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Release Date Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
336 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Ace
Available on hardcover, audio, paperback and kindle

Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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I’ve noticed a pattern lately with my ARC reviews. Is not that I don’t read the books on time – I mean, not always, anyway – I do read them, but writing a timely review? that’s another matter. Not that the book is hard to review or I don’t like it. Because that isn’t the reason. If you follow my goodreads updates, you’ll see that they usually are 4.5 and 5 stars. So, what is the problem? I’ll tell you what the problem is. The book is so good, and means so much to me that I want for the review to be outstanding. A perfect and flawless word combination that translates every feeling, every twist, and every thing that shares to the world the awesomeness of what I have just read.
Patricia Briggs’ books, are usually part of that group. And let me tell you a little secret, no matter how much I stall, there is no way to translate all. So, the only right thing to do would be stop procrastinating. After all, Done is Better than Perfect, right? At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Maybe one of these days I’ll start listening.

 

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Anyway, back to Burn Bright. I guess the only way to do the book the deserved justice is to tease people enough that they will stop whatever they are doing right now and rush to get the book, IMMEDIATELY!
Ready?
  • It makes you rethink the Mercy Thompsom books – that’s right. There is this tiny tiny detail, that had me WHAT?! Sure, I’m a bit plot naive, since there’s a lot of stuff I never see it coming, but WHAT?! That.. that makes me want to re-read all Mercy books in a different light and try to see things in the right framework.
  • It shows you Leah as you never seen her before. Does it make you like her? Is she really mean at heart or did she turn that way by lack at choice? Do she thinks about the pack about everything else or has her own reasons? I guess you’ll have to read to find it out.
  • It focus on Mates. Mate Bonds. Mate Connections. Death of a Mate. You want to see your heart shattered into pieces? This is the book for you.
  • Wildlings are as interesting as scary and getting to know more about them is something you don’t want to miss out.
  • Charles and Anna are amazing. I keep saying I prefer this series to Mercy, and as much as it pains me saying it, this book solidifies that preference.
  • Bran. We learn a few more Bran layers. And the jury is still out about them.
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5 fiery stars. I said it before, and will say it again. This is Patricia Briggs’s world and I’m just visiting. I will continue visiting. Will you?
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Real Life Organizing(…) by Cassandra Aarssen – Yes, I’m reading non-fiction

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stumbled with Cass’s YT channel by accident, and was totally hooked. Her funny and irreverent style and her positive attitude actually makes me to go home and *glup* clean.

So, buying and reading her books was a matter of time. I basically read it in two sittings. It stays true to her channel, and basically is a written manual of all the things and tips she posts there, with lots of templates and cute resources.

Is it extensive and detailed how-to-guide? No, it isn’t. And it totally makes sense. Clean, purging and tidying up is a very personal thing, and you need to find your own way. It gives you a direction to go, a overall guideline. How to make it work for you, it’s your decision. It has to be. Otherwise the process will not stick and fail.

It makes us start purging? It does. It makes us want to do it? Yes. Which is the purpose of the book, IMO.

It also helped me realize that sometimes, is our perspective on things that has to change for a more efficient and happy us.

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Release Date Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
388 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Ace Books
Available on mass market paperback and kindle

Series: Souldwood #3

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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Flame in the Dark must be my most highly anticipated book of 2017. Not only are the two previous books on my top 3 of 2016, I adore the main character. And the support crew. And the worldbuilding. And the unfinished business. Okay, I love everything about this series. It has the best from the Jane Yellowrock universe, without the focus on vampire politics (which I kinda hate and only tolerate because Jane and her crew are so good). So yeah, it sucked me right in.
I am loving Nell’s growth. Sure, there was a moment where I kinda screamed “what? No no no no, I don’t like it. Faith Hunter cannot do that to me and my precious characters”.  I get the why it was there. It was needed. I don’t have to like, have I? And Nell’s justification for her decision didn’t set well with me either. Good thing her actions proved what her heart really felt, otherwise I’s be terrible upset.
As usual, the mystery and the parts involved and context was very well put, intricate and with dept.
And the ending, although not being a cliffhanger – thank the writing gods – leaves you wanting for more. It would be a good ending for a trilogy. Knowing we are going to have more, makes it perfect. For now.
5 fiery stars. I said it before, and will say it again. PICK THE BOOKS AND START READING THEM. It will be worth it. Harpie’s Promise.
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Short and Sweet Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison


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by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Synopsis: 

Rachel Morgan lives in a world where a bioengineered virus wiped out most of the world’s human population – exposing the existence of supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. It’s her job as a white witch working for Inderland Security to protect the humans from things that go bump in the night.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down lawbreaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem: no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal werewolves armed to the teeth with deadly curses.

Unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord, she might just be a dead witch walking.

How am I reading this?
Kindle

My friends reviews?
4 and 5 stars.

When am I reading this?

October 2nd

Harpie’s Thoughts:

I first read this one before I joined goodreads. I remembered it having potential, Rachel being annoying and a tad obsessed with Trent, Jenks being amazing, not trusting Nick, and something about tomatoes. And nothing else.

So, when it won the BOM poll, first I grumped about it, then I grumped a bit more, and then I realized that if I ever was to read the series, I would need a re-read and RL issues apart, now was a good time to start. A few one-clicks later, I was a proud owner of a kindle copy.

Anyway, I ended up upping it a star from my first reading.

Does that mean I like Rachel more?

HELL NO.

I still think she’s annoying, her reactions to Ivy are over the top, her obsession with nailing Trent is too much, all the breaking and entering that is done on this book is waaaaaay too easy, and she almost touches the special snowflake status. Almost.

