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Melanie's Week in Review - January 4, 2015

Melanie's Week in Review - January 4, 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you are all having a great 2015 so far. I have high hopes for some fantastic reads for the new year, mainly as I have been selected as a beta reader for Michael J. Sullivan's new series  - First Empire. I am super excited already.

In the last week I have managed to read a few books. I wasn't certain that I would get much read as I have been on leave so no long commutes to give me ample reading time. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - January 4, 2015
I finished reading Transmuted by Karina Cooper but I will be writing a full review so can't give too much away. I did find that the price of Night Broken the 8th in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs had at last dropped to an acceptable, Kindle version amount. I loved this series at the start. Mercy ranked up there with Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews) in my estimation as kick ass heroine. When Mercy married the 'too good to be true' Adam she has sorted wimped out and gets violently beaten up each book. Night Broken  has marginally improved my view of this series as Mercy has seemed to have re-grown her backbone, especially when Adam's ex-wife and manipulator supreme returns to town with a malevolent god-stalker in pursuit. It's up to Mercy to overcome her dislike of the woman who can still wrap Adam and the rest of the pack around her very human pinky to save the day.

I thought this instalment was quite different from the others. Firstly, Mercy - the coyote shapeshifter doesn't shift once. This has always been a focus of previous novels and even with her werewolf pack the shapeshifting takes a back seat. A number of characters from previous books also pop up in the story either as background, in conversation or are part of the plot. I thought it was a good 'melange' of supernatural characters including the werewolves (of course), the Coyote, fae, vampires and other gods and monsters. Overall, a good read but Mercy's boobs are WAY too big in this cover! She looks more like Lara Croft than the mechanic, coyote shifter Mercy Thompson.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 4, 2015I then discovered that the next book in the Seven series by Dannika Dark  - Four Days had been released. After the previous book Five Weeks I didn't think I was going to continue the series but I thought I would give it another go. This time the love story focused on Ivy and Lorenzo Church. Ivy had been basically traded off by her father and had been enjoying living with her new pack until the big baddy from her previous life shows up. A chain of ridiculous events lead Ivy to end up living with the macho Church where he violent and abusive past is discovered. I am not sure how Dark is going to get her lead characters to fall in love in less time than 4 days. It gives the phrase  - whirlwind romance - a whole new meaning. Bad guys, deep dark secrets and hot and steamy are the themes of this urban fantasy.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 4, 2015
My final book for this week was A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine. I found this book on my Amazon recommendations and I read a number of positive reviews about it. It was sufficiently steampunky that I thought I would be sure to like it. Well....lets just say by 75% into the book I gave up and read the last page. The story is set in what sounded like the late 1800s in England where who you were and how you acted in polite society was paramount. When the young aristo Janette finds herself caught between 2 warring factions of .....well that is it....I was never sure what they were but it had something to do with crystals. Needless to say there is a young man involved who gets Janette's corset all a quiver. Had she spent as much time thinking of her personal safety as she did about the hunky Darius then it might have been a better book!

That is all for me for this week. I have a few books to clear off my TBR in these early months of 2015 so until next week, Happy Reading.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

And the winners are...

Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell - Ended March 7, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  What is/are your favorite book(s), movie(s) or TV show(s) about natural disasters

Barbara E. who said...

I liked the movie Twister, as well as Night of the Comet.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm (2 copies) - Ended March 8, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Favorite mystery writer? or Favorite myth?

1) Stephanie who said...

My favorite mystery writer is Agatha Christie.


2) Lesley D who said...

My favorite classic mystery writer is Sir Authur Conan Doyle, but my favorite urban fantasy/mystery writer is Jim Butcher. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds right up my alley. :)

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Fated (Alex Verus 1) by Benedict Jacka - Ended March 9, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Which do you prefer - the UK or US covers?

Aisling who said...

This is one of the rare occasions I prefer the US covers. I MUST read Fated. I only wish I had some of Alex's magic to increase my reading time.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

I Dream of Genies (Bottled Magic 1) and Genie Knows Best (Bottled Magic 2) by Judi Fennell - Ended March 10, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite genie? OR Make a wish!

Kristina Parmenter who said...

My wish is.............................

To have sun and warmth all year round...oh and kids that listen and don't interupt when i am

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

On the Prowl - Ended March 13, 2012 - Read the review here. US ONLY

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite werewolf or werewolves in books or film?

Di who said...

I haven't red a book about a werewolf in a long time, but I do like Alcide from True Blood.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig - Ended March 14, 2012 - Read the interview here. Please note that Blackbirds will not be released until April 24 in the US. The winner will receive the novel after it is published.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Share one thing that it on your bucket list (that list of things you'd like to do before you die)?

B. Edge who said...

Travel is definitely part of my bucket list. The big one for me is Australia or New Zealand; I'd love to get to know such unique places!

