Release Day Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: March 8th 2016
Links: EbookHardcover • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

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?

*Library Journal

It’s been a while since I’ve really delved back into urban fantasy, but reading Fire Touched reminded me of all the reasons why I love reading that genre. The Mercy Thompson series is one of my all-time favorites, so being back with Mercy and the gang was pure bliss. What I love most about Patricia Briggs books is that even though we’re this far into the series, all of the characters still grow, still go through their ups and downs, and experiencing all that along with them is one of the best feelings ever.

“You and I,” he said, “will always be okay. I can’t promise anything more.”

Mercy and Adam are back on track after the mess that was his ex-wife in the previous book, but of course, things are never easy for this couple. Tensions are rising between the fae, humans, and werewolves, and Mercy has become somewhat of a leader in keeping the peace. Adam is dealing with dangers that threaten his pack, his territory, and his mate. Beloved old characters return while new ones are introduced – one fire touched boy from “Underhill” needs protection from the Gray Lords who want to use him, and of course Mercy and the pack will do everything they can to help him. Fire Touched is definitely a game changer in the Mercy Thompson series and it’s an installment fans should not miss.

I really loved the way everyone was working together to try to keep a war from breaking out, be they shifters, fae, or humans. Mercy is at the center of it all, the one everyone knows they can turn to because she’s someone they can trust to have their backs and keep her promises. I’ve seriously missed Mercy, who’s one of my favorite heroines ever. It was great to see her so strong and badass, funny and humble. And her relationship with Adam is as strong and steady as ever. Sometimes I get tired of a couple when their relationship lasts through many books, but I don’t think I’ll ever feel this way about Mercy and Adam.

Despite the long time in between books I had to wait, I was easily able to immerse myself into Mercy’s world from the very first page of this book. Patricia Briggs’ writing is as fantastic, action-packed, and thrilling as ever. There was honestly never a dull moment in Fire Touched. If you’re a fan of the series, you already know how amazing these characters are so why wouldn’t you read this book!? If you’ve yet to experience the Mercy Thompson series, I highly recommend it if you love action, incredible and lovable characters, and a brilliantly-written paranormal world to get yourself sucked into. I can’t wait to see what Patricia Briggs has in store for us next!

4 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: Mercy Thompson series

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
 Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs  

#1 ~ Moon Called: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ Blood Bound: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ Iron Kissed: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Bone Crossed: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#5 ~ Silver Borne: EbookHardcoverPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#6 ~ River Marked: EbookHardcoverPaperback • AudibleGoodreads
#7 ~ Frost Burned: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#8 ~ Night Broken: EbookHardcover • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#9 ~ Fire Touched: EbookHardcover • Audible • Goodreads


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ARC Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Purchase: Ebook • Hardcover
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

First off, I’m a huge fan of Patricia Briggs! Her paranormal world of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series (Charles and Anna’s series) is unlike any other. And though I adore Mercy’s series, I have to say I love Charles and Anna’s books more. Every single book of theirs, I’ve wholeheartedly loved – I highly recommend reading this series (and the Mercy books too) if you’re a fan of paranormal and/or urban fantasy.

Anna and Charles make up one of my all-time favorite fictional couples in the history of fictional couples. I love them as a couple, but I also love them as individuals. From their very first book (or more like, from their first novella), I was hooked onto them and their story. They’re not the typical badass hero/heroine of urban fantasy books. I mean, they definitely are badass, but they’re way more subtle about it. As an Omega, Anna has a calming effect on werewolves, and she doesn’t feel the need to obey werewolves who have a higher rank in the pack. Charles is pure alpha – as the Marrok’s son and enforcer, he is one of the most dominant werewolves and he delivers justice to those who deserve it. Despite their differences, I honestly can’t think of anyone better suited for Charles than Anna, and vice versa. The mutual respect and love they have for each other is palpable in each book – they’re the refreshing sort of couple that I could never get tired of reading about.

“The day I met you was the first day I ever felt joy.”

As a birthday present for Anna, Charles wants to buy her a horse. He takes them to see an old friend of his who has a horse ranch, but there’s trouble stirring in town when they get there. I don’t want to say much about the plot because it’s so much better to just experience it in its entirety, but I want to say that Patricia Briggs never fails to make me hooked onto her stories. The plot is perfectly paced with just the right amount of action, and the mystery is well-written and intriguing. I also loved seeing a new side of Charles and learning more about his past – Joseph is one of the few people Charles loves and can truly call a friend, and it was great seeing him happy around someone who wasn’t Anna, Bran, or Samuel.

