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

Review: MARKED IN FLESH

The Others #4: MARKED IN FLESH

Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop
Read by Alexandra Harris
Book 4 of The Others series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook

 

 

About Marked In Flesh:

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

Source: Info in the About Marked In Flesh was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22062202-marked-in-flesh on 12/03/2016.

 

MARKED IN FLESH by Anne Bishop audiobook

Review:

The narration still has a wonderful voice quality but also have the same non-stop-like reading style which does not take into account changes in scenes. Which makes it difficult to tell when scenes change and the conversation changed. Makes listening to it time-consuming and confusing. Therefore I abandoned the audiobook, again, in lieu of “reading” the ebook. Listening to the audiobook once I’ve read the book is easier because I already know where the scenes changes seeing I already know the story. Because I actually “read” the book instead of “listened” to it, I won’t count the narration this time around. Again.

The wonderful world building and character development has been established a long time ago with Book 1 and still carried on with this book. Also has the same compelling story telling quality which is a trademark I associated with this series. Sure, this book might also have little holes in it, but I am wilfully blind to all of it for the wonderful reading experience this book offers!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 4.5 (15 hours & 21 minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
(Narration = 3)

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

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FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobbok formats of this book were 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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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: MURDER OF CROWS

The Others #2: MURDER OF CROWS

Murder Of Crows by Anne Bishop
Read by Alexandra Harris
Book 2 of the The Others series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback & audiobook

 

About Murder Of Crows:

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Source: Info in the About Murder Of Crows was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17563080-murder-of-crows on 17/08/2013.

 

Excerpt:

Copyright © 2014 Anne Bishop.
(Suggested reading age: 15 years and older.)

Chapter One

Nudged awake by his bedmate’s restless movements, Simon Wolfgard yawned, rolled over on his belly, and studied Meg Corbyn. She’d kicked off most of the covers, which wasn’t good for her since she didn’t have fur and could end up catching a chill. To a terra indigene Wolf, catching something meant you wanted it, and he couldn’t think of a single reason a human would want a chill, but apparently humans did and could catch one in cold weather. And even in the last days of Febros, the Northeast Region of Thaisia was plenty cold. Then again, if she started feeling chilly, she’d cuddle up closer to him, which was sensible since he had a good winter coat and, being a Wolf, liked the closeness.

If someone had told him a few weeks ago that he would befriend a human and care enough to watch over her at night, he would have laughed his tail off. But here he was, in Meg’s apartment in the Green Complex, while his nephew Sam stayed with his sire Elliot at the Wolfgard Complex. Before the attack on the Lakeside Courtyard earlier in the month, he and Sam had cuddled up with Meg to nap or even sleep through the night. But things had happened that night when men had come to abduct Meg and Sam. For one thing, Meg had almost died while saving Sam from those men. For another, something had happened to him on the way to the hospital, causing him to feel out-of-control anger. He had suspicions about what had happened, which was why Sam, who was still a puppy and lacked self-control, no longer slept with him when he curled up with Meg.

Meg told people her height was sixty-three inches because, she said, that sounded taller than being five feet something. She was twenty-four years old, had weird orange hair that was growing out to its natural black, clear gray eyes like some of the Wolves, and fair skin. Strange and fragile skin that scarred so easily.

She was a cassandra sangue,a blood prophet — a female who saw visions and spoke prophecy whenever her skin was cut. Whether it was a formal cut with her special razor or a gash caused by a sharp rock, she saw visions of what could happen in the future.

The Sanguinati referred to females like Meg as sweet blood because, even when they were adults, these women retained the sweetness of a child’s heart. And that sweetness, combined with blood swimming with visions, made them not prey. Made them Namid’s creation, both wondrous and terrible. Maybe made them something more terrible than the terra indigene had imagined.

He would deal with the terrible if and when he had to. For now, Meg was Meg, the Courtyard’s Human Liaison and his friend.

She began making noises and pumping her legs as if she were running.

She couldn’t hear terra indigene speech, but he tried anyway since he didn’t think this was a good chase-a-deer dream. Especially when he was suddenly getting a whiff of fear off of her.

Intending to nudge her awake, he pressed his nose under her ear.

