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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Throwback Thursday Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court (The Four Arts, #1)The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading The Shattered Court! This book has been on my to-read list and I finally picked it up during my last trip to the library. For some reason I thought this was a YA novel, so at first the description didn’t have me as excited as if it wasn’t a YA novel. I’m just glad I picked this book up!

I have to say I loved the characters and the dynamic between Sophia and Cameron. The only thing I wish this book hadΒ isΒ a map! Seriously, a map would have helped when reading about Anglion, the traveling that takes place and Illvya. Keeping a mental map while reading about these different places, especially with the type of travel done, is not the best. I think a map would have also helped with the world building in this novel. We don’t get to see much of this world that M.J. Scott has created and that sucks. Whether the world building just wasn’t the greatest or Scott did this intentionally to make the reader just as ignorant of the world outside Anglion as the characters, I don’t know. In my opinion, I hope it’s the latter. I will be following this series and can’t wait for book 2!

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