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Black Howl (Black Wings 3) eBook for international/US winner or Mass Market Paperback for US winner only - Ended March 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite angel(s) or fallen angel(s) from novels, short stories, etc.?

pamerd who said


I love this series!

I have a couple of favorites - Dmitri of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade and since I have read Black Wings (and have Black Night in a TBR stack) I would also include Gabriel Angeloscuro.

Thanks for the chance.

Winners x 8 - March 17, 2012

The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, March 24, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills

Fair Game
Author:  Patricia Briggs
Series:  Alpha and Omega
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher:  Ace (March 6, 2012)
Price:  $26.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  9780441020034
Review Copy:  Hardcover provided by the Publisher

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey...

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...

My thoughts:

Fair Game is the third novel in the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs. Charles and his wife Anna are sent to Boston to help in the investigation of a series of murders.

My favorite part of Fair Game, and all the Alpha and Omega novels, is Anna and Charles. I love reading about them. Charles is a very scary Alpha werewolf, who does not lead a pack, but is his father's enforcer. Anna is an Omega werewolf. She can exert a calming influence over other werewolves. Omegas are very highly valued and not very common.  Anna's not afraid to calmly push for what she wants. Make no mistake, Anna is a werewolf and will fight to protect when necessary. She doesn't back down from the challenge that Charles presents. Nor does she back down from discussing things with the Charles' father that he might find uncomfortable.

Charles needs her more than ever now that he's feeling guilt about what he does for his father. Charles blocks Anna from helping him because he worries that she will not want him anymore and also to protect her from what he is going through. Anna, however is very smart and very stubborn. Charles has certainly met his match. Neither Charles nor Anna are one dimensional and continue to surprise and delight.

I figured out part of the murder mystery, but only because the clues are there if you look. However, there was quite a bit I did not know so the mystery still kept me guessing. The killings are definitely grim and gruesome. Like many inter-jurisdictional serial killer cases there are people involved from different governmental agencies. The tensions between these agencies is not ignored and is well written.

There are some really terrific characters in Fair Game in addition to Anna and Charles. The head of the Boston pack is very likable.  There's also a fae that I find really fascinating. I don't know if we will see him again, but I hope so since he does create some problems for all the supernatural beings.

While Fair Game is a story about Anna and Charles and the serial murders it also includes themes concerning racism against and fear of the supernatural since the werewolves have made themselves known.  These are reactions that I would expect to see from some people should werewolves be announced to the world.

Fair Game is well written, fast-paced and sets up some interesting times to come. I am looking forward to what is next for the Alpha and Omega.

I give Fair Game 4 Qwills.

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills

I strongly suggest that the Alpha and Omega series be read in order.

References are made in the Alpha and Omega novels to the Mercy Thompson series, but it is not necessary to read those novels in order to enjoy the Alpha and Omega series.

Prior books, novellas in the Alpha and Omega series:

On the Prowl
includes "Alpha and Omega" novella
Berkley, August 7, 2007
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages

Note that this novella has been published alone as an ebook.*

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills
These all-new paranormal romances from today's hottest authors feature a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

Cry Wolf
Alpha and Omega 1
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Ace (July 29, 2008)

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills
Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson’s world—but with rules of its own.


Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

*Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf
Alpha and Omega
eBook, 86 pages
Berkley (October 20, 2008)

Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills
In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson but with rules of it’s own. Now, read the eSpecial, Alpha and Omega, the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began.

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.

Charles Cornick is the son and enforcer of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate.

Hunting Ground
Alpha and Omega2
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Ace (August 25, 2009)
Release Day Review - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs - 4 Qwills
Anne Latham didn't know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son--and enforcer--of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn't know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran's controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan--and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all--or risk losing everything...

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of On the Prowl from the publisher! US ONLY

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is/are your favorite werewolf or werewolves in books or film?

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There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011

This was an extremely light week for comics after last week's end of month comic inundation. In new comics I picked up a couple based on books, both from Dynamite Entertainment.

L.A. Bank's Vampire Huntress, #4

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011
There's an old saying that, "The Devil is always busy." Well this time the Dark Lord has outdone himself and has created a new entity that has the full Guardian team and both Neterus completely baffled. THAT is what's been going after the teams and infecting them. It has the essence of evil distilled down from his fallen Vampire Council, a little topspin from his exterminated favorite demon, The Thirteenth, with general regulation nastiness just for good measure. The problem the team has now is, how do they track something that can morph at will? Perhaps the bigger question is, once they find it, how the hell do they kill it? LA Banks brings the series to a shattering conclusion! Dynamite Entertainment

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, #6 of 8

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011
Her attempt to unravel the conspiracy threatening the security of the wolf pack has led coyote changeling Mercy Thompson down many dark and mysterious roads.

But now Mercy's search for answers takes her to the most perilous place of all.

