Can’t Wait Wednesday: Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

So happy to see a new Mercy Thompson urban fantasy coming in March 2022!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Soul Taken

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #13

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

352 pages

Synopsis: The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires and werewolves is over.

So Mercy goes out to find her stalker—and discovers more than just Wulfe have disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not just ordinary people but supernatural beings. Until Wulfe vanished, all of them were powerless loners, many of whom quietly moved to the Tri-Cities in the hope that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam’s pack would extend to them as well.

Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she learns of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less-trodden paths and reaps the souls that are ripe with a great black scythe. . . .

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I’ve been reading Patricia Briggs fantasy since before she started writing the Mercy Thompson books. I’m always happy to have one of her books to look forward to. I love the covers of her books, too!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Wicche Glass Tavern by Seana Kelly

A fun urban fantasy series with werewolves, vampires, wicches, fae and other paranormal creatures.

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Wicche Glass Tavern

by Seana Kelly

Series: Sam Quinn #3

Published by NYLA

Publishing date: October 5

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: I’m Sam Quinn, the werewolf book nerd owner of the Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar. Clive, my vampire gentleman caller, has asked me to marry him. His nocturne is less than celebratory. Unfortunately, for them and the sexy vamp doing her best to seduce him, his cold, dead heart beats only for me.

As much as my love life feels like a minefield, it has to take a backseat to a far more pressing problem. The time has come. I need to deal with my aunt, the woman who’s been trying to kill me for as long as I can remember. She’s learned a new trick. She’s figured out how to weaponize my friends against me. To have any hope of surviving, I have to learn to use my necromantic gifts. I need a teacher. We find one hiding among the fae, which is a completely different problem. I need to determine what I’m capable of in a hurry because my aunt doesn’t care how many are hurt or killed as long as she gets what she wants. Sadly for me, what she wants is my name on a headstone.

I’m gathering my friends—werewolves, vampires, wicches, gorgons, a Fury, a half-demon, an elf, and a couple of dragon-shifters—into a kind of Fellowship of the Sam. It’s going to be one hell of a battle. Hopefully, San Francisco will still be standing when the dust clears.

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I read the first book in this series a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I have the second book and was glad to see that a third book is getting published soon.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Urban fantasy series about werewolves from one of my favorite authors

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Wild Sign

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha and Omega #6

Published by Ace Books

Publishing date: March 16

Genre: Urban Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous—and it has met werewolves before.

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I’ve read Patricia Briggs’s books for years and love them all! So happy to read what happens next in this series!

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

A favorite series–werewolves, a coyote shifter, fae and other magical creatures

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Smoke Bitten

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #12

Published by Ace

Publishing date: March 10, 2020

Genre: Urban Fantasy

368 pages

Synopsis: I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

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One of my favorite series! I’m caught up with this series and I eagerly wait each year for a book in the Mercy Thompson series or the Alpha & Omega series set in the same world.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I want to read . . .

. . . Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs because I love the two related series set in the same world that she writes–the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.

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Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Published by Orbit

Publishing date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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Charles and Anna are great characters and I want to see what has happened with them since the last book. I like the direction Patricia Briggs has taken this series with humans finding out just how scary the fae are as well as humans finding out about more of the supernatural world. This book sounds like there will be more about damaged and dangerous werewolves as well as scary witches.

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

fire-touchedFire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Tri-cities area of Washington State
Published by Ace, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
352 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Initial impressions

  • A great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. This continues to be one of my favorite series. And this book is one of my favorites in the series.

The story

  • A troll on the bridge! Eating cars and people (I always knew I was right when I was afraid of trolls as a child!)
  • The werewolves come out to fight with Mercy joining in as well.
  • The story gets even more complex with the appearance of a human stolen by the fae a long time ago. He has some dangerous powers. And the fae want him back.
  • The story escalates from there!

