Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: Crucible Zero by Devon Monk


Crucible Zero
(House Immortal #3)
Devon Monk
Release: Sept 1, 2015
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The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it...

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...
You might not want to read this review if you haven't read the first two books in the House Immortal series. You definitely don't want to read this book if you haven't read them. Crucible Zero picks up right where Infinity Bell left off with Foster, Abraham and Sallyo sitting in the Case's farmhouse kitchen having just delivered the news that Quentin and Matilda have a price on their heads.

Matilda has just arrived as well, though in a much different sense. She traveled back in time to deliver a message to her many-greats grandfather Alvare Case, creator of the Wings of Mercury experiment. That experiment created the thirteen immortal galvanized, but it also generated a flaw in time that was about to rebound and kill millions. By correcting Alvare's calculations, she changed the world. Matilda returned to her body at the exact moment she left her old timeline, only to find everything a little bit different.

The world of the first two books was dystopian, with twelve Houses ruling the world and fighting amongst themselves. I would call the world of Crucible Zero post-apocalyptic. It's been struck by asteroids and ravaged by plagues. At night, hordes of zombie-like mutant animals called ferals attack anything that moves. There are now only three Houses - Earth, Fire and Water. And the galvanized are no longer champions contracted to the Houses, but mercenaries and outlaws. Almost everyone from Matilda's old life is present though, even if their circumstances are very different.

All of the books in the series have been fast-paced and full of great action, but Crucible Zero takes it to the next level. In a scene worthy of a Mad Max movie, Foster drives a van through a swarm of ferals, crushing them and splattering the windshield with gore, while Matilda hangs out window brandishing an axe and Abraham stands on the roof with a flamethrower. I loved how the three of them had immediate chemistry even though for Foster and Abraham it's been three hundred years since they last saw Matilda.

I think Crucible Zero is also much more of a romance than either of the first two books.There's a lot more flirtation and sexual awareness, perhaps because the new Matilda is more experienced. Matilda loved Abraham in her old life, but she just met this new version of him. I enjoyed watching her fall in love all over again.

If you're a binge reader like me, I highly recommend reading this series all at once. The plot is complicated, particularly the time-travel aspects, and everything moves so fast. I wanted to re-read the first two books before starting this one, but ran out of time. I did wind up looking back at the end of Infinity Bell to remember what Matilda changed and why the galvanized are still stitched.

I've loved the entire House Immortal series! I'm sad that it's over, but I'm happy with how it ended. This is definitely one I'll re-read soon.

Recommended for fans of: dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds like Firefly and The Hunger Games, more-than-human heroes

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

4 1/2  stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
House Immortal
Infinity Bell

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (47)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. We haven't done Waiting on Wednesday since early last year, and we decided it's about time to bring it back.  So here's my very first WOW pick:
I absolutely adored William Ritter's Jackaby last year! Like it was one of my top five favorites of 2014! It's was just a plain fun read and I need more of those in my life! If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can see my Read This F@!%ing Book Post on it. The sequel, Beastly Bones, has been one of my most anticipated books of 2015! I can't wait to get my hands on it! I need to know what kind of shenanigans Jackaby has pulled Abigail into this time. And I want more Douglass, Jenny, and Charlie! The first book did an excellent job of building Abigail's relationships with each of the characters and I have my fingers crossed that we get more romance in this one!

The worst part of waiting for this one is that I actually already have it. But I can't read it yet because it's the last of my September ARCs that I need to read so I have to finish the others first. *sobs*

Beastly Bones
(Jackaby #2)
William Ritter
Release: September 22, 2015
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The highly anticipated follow-up to the “rich world” of the “lighthearted and assured debut,” featuring an “irresistible character” whose first thrilling and original adventure “demands sequels.”
“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

What book are you waiting on?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Releases: Buy, Borrow or Beg?

Buy, Borrow or Beg is our monthly new release feature. Each of the co-bloggers is going to tell you which books they're most excited about and whether you should buy - the ones we preordered or plan to stand in line for, borrow - the ones we'll be stalking at the library, or beg - the ones we've gotten for free as review copies or prizes that you'll be begging us to tell you about. Let us know what you're eagerly awaiting this month in the comments.


Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
I've heard good things about Naasir. And I love the political elements in the Guild Hunter series. Starting this one as soon as it downloads!

Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) by Devon Monk
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
The House Immortal series is part Hunger Games, part Frankenstein and so much fun. The first two books have been fast-paced, action-packed adventures. And then they tried to mend time. Matilda's world has totally changed but I'm excited to see how it all wraps up.

A Red Rose Chain
(October Daye #9) by Seanan McGuire
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
Toby Daye was one of the first Fae series I ever read and it's become one of my auto-buys. This is supposed to be the beginning of the second phase of Toby's story so I'm looking forward to seeing where she goes.

Shadows at Midnight
(Shaede Assassin #5) by Amanda Bonilla
Releases Sept 24 Goodreads Amazon
I loved Against the Dawn so much! t seems like I've been waiting forever to find out how Dorian gets rescued. Fortunately, the wait is almost over.


The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher
Releases Sept 29 Goodreads Amazon
Jim Butcher wrote a Steampunk novel. That's really all I need to know about The Aeronaut's Windlass. Really excited for this one!

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Releases Sept 29 Goodreads  Amazon
I'm always interested in dark circus stories. In this one all the animals are shifters. I'm already hooked.


23492477 The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
Mind-bending and heart-breaking! Peri Reed is nothing like Rachel Morgan, but she's a tiny little badass. She can also draft, or go back a few minutes in time and change what happened. The catch is that she needs an anchor to help her remember what happens when she drafts, which makes her vulnerable.

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
If you loved Beth Cato's The Clockwork Dagger as much as we did, you should dig Sorcerer to the Crown. The world is very different, with elemental magic and Fae politics, but it had a similar feel to me. Oh, and it also has dragons!


Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Releases September 29 Goodreads Amazon
I've only read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and I really enjoyed it. I haven't finished that trilogy yet but I can't help but start this one. IT'S A FANTASY HEIST BOOK AND I FREAKING LOVE THOSE! This book takes place in the same world as the Grisha Trilogy and features six outcasts. The magic system of this world paired with a heist plot has me fascinated! All the early reviews for this one have been full of praise and gushing! I can't wait to get my hands on my copy!

Forever With You (Wait For You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases September 29 Goodreads Amazon
You all know how much I adore this series! AND THIS IS NICK'S BOOK!!! I am so freaking excited to learn more about him! I seriously can't wait for this book especially after the tantalizing preview we got at the end of Fall With Me about who the love interest is going to be! I don't know if we're going to get the point of view of Nick or the love interest, but I really hope that the book is written from both of their points of view!

The Aeronaut's Windlass
(The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher
Releases September 29 Goodreads Amazon
Guys! I need this book in my life! Jim Butcher wrote a steampunk book! Like Gretl, I actually don't know much about this book other than that but I am so excited to read it! I've been hearing nothing about good things about it from the early reviewers!


Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Releases September 1 Goodreads Amazon
I have heard so many great things about this book that made me realize that it's one of those books that I have to read because I am just plain intrigued by the premise. The main character is literally allergic to the world around her so she never ventures outside of her house. Enter cute boy that moves in across the street. I have heard that it is super cute and that it's everything (excuse the pun). I'm going to have to pick this up from my library!

Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
I actually haven't started this series yet but I marathoned Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series over a course of two weeks in June and I adored it! I have just put all of the books in this series on hold at my library so I can marathon it as soon as this comes out on Tuesday.

Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
Releases Sept 1 Goodreads Amazon
I actually don't know much about this book but I've heard so many great things about it that I'm going to have to pick it up from my library!


The Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter
Releases September 22 Goodreads Amazon
Jackaby was one of my most favorite books to come out last year! It was creative, hilarious, and a downright fun read! I adored it and the characters and world it introduced me to. I actually don't know much about this sequel but I can't wait to read my ARC of it. I'm so ready to revisit the town of New Fiddleham and see what mischief Jackaby has dragged Abigail into!

