Monday, July 6, 2015

Read This F@!%ing Book 43

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Read This F@!%ing Book!
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Read This F@!%ing Book Post 43: The Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance
I've been having a Cassie Palmer craving lately. I think I've reached the limit for how long I can go without a new book from Karen Chance. (Her latest release was delayed by a year when it wound up over 500 pages long.) So I'm going to revisit the series now and tell you why you should all catch up in time for Reap the Wind's November release.
I See Dead People (in more ways than one)
Cassie Palmer starts out as a pretty normal girl (who happens to be clairvoyant) on the run from a vampire mobster. She soon finds out that she's heir to the Pythia throne - she's The Oracle and all the supernaturals want her for themselves. Cassie ends up under the protection of the Vampire Senate and hiding out in a Las Vegas hotel, which is of course staffed mostly by demons. But when she gains the power to teleport and travel through time she's kind of hard to watch over. Her lack of training, and general desire not to be held captive in her own room, get her into trouble in some really fun ways.
I may have mentioned (about a hundred times) before that I love supernatural politics. Cassie aligns herself primarily with the vampires, but not all of them are happy to see her. Spy Master Kit Marlowe, for example, doesn't trust anyone and makes his opinion known. Yes, he's that Marlowe, and he's not the only character you might recognize from history and literature. Cassie's world features lots of other supes as well, primarily demons, mages, and Fae, who want to use her skills or kill her to keep anyone else from using them.
As part of the effort to keep Cassie out of trouble, she's assigned bodyguards, mostly the stereotypical big, burly vampire kind. But then there's Pritkin. He is absolutely my favorite thing about this series! He also has a really interesting history, which is revealed in later books so I can't spoil it. Pritkin is a former demon hunter and War Mage (think magical Special Ops) who doesn't usually play well with others. He's sent to kill Cassie, but isn't very good at following orders he doesn't agree with. He becomes Cassie's bodyguard/ personal trainer and the two have great chemistry.
But there was a lot more to Pritkin than looks, although even there I'd started to come around recently. The strong, stubborn jawline, the rock-hard body, and the flashes of humor behind the taciturn expression -- hell, even the rigid blond spikes he called hair might not add up to handsome, but they added up to something. -Tempt the Stars
With his combat skills and potion bombs, Pritkin is a part of many of the action scenes that make this series so much fun. I always say it's like reading an action movie. With his often surly attitude and questionable fashion sense, he's also a big part of the comedy. I love Pritkin so much and I can't even fully explain why because spoilers. He's the reason why the wait for Reap the Wind is so excruciating too - in my head, he's been in the same tough spot for over a year now.
Wide World of Shorts
Another thing I love about Cassie's world is that it's so much bigger than her series. The Dorina Bassarab series features several of the secondary characters from Cassie's books. Dory, a dhampir, works as something of a mercenary so her books are action-packed. They also provide more insight into the world's Fae than the Cassie books. (The relationship between the two series is a lot like that between the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series, which we've featured here recently.)

The Lia de Croissets stories feature a half-were member of the War Mage Corps and can be found in various anthologies. They give more insight into the Mages and were politics. The author's website has several free short stories, many of which were only available previously in anthologies, starring secondary characters like Marlowe and Pritkin. Chance's website also has the series timeline, including the proper reading order to avoid spoilers. You might find that helpful if I've confused you with my attempt to explain everything.

Are you interested in starting this series? Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain? Or have you read it and love it as much as I do? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Early Review: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker


Hell or High Water
(Deep Six #1)
Julie Ann Walker
Release: July 7, 2015
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In a world on the brink...

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure...

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea...

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...
I’ve been excited about the Deep Six series ever since Leo and his crew were introduced in Julie Ann Walker’s last Black Knights Inc book Full Throttle. The former SEALs certainly did not disappoint. Hell or High Water maintains the feel of the BKI series with great action and steamy romance, but brings in fresh, fascinating characters and exotic new locations, which are well researched and highly detailed. I could easily picture the island in the Florida Keys where the crew is based. I’m looking forward to learning more about the area as the series progresses.

