Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book ten in the Mercy Thompson series! I can’t believe how far these books have come. I’m so glad I discovered Moon Called all those years ago!

Anyhoo, in Patricia Briggs latest installment, Silence Fallen, we find Mercy Thompson kidnapped by some very old and powerful vampires to be used as leverage against her alpha werewolf husband, Adam Hauptman and the Tri-Cities vampires. Mercy finds herself in Europe, naked and unable to contact the pack. But Mercy can take care of herself and her kidnappers are going to discover she has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.

In Silence Fallen, the point of view changes between Mercy and Adam. At the beginning, Briggs notes that chapters aren’t linear and to pay attention to what Mercy writes at the start of each chapter. The “time jumps” if you want to call them that, don’t impact the story enough to confuse the reader because of the changing pov.

I loved that we got to see inside Adam’s head! His relationship with Mercy has grown so much and in this book we really see how far they’ve both come since Moon Called.

What I loved and hated was the vampire, Bonarata. He’s introduced as the “villain” of the story and throughout the book I couldn’t figure out this vampire. I hated that I couldn’t because I like to believe I’ve become quite proficient at solving little mysteries, but I also loved it because it was exciting to be surprised. More than halfway through, I did feel at times being pulled in too many directions as more happened in the story and the pov changes didn’t help in that aspect.

And of course, what is a Mercy book without some badassery? Mercy delivers like always as she pushes her walker abilities just a little more to save the day. I love how Briggs digs a little deeper into Mercy’s walker abilities in each book. Since Moon Called, Briggs writing has captured me with her ability to unfold stories within stories.

If you’re a fan of the series this is a must read! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this series, then I highly recommend you go out and pick up the first book, Moon Called.

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Vampire’s Kiss by Ella Summers

Vampire's Kiss (Legion of Angels #1)Vampire’s Kiss by Ella Summers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a fan of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, I’m surprised it took me this long to discover Vampire’s Kiss by Ella Summers. With powerful sexy angels, dangerous vampires and a kick ass electric blonde heroine, it would seem like reading another of Singh’s books. But it’s Summers’ writing style, world building and themes that help create a story that stands apart from Singh’s.

The first book in Summers’ Legion of Angels series, Vampire’s Kiss introduces a world full of monsters and gods where being “just” human is a risk. Leda Pierce is a bounty hunter who has no magical abilities but for Leda that’s okay as she has a family that loves her. Everything changes when her brother is taken and Leda’s only way to get him back is to join the Legion of Angels. As an elite group of warriors, they are given gifts from the gods to serve and protect but Leda has to survive the initiation first. Throw in an insanely sexy and dangerous angel named Nero, and Leda’s journey just got a lot more interesting.

Vampire’s Kiss is a great introduction into Summers’ world. I definitely recommend this book to fans of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

More than halfway through Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, I was pleasantly surprised. I say pleasantly because the surprise was happy and unexpected. Of course I had heard of this book with its colorful cover and five-star reviews, but I never picked it up and I’m glad that I finally did.

Everything, Everything tells the story of eighteen-year old Madeline Whittier who is literally allergic to the world. In all her eighteen years she has never been outside, but that changes when all-black wearing Olly moves in next door. Soon Madeline finds herself answering to Maddy, falling in love, and wanting a life she can’t have.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yoon’s storytelling from start to finish. The illustrations within Everything, Everything helps the reader to discover who Maddy is and are fun to read. Maddy herself is a likable and fun character even though she’s sick. Yoon’s writing is solid as she takes you on a journey of love and risks.

Representation matters, and it’s wonderful that there’s such a popular book by a woman of color about a woman of color. Yes, this book had me a bit teary during some chapters but I still recommend this book to everyone. Now that I’ve completed Everything, Everything, The Suns Is Also a Star is definitely on my tbr list.

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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1)Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daughter of the Forest is a magical tale of a girl who is willing to take on an impossible task to save her brothers and herself.

Using elements from The Six Swans, Juliet Marillier combines romance, magic and adventure to create her own fantasy tale. Marillier’s story follows Sorcha, the youngest and only daughter of Lord Colum, Ruler of Sevenwaters. More in tuned with nature and running barefoot than embroidery lessons and marriage prospects, Sorcha soon finds she is her brothers only hope as they are placed under a witch’s enchantment. Sorcha must sew six shirts from the nettle plant that is painful to touch, all while staying mute. Her task is further complicated when she finds herself falling in love.

Marillier’s detailed writing lends to wonderful character development that pulls the reader in emotionally. A more romantic fantasy tale, Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest is a must read. As the first book in the Sevenwaters series, it sets the stage for later books. While I enjoyed Daughter of the Forest,I did not feel compelled to read more as they tell the stories of later generations.

