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BURN BRIGHT

 

BURN BRIGHT by Patricia Briggs (audiobook)

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Holter Graham
Book 5 of the Alpha & Omega series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audio

 


About Burn Bright:

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf — but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills — his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker — to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

Source: Info in the About Burn Bright was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35294265-burn-bright on 03/02/2018.

 

BURN BRIGHT by Patricia Briggs (UK over)

My Thoughts:

I find Holter Graham‘s words are not very clear and distinct so I am so very glad of kindle’s whisper sync feature where you can read the ebook and listen to the narration at the same time. Otherwise I would not have bought just the audiobook by this narrator. Having said that, I find Holter Graham‘s reading of this book is not as slurred as the previous book.

Patricia Briggs surprised me with the plotting with this book. I’m not really used to twists in urban fantasy. Most of the time they’re formulaic. so kudos to the author for the story building!! Not to mention the masterful story telling quality and wonderful world building, as usual! Now its post-great-read-depression!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5 (US)
Pace = (9 hrs and 47 mins listening time)
Plot = 5
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Alpha & Omega Series:

             

 

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, in all it’s purchased formats, was bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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SHIFTING SHADOWS

 

SHIFTING SHADOWS by Patricia Briggs (UK over)

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Alexander Cendese and Lorelei King
Novellas in the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson serieses
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 


About Shifting Shadows:

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”

Source: Info in the About Shifting Shadows was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821263-shifting-shadows on 07/02/2018.

 

SHIFTING SHADOWS by Patricia Briggs (audio)

My Thoughts:

I believe that these collection of short stories or novellas in the world of Mercy Thompson would have been better read chronologically within the series’ timeline. As it is, I read them in one bulk as given here in this anthology after I’ve read the books that has been published already thus far. And a few of those books were read, like, donkey’s years ago, that I have forgotten the events in those stories already. This kind of diminished my enjoyment of the little stories here, however, I would still read them even though it is no longer according to chronological order because they are good reads. And I am a die-hard Mercy Thompson fan. Little bits of morsel to savour. Most of these little stories are like little snippets with in which the ending and the start was in the books in the series, therefore, if you haven’t read the books, it would not make a lot of sense and I presume that it would just be more frustrating than an enjoyable read. So caution to those who are not followers of this urban fantasy world. This anthology book is so not a good place to start reading about the Mercy Thompson world or the Alpha & Omega series.

Plot… some of the short stories does not have much of a plot because it is just a little slice of the bigger story in whatever book in which the short story fits into the Mercy Thompson timeline. So, in so many ways, the plot rating does not apply to this anthology. However, even though the stories here are just short and/or snippets, the wonderful story telling quality that is the trademark of this author still shines through, that is why this book remains a good read despite all my whining about it.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4
Story itself = (N/A)
Writing Style = 4
Ending = (N/A)
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (14 hours & 52 minutes)
Plot = (N/A)
Narration = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 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.

                     

 

Books In The Alpha & Omega Series:

             

 

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, in all it’s purchased formats, was bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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DEAD HEAT

 

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs (US over)

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Holter Graham
Book 3 of the Alpha & Omega series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 


About Dead Heat:

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.

Source: Info in the About Dead Heat was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22571699-dead-heat on 03/02/2018.

 

DEAD HEAT by Patricia Briggs (UK over)

My Thoughts:

I dove straight into this book right after Fair Game because by then I became a rabid fan of this series.

Why can’t they keep Dan delos Santos‘ amazing cover art??! Somebody needs to clue in the UK art department that their cover art sucks!

This would be the second book I’ve listened to by Holter Graham. I have forgotten his halting way of reading. And he doesn’t pause or give any indication that the scene has changed and suddenly the story lines does not make sense so I have to go read the ebook for that part to understand what is going on. That made the pace a whole lot longer than the 11 hours listening time that this book is supposed to be. And then there’s the way he gives some characters a slurring way of talking, ala Al Capone or some such Italian mobsta. This made his words indistinct, and so not a desirable trait.

On the up side, this book has the same wonderful story telling quality and world building that this author is famous for! So needless to say that I enjoyed this book despite all my whining! The horse talk though, went right over my head.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (11 hours & 25 minutes)
Plot = 4
Narration = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Alpha & Omega Series:

             

 

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, in all it’s purchased formats, was bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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FAIR GAME

 

FAIR GAME

Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Book 3 in the Alpha & Omega series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & paperback

 


About Fair Game:

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves — all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

Source: Info in the About Fair Game was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7942786-fair-game on 01/02/2018.

 

FAIR GAME

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in the series that got tantric magic in it, even including the original Mercy Thompson series. That was unexpected… With Hunting Ground, I was not so very enthusiastic about this series despite me being a big fan of Patricia Briggs. However by this book I became a devotee of this series. It finally got its hook on me after all these years! The darkness of the first novella which was the first entry into this series is now far, far away… So now I got to enjoy this author’s marvellous story telling quality again without that darkness looming over my reader’s head. So I enjoyed another great read from Patricia Briggs! What ticks me off though is the ugly cover art of the UK edition of this book! Why can’t they keep Dan delos Santos‘ amazing art??! And the Anna depiction of the UK cover art is not even apropos to the story! Whats that all about!! So the cover art rating I gave for this book relates to the US cover as opposed to the UK cover.

 

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

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Alpha & Omega Series:
         

 

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.

 

05/06/2019 Posted by | 4.5 cherries, AlphaOmega series, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy, werewolves | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

STORM CURSED

 

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Book 11 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King and George Newbern
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback, ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Storm Cursed:

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it.

Source: Info in the About Storm Cursed was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25026912-storm-cursed on 02/09/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Being an old fan of Mercy Thompson, I have probably said all that I have to say about this book in my reviews of previous books in this series. Nevertheless, it is still true that this book is masterfully written and a wonderful read! However, I am not sure why this book is titled Storm Cursed though… and the ending was slightly drawn-out.
 

Now that Mercy has discovered her new affinity for zombies, I wonder what this new ability will do for her and for the pack in the future… and what would now happen to Wulfe, after his encounter with the Hardesty witches… and after Mercy told him to be “at peace”.

 

Looking forward to the next 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 = 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.

 


 

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

 

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HUNTING GROUND

 

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Book 2 of the Alpha & Omega series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & paperback

 


About Hunting Ground:

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either.

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything.

Source: Info in the About Hunting Ground was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5292853-hunting-ground on 27/01/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

I stopped reading this series for a long while because I did not like the torture and rape that was the story of the first entry into this series, the Alpha & Omega novella, in the On The Prowl anthology book. But after several years. I forgot my annoyance and picked this series up again. Which is good because I like Patricia Briggs! And it is something good to read while waiting for the next Mercy Thompson book to come out. However by the end of this book I was also a fan of this series as well. There was a hole in the plot which I am vigorously ignoring however it still irritated me. A little. And that sank the rating of this book down, not down to the sand, but almost. But that didn’t keep me from buying the next books in this series, in two or three different formats!

So the sum of the parts should rate this book a whole lot more than 3.5. And I was ambivalent about the final rating about this book. Sometimes it felt like a 3, and sometimes it felt like a 4 or more. In the end, I settled for 3.5, and by the way, no Patricia Briggs book is ever going to rate a less than 3.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 3

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Alpha & Omega Series:

 

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.

www.patriciabriggs.com | facebook | twitter | goodreads | Amazon

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all its formats, were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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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.

www.patriciabriggs.com | facebook | twitter | goodreads | Amazon | Tumblr

 


 

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

 

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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.

 

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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

 


 

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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:
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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