Pluses

  • March is one of my favorite months of the year, because I can almost always count on a Patricia Briggs book. I love catching up with Mercy, Adam, the rest of the werewolf pack and other characters. I really like how characters grow and change in these books.
  • I love the relationship between Adam and Mercy. Ms. Briggs does a great job of showing their love and concern for each other.
  • The last Mercy Thompson book dealt with a volcano god and that has had lasting effects on the pack. Now they are dealing with fire again–and this will change their world even more.
  • I am glad to see Adam support Mercy so strongly.
  • This is a great story–lots of action and important plot twists.
  • I like the ongoing story arc with the fae and humans at odds. Lots of room for action on both sides. Is a war going to happen?
  • I’ve always liked that Mercy is a VW auto mechanic. That has always been a great job for her–shows her strengths and makes her more real. And throughout these books lots of action takes place at her garage. She’s doing repairs after the volcano god wrecked the garage.

Minuses

  • I’m ready for all the pack to finally fully support Mercy. There’s progress in this book, but I want to make sure that continues…lol. The pack isn’t a democracy after all.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I love the world Ms. Briggs has created and that she writes two different (sometimes intertwining) series set in this world.
  • I don’t like waiting for the next book, but I’m glad the quality of writing is so high. So take the time you need for this series, Ms. Briggs!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels. In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson.
  • Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series.

Reading Challenges

Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

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by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 8
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2014
E-book, Purchased
341 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

“Don’t believe everything she says, okay? Don’t leave without talking to me.”

I turned around, and said, fiercely, “Never. Not even if I talk to you first. You aren’t getting away now, buster.”

He dove for my mouth. And when he was finished ensuring that neither of us was going to get much sleep for a while, he said, “Remember that. We’re both likely to be clinging to that thought by the time this is over.”

and

Adam snorted as he pulled on a faded green t-shirt that said “I Heart Coyotes.” Yet another sign that folding my clean clothes wasn’t too big a price to pay to make him happy. He didn’t have any “I Heart Christy ” shirts or I would have burned them already.

Likes

  • I love the characters and the stories Patricia Briggs writes.
  • The relationship between Adam and Mercy is so well written. There’s just enough romance in her books.
  • Not everyone likes Mercy and that helps keep the book interesting.
  • I like Coyote. He’s devious, loves to play tricks and not always around when Mercy needs his help.
  • The way Ms. Briggs weaves the myths and stories from many cultures in these books is great.
  • The walking stick which keeps coming back to Mercy is amusing.
  • The portrayal of the Fae and vampires in this series is interesting.
  • This series continues to get better and better. I like how the two series (Mercy Thompson series and Alpha and Omega series) Ms. Briggs is writing have overlapping plot lines. I like both series very much.
  • I really like the direction the story arc has taken in the past few books. This book hints at more to come!

Dislikes

  • I don’t like conflict very much so the beginning of the book introduces conflict with Adam’s ex-wife and I really didn’t want to read about Mercy having to put up with it. However, once I made myself get past that I loved the book.

Thoughts

This isn’t my favorite book of the series. I don’t like the conflict with Christy and the fact Mercy can’t fight back without looking petty. Christy is very good at manipulating people. Story-wise this makes for good conflict for Mercy to have to fight through, but I still don’t like it! However, this is still a very good book. 🙂

Have you read this book? How did you like it? How does it compare to the rest of the series for you?

Reading Challenges

2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

Review: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

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Clean Sweep
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 1
Genre: urban fantasy
Published by Ilona Andrews, 2013
E-book, Purchased
200 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

In my experience, the ex-military guys came in two types. The first grew long hair, sprouted beards, and indulged in all the things they hadn’t been able do while they’d been in the armed forces. The second did their best to pretend they never got out.

and

The woman stared at the ruined body. Blood dripped from her arm. A fine spray of red covered her face –must’ve been cast off when she slammed down the cans. She wiped her face with her left forearm and kicked the stalker’s corpse with her sneakered foot. “Don’t mess with Texas.”