I really enjoyed the romance between Leo and Olivia. It’s sort of the battlefield version of a friends to lovers story. Despite having history together they don’t jump right in, but build up to the physical relationship and confessing their feelings. I liked that they worked for it, but I don’t love that thing where the heroine has a secret that she assumes the hero will condemn her for so she thinks the relationship is doomed. I feel like I’ve seen that too many times and it always frustrates me.

The suspense plot about a CIA mole kept me guessing. I was afraid it might cover too much familiar territory when oil heiress Maddy’s yacht is hijacked by terrorists - In Rides Trouble (BKI #2) started out much the same way – but it never felt repetitive. I thought the primary villain was well-developed and believable. I might have liked to see him have a closer connection to Olivia though.

I feel like this first book may serve as a transition for both the characters and readers from a mercenary storyline into the salvage operation. I’m excited to see what happens if and when they start searching for the sunken galleon. I hope to learn more of the story of the Santa Cristina as well as the getting to know the Deep Six crew.

Recommended for fans of: Walker's Black Knights Inc, Carolyn Crane's The Associates, or Shannon K Butcher's Edge series

ARC provided by the publisher


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly
(Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels)
Written by Patricia Briggs and Rik Hoskin
Illustrated by Tom Garcia
Release: June 30, 2015
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Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae - a mystery that draws Mercy's stepdaughter Jesse into the fray! The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium! 

We're all huge fans of Mercy Thompson here at the blog, but not necessarily of graphic novels. So
Gretl and Rose Red decided to review Hopcross Jilly together to give you both perspectives.

Our Review: Hopcross Jilly is set in the official Mercyverse continuity between Frost Burned and Night Broken (Mercy #7 and #8) and just after Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4.) This edition collects six issues of the Mercy Thompson comic book series.  

On Mercy Thompson and graphic novels:

Rose Red:
You all probably don’t know this about me but I absolutely love graphic novels and comics! I’ve read a ton of them over the years. I love Patricia Briggs’ books so when I discovered that there were graphic novels set in both series, I picked one of them up. I got the Cry Wolf graphic novel and I was disappointed with it.

My problem wasn’t actually with the illustrations but with how the story was adapted for graphic novel form. It’s probably me just being nitpicky because I loved Cry Wolf so much! In my mind, it just wasn’t a good adaptation. That being said, it put me off picking up the Mercy Thompson ones even though those are more original stories and not adaptions. I’ve wanted to give them a try to see if that fact made a difference. So when Gretl informed that the new graphic novel Hopcross Jilly was on NetGalley, I knew I had to try it. I’m really glad to say that I enjoyed it! This graphic novel really was well done. It reinforced my belief that anything from Patricia Briggs can be expected to be amazing! And seriously, the art and storyline were on point!

Gretl: I wouldn't say I've never read a graphic novel, but I honestly couldn't tell you what I read or when. I think choosing a familiar subject like this - I've been a fan of the Mercy Thompson books for years - is a good way to get in to a new medium.

On Hopcross Jilly:

RR: Hopcross Jilly was a quick read with the perfect amount of words and images to tell the story in a gripping way. Like always, Mercy and Adam are the stars in the story which think is fantastic! I always want more of them when I finish any Mercy book. What I love most is that Adam’s daughter, Jesse, got her own story thread. We only get glimpses into Jesse’s life outside of the pack in the novels so I really appreciated that we got a more in depth look into her school life even though it was a little sad to see how she was being treated.

The story isn't very long or very challenging compared to others, but I still had a good time reading it. I actually figured out pretty quickly what was happening, but I enjoyed seeing how it all played out on the pages. The illustrations in this graphic novel were great! I really enjoyed getting to see the images to go along with the story. While I’m reading, I like to imagine each of the characters in my head so seeing the artist’s renditions of my beloved characters for the first time was pretty cool! I will admit that I picture most of them somewhat differently myself.

What I enjoyed the most was the interactions between Adam and Mercy as well as their interactions with Jesse. I love seeing the little moments they have as a family. I found the insight into Jesse's life at school a nice addition as well as the special scenes with her and Mercy. It was just a nice interlude between the novels that answered some questions I had from the series more directly.

G: At the same time, it's always weird for me to see the characters from books depicted outside my head. (I actually made a note that said "OMG! Zee looks like Thor!" while I was reading.) Whether it's in a movie, a book trailer or fan art, they never look exactly how I want them to. Though I admit that this Mercy comes pretty close to the book covers, which made her feel familiar.

The story alternates between Jesse at her high school, investigators at the crime scene, and flashbacks to other victims. I really liked the fact that Jesse was a big part of the story, but between her increased involvement, which reminded me of Night Broken, and the Fae killer, which is a lot like the one in Dead Heat, the story felt very repetitive to me. Although I did appreciate the clear, concise explanation for why some of the Fae are getting off their reservations which wasn't given in Dead Heat. I also felt like the end was a little anticlimactic since it was obvious who the killer was from the very beginning.

Final Thoughts:

RR: I gave it 4 stars. All in all, this story was an excellent addition to the Mercyverse. You can never go wrong with anything by Patricia Briggs, right? I think most Mercy Thompson fans will enjoy this story but I think those in the fandom who enjoy graphic novels will enjoy it the most. It’s one that I’d highly recommend!

G: I gave it  3.5 stars. Hopcross Jilly really captured the feel of the Mercy Thompson books for me. I think it would be great for someone new to the Mercy Thompson or Alpha and Omega series who wants to get an idea of what this world is like without investing the time in reading a whole novel. It's also good for those of us who need a quick fix while we're waiting for the next book to come out.

ARC provided by the publisher

July 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.


The Werewolf Meets His Match (Nocturne Falls #2) by Kristen Painter
Releases July 1 Goodreads Amazon
I'm in love with the town of Nocturne Falls where it's Halloween every day of the year. The supernaturals live out in the open because the tourists think it's all pretend. In the second book in the series, the town sheriff agrees to an arrange marriage to settle a feud with a rival werewolf pack.

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer Estep
Releases July 28 Goodreads Amazon
You really can't go wrong with Gin Blanco. But her life's changing a little after becoming the head of the underworld. She gets to settle disputes between crime families and I'm really curious about how she's going to handle problems she can't stab.


Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
Releases July 7 Goodreads Amazon
The Great Library at Alexandria survived. It's also sentient and has taken over the world! (This may be why no one asks me to write their blurbs.) Seriously, this YA dystopian sounds so good! I'll be waiting not so patiently for a copy from my library.

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
Releases July 14 Goodreads Amazon
I'm really excited about this YA Steampunk! Set in an alternate version of late 19th century America that never declared independence. The English use magic to enforce their rule and the rebels invent. Hoping for some of those Steampunk gadgets I love so much.


Hell or High Water (Deep Six #1) by Julie Ann Walker
Releases July 7 Goodreads Amazon
A sexy spy story great for the beach or pool side. Deep Six is a spin-off of Walker's Black Knights Inc. series and has a very similar feel. Look for my review tomorrow!
The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward
Releases July 28 Goodreads Amazon
I was so excited when I got this early. But I haven't gotten to read it yet. *sob* It's a non-paranormal from J.R. Ward! Romantic suspense about a family of bourbon magnates in Kentucky - I'm intrigued! Look for my review later this month.


Time Salvager (Time Salvager #1) by Wesley Chu
Releases July 7 Goodreads Amazon
I'm a huge fan of Chu's Tao series! So when I heard that he was coming out with a new science fiction book that features a time traveler, I knew I had to get my hands on it! This time traveler brings some back from the past which is against the law. So both of them are on the run and hiding on a future Earth that isn't so great. I can't wait to read this one!

Last First Snow (Craft Sequence #4) by Max Gladstone
Releases July 14 Goodreads Amazon
I just started Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence series and I'm loving it! I'm not sure how to classify it. Maybe it's weird urban fantasy. I actually have no idea what this one is about but I'm buying it so I can continue my series reread.

