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Friday Mini Reviews #3

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #7)
Synopsis from Goodreads
Mercy 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.
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Frost Burned was definitely better than River Marked but it still felt like something was lacking.  I don't know if it's me who grew out of this series like I did with Kelley Armstrong or simply the books just winding down?  I do enjoy Mercy and Adam's relationship, and this book while it felt short was jammed full of action on Mercy's behalf. Liked it but didn't like it enough.
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Лучше, чем предыдущая книга серии, однако общее качество серии продолжает падать. Я люблю читать про Мерси и Адама, но на какой-то момент я поймала себя на мысли что мне уже не интересно. Либо я выросла из этих книг как это случилось у меня с Келли Армстронг, либо сама серия потихоньку закругляется. По-любому, хоть здесь и полно экшна, всё как-то случается очень быстро, суматошно и чисто для проформы.

Iced by Karen Marie Moning (Dani O'Malley #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
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Amazing and full of possibilities. I admit I had my doubts about the unlikely duo of Ryodan and Dani, but I enjoyed the hell out of them. Dani is sassy and vulnerable and Ryodan is just as an inscrutable cold bastard as ever. The story arc holds our attention until the very end, and while Christian was creeping me out, Dancer for example added much needed human touch and softness to the plot. Highly recommended non-stop action. Worth every penny.
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Карен Мари Монинг своими книгами постоянно срывает мне крышу. У меня были свои сомнения по поводу Дани и Риодана вместе, однако этот дует работает превосходно. Дани -  суматошная, грубая и дерзкая, типичный подросток, но с гениальными способностями; и Риодан - холодное, жестокое и бесчеловечное существо. Однако между ним и Дани история продвигается очень быстро и читается взахлёб. Добавьте милейшего Танцора и извращённого, тёмного Кристиана, и книга стоит каждой потраченной на неё копейки.

The Queen Is Dead (The Immortal Empire #2)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Nothing lasts forever---and immortality isn't all its cracked up to be.

When her brother Val gets in over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing himself, it's up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her head. Add this to being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is that she's already lost one sibling, she's not about to lose another.
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This is a really good steampunk series, peeps. What happened after God Save The Queen is pretty fascinating because Xandra has no choice but to embrace her nature as a monster and acts in a very different way. The book moves at a fast pace, it's very vibrant and bloodthirsty, and you read it with pure gleeful joy. Recommended.
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Хорошая всё-таки это серия футуристического стимпанка. То, что Ксандра вынуждена принять свою натуру монстра после первой книги и вести себя соответственно только добавляет остроты к быстро-движущемуся сюжету, полному адреналина, кровожадных схваток и ярких красок. Советую.


Aurian said...

I do agree with you about the Mercy books, something I liked is missing now she is married to Adam and the Pack.
I am not looking forward to Iced, and think I will wait with reading until I have the whole series.
I still want to read the Locke book, I do have the first one on my shelf.

I enjoy your mini reviews.

Blodeuedd said...

I felt the same about Frost. I sure hope I am not growing tired of them

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Aurian, yeah I agree with you on Moning, - you have to have all series to start reading, but you can get paperbacks relatively cheap now, and even Iced might be already in paperback.

Blodeuedd, I don't think you do. It's the writer who gets tired. Look how much we both enjoyed Fair Game!

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