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Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #10)
Published by Ace on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

4.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Silence Fallen from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

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Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs eARC {4 Stars}

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs is the latest installment in one of my favorite urban fantasy series, starring a coyote shape-shifter just trying to get by in a world where werewolves and fae are in a bit of a disagreement. If you’ve been loving this series so far, you’ll enjoy getting back onto the trail of some freaky fae, and if you haven’t started yet, get to it! There will be spoilers below for the previous books in this series and the Alpha and Omega series since this is book nine. If you want to start at the beginning, check out Moon Called.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Fire Touched from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs eARC {4 Stars}

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #9)
Published by Ace on March 8th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

4 Stars

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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs is the fourth in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega and continues the edge-of-your-seat awesomeness that is adventuring with Anna and Charles! This urban fantasy series basically defines what I consider a perfect urban fantasy: creepy and compelling mysteries, unique twists on a very cool world, a leading heroine who is tough, and a romance that doesn’t hog the spotlight but adds to the strength of the characters. If you haven’t started the Alpha and Omega series, check out Cry Wolf and be warned about some minor spoilers below (though really not too many).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Dead Heat from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #4)
Published by Ace on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
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For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal--or at least it starts out that way...
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

4.5 Stars

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Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs {4.5 Stars}

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs is a collection of short stories from the world of Mercy Thompson, but most of the stories are about and from the point of view of some of our favorite secondary characters. I don’t normally like to read anthologies of short stories, but Shifting Shadows was everything I could want from an anthology and made me fall in love with both the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series all over again. The short stories in Shifting Shadows are all a bit darker than the main series, but also deeply moving because they are about Sam and Ben and Charlie and a little child turned to a werewolf at the youngest age in living memory. Don’t worry, Mercy also makes an appearance ;-). Also, even if you haven’t read all the way through Night Broken, you can safely enjoy most of the stories because there are warnings before each of what spoilers a story contains.

Note: I received a copy of Shifting Shadows from the publisher. This does not affect my review.

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs {4.5 Stars}

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson)
Published by Ace on Sept. 2nd, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 450 pages
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Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Silver”
“Roses in Winter”
“Redemption”
“Hollow”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Gray”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

4.5 Stars

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Night Broken by Patricia Briggs {4 Stars}

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs continues the story of Mercy Thompson, the coyote-shifter, in a crazy world where Fae and werewolves have come out to the public, but much scarier monsters remain hidden away. If you haven’t read this far in the series, there will be some spoilers for the romantic plots and who is still alive, but each book stands on its own fairly well. The Mercy Thompson series is one of my top favorite series, so I highly recommend any urban fantasy fans to start it asap if you haven’t already. Night Broken continues with all the things we love about this series, including an awesome new monster myth and more building up towards what promises to be an epic series-long plot.

Note: I received Night Broken from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs {4 Stars}

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #8)
Published by Ace on March 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
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An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

4 Stars

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5 Stars: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs is the seventh novel in the Mercy Thompson series. Hence there will be minor spoilers for the first six books because I can’t really remember what big twists there were previously. Each book stands on its own fairly well though, so unless you don’t want the romance aspect to be spoiled, you’re mostly safe. In any case, I love the world that Patricia Briggs has built with this series and its spin-off Alpha and Omega. My favorite part about Frost Burned, however, is that it breaks free of the formula that so many urban fantasy series fall into, and Mercy is thrown straight into the thick of a mystery all on her own.
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Title: Frost Burned
Author: Patricia Briggs
Length: 352 pages (hardcover)
Genre-ish: Urban Fantasy
Rating★★★– rocking plot, characters and world

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely. — Goodreads

Strengths:

