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April 9, 2014 posted by Nichole

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs

night broken_front mech.inddAn 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.


My Review:

I can honestly say that I loved this book from start to finish. It was a constant whirlwind of action and romance. Never once was I bored or irritated. It was just a fun read. I’ve glad that I’ve enjoyed the last two books in the series, because the Mercy Thompson series started to hit a rough patch there for a little bit. I even rated one of the books two stars! It broke my heart /= Night Broken strayed away from  that rough patch, though.

Night Broken introduces a new character. Actually, let me rephrase, Night Broken introduces several new characters. Two of those said characters are Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, and Mercy’s half-brother, Gary Laughingdog.  First of all, let me say how hilarious it was to finally have Christy in the mix. She and Mercy did not get along at all, and it was a riot to have them in the same room together. As for Gary Laughingdog, I didn’t really think anything of him until the last chunk of the book when he started to appear more. He was definitely an interesting character who I’m excited to read more about. Thankfully, the ending of Night Broken sets it up for both of those characters to be  continue in the series. I hope that Briggs decides to keep Christy around simply for the entertainment!

One negative thing that I’ve noticed about this series as it has progressed is that it’s getting a little stuffy in the romance department. For example, Mercy and Adam tend to act like an old married couple in every single situation. I want to see them have those light and fluffy moments. Additionally, I want to see those hot and steamy moments that Briggs seems to be lacking on lately. It doesn’t take away from the book that much, but it does take away from my love for them as a couple.

Overall, I loved this book. I can’t say all that much in my review since this is the eighth book in the series and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, then I highly recommend it! It’s a great adult paranormal series that is full of fun, magic, action, mystery, and romance all rolled into one amazing series.


Pages: 341

Publication Date: March 11th, 2014

Publisher: Ace Hardcover

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Book Reviews
November 13, 2013 posted by Nichole

Waiting on Wednesday #61

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.

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.


Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs

To be released March 4th, 2014

Published by Ace Hardcover

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) – Patrica Briggs
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May 13, 2013 posted by Nichole

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) – Patrica Briggs

13413589Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.


I’ve been a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series for years now. I was devastated when I didn’t like the 6th book, and I wasn’t going to go out and buy the 7th book. I actually stuck with that…someone else bought it for me. Thankfully, I loved Frost Burned. It is full of action, romance, and adventure. I’ve been really busy this quarter, so I haven’t had very much time to read, but I soared through this book as soon as I picked it up. Loved it!

One thing about Frost Burned that’s really going to appeal to fans of this series is that it. has. Adam’s. Point. of. View. It’s the first time in the series that that’s happened,  and it was awesome!!! Adam’s POV is a little bland and harsh, but that’s also part of Adam’s personality. They weren’t my favorite chapters, but I was thrilled that I had a chance to get into his head.

Another thing that I loved about Frost Burned was that the coolness of the book was sort of spread out into different stages. The first part of Frost Burned is about the werewolves getting kidnapped and Mercy trying to track them down. I will admit that there were a few boring parts mixed into it, but it wasn’t to an extent that ticked me off. The second part (without giving anything away) is more about Adam, the fae, and magic. And finally, the third part of the book is more about the vampires. There are so many elements to this book that it will blow your mind more than once. And because there was SO much happening in the book, I didn’t see everything that was coming. It was really intense, but really awesome.

I don’t really have anything negative to say about Frost Burned, but I do have a few things that bothered me a tiny bit. First, there’s already been a book about the werewolves getting kidnapped. I think it was either the first or second book. We’ve been there and done that. I want something new. Second, Mercy’s character is a lot more intense than she was toward the beginning of the series. This series definitely is not a light and airy read, but the last few books are more emotionally draining than usual. Third, something needs to be done with Adam and Mercy. My problem with the 6th book was that they got married and that made the book cheesy. This book wasn’t about the honeymooning phase, so they didn’t bother me. But the topic of kids did come up in this book, and I’m afraid of the cheese factor that might come up in the next book. There is a chance that I won’t be bothered in the upcoming books, but I’m really nervous now that Adam and Mercy are officially together.

If you haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series, or if you just haven’t made that transition to adult books yet, I would highly recommend this series. And I have to stress that adult books are NOT all dirty and what not like a lot of people think. These are urban fantasy books. They are full of action and magic, and yes…there is some romance, too. But I have never read an urban fantasy or a paranormal fantasy book that made me uncomfortable. Current fans of Patricia Briggs will LOVE this book! I’m slightly devastated that  I have to wait for the next one now.

If you’re looking for something similar to read, I would recommend the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and the Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance.


Pages: 342

Publication Date: March 5th, 2013

Publisher: Ace

Rating: : ★★★★☆


Teaser Quote: “Do they always flirt with biblical quotes?” Asil asked Tad.

In long-suffering tones, Tad said, “They can flirt with the periodic table or a restaurant menu. We’ve learned to live with it. Get a room you guys.” 

