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Melanie's Week in Review - February 8, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - February 8, 2015


Sorry folks, my book reading this week was a bit poor as I have had the WORST cold and even off work for a day. So now that I have your sympathy you might notice I only read 2 books (is it working?). So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - February 8, 2015You might remember last week that I had a little trip down memory lane by re-reading the short story Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. I decided to continue that trip by re-reading book 1 in the series Cry Wolf which is based in the world of Mercy Thompson. The story starts immediately after the events of the short story with Anna joining Charles in the Marrock's pack based in rural Montana. While in the very early stages of their mating and their romance Charles is sent to the wilds to track down a rogue wolf. Little does he know that its not just any rogue but a witch that could harm more than a few lost hikers. Charles is one of my favourite characters from the Mercy Thompson's world and I always enjoy reading what him and Anna are up to and I am looking forward to Dead Heat  which will be released in March.

Melanie's Week in Review - February 8, 2015
Next on my reading list was Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost. This is the third book in the Night Prince series. Vlad and his vampire bride Leila are searching for Vlad's arch enemy Szilagyi to exact revenge. Unfortunately, Leila falls into the enemy's hands and Vlad is determined to get her back. Their love is red hot and anyone and everyone is going to burn if they try to keep them apart.

I can't say that I really liked this book and thought it was weakest of the series. The torture scenes were incredibly brutal and rather unnecessary. I even felt a bit sick at one point but then a chapter or two later the torture was almost all forgotten and chapters of hot and steamy between Leila and Vlad ensued. I think if I had been brutalised and almost raped I wouldn't be jumping into my marital bed that quickly no matter how much I loved my vampire husband. I think what got me reading this series was the cover (the model, of course). The final book in the series will be out in 2016.

That's it for me for this week. Fingers crossed I read more and blow my nose less. Until next week. Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 1, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - December 1, 2013


I hope all my American friends have had a great Thanksgiving. I can't believe it is now December and only a few weeks away from 2014. It feels like time is melting away....even more so when I realised it was time to write this post and I hadn't read very much. I am blaming work for my lack of reading. Not only is it 'tis the season to be jolly' it is also 'tis the season to infect your colleagues with your lurgy' which I have to say doesn't make for such a joyous lyric. It was a positive germ factory in my office this week and needless to say I am now sick (please insert sympathy here).

Melanie's Week in Review - December 1, 2013
I wasn't very successful getting back on track reading new books but in an effort to make myself feel better I went back and re-read Once Burned and Twice Tempted from the Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost. These were really quick reads, especially the second time around and I didn't tax myself too much with the plot (mainly because I had read it before). I prefer this series to the Night Huntress series and think I am the only person on the planet that doesn't get all excited about Cat and Bones. Leila and Vlad are way more interesting of a couple especially as Leila gets only a little mad at her vampire hubby for skewering his enemies in their dungeon. I also like the way that Frost ends each book. Rather than a big dramatic cliff hanger Frost has all the action earlier on (but still close to the end of the book) and then finishes practically mid-sentence. Each time I have read these books I always have to go back and check that there weren't any pages I had missed reading as they end so abruptly.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 1, 2013One book off my TBR that I did manage to read was Between Two Thorns which is the first in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman. I got this book from NetGalley even though it was first published by Angry Robot back in February (2013). I wasn't immediately grabbed by the story which switches between Mundanis (where we, normal mundanes live) and Aquae Sulis which is in the Nether, an alternate world set more or less in 18th/19th century England and where the leading families are supported by a fae lord. Everyone is kept in line by the Arbiters who are effectively the police and who carry their souls around their neck in a pendant. There are several characters to keep you busy including Sam, a mundane who has witnessed a crime he has been charmed to forget, Max an Arbiter who is cut off from other Arbiters and whose soul now resides around the neck of a gargoyle and Cathy, who has escaped her overbearing parents to live in Mundanis. These characters all come together to try to solve the crime Sam has witnessed.

In the early chapters of the book the scenes would rapidly change between these three characters but it was Max and the Arbiters who I found the most difficult to come to grips with. I couldn't really understand the significance of why Arbiters had their souls implanted in a necklace and I am still not entirely sure other than perhaps being a plot device. None of the characters were particularly likeable but I did think Cathy was slightly more sympathetic. Cathy was trying to escape an arranged marriage and life of virtual servitude to a man she neither liked or respected as she tries to hide in Mundanis. Cathy also has all the best lines and my favourite was when she was wishing she was back at home (in Mundanis) playing Mass Effect rather than standing by the punchbowl in a crinoline heavy ball gown in Aquae Sulis.

Between Two Thorns was one of the reasons why I ended up reading the Night Prince series again. I couldn't really concentrate on the plot that kept rapidly switching between characters. It wasn't until mid way that I was actually engaged in the story. I did end up really enjoying this book and Newman leaves us with a great cliffhanger and I am off to find book 2 (and possibly 3 if I am super naughty).

Melanie's Week in Review - December 1, 2013
In the midst of feeling sorry for myself and my impending cold I decided I need something else to read that I could get through really quickly. I had a quick look at what Amazon thought I should be reading and came across Damon, the first in the Protectors series by Teresa Gabelman. This book had good reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon but I wasn't impressed other than with my ability to read it in only 2 hours. I thought it was too stereotypical of the genre (vampire based PNR) and had a few direct similarities to the Sookie Stackhouse series where humans used vamps for their blood. I predicted every plot point and thought the characters were a bit one dimensional. Other readers enjoyed this book more than I but I felt a tad let down as I didn't think it lived up to all the stars it seemed to get.

That was it for me on the reading front. I am hoping I am more successful next week getting back on track. I hope you have a great week and until my next WIR as always, Happy Reading.


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