 What works for me

  • I love it! Just fun to read.
  • Ilona Andrews…a favorite author. This husband-wife team write such fun characters and interesting urban fantasy. As I read this I thought “they really enjoyed writing this. This was for fun.”
  • Not a book to take too seriously.
  • There’s a little romance. I like the chemistry between Dina and Sean and Dina and Arland. This isn’t really a love triangle (which I don’t like). Very low key…two guys interested…and she’s a little interested in them. Ilona Andrews does a good job making these characters interesting and likeable with an edge of danger.
  • The author is writing a sequel–Yay 🙂
  • Dina is a fun character. We haven’t found out everything about her which is great. I’m looking forward to more books and finding out more about Dina and the world she lives in.
  • The Innkeeper concept is interesting. It works and makes an interesting background for the story.

What doesn’t work

  • Nothing to report!

My thoughts

The authors released this book as a serial on their blog for free each week. I didn’t read it at that time. The book was for sale on Amazon when I found it. Ilona Andrews is again releasing the second book–Sweep in Peace–in the Innkeeper series as a weekly serial.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Reading Challenges

2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

I’m participating in the Book Bingo Challenge (using a series square for this book).

Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne

hexedHexed
by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Del Rey, 2011
E-book, Purchased
320 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II.

With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas with their special brand of deadly decadence, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt. But aided by his magical sword, his neighbor’s rocket-propelled grenade launcher, and his vampire attorney, Atticus is ready to sweep the town and show the witchy women they picked the wrong Druid to hex.

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<Oh.> Oberon looked at me. <I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I’ll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn’t said a thing.>

Thanks, buddy, I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans.

<See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.”>

and

“…they’ll have to bring in Mulder an’ Scully, because there ain’t no CSI on the planet that’ll ever be able to explain this.”

 

What worked for me:

  • Once again, Oberon is a great character.
  • As the above quotes show, there’s humor and snark which I like.
  • Coyote is an interesting and powerful character.
  • The author does a good job with many different mythologies and giving his own twist.

What didn’t work:

  • I understand the slang is supposed to show Atticus blending in, but some of it’s silly.
  • I don’t feel a connection to these characters–other than Oberon…lol.

My thoughts:

I probably won’t pick up the next book in this series right away. I have other series I enjoy more right now.

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Have you read this series? How do you feel about it? Should I pick up the next book and read it right away?!!

Review: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

I read this book during Fraterfest Read-a-Thon hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This was a fun read-a-thon and I managed to read two books during the five days of the read-a-thon! Fool Moon was a good choice because it takes place in October and is about werewolves!

Fool Moon
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden File series, #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2001
e-book, Library
421 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Harry Dresden–Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work–magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses–and the first two don’t count…

 

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My magic. That was at the heart of me. It was a manifestation of what I believed, what I lived. It came from my desire to see to it that someone stood between the darkness and the people it would devour.

What I like about this book:

  • The many types of werewolves shown in this book–lycantrhopes, hexenwolves, werewolves, loup-garou.
  • The mysteries is interesting and kept me guessing for quite awhile. Even when I decided who must be behind the murders I didn’t realize the full extent.
  • Harry is an idealist. He doesn’t take the safe course if there’s someone who needs protecting.
  • Some of the same characters from the first book are in this book–Lt. Karrin Murphy, John Marcone, Susan Rodriguez.
  • There’s a bit of romance between Harry and Susan. Also a strained sort of friendship with Harry and Karrin Murphy.

What I don’t like:

  • By the time the book ends Harry thinks someone may be trying to kill him. However, when Harry has the chance to ask someone who might know who this is he doesn’t ask. (Although he did ask someone earlier in the book.)

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My thoughts: 

This is a good second book in the series. It hints that someone is trying to kill Harry. (Though the way that’s handled is one of the aspects I didn’t like.) I’m looking forward to the next book and I have that e-book on hold at the library. Since I’ve read books 4 and 5 in the series I know this series only improves as we go on!

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Do you read The Dresden Files series? Are you continuing to like them?