In the dream, Meg heard the monster coming closer and closer. A familiar sound, made terrible by the destruction she knew would follow in its wake. She tried to shout a warning, tried to yell for help, tried to run away from the images that filled her mind.

When something poked her under the ear, she flailed and screamed and kicked as hard as she could. Her foot connected with something. Terrified, she kicked again.

Those kicks were followed by a loud yelp and a thump that had her scrambling to turn on the lamp.

Breathing hard, feeling her pulse pounding in her ears, she first noticed that the bedside table matched the image she had of it just before she went to sleep, except the small clock beside the lamp said three o’clock. Comforted by the familiar, she looked around.

She was not in a sterile cell in a compound controlled by a man who cut her skin for profit. She was in her own bedroom, in her own apartment at the Lakeside Courtyard. And she was alone.

But she hadn’t been alone when she turned off the light a few hours ago. When she’d gone to sleep, there had been a big furry Wolf stretched out beside her.

Grabbing as much of the covers as she could, she laid down and pulled them up to her chin before whispering, “Simon?”

A grunt that sounded like it came from the floor on the other side of the bed. Then a human head came in sight, and Simon Wolfgard stared at her with amber eyes that held flickers of red — a sure sign he was pissed off.

“You awake now?” he growled.

“Yes,” she replied meekly.

“Good.”

She had a glimpse of lean muscle and naked skin before he scrambled under the covers. She turned away from him, her heart pounding with a different kind of fear.

He never slept with her in his human form. What did it mean that he was human now? Did he want . . . sex? She wasn’t . . . She didn’t . . . She wasn’t even sure she could with . . . But what if he expected . . . ?

“S-Simon?” A tremble in her voice.

“Meg?” Still plenty of growl in his voice.

“You’re not a Wolf.”

“I’m always a Wolf.”

“But you’re not a furry Wolf.”

“No, I’m not. And you’re hogging the covers.” That said, he grabbed the covers she was clinging to and yanked.

She tumbled into him. Before she could decide what to do, the covers were around both of them, and he had her pinned between his body and the bed.

“Stop squirming,” he snapped. “If you bruise more than the hip you kicked, I will bite you.”

She stopped squirming, but not because he had threatened to bite her. Prophecies and visions swam in her blood, released when her skin was cut. Simon knew that, so he wouldn’t tear her flesh. But in the past couple of weeks, he’d figured out how to nip her through her clothes hard enough to hurt without damaging skin — Wolf discipline adjusted to dealing with her kind of human.

She’d stumbled into the Lakeside Courtyard seven weeks ago, half-frozen and looking for a job. Simon had threatened to eat her on a regular basis those first few days, which wasn’t his typical way of dealing with employees since most of them would have responded by writing their resignation as they ran for the door. But when the Others discovered she was a blood prophet on the run from the man who had owned her, they had chosen to treat her as one of their own. And protect her as one of their own, especially after she fell through the ice and almost drowned while leading an enemy away from Simon’s nephew Sam. Which was why, since her return from the hospital, she went to sleep every night with Simon curled up beside her, on guard.

She’d be less happy about the lack of nighttime privacy if that furry body didn’t make such a difference in keeping her warm.

Was that why her apartment was always chilly, so she wouldn’t make a fuss about Simon sleeping with her? It hadn’t occurred to her to make a fuss about it because he was a Wolf. Except now he wasn’t a wolfy-looking Wolf, and Simon as a human in bed with her felt . . . different. Confusing. Threatening in a way she didn’t want to explain.

But furry or not, he was still warm and he wasn’t doing anything, and it was still too early to think about getting up, so this was something . . . to ponder . . . tomorrow.

She started to drift back to sleep when Simon gave her a little shake and said, “What scared you?”

She should have known he wouldn’t let it go. And maybe he was right not to let it go. Her abilities as a prophet had changed since she’d escaped from the compound and ended up living with the Others. She was more sensitive now, to the point where she didn’t always need to cut her skin to see visions — especially if they concerned her in some way.

The images were fading. She knew there were already things she’d seen in the dream that she couldn’t recall. Would she remember anything by morning? And yet, even the thought of recalling the dream made her shudder.

