How fun is this (slightly naughty) comic for reading without inhabitions from Grant Snider?
“Hard truths can be dealt with, triumphed over, but lies will destroy your soul.”
If you’re an urban fantasy lover, you’ve heard of Patricia Briggs, and you’ve probably read (or attempted to read) the Mercy Thompson series. I’m over here all late to the party. Moon Called had been on my to-read list (and on my nook) for quite some time, and while I’m totally obsessed with the genre, I kept putting off reading it. Why? The cover. Yes, seriously…I’m bringing this up again. But really, UF authors, can we step it up with the covers, please? More art, less half naked bodies making silly faces. But alas, I digress.
So for those of you who haven’t read the book, Mercy Thompson is a coyote shifter and a mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state. Her world is one where vampires and werewolves exist in secret and the fae have come out to the public. She lives next to the local Alpha Wolf, works for a gremlin, and has a vampire friend with an old Volkswagen van that’s often in need of repair. Mercy’s less-than-ordinary life takes a turn when a teenage werewolf stumbles into her shop looking for work. She can tell that he’s in some sort of trouble, and that he doesn’t know much about what he is as she can sense him but he seems unable to sense what she is. She takes mercy on him (no pun intended) and offers him a job. However, the people he escaped from aren’t about to let him go that easily. Mercy is in over her head; and she has only one place she can go for help…and that place may not be happy to see her.
For a number of reasons, it took me a while to even want to review this book. I’ve had some trouble sorting out my feelings for it. There are some things that I really liked. For instance, I had no qualms with the writing itself and I adored the characters. I found Mercy to be witty, independent, and enjoyable. She’s a good amount of brave with a reasonable amount of caution, which is a rare and revered combination. We also get to see her emotional side without it turning her into a complete train wreck. And Adam well…he’s super hot. I definitely have a book crush on him. Then, there’s Samuel. And that whole thing is…weird. But basically, what I’m saying is that if I end up continuing this series, it will be because I enjoyed the characters and their relationships and dialogues so thoroughly…
But the when the whole werewolf abduction/hierarchy destruction plot was all said and done, I was just kind of like, ‘Really, that’s all? That’s the guy that did it and that’s why? What else?’…but there wasn’t anything else. I don’t think I missed anything. Both the motive and conviction seemed weak. There was a lot of death and violence and kidnapping for…I don’t even know. And I just don’t really know what else to say about it other than that. I wanted to love this hard. But it just didn’t happen.
So there you have it, folks. I can see how this is probably a series that gets better, and I may pick it back up at some point for the love of Adam and Mercy, but I won’t be making it a top priority.
All I want this holiday season is more books than I will ever be able to finish.
Sorry I’ve been so absent, everyone. Stupid reality getting in the way of my reading and internet life. Anyway:
I was tagged by thatonereader.
RULE 1: Always post the rules
RULE 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 10 new ones
RULE 3: Tag 10 people and link them to the post
RULE 4: Tell them you have tagged them
- Favorite book as a child? Anne of Green Gables and Little Women
- Character you think would be your best friend if you met? Charley Davidson! And Dani O’Malley (despite the age gap)
- What’s you favorite genre? Urban Fantasy!
- Whats your book OTP? Mac & Barrons
- What are you currently reading and what do you think about it? I’m currently reading The Rook with my GR book club thanks to my awesome followers and LOVING it :)
- Do you like dystopian novels? Why or why not? I do. I love them. Because they can be absolutely amazing stories that can open your mind and make you see the world differently, like in 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. They often serve as excellent cautionary tales. But we all know they can also be pretty lame stories. About dating. So there’s that.
- What’s your favorite series? KMM’s Fever series
- Who’s your most recent book boyfriend? Death! Swoon! (Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price).
- Do you prefer secondhand books or new books? Not important. A book is a book in whatever format.
- What’s a book that makes you laugh? I laughed all through the Charley Davidson series. Iced (KMM) made me LOL. Early and often.
1. What is your all-time favorite epic standalone novel?
2. What is your favorite series?
3. What book do you love that you wish more people would read?
4. Where do you get your book recommendations?
5. Who is your most hated character of all time and why?
6. What is that one story you’re tired of reading?
7. Which book world would you like to live in?
8. Which series do you think would make an excellent TV show/movie (and is not in the works)?
9. Which book character do you relate to the most?
10. Which books are on/would be on your Christmas list?
People I’m tagging:
I’ll just be over here geeking out about these books though brb.
Tomorrow is December…so here are The Urban Fixation's December pics. I'm super excited for these.
The Rook by Daniel O’Malley:
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.
She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.
In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.
Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.”
Dying is my Business by Nicholas Kaufmann:
Given his line of work in the employ of a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss, Trent finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Yet each time he’s killed, he wakes a few minutes later completely healed of his wounds but with no memory of his past identity. What’s worse, each time he cheats death someone else dies in his place.
Sent to steal an antique box from some squatters in an abandoned warehouse near the West Side Highway, Trent soon finds himself stumbling into an age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil, revealing a secret world where dangerous magic turns people into inhuman monstrosities, where impossible creatures hide in plain sight, and where the line between the living and the dead is never quite clear. And when the mysterious box is opened, he discovers he has only twenty-four hours to save New York City from certain destruction.
Stray by Rachel Vincent:
There are only eight breeding female werecats left …
And I’m one of them.
I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.
Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.
I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.
This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back … for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ‘cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them …