Walk On Earth A Stranger (The Goldseer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson
Releases September 22 Goodreads Amazon
I've actually never read anything by Rae Carson and I'm kind of ashamed about that. I've heard nothing but excellent things about her Fire and Thorns trilogy! The main character of this book can sense the gold around her. Something happens that results in her disguising herself as a boy and trekking to California just in time for the Gold Rush. This book sounds fascinating and I can't wait to read my ARC soon!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Goldilox's Greatest Hits Vol. 8

Goldlox's Greatest Hits is our monthly wrap up feature. We'll recap our favorite books we've read this month and show you some of our favorite posts that you might have missed, as well as what's coming up next on Goldilox and the Three Weres.

Greatest Hits

We were a little light on reviews in August since we spent so much time on our Blogoversay event. But we found a few good ones for you:
Ilona Andrews's Magic Shifts got 5 stars from Rose Red.
Gretl gave Alice by Christina Henry 4 1/2 stars.


In our Read This F-ing Book feature we talked about Charlaine Harris's Midnight, Texas series and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

We revisited why we love  Amanda Bonilla's Shaede Assassin series in an RTFB reboot.

And Rose Red's looking for Romantic Suspense recs in Which F-ing Book Should I Read?

Coming Soon

Last week we brought back Waiting on Wednesday, so watch for those posts every week.

At the end of September we're celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Read This F-ing Book with a special post and giveaway.

What F@!%ing Book Should I Read? (4)

It's Monday, which is usually when we tell you to

But we're switching it up a little bit this week.
I've been in a weird reading mood lately. I haven't wanted to read my typical science fiction and fantasy fare. I'm still picking up paranormal romance books and urban fantasy but not much else. I've been craving a good romance and a good thriller or in the words of Gretl, "Oh, you mean Romantic Suspense!" I totally knew there was a term for these types of books. I just couldn't remember what it was. :) 
About ten years ago, I was super into Phyllis A. Whitney's romantic suspense books and I miss them! Although, I would like there to be more romance in the next romantic suspense book I pick up than were in hers. The thing is I don't seem to have any romantic suspense book on my shelves or in my endless stockpile of kindle books. I need recommendations! 
They can be contemporary, historical, paranormal, etc. My preliminary searches on Goodreads and Amazon bring up lots of suspense books with bikers, special agents, military men, and werewolves. It's kind of overwhelming! I just want some good romantic suspense books in my life right now! 
So this week I'm asking
Sell Me on Romantic Suspense: Which F-ing Book should I read?
Here are some suggestions from my co-bloggers to get it started:

Goodies from Gretl:

I'm going to break this down a little bit since, as Rose Red noticed, there are so many sub-genres (or would they be sub-sub-genres?) to choose from. I can't think of a Historical Suspense title to recommend and I really haven't read any MC series, but hopefully you commenters will have some favorite bikers. So this is not a complete list of categories in Romantic Suspense, just a list of what I've read.

Military Men
What I've read the most are series about private Black Ops groups made up of former CIA agents and Special Forces soldiers. I think The Associates series by Carolyn Crane is my favorite. It's darker than some of the others with the undercover Associates infiltrating crime families and drug cartels. Each of Crane's characters has interesting skills, like Macmillan the forensic linguistics expert, that set them apart from the rest. I also think that the books in this series stand alone better than some of the others if you don't have time for a binge. I reviewed the latest release in the series, Behind the Mask, a few months ago.

In this category, I've also enjoyed Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights Inc series, its spin-off Deep Six (I recently reviewed the first book in that series, Hell or High Water) and Shannon K. Butcher's Edge series. If you want a paranormal version, I recently read the Alpha Pack series by J.D. Tyler in which the former SEALs are all werewolves.

Another thing you see a lot in Romantic Suspense series are law enforcement officers. My favorite of these is Mandy Baxter's U.S. Marshals. I've reviewed each of the first two books, One Night More and One Kiss More, here on the blog. Book three is due out in October. Baxter's series is a little more light-hearted, filled with pop-culture references from its snarky heroines.

In this category, you might also want to check out Tessa Bailey. I've only read one book in her Line of Duty series about dirty-talking Alpha cops, but it was pretty good. These are sometimes listed as erotica, so they're steamier than some of the others.