So why the better ranking?

Because I moved past my irritation with some characters and looked at the book. The plot, worldbuilding and writing style are *really good*. And then we have the characters. They as complex and full of flavors as a delicious sachertorte. They have solid backgrounds (mostly hidden). They have layers. They have so much potential and things to learn and for us to discover that make us want more.

It’s a solid first book. Sure, the first 30 -40% makes us wish we could slap Rachel, tag her and put a I’m too dumb to see the big picture hat on her head. Is not an easy book/story to get into. But the trip it promises on the lung run, may be worthy.

Plus Jenks!!! I could read the whole series just for him

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Better Late Than Never Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs


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by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Urban-Fantasy

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Once upon a time I was killing some time in one of my usual bookstores and came across this appealing cover of a book called “O Apelo da Lua” (the Portuguese edition of Moon Called). You know the saying never judge a book by its cover? Well, I am no ashamed to confess it was the cover that make me notice it. Then I read the blurb. And snapped a picture for later. Fast forward a few years later, and Mercy Thompson continues to be one of my favorite series. And installments like this one remind me of the why.

It was… a Mercy Thompson book like we hadn’t know in a long time. Remember the old Mercy? The one that couldn’t rely on Adam and the pack to keep her out of trouble? The resourceful Mercy, the little coyote that everybody underestimates and ultimately pays the price? Well, that Mercy is here. Full-force and better than never, because now, she has a lot more to lose, a lot more to fight for. And the growth she experienced as the series progresses allows for a Mercy Thompson the old world is not ready for.

Did I mention we also have Adam? And let me tell you, I had my doubts about Adam. Not that he’s not a great alpha, or a great mate. But I always thought we never saw Adam’s true potential blooming. Maybe because we usually see him from Mercy’s eyes. Well, we now have the chance to see Adam in all his glory and it takes the spotlight and grabs the attention like hot Brad Pitt surrounded by a sea of zombies.

I was a bit wary at the change between POVs… specially when I realized we would be on two different timelines. Well, thank you Patty for proving me that you know what is best for you books, because it made the experience so much better.

In a nutshell, Mercy is here to stay, and that series is as fresh and dynamic now as it was at the beginning. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and grab Moon Called as soon as you can.

Oh, and check here for a handy timeline for the mercyverse aka novels, shorties and spin-off reading order – includes graphic novels.

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“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.” -Mercy”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

“My love,” he said, his voice intent, “you are welcome to all that I am, all that I have. I would destroy the planet for you. I was even diplomatic for you, which was a bigger sacrifice. A little power drain is nothing.”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

 

 

 

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Short & Sweet: Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) by Santino Hassell

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

What to do when you are recommended a book, have great expectations for it and have the luck of getting approved for a NetGalley ARC? Well, let me tell you what not to do. You. Must. Not. Procrastinate it.

Ahem. That being said. I had a LOT of expectations for this book. And was also scared to read it. Why? Two main reasons:
1)The person who recommended gave it 5 stars, and was pretty excited about it, specially because it was written by a gay male.
2)A romance book written by a MALE author? – Yes, I admit, I have some pre-made ideas about this. Here’s the drill. I absolute adore MM romance. And, true to the Romance Guidelines, it usually follows the formula: meeting-fighting attraction-banter & teasing-go down and dirty-fight/break up – HEA.

So yeah. I procrastinated. A LOT. And then picked it up. And skies opened up and angels sung because IT FOLLOWED THE FORMULA AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!!!!

Gavin and Noah were perfect examples of stereotypes… on the outside and inside. You know, the hot, big ill tempered bad boy with a golden heart and the nerdy Clark Kent with a filthy mouth and inner fire. I loved them. to pieces. I loved their interaction even more. I loved how they changed each other.

The support characters were well written. And also fit flawlessly into the expected roles.

And the “crisis/breaking” part? It was so good that I actually burned dinner because I was crying so hard I didn’t realized the food was getting a shade a bit too dark.

Overall, it is your Tried & True romance book. That keeps up to any expectation you have, and is exactly what you are bargaining for when searching for it.

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews Blog Tour + Giveaway

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 I’m really excited to be part of the White Hot Blog Tour. Not only is my first time ever, it is also a book by my favorite author, which means I’m starting with a bang.
Cover issues aside, 2017 is the Hidden Legacy year. Not only did we had the re-release of Burn For Me, we’ll also have the next two on the trilogy published. And let me tell you, Wildfire cannot be on my hands soon enough.
But let’s talk about White Hot. It is freaking amazing. Best read of the year so far. We get to see how life goes after the “Price incident”. We get to see Nevada settling into her power. We get to see Mad Rogan as Connor. We have a new mystery, a solid plot, we get to see more of Nevada’s family. We have some twists and turns. Politics and power plays. We get deeper on the major conspiracy theory. And since we have a sizzling attraction, we get more of that too. And we have enough promises for Wildfire that make me think that I’ll need more stars to rate it.
If you are a Paranormal Romance fan, pick this series. If you are a urban fantasy fan, please don’t let the covers or the romance promises, and pick this series up. Is that good. It is as good… or maybe better than Kate Daniels. And I don’t want it to stop at three.
Best. Read. Of. The. Year.

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The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns hot

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 .

416 Pgs. |Heat: 3 | Series Info
Avon| Rel: May 30, 2017

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“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) They have co-authored two New York Times and USA Today bestselling series—the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and the romantic urban fantasy of The Edge—and are working on the next volumes for both. They live in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

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Link to Follow Tour:  http://tastybooktours.com/tours-master/2017/3/8/white-hot-ilona-andrews

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