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Friday, 5 July 2019

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

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


FTC Disclosure:
This book, in all it's purchased formats, was bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

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


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

Sunday, 19 May 2019

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



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

 
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