Small town suspense
I cannot rave enough about The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward! (You can read my full review here.) I could not put it down. This small town in Kentucky is home to two rival bourbon-making families, corporate politics, legal wrangling, and closets full of skeletons. It reminds me of a prime time soap and it already has a TV deal.

I also liked the Ash Trilogy by Shiloh Walker. This one's also set in Kentucky - total coincidence. The first book, If You Hear Her, features a blind heroine which is something I haven't seen anywhere else.

Tell me about your favorite Romantic Suspense books in the comments!

If you have a topic you'd like us to feature in a Which F-ing Book post, send a message on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (46)

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. We haven't done Waiting on Wednesday since early last year, and we decided it's about time to bring it back.  So here's my very first WOW pick:
I feel like I've been hearing about Wake of Vultures forever, though it's probably really been about a year. Delilah S. Dawson (a.k.a. Lilia Bowen) describes it as "Weird West Buffy." That phrase combines two of my favorite things so I'm already hooked. Nettie Lonesome also sounds like the poster child for the We Need Diverse Books hashtag - she's mixed race and gender-fluid. That could be amazing if it doesn't get too message-y. Plus she slays demons, so she's bound to be awesome.

The worst part of waiting for this one is that I actually already have it. I just got the ARC but I can't read it yet because I have all these September releases that I have to do first. *sob*

Wake of Vultures
(The Shadow #1)
Lila Bowen
Release: October 27, 2015
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A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.

What book are you waiting on?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Read This F@!%ing Book Rebooted

Did you know Read This F@!#ing Book debuted in 2012? I found some of my favorite series because of those first posts.This year we've decided to look back at a few of our favorite RTFBs and update them for 2015. We'll keep doing new ones too, so if you have a favorite book or series that you think deserves some attention or if you'd like to guest post, let us know.
Amanda Bonilla's Shaede Assassin series was one that I one-clicked as soon as I finished reading Goldilox's RTFB post, which originally appeared in March 2013. I read the first three books in two days. Book four, Against the Dawn, was one of my Top Ten of 2014. I may have read it in a single sitting. And I've been waiting (not so) patiently to find out what happens next ever since.
Book five, Shadows at Midnight, comes out next month so if you haven't started yet, this is a great time for a binge-read. Plus, you avoid those pesky cliffhangers that way.
Here's what Goldilox had to say about
The Shaede Assassin Series
by Amanda Bonilla

Crave the Darkness (Shaede Assassin, #3)Shaedes of Gray (Shaede Assassin, #1)Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin, #2)

Against the Dawn (Shaede Assassin, #4)Shadows at Midnight (Shaede Assassin, #5)
Click covers for Goodreads

Why I Love It:
The Shaede Assassin series is a fabulous urban fantasy series that lovers of the genre will adore and appreciate. Author Amanda Bonilla created two new paranormal species in the Shaedes and the Lyhtans, and although some of the abilities are familiar the species themselves are new.

Darian, our heroine and a Shaede, is anti-social and anti-relationship and she prides herself on being one hell of an assassin. She's put to the test when she finds out all at once that not only is her sort-of boss hardcore in love with her and has some abilities of his own, but she is not in fact the only Shaede in the world. Darian grows throughout the first three books and although the story plots are always exciting and fresh, its the emotional aspects of this series that keep me addicted. These books make me want to cry, scream, throw things, and take a cold shower!
Why I'm Pushing It:
As seems to be the case lately with adult UF series that I love, this series just isn't getting the attention it deserves. Although myself and most of my blogging friends adore Darian and the lot, it seems to be hard to get it in the hands of other readers. I think readers of urban fantasy will really gravitate to this series because it has all the best UF elements with a lot of added emotional turmoil and romance. 

The Men!
This series gives readers three very different but equally sexy men. The first is Raif, who is not a possible love interest for Darian but rather an almost-guardian, protector, and good friend. Even though we don't see him in romantic situations, he is no less sexy. He is strong and loyal and lives by a serious code of honor.

The second is Tyler, Darian's muscular and sexy sort-of boss. Tyler and Darian's up and down relationship is the most tumultuous of all and provides for a lot of frustration and tears throughout the series.