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The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was watching the trailer for Kate Winslet’s next movie that led me to reading The Dressmaker. As a fan of the beautifully talented Kate Winslet and fashion, I was instantly entranced by the 2 minute trailer and needed to read the book that inspired the film.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham takes place in the 1950s as it follows dressmaker Mrytle “Tilly” Dunnage as she returns to her small hometown in Australia to take care of her sick mother. Right away the little town of Dungatar makes it know that Tilly is not welcome back. As the story progresses, Tilly’s past is slowly revealed while she begins to transform the people of Dungatar with her fashionable creations.

Just as Tilly’s creations transform the people of Dungatar, Ham’s beautiful syntax brings vivid imagery to every page. Ham does an exceptional job of revealing Tilly’s secrets as well as those of the townspeople, to the point where you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Filled with secrets, love, loss and determination, The Dressmaker will leave you thinking about it weeks after reading. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fashion and dark comedy and is looking for something to cleanse their palate.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson

Queen of Song and Souls (Tairen Soul, #4)Queen of Song and Souls by C.L. Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can safely say that I’ve become addicted to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. I have been devouring these books like there’s no tomorrow. The Winter King was the first book by Wilson I read and from there I discovered the Tairen Soul series, which I haven’t been able to put down. Wilson delivers just the right amount of romance, royal court intrigue, action and magic to weave an incredible story about a woman who rises out of a small loving life to embrace a power that will either save the people she loves or destroy everything she holds dear.
I’m onto the next and final book of the Tairen Soul series but I don’t want it to end!

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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other DayEvery Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unique. Addictive. Badass. Three words I would use to describe Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I stumbled across this ebook looking for a short, fun romance story to get lost in but found myself reading late into the night whispering, “one more chapter.”

Every Other Day takes place in a world like our own but where supernatural creatures have existed for a while. Kali, a normal high school girl isn’t as normal as everyone thinks, especially her father. Kali finds herself unraveling secrets about who and what she is, while trying to not die again. Oh, and Kali might just be going crazy because an intriguing voice in her head named Zev won’t shut up.

Barnes does a fantastic job of building this world that’s half supernatural and half science. No longer are the creatures that go bump in the night stories, they’re real and even on the endangered species list. I loved reading Every Other Day and still can’t decide if I’m happy or devastated that this is standalone book. I do know that I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if you’re in a book slump!

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Breath Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After what seemed like forever I finally sat down and read Breathe Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. I should say I devoured the second book in Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles because there was little sleep. This series has quickly become a favorite of mine as it’s a mythology encased romantic adventure.

Breath Of Fire starts immediately after A Promise Of Fire,” jumping right into “Cat” Catalia Fisa dealing with the aftermath of the events in the first book. From the start, there’s drama, action, romance and my favorite, a dose of Greek mythology. I loved that this second book involved more mythology and Bouchet does a great job intertwining it with the characters stories.

I loved Cat and Griffin’s story. Their relationship progresses to the point that Griffin is more than ready to take the next step and I love his support of Cat. In this book a lot of secondary characters are pushed to the front. We learn a lot more about Kato, Jocasta, Carver and Flynn. I really look forward to learning more about Piers which I have a hunch we’ll get in the next book!

So the wait for Heart on Fire begins! For anyone who has already read the Kingmaker Chronicles, I recommend rereading them and for everyone else I absolutely recommend you start reading.

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Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)Green Rider by Kristen Britain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While looking for my next great epic fantasy read I came across Kristen Britain’s Green Rider series! Again, a great book I found when I wasn’t even looking. Green Rider is the first book in the series and I should have known that I would love this book because of three things. First, the series follows a woman named Karigan G’ladheon. Second, there’s action and I’m not talking about a few sword fights but life and death type of situations. (fyi, there’s no such thing as too much action) And third, there’s magic involved!

The Green Rider is an excellent book if you’re looking to follow a woman through a perilous journey she didn’t ask to take. Britain does a great job of creating a female character who acknowledges her faults but still perseveres through the face of danger. Though I was looking for my next epic fantasy when discovering Green Rider, I wouldn’t classy this first book as high fantasy or what I refer to as epic fantasy like The Lord of the Rings or the Sword of Truth series, which was the type of book I was looking for. This book was lighter in its mood and simpler in writing.

No matter what type of genre/style you’re looking for in your next book, I definitely recommend checking out Green Rider by Kristen Britain!

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Throwback Thursday Review: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Where the Heart IsWhere the Heart Is by Billie Letts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first read this book a long time ago after seeing the movie, with Natalie Portman played Novalee Nation. Natalie Portman became one of my favorite actors and I had to read the book after watching the movie. P.S., it didn’t disappoint!

Where the Heart Is is a soft heart warming story. I love the pacing and mood throughout the book. There is a trustful mood set from start to finish that allows the reader to have faith that everything will work out in the end. I love that Letts was able to create this mood as it helps develop the characters.I really recommend the movie to everyone and to give the book a shot. I just love the story and its one of my favorites!

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