The writing is impeccable as always. I don’t know how Patricia Briggs does it, but the way she writes the Alpha & Omega series is simply beautiful, this book especially. As someone who knows almost nothing about horses, I can say that that aspect of the story was flawlessly incorporated. I fell in love once again with Anna and Charles – they are truly one of the few couples who are near and dear to my heart. Their subtle humor, their sweet, tender moments, everything was perfectly written. I honestly wish their series would never end, because I could read about them forever!

Dead Heat is another fantastic, gripping, gorgeously-written installment in one of my favorite series ever. I loved every single word of this book!

5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Series Order: Alpha & Omega series

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs Fair Game by Patricia Briggs Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

#1 ~ Cry Wolf: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Hunting Ground: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Fair Game: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Dead Heat: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads

Review: Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #6 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 30th 2013
Purchase: Paperback • Ebook

Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

The Kate Daniels series is one of my favorite series of all time! The first book, though I didn’t love it as much as the rest of the series, still blew me away with the incredible world that Ilona Andrews created. And Kate totally hooked me in, with both her narration and character. Kate is a major badass. She’s like, queen of badass heroines. Sigh, I just love her so much. The second book was even better than the first, and that was when I started l o v i n g the series. And the third book, just, wow. Absolutely incredible, and still my favorite of the entire series (well, Magic Rises was a close second). The fourth and fifth books were amazing as well! I know I will always be wowed by a Kate Daniels book, and Magic Rises totally didn’t disappoint at all!

Magic Rises is full of everything you can expect in a Kate Daniels book—Kate being her badass, snarky, hilarious self. Crazy intense and exciting action. The best secondary characters (I love Derek so freaking much) that are just as fleshed out as the main characters. And CURRAN. Curran. Curran. Curran. Curran. Curran. This lion shapeshifter is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE book boyfriends. Like, ever. He’s the alpha of alphas (literally, he is), incredibly fierce, strong, loyal, hot, and most of all, he loves Kate with all his heart. He would drop everything he had worked for, all to save her. But of course, Kate would do the same in reverse. Their romance is one of my favorites. They’re strong and top dogs independently, but together, they can do and best anything. They bring out the best (and sometimes worst, which is usually hilarious to read) out of each other.

Curran. *SWOONS* *FAINTS*

Anyways, back to the err… fighting scenes. Yes! Fighting scenes. God, I get so crazy excited during all the action scenes in the Kate Daniels books. Because they’re just so well done! My head is completely into the fight, my heart’s beating, and I’m worrying about who can defeat whom. It’s so intense! And there are so many fight scenes in Magic Rises. LOVED them! I always enjoy action in books I read, and Magic Rises definitely gave me the rush and adrenaline I get when I read them.

There’s a special character who appears in the story, but I can’t say who, because it’s a spoiler! But I really liked him. Like, really really did. Even though he’s evil. There was just something so intriguing and dark and sexy about him… and his fight scenes with Kate! So. hot. Not that he could ever compare with Curran, but he’s still mighty fine on his own. If only he weren’t evil. Drat. Still, I’m excited to see more of him, and we definitely will be seeing more of him in future books.

The Kate Daniels series has romance in it, but it’s not a romance. It’s urban fantasy at its finest. So there aren’t really mushy, lovey-dovey scenes, and even if there were, they would make me feel kind of weird since lovey-dovey stuff is so not Kate and Curran. They usually make me laugh more often than they make me swoon, but I don’t love them any less for it! They’re perfect exactly the way they are. I never had a problem with Kate and Curran not really saying how much they love each other, since their actions speak louder than words, and I still don’t. But I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy reading an occasional mushy scene. And I swooned so. freaking. hard. I was all smiling, being all giddy and giggling, and I loved that even though Kate and Curran have been together for several books, their love is still going strong.

So go forth and read this series if you haven’t started! It’s a must-read series, and for those who are fans of Kate Daniels, you won’t be disappointed with Magic Rises!

5 hearts!
5-hearts

lacey

Reading Order: Kate Daniels series

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

#1 ~ Magic Bites: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#2 ~ Magic Burns: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#3 ~ Magic Strikes: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#4 ~ Magic Bleeds: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#5 ~ Magic Slays: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#6 ~ Magic Rises: Paperback • Ebook • Goodreads
#7 ~ Magic Breaks: Hardcover • Ebook • Goodreads