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Urban Fantasy Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #10)

Egalley courtesy of Ace Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

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 It's such a different experience to read an exceptional book instead of an ordinary one, peeps. I always thought of Mercy Thompson series as the former, not the latter, and Silence Fallen only strengthened my admiration for Patricia Briggs' talent.

Historical Horror Fantasy Audiobook Review: Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories by Kim Newman 

audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein’s monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, ‘Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899’, which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

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 I actually requested this book for review by mistake, peeps. I've wanted to read Anno Dracula for a long time and thought this was the actual novel and not the collection of stories.

Oh, well. I did enjoy some of the stories, and I did get a feel for Kim Newman's writing which is very much a mix between Justin Cronin and Joe Hill.

So, the stories.

Friday Mini Reviews #100: J.D. Robb, Ilona Andrews & Tiffany Reisz

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #42)


Synopsis from Goodreads

Edward Mira is a powerful man, with a lot of enemies. But when the former senator is violently abducted, Lieutenant Eve Dallas suspects his kidnap is more personal than political. Someone is seeking justice; the bloodier the better.
Edward's cousin Dennis was injured during the abduction - and that makes things very personal for Eve and her husband Roarke. Dennis is a beloved friend, married to NYPSD's top profiler Charlotte Mira.

But as Eve delves deeper into the case, dark secrets emerge that could tear the family apart. Edward Mira has friends in high places - and they all seem to be hiding something. As her investigation takes a shocking turn, Eve finds that not all victims are innocent, and that some bonds are forged not in friendship, but in blood.

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In this book Eve discovers a series of crimes going back many years. It concerns rape, and the people she tries to protect are the bad guys. So, it's definitely a very difficult case and a very emotional one. Dramatic and fast-paced, and as usual, very enjoyable.                                                                          
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 В этой книге Ив расследует серию преступлений, совершённых на протяжение многих лет. Здесь затронута очень трудная для неё тема сексуального насилия, и она ещё к тому же вынуждена защищать злодеев, а не жертв, что превращает дело в очень тяжёлое эмоционально для нашего летейнанта. Драматичный, быстро развивающийся детектив. Читала с удовольствием.

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

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 How I love this amazing series, peeps!  The plot just keeps expanding beautifully, the characters are yummy, and the world-building - absolutely fascinating. 
 “Yes, the princess you were expecting put on her armor and left to kill the dragon. So sorry.”
THIS. This is pure Ilona Andrews. Can not recommend it enough. READ IT!
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Как  мне нравится эта офигительная серия, дамы и господа! Сюжет красиво раскрывается всё больше и больше, герои многослойные и построение мира просто завораживает.
"Да, принцесса, которую ты ожидал, надела доспехи и ушла убивать дракона. Ну, извиняйте."
ВОТ. Вот это классическая Илона Эндрюс. Обожаю,ЧИТАЙТЕ!

The Scent of Winter by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners #6.5)

free on author's website

Synopsis from Goodreads
The 2016 Original Sinners Christmas story, free on December 20th.

Kingsley Edge thought he was being driven to the airport. He never expected he'd be kidnapped and relocated to a cabin in the middle of nowhere, Maine to help Søren celebrate his birthday. But it's not quite the sexy party Kingsley hoped for. Søren has been keeping a secret from Kingsley for several years and it's finally time to confess. But will Kingsley absolve his priestly lover of his sins or will this winter be the coldest one yet?

This novella takes place the December before the events of The Virgin and The Queen. Warning: Spoilers ahead--read through The Queen before reading The Scent of Winter. Stars Kingsley and Søren and a cabin in the woods...


 It's a sweet but very tame novella about Kingsley and Soren spending Christmas in a log cabin and reminiscing about the past. It was an okay read but comparing to Something Nice it had less emotional impact. It's free on the author's website, so judge for yourself.                                                                            
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 Милая, но очень робкая повесть по сравнениюс предыдущим рассказом от автора. Вот как-то не тронула она меня эмоционально своими воспоминаниями о прошлом Сорена и Кингсли пока они вдвоём отмечали Рождество в лесах Мэйна.В общем, нормальный рассказ,- судите сами. Он выложен на сайте автора.