IAB: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)  – Patricia Briggs
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October 30, 2012 posted by Nichole

IAB: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) – Patricia Briggs

Welcome back to Introducing Adult Books!


Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, “always enchants her readers.” (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey… 

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…

Ever since the werewolves revealed themselves to the public, punishments have had to be more severe. No longer can a werewolf tear into someone and leave them for others to see. It can no longer be blamed on wild animals. Now, Charles, the pack’s enforcer must hunt down those werewolves who do a crime that once would have been ignored and slaughter them.

All those kills have taken their toll on Charles and now he has ghosts who are haunting him. His father, the Marrok of all werewolves, decides to send Charles and his wife, Anna, to Chicago to help the FBI solve a case. Someone has been hunting werewolves, and who best to solve the case than an actual werewolf? The Marrok believes this case will help relieve Charles’s grief and banish the ghosts who have been haunting him.

Of course, no FBI investigation involing a werewolf is going to be simple. The investigation brings Fae, witches and other unique things into the equation. But who is commiting the murders, and will Charles and Anna be able to stop them in time before they kill their next victim?

I have been a huge fan of Patricia Briggs for several years now. I devoured the Mercy Thompson series, and I was super excited when I found out that the Alpha and Omega series would become a spin off of that series. Unfortunately, I was very nervous to read this book, as the last Mercy Thompson book was not very good.

The first several chapters of Fair Game were very boring for me. I have never appreciated the Alpha & Omega series nearly as much as I do the Mercy Thompson series, so I accepted that Fair Game was probably going to be about a three star book. Even though the Alpha & Omega series isn’t off the charts brilliant, I have always been entertained and glued to my seat with the previous books, which made it that much more shocking that it took me so long to get into this book.

Eventually Fair Game started to pick up it’s entertainment level. It finally got to the point where I could sit down with the book for hours at a time. I really enjoyed the characters and plot in Fair Game, which was an additional bonus.

Here’s what I didn’t like about the book. I predicted every. single. thing. that was going to happen. I knew who the murderer was within the first several chapters of the book. I knew the twist at the end. I knew what was going to happen with the killer’s latest victim, with Charles’s ghosts. Everything. Nothing in this book caught me off guard or even slightly surprised me. Talk about a big disappointment. I tend to guess many twists and surprises in both books and movies but this was just taking it over the top. I wanted to be a little shocked at least once, and I never was.

I’m beginning to worry that Patrica Briggs is taking this whole world of hers a little too far. The last Mercy Thompson book was absolutely horrifying, and this book was not amazing either. It was decent. I did give it three stars, but three stars doesn’t always cut it. I was expecting amazing, and I was really let down that I didn’t get it.

It’s hard for me not to recommend this series, because I am so invested in it. I would recommend the Mercy Thompson series, because I loved those books, but it’s not necessary for readers to read the Alpha & Omega series. They are very predictable and lack a little bit on entertainment level. Overall, I was a little bit disappointed.


Pages: 293

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Ace

Rating: : ★★★☆☆


Teaser Quote: “He’d woken up after flying from Boston to Montana to find his da cooking breakfast for them: sausage and pancakes shaped like deer. It wasn’t just any deer, either – they looked like Bambi from the disney cartoon. Charles didn’t want to know how his father had managed that” 


Book Bucket List
January 25, 2011 posted by Christina

Book Bucket List Challenge #1

I can officially cross the first item off my Book Bucket List! As part of our Book Bucket List Challenge, I’m aiming to read 12 books which aren’t part of my normal review pile that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

Book: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 360
Publication Date: July 2010
Publisher: Scholastic

Rating: : ★★★½☆

Why did you include it to your Book Bucket List?: When I first got the position as review for this site I had only just finished reading Shiver, and like everyone else, completely loved it. Linger was in one of the first boxes I received from publishers for review, only thing is, Nikki had already read, reviewed it and lined it up as our Book of the Month for July. So, there was no point in it being reviewed twice and I had plenty of books to get to so I put it off for months – till now!

To check out Nikki’s original review click here.

Was it worth it?: Yes

Brief Thoughts?: In general, I did really enjoy Linger but it didn’t have the same intensity as Shiver. The pace was a little slower and the love story wasn’t as prominent, which was what hooked me to begin with. 3.5 might seem like a low rating but when I think of it out of 10, a seven would be a fair score.

By the end of the book I LOVED Cole, which was a surprise, but I also found myself liking Sam less. He always seemed to be sad about something, first he was sad about being a werewolf, now he’s sad he’s not one since all his ‘family’ is, then he was sad about Grace, sad about Beck choosing Cole to be a wolf…just a lot of sadness. I found myself really agreeing with Isabel who tried to shake him out of it, saying he needed to step up.

Grace showed plenty of strength in this book when she faced quite a few obstacles, including her parents, but she faced them all boldly which was great to see. Isabel was as haughty as ever but let her guard down at times and developed even further as a character and a person becoming someone you could definitely sympathize with and really like.

Would you recommend it?: Yes – the second book in the series sets us up for the excitement of the last book, Forever, which is due out later this year.


