly better than Moon Called, but I don’t really have the urge to want to inhale it like I’ve had with some of my favorites. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing since I can be a much more productive human being, but this doesn’t necessarily need to be shot up to the top of your TBR list, even though it’s a decent read.  I am still interested enough to want to continue and see what unfolds for Mercy and her friends, so that’s a good thing. Onto Book 3!


This series may need to grow on you

Moon Called (Book 1 of the Mercedes Thompson Series) by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called is the first book to kick off the very successful Mercedes Thompson series. While it follows the urban fantasy formula through incorporating vampires, shapeshifters, fae, and ghosts, it has the opportunity to differentiate itself with high quality world-building.

The main character, Mercy, isn’t the prissy princess nor is she the leather-clad potty mouth badass. She works as a mechanic, getting her hands dirty the blue-collar way. She’s not quite human though. From her Blackfoot Indian heritage she has inherited the ability to shift from human to coyote. The official term is a “walker”, but she likes to keep this knowledge low-key as there are very few of her kind left.

Unable to care for her as a newborn, her mother turns her over to a werewolf family to raise her. While she shares certain similarities with their kind, she isn’t quite as bound by their laws which makes for and interesting slippery slope as she works together with them throughout this series. In this particular book, the Were community runs into significant problems as someone is illegally creating new werewolves and performing experime

nts on them. Mercy calls upon the help of all of her supernatural friends to get to the bottom of it, so we learn a bit more about the vampires, fae, and were alike.

Overall, I started out really interested and then my interest sort of waned and it really began to slow down. Surprisingly enough, I was more engaged with development of the Were community instead of the vampires, though the vampires certainly seem to have their own qualities to stand apart from other series. I hope that I am more interested in the future books.
Even with Mercy’s sort of bland personality, I think there’s definitely potential for greatnes

s. The ingredients are all there, especially a good supporting cast. I can see myself becoming a fan of the local Alpha, Adam Hauptman. Some of my favorites series start off with less than stellar beginnings, so that won’t keep me from giving the next book a read.


This, my friends, is how you do a graphic novel adaptation

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Volume 1) by Patricia Briggs

I originally read this comic as an ARC and then decided to purchase it immediately before I even finished it. Since I was reading the series via ebooks, I wanted something for Ms. Briggs to sign for when I meet her at San Diego Comic Con this July. I was going to try to get through the ebooks as fast as I could so that I could then also purchase a paper copy of my favorite installment. After seeing this comic, there’s no longer a need. And even better, it fits in with the theme since it’s about the comics at Comic Con (well, it supposed to be anyway). I’m now super excited so I can spaz to Ms. Briggs in person about how wonderful of a job the artist did. I can already tell this is one of the best. Talk about doing a series justice!

No doubt this graphic novel adaptation accomplishes the most important goal of all; it’s very visually very pleasing to look at! That’s the point of a graphic novel at all, right? I actually enjoyed the comic much more than the actual book. The book comes off as somewhat bland in parts (though the series gets better with every book), but seeing the action come to life on the pages gets my adrenaline pumping. The drawing style is fabulous and not over the top. I love the coloring and shading and spent a few panels simply admiring the images. I feel like it truly captures the Mercy Thompson world. Mercy’s gorgeous, Adam’s sexy, and Sam actually looks much better than I assumed he looked in the books. I thought the artist was very good with expressing the characters’ emotions as well. A few of the transformation scenes were a little awkwardly drawn, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

I like that it’s close to the book. I think that made me read it much faster. Unlike the book, it kicks off with action to draw you in. It was a nice technique to keep it engaging. I felt the pacing was just right. There wasn’t a moment where I was bored and yet it stayed true to the plot.

I always have this trepidation of looking at fictional characters outside of the reading medium. 9 times out of 10 it just doesn’t capture the images I’ve conjured up in my mind. I am so pleased that’s not the case here.

We get a bonus section that’s by a completely different artist. It’s a completely different style that doesn’t portray the dark urban fantasy feel, so I didn’t really connect to it as much. Also, some of the proportions and angles were off. I recall at one point a character was drawn cross-eyed.

It ends with short of a narration of the panels to see how the artist conceptualized the panels. It was pretty cool to see their process, but not really necessary. My biggest enjoyment was in the meat of the story. I wish we could have seen Stefan, Warren, and Kyle in this volume though.

Because these look so good and flow so well, I plan to follow the comics for this series in conjunction with the books, as long as Ms. Amelia Woo continues to illustrate. It’s very rare that I can say I prefer any other medium to the original, but in this case I very much prefer the comic to the novel.

(ARC provided by NetGalley)