August : My Month in Covers

Hi everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely August with lots of sunshine and socialising.  I’ve had a good month in terms of reading.  I’ve been a bit more focused and although I do have a few reviews yet to schedule I’m kind of on track so all good.  Plus I’ve provided my feedback on the second month of SPFBO books and chosen two books to read fully one already reviewed here and another review to follow tomorrow).  My next batch of books will be highlighted on Monday.  So, here is my month in covers:


Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

Ahh Mercy, I wonder how much you’re wishing you could turn back time and maybe not announce that everyone in your territory falls under the protection of the pack!  Hindsight.  Yes, things are spiralling for Mercy and her pack.  Instead of the region feeling safe Mercy’s declaration seems to have brought nothing but bad attention and this instalment is another fine example of just how much the stakes are being raised.  Although miniature goat zombies – they were kind of cute.  Sorry, but they were.

I’d had a bit of a break in the Mercy series and fell behind but have had a recent burst of  reading and have now caught up with the latest release.  I’ve really enjoyed the return to the world and to the people and this instalment is no exception, although I confess I loved No.10 which saw Mercy completely out of her comfort zone and also gave Adam some page time.

If you haven’t read the rest of the series and intend to start then take this as fair warning that spoilers may be contained in this review.

This series definitely feels like it’s going to take a turn on the dark side.  This instalment involves lots of bloodshed when powerful witches try to gain the attention of the pack.  There are surprises in store for Adam and the key to everything seems to revolve around the proposed meeting between those humans in authority who want to meet with the powerful fae grey lords.

I have to say, in fact, that things get pretty serious in this one.  There are zombies running amok and some of them are not cute goats.  These witches mean business and they’re not at all related to Glenda the Good.  These witches are bad.  Black magic practitioners, they’ve turned to the dark side in search of power and they’ve crossed the line so many times that the line is now a dot in the distance which they can never return to.  There is a serious takeover challenge on Elizaveta’s turf – I’m talking about really serious.  These witches are not taking prisoners and in fact have a bigger goal in mind.  I won’t say more.

I really enjoyed this instalment, maybe not as much as Silence Fallen, but still fast paced and fraught with danger and I really enjoyed returning to this, I think my short holiday from the storyline gave me a new love for the characters.  And to be honest, the characters are what really make this series.  I’m attached to them and I care what happens and in this story I was genuinely worried.

That’s not to say I didn’t have a couple of issues.  Nothing major but, for example, this does feel a little like a bridging book.  Mercy has unwittingly brought down trouble – although to an extent you can’t help feeling that it was inevitably going to come out anyway with or without Mercy’s intervention, but, at the moment, there is a real sense of things building, and even with all the drama and excitement you can feel that it’s all leading to something else – a big showdown that will make everything that came before look like child’s play perhaps.  Also, I think there were too many diversions in this one – it felt a little like I was being pulled in too many directions.  That being said, I loved the involvement of some of my firm favourites.

Overall, I’m loving this series, of course not every book is going to be equal, this is book No.11 after all so some are going to stand out more than others.  But, taking this series as a whole, looking at the sum of its parts, the growth in terms of character arcs and world development – then this is not just an entertaining and fast paced series that keeps pulling out the stops but it’s also impressive in its vision.  I’m filled with equal measures of anticipation and dread to see what PB puts these characters through next.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

4 out of 5 stars



WeeklyWrap Up : 18th August 2019

My week has been very positive.  Lots of keeping in touch with everyone and actually a very good reading week too.  I have a few reviews lined up although it actually never looks or feels as though I’m really catching up.  Two steps forward, three steps back.  LOL.  But, I’m not stressed – I’ve got so many good books coming up on my schedule that I’m positively delirious with joy.  So, this is what I’ve been reading this week (as well as making some progress with my SPFBO books):

My books:

  1. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  2. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
  3. Missing Person by Sarah Lotz

Next scheduled reads:

  1. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  2. Brightfall Jaime Lee Moyer
  3. The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Queenslayer by Sebastien DeCastell
  3. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  4. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  5. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  6. Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
  7. Missing Person by Sarah Lotz

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

Weekly Wrap Up : 4th August 2019

Hi everyone.  Hope you’ve all had a good week.  Frankly I can’t believe that we’re into August already.  I’ve gone off plan a little this week, I’ve read one book off last week’s list and two others.  Here’s what I’ve been reading:

My books:

  1. Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  2. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  3. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

I’m still reading the House of Sacrifice and I’m hoping to complete the following books over the next week:

Next scheduled reads:

  1. The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
  2. Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
  3. Lord of Secrets by Breanna Teintze
  4. The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Queenslayer by Sebastien DeCastell
  3. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  4. Cry Havoc by Mike Morris
  5. The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs and Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs

Today I’m posting a double whammy, a twofer if you will.  Reviews for Fire Touched and Silence Fallen, numbers 9 and 10 in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

This double review will take a slightly different format than my usual reviews.  I’m going to give the synopsis from Goodreads followed by a short overall write up of my own feelings of each one.

In terms of both books – these were bought on audible and I really enjoyed listening to both – it’s almost like the narrator listened to the voice of Mercy in my head and plucked it straight out of there – painless thankfully and great to listen to.

Be aware that there may be spoilers for earlier books within the series contained below.

So, Fire Touched:

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?

As mentioned above I’m not going to go into the plot.  The book starts off very dramatically indeed with an explosive situation involving a troll killing humans on a bridge spanning the Columbia River.  The regular police are struggling to contain the situation and the pack and Mercy rush to the scene to offer assistance.  The end result is that Mercy makes an offer of protection on behalf of the pack and this offer is going to have repercussions.

A good deal of Fire Touched is about politics, particularly surrounding the fae.  I enjoyed learning more about the whys and wherefores to be honest but I have to confess that the middle of the book felt a little slower than I’m used to compared with the other Mercy books.  In fact, having read No.10 I can now see that some of this was setting up the premise for future plots.  Don’t get me wrong though, this wasn’t a bad read and I did enjoy it for a number of other reasons that had been on my mind in relation to Mercy.

Firstly, Mercy and Adam have such a strong relationship.  They don’t always agree but they can agree to disagree and it never gets boring watching the way the two of them interact with each other – particularly when they’re scared witless that the other one will be hurt.

Secondly, Adam really takes the initiative in this instalment and finally puts his paw down firmly in terms of Mercy and where she stands within the pack.  Not gonna lie – I wanted to give the air a quick punch and say thanks to the Lord – this has felt a long time coming and I can’t deny that I was starting to get a bit disillusioned with Mercy’s standing within the pack.  Adam’s announcement puts paid to all the backbiting (sorry, no pun intended).

Overall this was a good read.  Not my favourite of the series but it certainly sets out the stall for future storylines.

3.5 of 5 stars.

Silence Fallen:

Mercy Thompson 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…

So, if number 9 had something of a set up feel to the storyline then I can say that No.10 picks up the ball and runs rampantly all over the field.  I really enjoyed this instalment.

This was such a refreshing addition to the series.  Basically, Mercy is abducted and finds herself not only in great danger but out of the pack ‘wifi’ zone.  With no connection to speak of she really must rely on her own wits and coyote abilities, particularly as not only has she been taken prisoner by one of the strongest vampires known but she’s also been taken out of the country – into Europe no less.  Vampires and Europe?  Oh yes please.

There is a much greater feeling of threat in this instalment and what made the action even more tense yet easy to keep up with is that Adam takes a bigger role in terms of viewpoint.  I loved getting these extra insights.  You really felt for him, his frustration at having to be diplomatic when he was terrified about what was happening to Mercy and the very real struggle he had keeping his wolf under control when all it wanted to do was break out and cause chaos.  Not to mention something else that I really can’t mention – which I know is very provocative but it was such a jaw dropping moment that I didn’t see coming and so I don’t want to spoil it.

I loved the fear that the vampires create, particularly when some secrets start to be uncovered.  That’s another thing that springs to mind with this series – the layers.  We’re only now really starting to see the myriad layers involved with this supernatural world, much of which has remained hidden to humans but is slowly starting to come into focus.

I loved the shift in place and the addition of Adam’s viewpoint and stronger focus.  This is a series that continues to go from strength to strength with constant revelations and additions to the pack and the supernatural world.

4.5 of 5 stars

And now, I get to read Storm Cursed.  Update soon.