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SILENCE FALLEN

 

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Book 10 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King and George Newbern
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Silence Fallen:

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..

Source: Info in the About Silence Fallen was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30687916-silence-fallen on 12/03/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

This is the first time that I have heard a book in this series where there are two narrators and it suited this book well. I guess that is why they chose to do it so. It made listening to the book very pleasant indeed! It added a little bit of a different flavour to the story than I would have had if I just read the book. I also like the fact that the author added a little twist in the end! That made the plot of this book the best yet in this series. And then there is the fact that I am an old die hard fan of these books already so I might just end up fan raving in this review… great world building…. great characters…. compelling story telling quality….

Can’t wait for next year and get my hands on the next book!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:
Click on the cover image to go to my review or to the GoodReads page of the book for more info.
                   

 

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

13/03/2017 Posted by | 5 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, kindle ebook, review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: FIRE TOUCHED

 

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Book 9 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About Fire Touched:

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

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?

Source: Info in the About Fire Touched was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25776210-fire-touched on 08/03/2016.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve been eagerly awaiting for this book for a year!! Then I had to read it slowly to savour it and make it last. Still too quick a read… The reason I was so looking forward to reading this book was because I wanted to know what happens to Joel as a member of the pack and how the pack is doing with Joel in it… And I was happy to say I got what I wanted… but… I wanted more!!! And I have to wait another year for the next book! How cruel is that?!! Good thing I have Marked In Flesh to read after this book to stave off the withdrawal symptoms I usually have after reading a good book and nothing else to read next. Or at least nothing as good to read next.

So the world building and character development were already established in book one and continues on to be fantastic in this book. Same goes with the story telling quality. Ok, so I am a die-hard fan of this series (so consider me raving already). Surprisingly, I cannot get into the offshoot seires which is the Alpha And Omega. Tried and failed to get into it… maybe I’ll try again later… Anyway, this book was a fantastic read, as usual with a Mercy Thompson book!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:
Click on the cover image to go to my review or to the GoodReads page of the book for more info.
                   
 

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

27/04/2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ARALORN: MASQUES & WOLFSBANE

 

ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs
Books 1 & 2 of the Aralorn series
Read by Katherine Kellgren
Genre: fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane:

After an upbringing of proper behaviour and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. But her latest mission involves more peril than she ever imagined.

Agents of Sianim have asked her to gather intelligence on the increasingly popular and powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae’Magi. Soon Aralorn comes to see past the man’s striking charisma – and into a soul as corrupt and black as endless night. And few have the will to resist the sinister might of the ae’Magi and his minions.

So Aralorn, aided by her enigmatic companion, Wolf, joins the rebellion against the ae’Magi. But in a war against a foe armed with the power of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is – or where he will strike next?

This omnibus edition contains the two titles MASQUES and WOLFSBANE.

Source: Info in the About ARALORN: Masques & Wolfsbane was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16074463-aralorn on 26/04/2015.

 

My Thoughts:

I was in an “In-Between-Good-Books” funk and looking for something to read. Since I am an old Patricia Briggs fan with the Mercedes Thompson series, I went looking for more of her work to read. Thus this book got bought and read. I was a bit apprehensive going into this one because I came across polarized reviews about this book/series. Plus, there was the intro by Patricia Briggs where she went on to say that this was her first work and did not sell too well back then. However I was hoping I won’t be too disappointed given that she has edited it extensively since then. So I went into this book “hopeful” but not with raised expectations. Which was good! Because if I went into this book with high expectations, I think I would have been disappointed. As it is, I enjoyed the book just the way it is, with no disappointments. I would say that this book was not as good as the Mercedes Thompson series but not a disappointment either. In fact, it was more than just a “not a disappointment”, it was good! The storytelling quality is the same Patricia Briggs good. The plot however tend to meander a bit which was not her usual style. The world building was also not as good as I would have expected of this author either. However, the narration was bang-on. I like Katherine Kellgren‘s interpretation of the book. The voice quality is not as pleasing as Johanna Parker but I agree with her interpretation. Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 


 

16/06/2015 Posted by | audiobook review, book review, kindle review, review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: NIGHT BROKEN

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Book 8 of the Mercy Thompson series
Narrated by Lorelei King
Genre: adult urban fantasy
Format: hardback & audiobookAudiobook

 


About Night Broken:

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.

Source: Info in the About Night Broken was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17562900-night-broken on 10/04/2014.

 

Tibecena

My Thoughts:

I am already an old Patricia Briggs fan. And this book only reconfirmed to me why I liked this author so much! It was kinda slow start though. Not very slow, but slower than I expected a Patricia Briggs book would be. However it picked up after a few chapters in, and it just kept getting better! When I first started reading this book, I kinda groaned and thought that I was gonna be reading another volcano god retelling. I’ve just re-watched the Angel TV series’ version of it after I’ve seen the Grimm TV series’ version of it too. The theme has been around the block a few times already. So I thought I knew what was going to happen already. Chemically freeze-dry the volcano being, right? I was glad to find out in the end that I was way off mark. This book is not about volcano beings like the Angel and Grimm TV shows, this is about relationships and bonds. Way off mark. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!… Then there was a lot of descriptive narration about how the enemy looked. As if the author could not impress it enough to the readers that one of the bad guys’ forms is supposed to be an evil version of a Tibecena dog breed. So I googled it to facilitate the image in my head and viola! But, this image of a Tibecena looks like a big softie. I prefer this to the evil one… And before I knew it I was at the end and couldn’t wait to read the next book! Which of course will come out next year! And that is the only downside of this book.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 5
Writing Style = 5
Plot = 4.5
Pace = 5
Story Itself = 5
Ending = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:
Click on the cover image to go to my review or to the GoodReads page of the book for more info.