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Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel – Lili St Crow
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August 14, 2010 posted by Nikki

Jealousy: A Strange Angels Novel – Lili St Crow

The Real World is  frightening place.

Just ask sixteen-year-old orphan, Dru Anderson, a tough girl who has taken on her fair share of bad guys. She’s armed, dangerous, and not going down without a fight. So it’s going to take her a while to figure out who she can trust…

Dru and Graves finally made it to the Schola Prima – the djampir training facility she was originally supposed to head to when Christophe rescued her from the evil clutches of his dad. Now their finally here, Dru should be able to relax and let her guard down a little, right?


Although she’s obviously supposed to feel safe in an environment like this, Dru knows better. Someone is trying to have her killed, and until she figures out exactly who that is, she’s not trusting anyone.

Except Graves, of course. She trusts him with her life. Apart from her deceased family, she’s never trusted anyone so much, ever.

And Christophe. Even though she’s not so sure she should, Dru trusts him too. But she doesn’t tell this to Graves, who thinks there’s more than meets the eye to Christophe. Or maybe its just that he’s jealous of the hold that Christophe seems to have over Dru. So when Dru decides to be plain and clear about her feelings for Graves, she’s more than a little confused when he pushes her away.

He liked her, right? What was he waiting for?

And so starts the frustrating game that is Dru and Graves. He says its not the right time, that she’s got too much going on, and maybe he’s right. But that doesn’t make it any easier, lessen the sting of rejection she’s trying so hard not to feel.

Dru find opposition from Anna – the other svetocha living at the Scholar Prima – and things take a turn for the worse.

Then, almost as if it were right on cue, the vampire attack happens. They’re after Dru – that much is obvious – but they’re not discriminating who they take down in the process. Dru and her friends become injured, and Graves … well, he’s nowhere to be found.

Suddenly, the game changes, and all Dru cares about, all she can think about, is finding where he is.

Is he still alive? God, she certainly hopes so.

Readers are treated to a different side of Dru in Jealousy. Her strong, fierce exterior is shelved for a while as she tries to negotiate her feelings for Graves, and the mess that has become her life. She doubts herself, misses her family desperately, and searches for a little comfort in a cold, hard world that affords her none. She’s still that kick-ass heroine we’ve all come to know and love, but this time, her human, sixteen-year-old adolescnet side just shines a little brighter than it did in the last two books.

Jealousy is an outstanding addition to the Strange Angels series. Dru’s world is one I love to get lost in, time and time again.

Publication: July 2010 (available now)

Pages: 316

Rating:: ★★★★☆

Teaser Quote: He was full of surprises, my Goth Boy.

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater
Author Interviews
July 18, 2010 posted by Nikki

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater’s stellar novel, Linger, is our Book of the Month here for July. As promised, she sat down for a quick Q&A with us (aint she just the cutest?!) Enjoy.

What made you decide to include the additional POV(s)?

Sheer insanity. No, mostly it was because I love to see characters from all sides — often an action they think is very sympathetic is actually very unsympathetic from an outside viewpoint, or vice versa. And with a limited first person POV, you can only see so much. I wanted to see more of Mercy Falls than Sam and Grace could see, and I wanted to see more about Cole in particular. I couldn’t have tackled his character arc without seeing inside his head.

Music is a reoccurring theme in your novels. For those that may be unaware of your affinity with music, please explain.

I . . . just need it. I can’t write unless I have music playing in the background, and I write better if I have dedicated playlists with the mood of the novel or scene or character playing. I also play a bunch of musical instruments so if writing ever stops working out for me, I can go back to busking on the sidewalk with my bagpipes. I’d need to get another kilt, though.

Since the release of SHIVER, your name is now considered among the best of YA authors. How has your life changed lately?

It’s really bizarre, actually, to think that just a few years ago I was reading the “greats” in YA and now I’m on lists with them. It happened so fast that I still sort of just feel as if my hair is on fire. It’s pretty amazing to go into a library, say my name, and have the teen librarian instantly begin nodding her head because she not only knows who you are, but she read your book. It’s just sort of crazy and wonderful and intimidating. I have readers! I don’t want to let these people down!

Can you tell us anything about the SHIVER movie?

Unfortunately I don’t have too much in the way of news. The film rights were optioned by Warner Brothers/ Unique Features, they hired Nick Pustay to adapt the screenplay, and the latest news is that the script is finished. I don’t know anything else other than that! Everything in film movies glacially slowly, and that’s saying a lot, since I’m used to publishing being slow.

Who is your ideal Grace and Sam?

Alex Turner for Sam (I know he’s not an actor) and Rachel Hurd Wood for Grace — or Dakota Blue Richards. She’s a little young at the moment, but movies take so long . . .

Can you give us any information about your next novel

It is not about werewolves. Or kraken. It’s a YA paranormal, mostly realistic with a hint of supernatural, like my other books, and it involves blood and beaches and kissing. That’s all I can say!