Urban Fantasy

White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) By: Ilona Andrews

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White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) By: Ilona Andrews

Plot:

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor “Mad” Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice . . .

Review:

Oh my god!!! Ahhhhh!!!! Why is it over already? Why? Arghhhhhhhhhhh

I’m going to try and pull myself together, but I’m finding it difficult. When White Hot came out I decided to re-read Burn For Me again since it had been a few months. It actually came out way back in 2014 but due to a missed deadline and a packed scheduled the sequel, White Hot didn’t get released until May 30th 2017. That’s a pretty big gap, especially for Ilona Andrews, because of that the third book, Wildfire, is coming out in July. So I don’t have long to wait, which is nice, but still I’m already thinking about re-reading them both all over again.

I really, really like this world. I like the magic system, love Nevada, and I really love the supporting cast. Mad Rogan grew on me, though, he’s still the weakest part, in my opinion. He’s getting fleshed out, but I’m kind of getting tired of the supreme badass thing. He’s a not as cool Curran, which is the main dude in her Kate Daniels series. Maybe given a few more books he’ll really grow on me, but this is currently only planned as a trilogy so who knows.

Man, I really hope this is more than three books. I really love the characters and world a lot and don’t know if I’ll be done with them after three books. We’ll see. I vaguely remember Ilona Andrews saying they’d write more books whether Avon, their publisher, published them or not. I’ll have to go back and find where I read that to make sure it’s not just wishful thinking.

Once again, I’m sorry, Ilona Andrews book reviews for me are pretty horrible. For whatever reason reading their books is like taking a hit of cocaine, or so I imagine, and I just can’t think of anything other than holy fucking shit that was awesome!

5/5

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Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) By: Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) By: Patricia Briggs

Plot:

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…
 

Review:

I put off reading this book as long as I could because I just knew that it would swallow me whole and I wouldn’t want to do the things that I needed to do, like take care of my children. When I finally did start reading, I didn’t have a difficult time putting it down. Part of that was because I’m so behind on sleep and some of the time I was reading was during night time nursing sessions. The other part of that was because I just didn’t like the story as much.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I love the characters, Mercy, Adam, and all the side characters, but most of them weren’t even in the story. Mercy was in Europe because she was abducted by the Lord of the Night or whatever he called himself. He’s been mentioned in other books and I was expecting someone super scary or something and he was a major let down. Adam was of course there, but the rest of the pack wasn’t. Also, I totally guessed the big “twist” and wasn’t shocked by it at all.

I love Patricia Briggs and everything that she’s written and I’d really love to give this book 5 stars because it was still good, but I almost feel like it was a paint by numbers Mercy Thompson book. Coyote showed up, Mercy got into trouble, she got herself out, Adam nearly lost control of his wolf because he was worried about her, etc… The formatting was also different in this book. I didn’t mind the jumps from point of view from Mercy to Adam, but the fact that the POVs didn’t line up was annoying and I honestly didn’t see why it was done it added nothing to the story.

All in all, the book was good, better than most urban fantasy out there, but I don’t think it lived up to the quality I’ve come to expect from Patricia Briggs.

4/5

Side note: I’m a big new Doctor Who fan but I thought the references were overdone. Matt Smith? Even the title is a call to one of the big bads. It really dates the story, I know there are pop culture references in the other books, but for whatever reason they were too much for me in this one.

Magic to the Bone (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #7) By: Annie Bellet

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Magic to the Bone (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #7) By: Annie Bellet

Plot:

Bruised, battered, but not even close to broken, Jade and her friends must reunite, and get ready to take out her psycho ex once and for all. Leveled up and wiser, Jade stands a chance this time.

As long as she takes out Samir BEFORE he turns into a god…

Review:

Finally the conclusion to the big bad. I was excited about that but like the last few books I thought this one was really short. There was also the whole no re-introduction to the characters so you better remember who they all are thing.

I’ve really liked the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series, a lot, but there were a few things I wish had been done better, namely the two things I just mentioned.

I love that the heroine is strong and smart and that she and her man don’t feel the need to dominate and control each other. I do think the relationship needs to be fleshed out more, at least in these last few books. Which really just adds into the whole these books became way too short. There wasn’t enough relationship or world building overall. It all felt really rushed and broken up. Maybe if the last three books had been combined into one it wouldn’t have felt that way.

I’m curious to see where Bellet goes next in this series. There’s a book about Harper as well as another about Jade showing up in this series.

4/5

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) By: Ilona Andrews

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Magic Binds (Kate Daniels #9) By: Ilona Andrews

Plot:

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Review:

A lot happened in this book. A whole lot. Even with that, though, I never felt over whelmed or on edge. I didn’t feel much urgency, which kind of makes me sad. The book was good, very good even, but I not once doubted that Kate and her entire crew would make it out alive. On the one hand I’m glad of that because I love them all and in my current state it would destroy me if anything happened to them, on the other hand it makes the book somewhat less exciting.

It’s possible it was just me, I’m hormonal and moody and things aren’t striking me like they normally would so I’m not sure if I would feel the same way if I read it at another time.

I will say I’m getting tired of the buildup for the climax between Kate and her father. The main plotline in Magic Binds was all about her father, but it ended with him still alive and only suffering a minor defeat. After nine books I’m kind of ready for that threat to be over. I’m actually hoping right now that book ten is where the series ends, I love Kate Daniels but I don’t want it to become a series that’s never ending and loses itself in the process. We’ll see what happens.

4.5/5

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) By: Patricia Briggs

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Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) By: Patricia Briggs

Plot:

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?

Review:

At this point I’d read these characters doing their laundry and enjoy it. I seriously love Mercy and Adam and the entire bunch. That being said, this book wasn’t as—exciting, I guess, as previous books. Battles were fought, world plots moved forward, but the book didn’t grab me and refuse to let go like they normally do, maybe it’s because I never doubted that Mercy and Adam would figure everything out.

The beginning of the book presented a new problem, that I really wish they’d expounded on, but for the most part they just dealt with the Fae side of things. I wanted more detail, I wanted to know what else to expect. I really just want Adam and Mercy to become the rulers of the Tri-Cities and lord over everyone.

I love this series and couldn’t recommend it more. Unlike other series it hasn’t petered off with age, the characters are still fun, the world still interesting, this book wasn’t weak, it just wasn’t my favorite.

Now, I wait impatiently for the next Patricia Briggs book.

5/5