  • Frost Burned pulls you (and Mercy!) into the action immediately. Things go from a little after turkey shopping to oh gawd what happened??? And you just never want to stop reading from there :D.
  • Between the most recent Alpha and Omega book and Frost Burned, there is so much epic brewing in the world that I just can’t take the wait. Frost Burned does an excellent job of telling a compelling story while dropping little hints about what is building for the series. I’m so excited!!!
  • Mercy has always been an odd duck in terms of her magical gifts, and we get to find out a bit more about what she can do now that she’s connected to Adam through their mate bond. It’s pretty awesome ;-).
  • I love cross-series appearances of characters that we know pretty well (if you’ve been reading Alpha and Omega), but these characters don’t! Mwahahaha.
  • I totally didn’t see the plot direction of Frost Burned coming. Yes, Adam needs to be rescued, but everything after that is just craziness (in a good way, haha).

Weaknesses:

  • Some phrasing was repeated multiple times; it was a bit odd and annoying. I remember you saying that one page ago!
  • There are switches between first person and third when we need Adam’s perspective. It takes a moment to get your bearing when that happens.
  • The magic developments were a bit too convenient even if they were cool….

Summary:

If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series (and you made it this far in the review….) but like urban fantasy, go read Moon Called now!!! I’ve gotten tired of a lot of UF’s repeated plot lines and familiar heroines, but Frost Burned shows that I will probably never get tired of this series. Patricia Briggs writes amazingly with characters you can’t help but adore (or hate, depending on what’s called for, haha) and a world that keeps getting richer. I half expect fae and werewolves to “come out of the closet” any day now after reading this series >.>.

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 Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Four Stars: Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is a graphic novel about when Mercy is first visiting the Tri-Cities area. This just happens to be at the same time that the Marrok (head of North American werewolves) has sent Adam Hauptman (Alpha werewolf) and his pack to deal with a rogue pack in the area that has been bad. Between vampires acting out, the werewolf gang war and some really bad luck on the employment front, Mercy just isn’t having a good week…. Makes perfect sense to move-in!

Patricia Briggs is proving just how versatile of an author she is with her foray into graphic novels. She’s doing such a wonderful job building up the world that Mercy Thompson and the companion series, Alpha and Omega, take place in, and it rocks! When I saw Homecoming available for $6 at the local Meijer, I had to grab it for the pretty pictures alone :D. Better yet, it’s an original (short) story that tells of how Mercy and Adam actually came to live in the Tri-Cities area. Fun fact: Mercy wanted to be a history teacher! Look how that turned out, haha!

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

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Title:
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Author: Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence
Illustrator: Francis Tsai, Amelia Woo
Pages: 168
Genre-ish: Urban Fantasy graphic novel!
Rating: ★★★★☆– Really fun, minor turn-offs
Setting: All of the Mercy Thompson series, including Mercy Thompson: Homecoming, are set in an alternate US where werewolves, fae, vampires and coyote shifters all exist. The fae came out of hiding several years ago and the humans have mostly dealt with that shock, and everyone in the supernatural community knows that vampires and werewolves exist. Shifters, however, are thought to be extinct, making Mercy a bit of a spectacle even for a supe.
Premise: A gang of rogue werewolves has been attacking humans in the area that Mercy Thompson also happens to be interviewing for a teaching position. When she’s just out for a nice run (in coyote form) this rogue pack just has to come looking for a snack. Fortunately, a much more responsible pack has been sent over to take care of the situation, and they are able to save Mercy. This convinces the Marrok who also happens to be Mercy’s foster father, however, that she should not be in the area which causes Mercy to respond by getting a job as a mechanic instead. Now if only this gang war would leave her along, everything would be peachy.

 

Strengths:

  • Mercy has always been a really strong and fun character and Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is no exception. She has a tendency to pick fights she has no hope of winning due to her honor, standing up to the most powerful werewolf in North America simply because his orders annoy her, and going out to dinner with vampires.
  • Generally I am a big fan of the artwork of the various characters. Zee, Mercy’s fae boss, wasn’t how I had pictured him; he was better. Stefan, the vampire who is a huge Scooby Do fan, had a wonderfully painted VW bus and Adam had some pretty fine moments ;-).
  • Prequel stories are always so much fun when you know what ends up happening with the characters and get to giggle at their interactions. It was an awesome moment when Adam realized he had bought a house next door to Mercy. Also, Mercy’s desire to teach history explains her various book researching adventures in the series very well.

Weaknesses:

  • Apparently they switched artists part way through the development, which is clear looking at some of the pages, but didn’t really bother me. What did both me is that the second artist drew Mercy much more sexually and I just didn’t like those panels as much. Mercy isn’t supposed to be that sexual; she’s covered in motor oil half the time!
  • Shape-shifting tends to leave people without their clothes on, which is fine in a novel since you don’t really picture that detail much (or at least I don’t, haha), and Briggs made a great decision to keep that realism element in Mercy Thompson: Homecoming. This does mean, however, that there is a fair amount of female skin showing throughout the novel. No actual full frontal nudity, but plenty of scenes with conveniently positioned arms and legs with everything else showing. Just a warning not to let small children read it and to be careful who can peek over your shoulder.
  • The first two chapters have a really weird transition that heavily confused me until Briggs resolved it with a memory scene. Basically, they jump forward in time and skip a significant encounter and then go back to describe it. I really didn’t like it; it seemed unnecessarily confusing, but I’m hoping that by telling you, you will be less confused.

Summary:
Graphic novels are a really fun edition to a novel series and Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is no exception. You get a combination of a new prequel storyline and really pretty art! What could be better? It’s obviously a very fast read because it’s so short, but you should definitely be prepared for PG-13 artwork and bad guys. Anyone who has been enjoying the Mercy Thompson series so far should definitely pick it up or borrow Mercy Thompson: Homecoming.

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-A
Anya from About The StorySimilar Stories Reviewed:
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – If you haven’t read the series, you should, it rocks.
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs – I also highly recommend the spin-off series: Alpha and Omega, of which Fair Game s the latest

Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

I started reading the Mercy Thompson series close to when it first came out, and so as soon as the Alpha and Omega series was started, I had to start those as well. One of my favorite things about Patricia Briggs is that she is using the multiple series approach to really build her world. There are a lot of werewolf/vampire/shapeshifter/fairie stories out there, but Briggs is telling the stories about her world from multiple view points to really explore everything this new world has to offer. I hope she continues!

Title: Fair Game
Author: Patricia Briggs
Pages: 293 hardcover
Genre-ish: Classic Urban Fantasy (Adult)
Setting: Alternate US where werewolves and fae have outted themselves and proven to the world that the stories are real. There also happens to be a whole lot of other monsters hiding in the closet still, but the public doesn’t need to know that. This story mostly takes place in Boston.
Premise: Anna and Charles are werewolves, but they are definitely not your typical werewolf mated and married couple. Anna is an Omega, meaning that she is completely removed from the dominance structure, a fact that makes her a very soothing presence on dominant wolves, but also makes them want to fiercely protect her because she is so rare. Charles is her mate and is extremely dominant, but not an Alpha (which would be a normal place for a very dominant wolf) because he is the son of the Alpha of Alphas in the USA, the Marrok. He is also unique in that he was born a werewolf instead of changed, so he is much more in control and skilled with his wolf counterpart. This means that he has become his father’s hitman for when wolves break the laws, but that is destroying Charles now. To ease his pain at the horrible things he must do, his father sends him and Anna to help the FBI stop a serial killer who has been killing for decades and is starting to kill wolves.