Finally, there is cocky and desirable Xander, the Shaede King. His continued romantic advances on Darian cause occasional strife between them throughout the series.

So, how did I do? Are you ready to jump into Darian's world with both feet?

Our reviews of books in this series:
Have you read this series?
Did I persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Let me know in the comments below!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Flight From Death by Yasmine Galenorn

Flight From Death
(Fly by Night #1)
Yasmine Galenorn
Release: July 7, 2015
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 I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.
While I was waiting for Flight From Death to come in at the library, I read Galenorn's novella Flight From Hell. It's a prequel to the Fly by Night series, as well as a transition from her Otherworld series (which I haven't read.) The novella introduces Alex and Shimmer from the point of view of one of the D'Artigo sisters, the stars of the Otherworld books. In it Alex and the sisters rescue Shimmer from a vampire's thrall. That vampire and the events in the story are referenced in Flight From Death.

I have mixed feelings about whether I would recommend others read the prequel first though. If you've already read the Otherworld series, go for it. I felt like there were a lot of characters to keep track of for someone brand new to Galenorn. Each of the three sisters has multiple spouses or partners that they referred to a lot even though not all of them actually appear in the story. (They remind me of Anita Blake that way.) I did learn more about the vampires and other creatures in this world than I would have otherwise. Galenorn uses the traditional Dracula "need invitations, have no reflections, turn into bats" mythos, but Alex and Patrick never use their bat forms in Flight From Death.

My main issue though is that Shimmer comes off incredibly na├»ve and not very likable in the novella. I probably wouldn't want to read a book about her based only on that impression. Some of that naivety remains in Flight From Death, but it's more culture shock than ignorance. For example, she hasn't learned to drive yet and she has hit or miss knowledge of pop culture - she misses Star Trek references, but talks about Ghostbusters. But I found her struggle to adjust to a new city and make new friends quite relatable. And I really enjoyed learning about her dragon side and seeing her transform underwater.

I loved the supporting cast for this new series. Fly by Night Investigations' receptionist is a leathery skinned, chain smoking, dirty old woman, who also turns into a snake. Their tech guru Ralph is a werewolf who can't stand the sight of blood. But the best Chai! He's a djinn who comes to visit Shimmer from her home realm. He's incredibly powerful and can be quite useful as long as you don't actually ask him for help. His djinn nature will compel him to screw you over. What's so funny is that he's completely upfront about being devious.

I liked the ghost story centered around the bed and breakfast and the other creatures that Galenorn brought into the mix. They were an unexpected twist and something I hadn't seen before. I also really enjoyed the scenery as the group travels from Seattle to Port Washington. Galenorn did a great job of giving me the sense that I was seeing it all for the first time along with Shimmer, while not letting me get bored on the journey.

Overall I really liked this story, but I had some issues with the writing. I haven't read enough from Galenorn to know if it's just her style or if it was a conscious decision to make Shimmer, the first person narrator, have an imperfect grasp of the language since she's new to Earthside, but it really drove me nuts. And since the first time it happened was on the first page of the book, I was tuned in to it the rest of the way through. I apologize in advance for the following Word Nerd Rant: the phrase "big-assed knife" implies that the knife literally has an ass, in which case it's rude to fat-shame the weaponry, whereas the phrase "big ass knife" simply contains an expletive comparable to "big f-ing knife." That little grammar faux pas happened several times, but there were other examples where Shimmer's language was just slightly off. If not for that, I probably would have given Flight From Death another star.

I'm still planning to read the next book in the series since I like the characters and I want to know more about them. I just hope I don't feel compelled go to after it with a red pen again. I doubt the library would appreciate that.

Recommended for fans of: Vampires, dragons and ghost stories


Monday, August 17, 2015

Read This F@!%ing Book (45)

Welcome to a feature I'm going to post on Mondays called:
Read This F@!%ing Book!
This is a feature for me to push my favorite reads that just aren't getting enough attention! 
I'm also opening it up to anyone who would like to guest post. Do you have a book that you just LURVED but feel like its not getting the play it deserves? Email me to let me know and I'd be THRILLED to have you post about it here! Especially if its something I haven't reviewed yet - that's even better (but not necessary)! If you're interested email me:

 This week's post comes from our very own: 
Rose Red!