Paranormal Fantasy Review: Chest of Bone by Vicki Stiefel

Chest of Bone by Vicki Stiefel (The Afterworld Chronicles #1)

ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
As magical and mundane worlds entwine, empath and unawakened Mage Clea Reese must team up with the secretive James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and stop the forces of corruption from obtaining the Chest of Bone, the ultimate source of otherworldly power.

Larrimer is a predator who stalks endangered-animal traders. Or so it appears. And none are prepared for the fusion of Clea's and Larrimer's song, a wild resonance which can bind one to the other.

Powerful forces align against them, and only Clea, the singular Key, and Larrimer stand between these malignant entities and their ruthless quest.


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 I wanted to like this book more, but the reality is it didn't fully grab me.

The writing style is innovative, the world is very interesting and provocative, and I did love Clea's crazy hair, but for me, it just didn't flow as much as I would have loved. It does not in any way mean that you should stay away from Chest of Bone. It's a great story!

Friday mini reviews #99: Jim Butcher, Brent Weeks & J.D. Robb

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher (The Cinder Spires #1)

bought on audio

Synopsis from Goodreads
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

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It's Jim Butcher, yo! So, the plot is fantastic, there is a really interesting intrigue and. mysterious world-building we find out about bit by bit. There are fab characters as well, and there are CATS. Cats, who are talking, plotting and killing giant spiders. Pure awesomeness! However, I felt that all of this was bogged down by too much detail about airships and aerial battles. Too much.  Which is why I lowered my rating.
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Короче, это Джим Бутчер! Сюжет супер, характеры замечательные, построение мира интригующее и раскрывается по частям... а ещё здесь есть КОТЫ! Коты говорящие, шпионящие, мудрые и дерущиеся с гигантскими пауками, что чертовски здорово. Однако, автор переборщил с деталями, описывающими воздушные корабли и битвы между ними. Прям у меня перегрузка была. А потому заниженная оценка.
 The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (Night Angel #1)
bought on audio
Synopsis from Goodreads 
From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks...
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.

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Okay, it started strong, and the plot unravelled at a steady pace.. and then, something happened, and it was like an avalanche, everything collapsed, and the author lost me with the improbable ending. Like I was expecting an apple and received a screwdriver, you know? That kind of ending. Not cool, Brent, not cool.
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В общем, началось всё довольно интересно, но автор не сумел выдержать ритм. С середины сюжет начал обваливаться как снежная лавина. Всё происходило одновременно, без разогрева и с жуткими роялями в кустах. Ну зачем было придумывать пятое колесо когда и так всё хорошо шло? В общем, разочаровалась.
  Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb (In Death #41)
borrowed on audio
Synopsis from Goodreads
It's a new year in New York city, and two star-crossed lovers have just discovered an insatiable appetite...for murder.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career and she knows just how dark things can get on the streets. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve soon realises that his murder is part of a horrifying killing spree, stretching right across the country.

Now the killers have reached New York, and they've found themselves another victim. Eve knows she only has a couple of days to save a young girl's life, and to stop the killers before their sadistic games escalate. Eve's husband Roarke is ready to put his brains and his considerable resources behind the search. But even as the couple works closely together, time is running out...

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Another fantastic read! I don't know how she does it? but J.D. Robb writes excellent serial killers. So, every time Eve investigates one of those, I know I'm in for a treat. It's suspenseful, plus a fresh secondary character from the country was a charming touch. Very satisfying!
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 Ещё одна прекрасная книга от Джей Ди Робб. Я не знаю как она это делает, но серийные убийцы у неё получаются особо сочные. Вот и в этот раз, как только я поняла, кого Ив будет ловить, я знала, что книга будет особо хороша. Да и свежий второстепеный герой из глубинки был очень очаровательный. Читала с удовольствием, рекомендую.

March New Book Releases I'm dying to Read!

Oh My God, some epic releases this month! I have Silence Fallen for review, but the rest I can not wait to fondle with my grubby little paws! :)
What are you waiting for this month, peeps?

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