Armada by Ernest Cline
Releases July 14 Goodreads Amazon
I absolutely adored Cline's Ready Player One so I'm so excited to read his newest book! This book sounds like an excellent space opera in the making! I can't wait to see what pop culture references Cline threw into this one!


Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood #1) by Jessica Day George
Releases July 7 Goodreads Amazon
I've been a huge fan of George's middle grade series (Dragon Slippers) for a long time now but I've never picked up one of her YA books. This start to her new historical fantasy series set both in New York and Romania sounds right up my alley! I hope there's vampires in it! :) I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Spider's Trap (Elemental Assassin #13) by Jennifer Estep
Releases July 28 Goodreads Amazon
I'm several books behind in reading the Elemental Assassin series. I'm hoping to be caught up with Gin's adventure by the time I go home for visit this fall so I can borrow this from my Mom.


Raisonne Curse (The Brothers Bernaux #1) by Rinda Elliot
Releases July 14 Goodreads Amazon
I have a soft spot for books set in and around New Orleans or in bayous. So I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it. I've actually already read it and it's a great start to a new series. I'm interested to see where it goes and to learn more about the magic the Bernaux brothers have!

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith
Releases July 28 Goodreads Amazon
This is the last book in the Crown & Key trilogy and I'm really sad to see it come to an end. I've been enjoying the heck out of these books! I haven't read this one yet but I'm excited and nervous to see how this one wraps the storyline up after what happened in book two. I have no idea how the Griffiths are going to go about doing that.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Goldilox's Greatest Hits Volume 6

Goldlox's Greatest Hits is our new 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

Check out our highest rated reads from the month of June!

Rose Red's continuing her re-read of the Mercy Thompson series with two 5 star reviews,
Bone Crossed and Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

And she gave 4 stars to The Shadow Revolution and The Undying Legion by Clay and Susan Griffith.


In our Read This F-ing Book series, we featured Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series and the Generation V books by M.L. Brennan.

And I started a summer series of Vicarious Vacation posts by counting down my five fave road trip stories.

Help Us Help You 

Thanks to everyone who recommended their favorite zombie stories and PNR series.  We'd like to make our new Which F-ing Book Should I Read? a monthly feature.

Do have a category missing form your TBR pile? Need some suggestions? Send us a message on Facebook and we might use your topic in the coming months.

Coming Soon

July is HUGE for us! We're celebrating our 4th Blogoversary, as well as the 1st anniversary of Gretl and Rose Red joining the blog. So watch for some exciting stuff coming toward the end of the month.

Release Day Review: The Undying Legion by Clay and Susan Griffith

The Undying Legion
(Crown & Key #2)
Clay and Susan Griffith
Release: June 30, 2015
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A thrilling new Victorian-era urban fantasy for fans of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and the Sherlock Holmes movies featuring Robert Downey, Jr.
With a flood of dark magic about to engulf Victorian London, can a handful of heroes vanquish a legion of the undead?
When monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane comes across the gruesome aftermath of a ritual murder in a London church, he enlists the help of magician-scribe Simon Archer and alchemist extraordinaire Kate Anstruther. Studying the macabre scene, they struggle to understand obscure clues in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics carved into the victim’s heart—as well as bizarre mystical allusions to the romantic poetry of William Blake. One thing is clear: Some very potent black magic is at work.

But this human sacrifice is only the first in a series of ritualized slayings. Desperate to save lives while there is still time, Simon, Kate, and Malcolm—along with gadget geek Penny Carter and Charlotte, an adolescent werewolf—track down a necromancer who is reanimating the deceased. As the team battles an unrelenting army of undead, a powerful Egyptian mummy, and serpentine demons, the necromancer proves an elusive quarry. And when the true purpose of the ritual is revealed, the gifted allies must confront a destructive force that is positively apocalyptic.

Review by Rose Red: 

About half way through this book, I had a realization. The story was kind of like reading a gaslight fantasy version of The Mummy with a slightly larger cast of characters. It's also been pointed out to me that it's almost like a Victorian version of Scooby Doo and the gang which I can totally agree with as well. In other words, this book was great! Seriously. It was yet again another fast-paced, action-packed adventure that hurtled you through the story at breakneck speed! It was such a delightful read! 