In the heart of a coven of vampires Mercy finds she is all that stands between her friends and destruction...and discovers the vampire queen believes the coyote shapeshifter is the greatest danger of all!

Compelling characters and an exciting blend of action and suspense have rocketed Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson novels to the top of the NY Times best-seller list. Our adaptation is guaranteed to thrill fans both old and new! Dynamite Entertainment

I mentioned some older H.P. Lovecraft comics a couple of weeks ago. I purchased the missing issues on eBay. Here are the scans of the covers:

The Lurking Fear
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011

Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011

The Alchemist
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - May 5, 2011

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 3, 2011

It was an extremely light comic week for me. I did get my copy of Previews so I can order comics for April 2011.

Here are this week's favorites.

G-Fan #94, Winter 2011
This is not a comic but a favorite magazine of mine. It's primarily about Godzilla.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 3, 2011
You can see what is in this issue here.

Dynamite Entertainment

Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, #4

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 3, 2011
A dangerous conspiracy threatens the wolf pack and Mercy Thompson is on the run. Lives have been lost, hostages taken, and our coyote shapeshifter is caught in the crossfire.

Now, surrounded by old friends and new enemies, seeking safety in the town that shunned her, face-to-face with her foster father and her former lover...can Mercy unravel the mystery in time to save her friends? Or even herself? Dynamite

Image Comics

The Mice Templar. Volume III, A Midwinter Night's Dream, #2

Cover A
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 3, 2011

The war for the Dark Lands has begun! Ronan declares the hero Karic's fate, forcing Cassius to make a life-threatening choice. The next generation of Maeven archers fight for their lives against the fearsome Mortair sisterhood of rat assassins. While at the capital city, events grow even more dire for those trapped within its walls, as the Druid High Priest assumes command of the vacant throne of King Icarus!

The two-time Harvey Award-winning series continues, from the acclaimed co-creator of Powers and the writer of Valkyrie and Thor: First Thunder. Image
Cover B
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 3, 2011

All in all a very light week for me. My son, however, got a lot of Iron Man comics.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

I finally picked up my comics this morning. It's a lot calmer on Thursday than on new release day. I did not get a lot of comics this week. Here are my favorites:

IDW Publshing:

Mario Acevedo's Killing the Cobra, #4
Chinatown Trollop, Part 4
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

The action gets hyper-kinetic and bloody when detective-vampire Felix Gomez and his lover Qian Ning escape the carnage unleashed by the gangster Jiang Chow and his goons. Felix retaliates and his victory turns hollow after Qian is taken hostage. She's bait and Felix has no choice but to enter Jiang's trap.

If you are a fan of Mario's Felix Gomez novels, you must get this comic!

MGM Drive-In Theater: It The Terror From Beyond Space, #3
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

This retro-1950s saga follows the harrowing tale of the spaceship Challenge 142 as it carries the only survivor of an earlier failed expedition who is suspected of killing his crew for their lifesaving rations. Traveling Earthbound… they discover a hungry man-eating creature that is killing the crew one member at a time…


Sense & Sensibility, #5 of 5
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

After their trip to London proves a positive disaster, the defeated Dashwood daughters forge their way home to Barton. And when a broken heart pushes fragile Marianne over the edge, it's beyond even her sister Elinor's means to help her. But can the shocking revelations of a surprise gentleman caller prove Marianne's salvation? Find out in the fantastic final chapter of Jane Austen's beloved masterpiece!


Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, #1
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

Five Mercy Thompson novels have topped the NY Times best-seller list, and her premiere graphic novel did the same. Now Patricia Briggs' heroic shape-shifter returns to comics.

Mercy Thompson inhabits two worlds without truly belonging to either.

To the human inhabitants of the Tri-Cities she's an oddity, a female mechanic operating her own garage.

To the town's darker residents, werewolves, vampires, and fae, she's a walker, a last-of-her-kind magical being with the power to become a coyote.

Mercy warily straddles the fine line dividing our everyday world from that darker dimension.

Till a boy, mauled by vicious werewolves and forever changed by the attack and on the run from those who committed the crime, appears at her door.

Now her two worlds are about to collide. Outnumbered and out-muscled, can Mercy possibly save the boy? Or even herself?

Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 1 #1 begins Dynamite's eight-part adaptation of Patricia Briggs first Mercy novel. Personally supervised by Ms. Briggs, the series is sure to thrill fans both old and new!

Brett Booth is the cover artist. He was the main artist for the Anita Blake comics.

Boom! Studios:

Dracula: The Company of Monsters #2
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - September 23, 2010

From the mind of Kurt Busiek, the all-new ongoing horror series continues! When a powerful, predatory corporation acquires the valuable asset that is Dracula, they are not prepared for what they have awakened. Despite being trapped by the corporation, Dracula will let no one stop him from rebuilding his kingdom. Even if it takes a hundred more years. And many more bodies. It's bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos.
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