Strengths:

  • As I said above, I love that Briggs is developing her world so much further with this spin off series, and trust me, the series stands on its own just fine
  • Anna and Charles have a wonderful dynamic that is so much more compelling than the typical romance story, they are a real married couple with problems and deep deep love for each other
  • Anna is a great female lead, because her Omega status makes her so spunky! She went through hell before being discovered by the Marrok, but she realistically overcame those experiences and is turning into a wonderful person.
  • We get to learn a whole lot more about the fae and specifically the Grey Lords (the uber fae that rule over all the others) which is very exciting and makes me hope for a fae spin off series, hint hint
  • OMG you will never see the ending coming, it’s so crazy and I’m soooo excited for the next books in both series!

Weaknesses:

  • The plot follows the typical crime solving TV shows, and since I watch way too many of those, it didn’t captivate me very much. It was less about the cool supernatural things involved and more about, well, insane criminals doing horrible things….
  • Charles is a little whiny at times, since he basically can no longer deal with the jobs his father is giving him, and while it didn’t bother me, it could bother others who are more sensitive to man whining, ha.
  • The criminals do rape and torture their victims, so if you are sensitive to that stuff, be warned.
  • Briggs’ witches are generally black witches, because white witches simply can’t be as powerful as black witches, which is disappointing if you are into the good witch concept.

Summary:
I love this series so much as well as the original Mercy Thompson series, and highly recommend them both to people who like Urban Fantasy. I think they are very well written, compelling books. I didn’t get as into this one as I’d hoped because it seemed more focused on humans being crazy than cool supernatural stuff, but it set up the next book to be intensely about the awesome supernatural world, so I’m very excited for that. It was a very fast read, and would be perfect for an airplane book.

-A

On My Wishlist #1

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My birthday was just a couple weeks ago, so my wishlist of books got torn through by my friends and family that know me too well, thank you all! But I’ve looked around and found a few more things to put on, but more than that, I wish for recommendations! I’m skittish about new series unless someone reassures me they liked it, so help me out!

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Latest in the Alpha and Omega series and I’m so excited for it to come out! Though I’ll probably wait for it to be on paperback so that it matches the rest that I have.

Inheritance  by Christopher Paolini

I got Brisingr for my birthday which I’m very excited to read and I’ll doubtless need the next one after that.

That’s all I have right now, help me out folks?
-A

Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Werewolves, vampires and magic oh my. Urban fantasy is the new thing I guess, with lots of different interpretations of the old cliches. I feel the need to admit to my addiction to them…. It’s not healthy and it’s likely to melt my brain, but they are just so entertaining! Well, there is a new Mercy Thompson book out called River Marked and it seemed a good time to write about the series.

Title: Mercedes Thompson series, the first book is Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs
Length: 324 pages (hardcover)
Setting: West coast in an alternate reality (so we think) where there are werewolves, vampires and Fae, some of whom are out the public and some who aren’t
Premise: Mercy is a mechanic who can turn into a coyote and is friends with a fair number of not quite humans and trouble seems to find her quite often. Thankfully, those same people also help her out to fix whatever bad things are going on; she’s even saved the world once.

Strengths:

  • Strong and highly entertaining female character
  • Nice take on werewolves and fae, namely that they aren’t all sparkles and butterflies, which is just so annoying
  • On a similar note, the magic system is basically a gritty retelling of lots of old stories, like Native American legends, European fairy tales (the grisly ones), etc
  • After six books, the plots are still interesting and entertaining
  • I laugh many times while reading these books
  • The main male character(s) are really awesome bad boys :D
  • Unlike other series, I don’t get stressed when reading them!

Weaknesses:

  • While I adore the good vampire in the series, good vampires have a tendency to annoy me without a good explanation, and Stephan the scooby do loving vampire is awesome, but has no good reason for not being evil
  • It is urban fantasy, and so is definitely not highbrow literature

Summary: If you like urban fantasy, you must read this series, it’s just so entertaining. I literally laughed out loud frequently when reading the latest book. That being said, it is typical urban fantasy, so if you don’t like vampires, werewolves and fae in a modern setting, then (besides you being silly) the series probably isn’t for you. Also, one of the books deals with an attempted rape at one point, just a warning.

-A