Read This F@!%ing Book Post 45: The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
(Click book cover to go to Goodreads page)

It's no secret that I absolutely adore Patricia Briggs' urban fantasy books. I've reviewed enough of her books here at Goldilox and the Three Weres that you all know exactly how much I love her books. I first found her Mercy Thompson books while I was in college and I quickly devoured all of the books that had been released at that point (Silver Borne). Since then, I've reread this series multiple times and I still adore everything about it! Why do I love this series so much? Let me tell you!

Werewolves, Vampires, Witches, Fae... Oh my!
Mercedes Thompson, also known as Mercy, is a Volkswagon mechanic in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. But Mercy isn’t just a mechanic. She’s a walker or someone who is able to shapeshift into a coyote. Despite that, she wants and is striving to lead as normal of a life as a walker who was raised by werewolves and whose neighbor is Alpha of the local werewolf pack can expect. It’s also hard to be normal when your former boss is a powerful member of the fae community and you have befriended a vampire with a Scooby Doo obsession and the Mystery Machine to prove it. That’s just the norm for Mercy.

I was instantly sucked into Mercy’s world the first time I read Moon Called and that hasn’t changed at all with each reread. Mercy is such a likeable and engaging heroine. She’s spunky and sassy and a tad bit cheesy. Most importantly, she feels real. She understands her limitations and that being a walker doesn’t make her invincible. She doesn’t come off as invincible and inhuman in her buttkicking abilities, yet at the same time, she is comfortable in her own skin and can hold her own. With so many other powerful paranormal characters in her life, she realizes just how vulnerable she actually is. All the characters are realistic even the paranormal ones are realistic in their otherworldliness, which is impressive. Briggs worked in a good base of folklore and real world nature to make even the unbelievable believable.

I love the world building in this series. It is amazing how much it’s like the world we live in but different at the same time with the addition of preternatural creatures such as werewolves, vampires, and fae. The lore for the creatures while taking on a lot of the characteristics we’ve come to associate with some of these creatures, Briggs has managed to insert her own unique rules and spin on it that makes her supernaturals refreshing to read about.

Mercy Is One Of The Best Female Characters In Urban Fantasy.
Mercy is one of the most refreshing female characters I have come across in a long time. Her banter with the other werewolves is priceless, and writing good dialogue is something that Patricia Briggs excels at. I loved Mercy instantly. She is loyal, stubborn, smart, tough, and snarky. I want to be best friends with her. But she's not that the only character that I adore in these books. Spoiler: I love almost all of them. I love Adam, the alpha of the werewolf pack. He’s control freak (hello, he’s an alpha!), but he always does right by Mercy even when she drives him crazy. And I love how Mercy does that with the junk car in her backyard. Samuel, Mercy’s first love and friend from the pack she grew up with, took longer for me to love than Adam. But he patiently works on you and before you know it you find that you love him as much as Mercy. The other secondary characters are an interesting and entertaining bunch. You can’t help but love Zee, Stefan, Warren, Kyle, Jesse, Bran, and the rest of the Tri-Cities pack.

I could gush about this series for days. I loved every minute of it and I vow not to wait too long before I reread it again. I adore it so much! If you haven’t read it yet, you need to fix that ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it.

ZOMG! The Audiobooks Are Freaking Fantastic! 
If you like Audiobooks, then you have to listen to this series! Lorelei King is the narrator and she does a phenomenal job! She nailed all the voices perfectly to what I imagined them sounding like in my head. I have a confession to make. I love these audiobooks and these stories so much that I have been listening to the audio on a continuous loop this year. They are really just that good, guys!

I'm anxiously awaiting the next Mercy book! I need more Mercy in my life! Seriously. I can't wait for Fire Touched to come out next spring! If you haven't read this series or the Alpha & Omega books, you should fix that ASAP! I'd recommend reading both series together in chronological order. Patricia Briggs has a timeline on her website that you can use to know the reading order. Both of these series are wonderful examples of why urban fantasy is a great genre! They are freaking fantastic! 

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