Iron Kissed

by Patricia Briggs (Author), Lorelei King (Reader)
Audio EditionRead November 4, 2014

Original Release Date: January 2, 2008

Length: 287 pages

Official Description: This is book #3 of the Mercy Thompson series

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator…

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

My Take:

In book one of this series, we learn of werewolves, book two revolves around the world of vampires, this book is in the world of the fae. I loved it so. This book has so many things in it that are wonderful. Just take Mercy, she’s awesome, she’s kind of bad ass, she can stand up to an alpha werewolf, resist his call, prove that she’s dominant, even though she’s not really a wolf. She is also vulnerable, and this book takes that vulnerability to a horrible level. It was done well, and I don’t mean horrible in a bad way, it’s just horrible things happen to Mercy, she gets broken and it’s heartbreaking. The author did just a fantastic job creating this world, you can’t help but be captivated but Mercy and her stubbornness. She’s identifiable, she’s utterly perfectly imperfect. This book seems like it might have been harder to write, because it just seems darker and in all that darkness there is still light. We have humor, tears, super action scenes and of course some love. Very little of the story is dedicated to the romance, I think I like it.  Mercy finally realizes what her feelings for both Adam and Samuel are. We learn more about the feelings of Sam and Adam toward Mercy, and how utterly devoted one of these guys is to her. It’s greatness. Don’t stop reading this series if you didn’t love book two, because this one is the best. So raw and well done! Love it.

 

Quote:

“‎Some people are like Slinkies. They’re not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.”

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The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

by Neil Gaiman
Paperback EditionRead October 31

Original Release Date: January 1, 1991

Length: 240 pages

Official Description:

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

Includes issues 1-8 of the original series with completely new coloring, approved by the author.

My Take:

I have spent forever hearing about this graphic novel series. It has been heralded as one of the best stories ever written. A classic, a can’t miss, etc. My husband decided that we need to own this series along with another one (that will come up eventually), so here we are. Sandman Volume 1. This book is a collection of the first 8 stories in the novel. This book introduces Morpheus who is captured, by accident, and imprisoned for a lifetime. Well, a human lifetime. Then his eventual escape and revenge. This story is dark, it seems to be a character builder, setting us into the series, getting us inside the world of Morpheus, the Sandman. We have a cameo from John Constantine, which was pretty cool! I think my favorite story in this set is “The Sound Of Her Wings” where we meet death. I love the idea of death, that she is free and the whole story is really lovely. How death was with someone in their last moments, it really has some great imagery. The imagery throughout the story is wonderful, Gaiman is a great story-teller. I here this is the weakest set of stories in the series. I’ll have to find out soon.

Quote:

“Never trust a demon. He has a hundred motives for anything he does … Ninety-nine of them, at least, are malevolent.”

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Best Kind of Broken

by Chelsea Fine
Kindle EditionRead October 28, 2014

Original Release Date: March 4, 2014

Length: 336 pages

Official Description:

Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

My Take:

Oh New Adult genre, you and I have this fickle relationship. I tend to love you while we are together, but once we are apart I can’t tell one book from another, and that makes me a little sad. It has been almost a month since I’ve read this book, I had to sit and think for a moment, which book this was. It’s set in a hotel/inn….well so are several other NA books. It is about childhood friends who stopped speaking to one another. What sets this book apart? It has a different author I suppose. The whole book is cliché and wonderful while you read it. It makes you long for those college romance days that have long passed. Pixie and Levi are both broken, for the same reason and they blame themselves for a tragedy that was beyond both of their control. It takes forever to find out what this tragedy is. The whole subject is just being skirted around. The couple is great together, they have chemistry, but they deny this chemistry because of stupid stuff, then they realize they are stupid and everyone lives happily ever after. Really take any new adult formula and it’s this book. I did like it though. I read it in one sitting. It’s easy to read, there is great wit and sarcasm. There are great tender moments, it was written well. In the end it kind of blends in with the genre though.

I did receive this book for free, for an honest review.

Quote:

“You are not my friend, Pixie. You are a piece of my heart and a part of who I want to be.”

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Robyn Hood Legend

by Patrick Shand, Larry Watts
Digital EditionRead October 27, 2914

Original Release Date: September 30, 2014

Length: 156 pages

Official Description:

Everyone’s favorite female archer is back! Robyn thought she lost everything, but when the villainous Guy of Gisbourne makes his way to Earth, Robyn is faced with a choice. Return to Myst to save the people of Nottingham once and for all, or live life as a normal person. The final volume of the fan-favorite Robyn Hood trilogy begins now!

My Take:

This is the final book in the Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood line. At least it feels that way. It has a pretty solid ending that doesn’t really leave anything untied. It deals with everything, nice and neat. I really enjoyed this one. I like the Robyn Hood female character that isn’t necessarily the big legendary hero that everyone makes it out to be. I like the turn around of bad guys being not so bad guys. Everyone is just trying to survive. Then we have Cal, who was a bad guy without magical powers and even worse the magic. Robyn has to face her fears and grow a bit. I believe this series was well done, the art is pretty good, the story, though spotty at times, was easy to follow and enjoyable. I liked how they have Will Scarlet along side Robyn, and then all of the other characters from the legend. Overall good job.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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A Friend of the Family

by David Kubicek
Kindle EditionRead October 26, 2014

Original Release Date: February 1, 2012

Length: 112 pages

Official Description:

In a desolate future, long after the nuclear war, practicing medicine is illegal. Health care is provided by Healers who treat patients using primitive methods like chanting and bleeding. Hank is a doctor who practices medicine only for himself and his family. His fear of being sent to prison has estranged him from the Underground, the loose network of physicians that tries to help people who have lost faith in the Healers. Then late one evening a 16-year-old girl named Gina knocks on his door. She has a secret of her own and the power to destroy Hank’s life if he doesn’t come with her and make her seriously ill father well. But there is one catch-Gina’s father is the brother of a Healer.

My Take:

This is a short story, I don’t often read shorts because often they…fall short. This story is written really well. There is a great premise that could be expanded on. The scenerio presented is compelling , the characters are great, there just wasn’t enough. Not enough back ground, not enough time with certain characters to make them have a turn around. Why are doctors seen as the bad guys and imprisoned? There is an explanation, albeit brief, but it just doesn’t really make sense. We enter a war and everyone goes primitive afterward? I guess that could happen, but I just don’t see how humanity turned it’s back on science for mysticism, it defies logic for me. That being sad, I really did enjoy reading the story, it truly was a well done short.

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