20/04/2014 Posted by | 5 cherries, book review, Cherry's reviews, Lorelei King, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy, wolf | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: DRAGON BONES

Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
Book 1 of the Hurog doulogy
Read by Joe Manganiello
Format: audiobook
Genre: high fantasy

About Dragon Bones:

Riding into a war that’s heating up on the border, Ward, the new lord of Herzog, is sure he’s on the fast track to glory. But soon his mission takes a deadly turn. For he has seen a pile of magical dragon bones hidden deep beneath Hurog Keep. The bones could prove to be dangerous in the wrong hands, and Ward is certain his enemies will stop at nothing to possess them.

Source: Info in the About Dragon Bones was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123408.Dragon_Bones on 17/11/2011.

MyThoughts:

Okey, so I bought this audiobook because I wanna listen to Joe Manganiello‘s deep timbre. Can you blame me? Anyway, I like his voice so that makes the narrator a 5 out of 5, right? Well, the thing is I had to buy the paperback as well because there were parts I couldn’t quite understand and had to replay them a few times before I get it. Having the book to read as well makes it easier for me. But I am pretty sure this is a fault on my part rather than Joe Manganiello‘s narration. And besides he is not really a professional audiobook reader like Johanna Parker and Jenna Lamia, now is he? He is a model, for Christ’s sake!! Look at him! –>

However, Patricia Briggsstory telling quality is masterful! As per usual. And since I am a long time Patricia Briggs fan, that is biased as well. I am just disappointed that there isn’t much dragons in this book. When I first encountered this book, I was expecting a dragon or two, by it’s title. But more like just dragon remains, i.e., dragon bones. And if you are like me, a dragon freak, then that is a downer, because I like to see dragons flying. Anyway, Patricia Briggs‘ world building makes up for it because it is simply fabulous!! As you might have surmised by now that I really loved listening to this book… so I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = N/A
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

Book(s) In This Series:
Click image to go to GoodReads.

23/12/2011 Posted by | audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, high fantasy, Hurog doulogy, Patricia Briggs, review | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

WW28: RIVER MARKED

WW28
A chance to showcase your favourite!

  • First you grab our Wicked Wednesday pic.
  • Then you grab a book. Turn to page 28. Take the first sentence. And then you post it in your site with a link back to WW28.
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WW28 book offering : River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

“I have a request,” I told Adam, as he handed the parking ticket to the lady in the booth.

For such a good book we have to hit the lamest sentence in it ever!

About River Marked:

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

Source: Info in the About River Marked was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8087906 on 28/04/2011.

24/08/2011 Posted by | Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, urban fantasy, WW28 | , , , | 2 Comments

Review: SILVER BORNE

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book 5 of the Mercy Thompson series

Genre: adult urban fantasy

About Silver Borne:

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live…

Source: Info in the About Silver Borne was taken from the GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6587387 on 27/05/2011.

My Thoughts:

The story telling quality is masterful as per usual with Patricia Briggs. Simply compelling! I also like the way the story veered off from being too dark like the previous books were. And I liked that! Liked that a lot! It didn’t detract from the quality of the story or book whatsoever, it just makes it a whole lot less disturbing for us readers, and for me in particular, and I prefer it like that. This being the 5th book in the series, I’ve said most of what I can say about this book in my review of the previous books. The world building and character development is simply wonderful! Keep in mind that my assessment might no longer be objective. Being a long-time Mercy Thompson fan, I am admittedly biased. I love this series and this book did not disappoint! Pace? I inhaled this book overnight, so I would say the pace is pretty fast.

A salient point in this book is Sam the Wolf’s appearance. Although this is not the center stage of this story, it did occupy a relatively big part of the stage. I’m not going to say much about it or I will be giving out spoilers… however I imagine Sam as this big white wolf pic here. I think it fits Sam very well.

Overall this is another brilliant installment to the Mercy Thompson series and I would give it a 5 out of 5!

Empirical evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 5
Writing Style = 5
Plot = 4.5
Pace = 5
Story Itself = 4.5
Ending = 5

Overall Rating 5 out of 5 cherries

Books In This Series:
Click on the cover image to go to my review or the GoodReads page of the book for more info.

06/06/2011 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, review, urban fantasy | , , , , | 2 Comments

IN THE MAIL: RIVER MARKED

I would like to thank the wonderful people at DearAuthor.com for hosting a contest which made it possible for me to win a copy of River Marked by Patricia Briggs which arrived yesterday!

River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Book 6 of the Mercy Thompson series

About River Marked:

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

Source: Info in the About River Marked was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8087906 on 28/04/2011

29/04/2011 Posted by | ACE/ROC, ARC, in the mail, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, urban fantasy | , , , , , | 1 Comment