“It was nothing,” she said, wanting to believe it. “Just a dream.” Even blood prophets had ordinary dreams. Didn’t they?

“It scared you enough that you kicked me off the bed. That’s not nothing, Meg.” Simon’s arm tightened around her. “And just so you know? You may be small, but you kick like a moose. Which is something I’m telling the rest of the Wolves.”

Great. Just what she needed. Yep, that’s our Liaison. Meg Moosekicker.

But the dominant Wolf and leader of the Courtyard was waiting for an answer.

“I heard a sound,” she said quietly. “I should know what it is, but I can’t identify it.”

“A sound from your lessons?” he asked just as quietly, referring to the training she’d received in the compound in order to recognize what she saw or heard in prophecies.

“From the lessons,” she agreed, “but from here too. And it’s not a single sound, but many things that, combined, have a single meaning.”

A moment of thoughtful silence. “All right. What else?”

She shivered. He curled around her in response, and she felt warmer. Safe.

“Blood,” she whispered. “It’s winter. There’s snow on the ground, and that snow is splashed with blood. And I saw feathers.” She turned her head to look at him. “That’s why I was trying to scream, trying to get someone to listen. I saw broken black feathers stuck in the bloody snow.”

Simon studied her. “You could see them? It’s not dark out?”

She thought for a moment, then shook her head. “Daylight. Not bright sun, but daylight.”

“Did you recognize the place?”

“No. I don’t remember anything in the dream that indicated where, except there was snow.”

Simon reached across her and turned off the light. “In that case, go back to sleep, Meg. We’ll chase this prey in the morning.”

He stretched out beside her and fell asleep almost immediately, just like he did when he was in Wolf form. Except he wasn’t in Wolf form, and she didn’t know how to tell him that having him sleeping beside her, looking and feeling like a human male, had changed something between them.

Source: Info in the Excerpt was taken from the author’s website at http://www.annebishop.com/b.murder.crows.exc.html on 14/12/2013.

 

Tess The Harvester

Review:

The image here is how I imagine Tess would look when she gets angry and her hair starts to turn red. For those of you who have read this book, does this picture match the image of Tess you have in your mind?

World building. I’ve read a blog criticizing the world building of The Others series. Fine, they are entitled to their own opinions. And maybe they are even right. I guess that if you go through the world building with a fine-toothed comb then you’ll probably find a lot of holes. But I want my fantasy. And don’t wanna see the holes. So I turn a blind eye to it. Besides, the compellingness of the story telling quality makes it very easy to suspend disbelief. Plus, the enjoyable reading time I get out of the book makes it very easy to be willfully blind.

By the title alone of this book, I got worried about Jenny and Jake Crowgard. It is a testament to the mastery of the character development that they have now become like close friends and of course I don’t want them murdered in book 2! But, I am not giving out spoilers. so if you want to know if Jen and Jake died, you just have to read the book.

At the end of it, I was very happy with the book and looking forward to Vision In Silver next year.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 4.5(18hours & 33minutes listening time)
Plot = 4.5
(Narration = 3)

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Others Series:

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Review: FERAL SINS

FERAL SINS audiobook

Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright
Book 1 of the The Phoenix Pack series
Read by Jill Redfield
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback & audiobookSamsung Galaxy Note audiobook
 


About Feral Sins:

Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills – and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him. When he makes her a tempting proposal that will benefit both of them, the strong-willed healer has to decide whether escaping an unwelcomed bond with Roscoe is worth the risks of mating with Trey, no matter how temporary their allegiance is intended to be.

Source: Info in the About Feral Sins was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15949671-feral-sins on 01/07/2013.

 

FERAL SINS paperback

Review:

I bought this audiobook because I liked the sound of the sample that I heard at audible. But me being me, have to buy the paperback to go with the audiobook. And this book got read/listened to. The narration is about the best feature of this book. The plot is a bit thin on the ground. Straightforward escape from under dad’s thumb and into prince charming’s arms and they lived happily ever after. And that’s it. I believe that the plot is not there for the story per sey but as a framework to the sex. So that the sex wouldn’t be just wham bam thank you ma’am, but has a story to go with it as well. As such it worked well. But nothing more. So this book could almost be classified as an erotica. In other words, paranormal porn. The story telling quality wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t that riveting either. It was so, so. But what really brought the rating for this book down is the ambiguity of the world building. I’m not sure whether the world of shapeshifters is a common knowledge in the general population or whether it is only known to select human authorities. That hasn’t been made clear. Now, I am an urban fantasy geek so I love vampires, shapeshifters and all manners of paranormal elements. So automatically this book ought to be a good one for me. But despite the paranormal elements in the book, it felt a bit lackluster for me. And then the author showed a lack of understanding about canines. If you are writing about wolves, the least you can do is research wolf behaviour. Their ears flatten with tips pointing back, not straight up, when they growl aggression. This brought the suspension of disbelief considerably down. But like I said, the story telling quality wasn’t that bad and the narration was good, so can’t give this book a less than three.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3
Character development = 3
Story itself = 3
Ending = 4
World building = 2
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 4.5
 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Phoenix Pack Series:

28/03/2014 Posted by | 3 cherries, audiobook, book review, Cherry's reviews, Jill Redfield, review, shape shifter, Suzanne Wright, The Phoenix Pack series, urban fantasy, wolf | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: TAKEN

Taken by Lilith Saintcrow
A stand-alone Harlequin paperback.

Genre: adult urban fantasy romance

About Taken:

Sophie Wilson never believed she was special. Avoiding a violent ex, she can’t remember the last time she felt truly safe. Then vampires murder her best friend and Sophie is kidnapped by a dangerously sexy shapeshifter.

Zach insists Sophie is a shaman–someone with a rare gift for taming a shifter’s savage side–and he needs her to help him save his pack. Now, with a malevolent enemy closing in, Sophie and Zach must risk everything on a bond that may be their only salvation…

Source: Info in the About Taken was taken from the author’s website at http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/the-books/taken/ on 21/06/2011.

My Thoughts:

I’ve read this author’s previous work before but I did not like Strange Angels. However this author has such a compelling author’s voice that I decided to give her work another go. Besides another book blogger said that her Lilith Saintcrow persona writes differently from her Lili St. Crow one. So I reasoned to myself that in this work, the things I did not like in Strange Angels might not be there anymore. However, Lilith Saintcrow still has a penchant for stupid heroines. Although this time around it’s not so bad. Besides, it was in line with the character’s personality make-up. Which made the character just this side of annoying. I would give the character development a 3 out of 5.

The “author’s voice” is still good in this book but for some reason it did not feel as good as it was with Strange Angels. Don’t get me wrong, it is still compelling, just not as compelling as I remember it to be with Strange Angels. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5.

The cover could use a little bit of lightening up. I know the fantasy noir is high up in the market at the moment but it didn’t quite work with this cover art.

The world building is not only very good, it’s masterful! Lilith Saintcrow brought the world of the Carcajou wolves come to life very vividly! I’ll have to give it a 5 out of 5.

Overall, I did enjoy this book although not as much as I expected, given that Lilith Saintcrow has such a compelling “author’s voice“. Overall, I’d say that this book is a 4 out of 5.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story Telling Quality = 4.5
World Building = 5
Character Development = 3
Plot = 3
Pace = 4
Story Itself = 4
Ending = 4

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

07/01/2012 Posted by | book review, Cherry's reviews, Lilith Saintcrow, paranormal romance, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy, wolf | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

WW28: CLAIRE DE LUNE

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WW28 book offering : CLAIRE DE LUNE by Christine Johnson

Page 28, 1st Sentence:

It connected with a sickening sound, like glass being crushed underfoot.

About CLAIRE DE LUNE:

Welcome to the Mysterious World of Claire de Lune
Hanover Falls hasn’t had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years. Seattle, Copenhagen, Osaka–they’ve had plenty of attacks. But when humans begin dying in Claire Benoit’s town, the panic spreads faster than a rumor at a pep rally. At Claire’s sixteenth birthday party, the gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about. But the big news in Claire’s mind is the fact that Matthew Engle–high-school soccer god and son of a world-renowned lycanthropy expert–notices her. And flirts with her. A lot…

Source: Info in the About CLAIRE DE LUNE was taken from the author’s website at http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com/ on 19/07/2010.

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10/11/2010 Posted by | WW28 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment