Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book 37: Bone Crossed

Bone Crossed by Briggs is the fourth installment in the Mercy Thompson series. As Mercy struggles to recover from the final events of the third book, her friend Stephen suddenly appears in her house warning her that Marsilia, the leader of the local seethe, knows Mercy was responsible for the death of one of her vampires and will be coming for her. Adam protects Mercy by making her a member of his pack and warning the vampires that the wolves will step in to protect Mercy, who is now Adam's declared mate. While the wolves and vampires negotiate, Mercy travels to Portland with Stephen for backup to try to help an old friend with a troublesome ghost. The ghost turns out to be more dangerous than Mercy expected, but he is still not as dangerous as her friend's dinner guest, a solitary vampire nicknamed the monster who wants to add Mercy to his collection of sheep.

Another fun-filled read that I would recommend for ages 18 and up.

Book 36: Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs is the first full length novel in her Alpha and Omega series picking up where her short story ended. Anna's apartment is packed up, and she travels with Charles back to his home in Montana. Charles continues to heal from his injuries received in Chicago while he and Anna spend some time getting to know one another better, but a recent rise in attacks nearby interrupts them. Charles' father, the Marrok, send his son and Anna out into the wilderness to hunt what they believe to be a rogue werewolf. Instead they find a much more dangerous opponent, a black witch with power to use the magic of their pack bonds against them, and an unexpected ally. Together they must stop the witch from gaining control of the Marrok's pack and through him all of the packs in North America.

An entertaining tale that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't put down. I heartily recommend it for ages 18 and up.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book 35: The Colossus Rises

The Colossus Rises by Lerangis is the first book in the Seven Wonders series which I picked up to preread as a possibility for my picky 10 yob, who has finished reading the Percy Jackson series. Jack McKinley has grown up as an ordinary boy until one day he collapses in the middle of the street and is whisked away to a strange island hospital run by Professor Bhegad. He is told that he and the other three kids at the hospital have a genetic trait inherited from a prince of the lost city of Atlantis which will kill him in six months. The only chance for a cure lies in finding seven magic Loculi stolen long ago before the fall into the wrong hands and returning them to their original location which is also currently unknown.

An interesting premise, I enjoyed the first book enough to give the next two currently available in the series, but I haven't decided if I'll pass them on to the kids yet. I would say the books are appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Book 34: Iron Kissed

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs is the third book in her Mercy Thompson series. After the loan of fae weapons for hunting vampires in the previous book, Mercy owes her friends Zee and Uncle Mike a favor. A series of murders on the fae reservation with no magical traces left behind has the local fae council stumped, so they ask Mercy to come check the scents at the various sites to try to identify the killer. Mercy successfully identifies the intruder as the human guard who had let them onto the reservation; but when Zee and Uncle Mike go to his home to confront him, they find him dead, and Zee is arrested for his murder. The gray lords who rule the fae seem content to let Zee take the blame to quickly close the case, but Mercy is convinced that he is innocent and is determined to prove it. She soon discovers that several fae artifacts were also stolen from the homes of the victims and focuses her sight on a human group who are against the fae looking for an accomplice to the murderers and turns to the werewolves for help when she finds herself outmatched.

As with the previous books in the series, a well written fun summer read that I would recommend for ages 18 and up.

Book 33: Blood Bound

Blood Bound by Briggs is the second installment in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy's vampire friend asks her to accompany him to deliver a message to another vampire. The new vampire turns out to be a sorcerer turned vampire, and the body count is starting to rise so the wolves and vampires join forces to hunt him. The hunters become the hunted and disappear. The head of the vampire seethe asks Mercy to go with another of her vampires to hunt the sorcerer and find the missing wolves and vampire because coyotes are supposed to be natural vampire hunters.

Another fun read that I would recommend for ages 18 and up.

Book 32: Moon Called

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is the first book in her Mercedes Thompson series. Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote who grew up with a pack of werewolves before moving to Washington state and working as a mechanic. Her back fence neighbor is the local alpha. Her former boss and friend is Fae, and she's fixing an old VW that belongs to a vampire. Then a new wolf shows up on her doorstep looking for work. Mercy protects him when some strange wolves and humans come to her shop after him and introduces him to the local alpha explaining how he had been attacked, changed, caged, and injected with experimental drugs. That night the house of the local alpha Adam is attacked. Mac the new wolf is killed, Adam wounded, and his daughter Jesse kidnapped. Mercy takes the matter to Bran the Marrok, who sends his son Samuel to help. Together they try to find Jesse and figured out who is behind the experimental drugs.

An excellent, fluffy, fun read that I would recommend for ages 18 and up.

Book 31: On the Prowl

On the Prowl is a collection of four short stories by different fantasy authors.

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs is the launching point of Brigg's Alpha and Omega series of books with a deeper focus on the werewolf community than her Mercedes Thompson series. Anna, an abused werewolf in the Chicago pack, decides to call the Marrok, the head of all the wolf packs in North America, to report that she had seen a missing teenager from a recent newspaper article at her alpha's home. The Marrok, who had already been made aware of the situation, directs her to meet his son Charles at the airport and leaves Charles a message to stay with Anna and protect her while investigating the events in Chicago. The results of which will change her life forever.

The other stories include "Inhuman" by Wilks, "Buying Trouble" by Chance, and "Mona Lisa" by Sunny. I completely enjoyed Briggs' story. It was well written with enough plot twists to keep it interesting and sufficient character development to catch my interest enough to read the next book in the series. The three other stories were so-so. The characters didn't really catch my interest and the world in which those characters lived were more confusing and not as well developed. None of them caught my interest enough to try the later books. I would recommend reading just the first story as a precursor to enjoying Briggs' Alpha and Omega books, but wouldn't recommend bothering with the other stories.