Victory against the big bad in The Shadow Revolution was bittersweet for Simon and Kate. They may have defeated Gretta's werewolves and the homunculi of the evil Dr. White, but it wasn't without some loss. Nick has abandoned them for safer pastures and Imogen's transformation appears to be permanent, and they are nowhere close to discovering the purpose of Simon's mysterious key.

While out hunting the last of the rogue werewolves in London, Malcolm discovers the aftermath of a particularly gruesome ritual murder in a local church. More murders follow and clues indicate they are part of a larger necromantic ritual.
The London they know is crumbling around them as dark magic covers the city and the dead rise from their graves. Like Nick said in the first book, sometimes taking a stand draws the attention of evils far greater than what you are prepared to face.

Demons, demigods, cults, conspiracies, and the undead abound in the second book of this series. This story is very much a plot driven one and I enjoyed the heck out of it. It kept me guessing. The twists and turns are cleverly done and the ending was a complete surprise. I like being surprised. Husband and wife authors, Clay and Susan Griffith, create a mystical world filled with intrigue, secrets and danger. After the last book, we have no clue who is on the side of right outside of our little group. Then again, right and wrong is all a matter of perspective, right?

We start to see more character development in our ever growing cast. We learn more about each of these characters individually and how their pasts tie them together. The characters are getting more and more complex, with their own unique strengths and vulnerabilities. And we're starting to see more relationships form as they ragtag lot becomes more of a team. They have to work on trusting and relying on each other. I particularly enjoyed getting to see more of the delightful inventor, Penny, in this book as well as the girl werewolf, Charlotte. There's still a lot of unknowns in the story and several untold secrets that will leave you wanting more. The ending of this story pulled me deeper into this series because there are some major consequences of that last major battle in this book that will undoubtedly throw a wrench in things in the next book.

What I really liked about this book is how well-developed the scenes are in these books. They are well written and easy to visualize. The fight scenes are particularly great!
The frantic pace mirrors the group's desperation as they try to prevent London from becoming a battleground for two powerful and very destructive forces. The book was like a movie playing in my mind. The characters are easy to picture and each of the places in this book are memorable. It was all way impressive. 
The Undying Legion combines a thrilling well-developed plot with spectacular action sequences with witty banter and unlikely heroes that are fabulously unique and fascinating. It all works together to bring this steampunk story to life. I enjoyed it immensely and I can't wait to see what comes next in the final book of the trilogy! Fans of gaslight fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk will love this series!

Recommended for fans of: 
The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  4 / 5 Stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

Monday, June 29, 2015

Which F@!%ing Book Should I Read? (2)

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

But we're switching it up a little bit this week.

I recently finished marathoning the Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh and I adored it! It also made me realize that I haven't read many long running (8+ books) paranormal romance series. I usually read a lot of long running urban fantasy series and not straight up paranormal romance series where each book follows a different couple. So aside from the Psy-Changeling series, I've read Donna Grant's Dark Sword/Dark Warrior series, J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress/Night Prince series (I'm including this series because all the companion books a series with the different couples makes it a paranormal romance in my mind). I would like to read more long running paranormal romance series like this.
So this week I'm asking
Which F-ing Book should I read?
Here are some suggestions from my co-bloggers to get it started:

Goodies from Gretl:

The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
(I'm stretching a little to say this is an eight book series, but Archangel's Enigma, book 8, is due out in September.) I love the world Singh constructed where you can watch angels flying over New York. But it's the angels' relationship with the vampires and the hunters that round out the cast that really make it interesting to me. Who doesn't love a tortured vampire hero? Plus, I love my supernatural politics and the centuries old rivalries between the Archangels definitely deliver it.

Love at Stake series by Kerrilyn Sparks
This series is now complete at 16 books, so it's a good choice for a binge read. It's not as dark as some of the vampire series out there - they create synthetic blood beverages like "Bleer." But the variety of characters, including shifters of every flavor, keeps it from getting repetitive for me like some of the other "light PNR" series can. Plus, hot Scottish vamps in kilts!

Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
This series mixes mythologies from all over the world and creates some new ones, like the gods of Atlantis. It also puts a twist on the usual vampires and demons. The first few books are lighter and pretty straightforward PNR, but the series plot gets increasingly complex and the characters increasingly tortured (some quite literally.) Admittedly, I've only read the first 10 of 13 in the series. I also like the YA prequel series The Chronicles of Nick.

Guidance from Goldilox:

Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole
This series is still ongoing but its already well past 8 books. I have to confess that paranormal romance with a different couple in each book is not my forte. I tend to lean towards urban fantasy with romance. But Cole's Immortals After Dark series has been a favorite of mine. I love how the lives of the characters and families all intersect with each other and how the couples carry into other books. For PNR, these actually have a lot of action and really strong plots. Plus, the romance is STEAMY.

Demonica/Lords of Deliversance series by Larissa Ione
Okay, cheating a little bit here. The Demonica series is five books and the Lords of Deliverance series is a spinoff that continues with another several books. I have only read the Demonica part of this series but I had to include it because its another one of my favorites and because I've got the spinoff books sitting on my shelf staring at me waiting to be read. I love Ione's easy writing style and again the romance is hot! 

Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
The Darkest London series is a terrific historical, paranormal romance set in England. Its sexy, exciting, and well-written. The beautiful romance in the first book, Firelight, hooked me into the series and every other book I've read in this series has been fabulous. Each couple has a different paranormal element to contend with. There are seven full-length books and two novellas in this series so far and hopefully the series will continue on after that.

Tell me your favorite long running paranormal romance series and why I should add it to my TBR pile.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed
(Mercy Thompson #4)
Patricia Briggs
Release: February 3, 2009
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By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.

Review by Rose Red:

Bone Crossed is the fourth installment in the Mercy Thompson series and is a direct follow-up to Briggs amazingly well-written Iron Kissed. Mercy is still dealing with the many problems in her life and trying to recover from a horrific assault that was the climax of the previous book. One thing I love at Patricia Briggs's writing is that she writes realistic character reactions to trauma. What happened at the end of Iron Kissed was some serious trauma and Mercy is reacting to it like a real person would. The situation is ripe with opportunities for the author to wave a magic wand and make things all better, but Briggs doesn't and my respect for her writing increased exponentially as a result. I really appreciate that especially because I've read so many authors take the magical solution route when there's a paranormal element to the story.

Mercy is coping and dealing with her new role as the mate of the local Werewolf pack. She is still suffering side-effects of previous events, but that doesn't mean that she's giving up. Briggs does a great job of keeping the story moving, introducing the next elements of the story and mixing in how the recent changes in her life require Mercy to reevaluate things and make adjustments. It's wonderful because too many authors don't bother to address these issues. Many authors in this genre let change happen and everything magically work out with any real effort by the main character.

Life keeps giving us problems even when we might wish otherwise and Briggs doesn't give Mercy a chance to rest. New issues continue to creep into the story and past choices by supporting characters come back to haunt Mercy and her friends. It's neat to see an author who is willing to let the main character actually cope with the second and third order effects of having broken with tradition and made enemies in previous stories. It's not like Mercy is just on a non-stop wheel of pain, it's just that Briggs doesn't let her just skip through life without paying the bill for being the cause of change that she often has been.

The story is not terribly long and Briggs doesn't cover tons of new ground, but there is still plenty to absorb. Complications between inter-species conflicts remain a central theme of Mercy's life and her relationship challenges don't simply fade away. Again, this effort by Briggs to keep a certain ethic of reality enforcement really deserves high marks because it increases the level of realism in a genre not known for it. Briggs deserves a lot of credit for keeping both feet on the ground while leading us on another exciting chase through an Urban Fantasy world that is as well-developed as any I have ever read.

While I didn't love this one as much as Iron Kissed, I still loved it. There was so much character growth for so many characters in this book and lots of problems to deal with like a super scary villain. I adore this series so, so much! Please go read it, if you haven't! I promise that you won't be disappointed!

  5 / 5 Stars!!!

My reviews of other books in this series:
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs 
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