[Audiobook] Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson #5
Published March 2010 by Ace Books
Narrated by Lorelei King | Penguin Audio
342 pages | 9 hours 8 minutes
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy |PNR
Series: Moon Called | Blood Bound | Iron Kissed | Bone Crossed | Silver Borne | River Marked | Frost Burned | Night Broken | TBA (2015)
Source: Own Hardcopy | Audio Library
Rating: LOVED

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who’s maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they’re all about to find out how implacable – and dangerous – the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday…(Source: Goodreads)

SILVER BORNE is hard on Mercy. Everyone important in her life is in danger. Samuel, Adam, the pack, Medea and Gabriel. In Mercy-style, she faces each straight on with no wavering on what has to be done.

The pack has been more than wary of Mercy joining the pack. A few members decide to play with Mercy and her unfamiliarity with the pack bond. Their mischief escalates into a UFC fight for alpha hood. I love this build up of events and how Mercy puts an end to the threat. *high five* That’s my Girl! She settles petty jealousy and more dangerous aims with a clear resolve.

Bran makes a cameo to teach Mercy about the pack bond. He helps her visualize all the connections and show her the way home. To Adam. Mine. I love who Adam is when he is with Mercy–the perfect blend of bad boy and poetry. Beautiful reunion.

LORELEI KING matches the addiction factor this book had on me the two times through. It didn’t miss a beat. I could feel the fury, the sadness and melted at all the right parts.

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[Audiobook] Deadly Heat by Richard Castle

Nikki Heat #5
Published September 2013 by Hyperion
Narrated by Robert Petkoff | Hachette Audio
304 pages | 11 hours 15 minutes
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Genre: Adult Contemporary Thriller
Series: Heat Wave | Naked Heat | Heat Rises Frozen Heat | Deadly Heat | Raging Heat (September 2014)
Source: Library
Rating: Liked It

Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

Complicating Heat’s mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat. (Source: Goodreads)

DEADLY HEAT takes the Castle (TV) and merges it with 24 (TV). The mystery behind Heat’s mother murder and the international spy ring she was involved in gets added complications from a serial killer. Their plots intertwine around a terror plot. It keeps twisting and turning and tightening down. But just as soon as you thought it was all tied up tight a thread falls loose.

The TV series spinoff continues to deliver a fast pace mystery that keeps the reader on the heels of Heat and Rook just connecting the dots as CASTLE reveals them.

The series gets a new narrator, ROBERT PETKOFF. He applies a calm calculating facade to the duties of narrator. He adds in a pinch of cocky and humor for Rook. And he only slightly softens where Heat is concerned, applying more of a narrator approach. I can appreciate it over the “damsel in distress” feminization that has characterized Heat in the past.

[Top Ten Tuesday] I Want

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Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Own

I decided on the thing that I love about books right behind the books themselves. T-shirts.

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Published April 15, 2014 by Walker Books
342 pages
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher | NetGalley
Rating: LIKED

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes. (Source: Goodreads)

Open Road. Summer. Music. And lots of Gushing by fellow Bloggers made me give OPEN ROAD SUMMER a spin. It doesn’t disappoint.

Delilah, Reagan and Matt all end up on tour a little bit broken and carrying some heavy baggage. The miles and the music start to heal them and make them stronger. And by the time the tour has come back home, the three face their pasts and their hopes and fears for the future.

EMERY LORD has lyrical way of painting pictures and feelings. You can feel the friendship between Dee and Reagan. And she did a nice job building up the romance between Reagan and Matt. It is full of flirting and real moments that eventually reward the reader with sweet kisses. *sweet contented sigh*

By the time they reached the end of the road, all the major bumps in the road are smoothed out. And I couldn’t help the silly grin on my face. A delightfully, sweet debut novel with heart.

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[Audiobook] Covet by J.R. Ward

Fallen Angels #1
Published October 2009 by Signet
Narrated by Eric G. Dove | Brilliance Audio
474 pages | 14 hours 42 minutes
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Covet | Crave | Envy | Rapture | Possession | Immortal (October 2014)
Source: Library
Rating: Liked

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn’t believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul. (Source: Goodreads)

Let me start with the fact that angel mythology is not my favorite. But if the angels are blue-collar, flannel wearing, motorcycle riding, beer swilling, I’ll reconsider the previous statement.

Jim has a near death experience that sets him on the path of saving 7 souls or the ultimate bad guys win. He has his work cut out for him, because his first soul belongs to capitalizing mogul from the dark side, Vin DiPietro. I never thought I’d be rooting for the meat-head gangster type. Jim has to pry crazy demon claws out of Vin, so he has a chance at true love. The events are action packed and range from crazy shit to highly volatile. I held on tight through the entire ride.

ERIC G. DOVE has a Casey Kasem narrating thing going on. It emits a calm strength with a comical edge. The perfect blend to slip in and out of narrating to Jim’s voice. Jim is all testosterone and real. He has no problem saying what he means however crass, but there is a heart underneath. DOVE captures him perfectly. And he doesn’t botch the females, settling with narrating rather than trying to do a female voice that usually comes off weak and whispy. I can appreciate the omission of feminism. WARD‘s words & DOVE‘s comical edge has me following Jim off to save the next soul.

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Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson #4
Published 2010 by Orbit
300 pages
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Moon Called | Blood Bound | Iron Kissed | Bone Crossed | Silver Borne | River Marked | Frost Burned
Source: Purchased Hardcopy
Rating: LOVED

Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it’s not Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after…(Source: Goodreads)

The real appeal of this book is Adam & Mercy. Well, I guess that is true in all the books. But Adam & Mercy’s hurt and their love made me ache all the way to my bones. PATRICIA BRIGGS really exposes the softer side of the werewolves. From Ben’s awareness at what was really going on with Mercy at the end of IRON KISSED to how patient Adam is with her. I love werewolves.

Freaking vampires. For the first time, I came to regret Mercy’s abilities. She can see ghosts and her overwhelming nature to protect gets her in all kinds of trouble. Spokane’s leading and only vampire, Jim Blackwood, is pure evil and he has his sights on Mercy and her special magic. Mercy proves to us yet again why we love her so much. She never gives up without a fight.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Unique Books

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Top Ten Unique Books or Spins on a Genre

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It hits Mexican culture, family, love with depth and sensitivity without losing the machismo and humor.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Smart, Standup Guy into Poetry tries to find balance between Family, Career and Love. This one will squeeze your heart.

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella. There aren’t too many books out there about growing up part of an immigrant family, much less about Iranian-Americans. Cultural Discrimination & Achievement Stress plus teenage boy coming-of-age creates a rich story.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Introvert, Fan-Fic Writer heads off to college. Separated from family and her twin, she has to find her own way. Learning how to navigate first loves and writing her own story.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. Ruta knows how to dig up history, shake out the dust and make it fresh and vibrant.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Holy Smokes! Talk about twisty, turning mysteries that are unputdownable and require all the lights to be on.

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Cinder & the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She amazes me with her Sci-Fi spin on old Fairy Tales. With each book as the world gets wider, their stories start to intertwine in such magical way. I can’t wait to see how she pulls it all together.

Every Day by David Levithan. I thought I was pretty evolved on how I viewed love, but listening to A’s story on audiobook really pushed me even further.

Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This was one of the first magical fantasy novels that I read that wasn’t set in a quasi-medieval world. 1800′s Russia with semi-modern weapons and a rich landscape create a unique backdrop.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Besides being a unique dystopian world, it really made me think about my views toward children. Wanted, Unwanted, Discipline plus Medical Ethics.