Book Review: Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
Book Rating: 4/5
I finally get it. I finally really enjoyed a Mercy Thompson book. Not to say that I didn’t appreciate any of the books before it, just that I didn’t fully appreciate Mercy. So how is it that I’ve finally been enlightened? I think it’s because I’ve read a ton of Anita Blake and let’s not get into how that character has “issues”. Mercy, like most all other heroines are selfless, running head first to save the day. The exception is though, that she is mature and thoughtful. Bravo to Patricia Briggs for creating a a well rounded female protagonist.
So in this book we tackle yet again another mysterious being, more Fae shenanigans and the dreaded ex-wife. As with all other Mercy Thompson books, we get a good story that’s filled with action and magic. We delve further into the pack bonds and the relationship between Mercy and Adam, and as much as the summary plays it up, there was non-drama with the ex. Kudos to Mercy and her maturity (for the most part). We also get new characters and the return of Coyote!
Overall, it was a good read but nothing really mind blowing that pushes the overall series along. Just another day, another monster sort of thing.
Book Review: High Rise by J.G. Ballard
Once again, I find myself reading a book outside my genre safety comfort zone. High Rise by J.G. Ballard was very good. It’s definitely interesting and tackles on a lot of thought provoking themes. This is especially more so as I live in an apartment complex myself, albeit less luxurious. Originally, I was skeptical how it would read, how a plot that sounded so convoluted would pan out. Now, I wonder if we could ever lapse like that and think that, yes, maybe… maybe we could. That worries me. This by far is a more worrying “future” than any dystopian books I’ve read thus far (Divergent, Hunger Games, Maze Runner) because it is not fully removed from our known reality.
High Rise is the stuff of book reports, but I’m not in school, so I won’t delve so deep. It is rife with symbolism of class, gender, isolation and mob mentality. As the events unfold, we learn how the building unravels in the eyes of three men from different classes, indicative from the floor their apartment resides. I only wish we could see through the eyes of a woman as well. And yet, at the end I’m left wondering what the hell just happened? How do they continue on? Even though I’m a fan of an open-ended resolution, I’m still left a little like, “What.”
I’d recommend this book for people who enjoy the psychology of dystopian situations. Not so much action packed but personal motivators of degeneracy reign supreme here… (did that make sense?!)
And yes, I read this because: Tom Hiddleston.
So yes, been obsessed with Tom Hiddleston and I read High Rise by J.G. Ballard mainly off that tangent. I’m still kind of processing what-the-fffuuu just went down.
And now my official reason to be on his hashtag. Wow. Too old to fangirl. I’ll stop.
Book Review: Fury by Shirley Marr
This was a hard book to really delve into. I wasn’t lost in the story or its characters. What essentially kept me going at the beginning lull was that I wanted to know who they killed and why. It’s pretty run of the mill, high school psychology, into the mind of the mean girl type book and whatnot.
What I enjoy most about books set in high school is how I feel transported and with Fury, I just never reached that point. No moments of nostalgia. So it didn’t read well for me. Then toward the end it picks up, we learn more. It’s a little sad but not unforgiving.
Overall I liked the book but felt at times the characters weren’t strong enough to carry the book with a plot that wasn’t as story driven. It’s hard to explain but I don’t think I’d recommend it. I commend what it’s trying to be but I’m too far detached. Personally, I prefer Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver if I had to choose, since it’s somewhat in that same vein.
Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This is not a genre I usually read. No zombies, no paranormal chaos and fantasy, no romance (lite or full calorie consuming). And It was exceptional!
The characterization was nuanced and gave depth to each character. Their actions gave them personality, flawed as they sometimes were. It made them real. I understood them, I empathized. As the story unfolds, we collect memories, piece by piece from the Day family. A culmination of events that take place before the murders eventually lead to the truth. As we take on each character’s perspective, we really fall into their shoes. I understood what motivated them and enough so that amazingly, I felt the conclusion was then predictable (in a good way).
Definitely a brief review in the best way possible. I’m not nit-picking anything. It was a great book, with great characters and the plot moved well and the story intriguing. I wholeheartedly recommend this to well, anyone.
Book Review: Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
Book Rating: 2.5/ 5
My biggest gripe about the first book were the characters and what I thought was a lack of personality. I still feel that way. There’s something missing, a connection that makes it cohesive and real. What ties Cole and Nikki together? I’m told he loves her, I’m told she loves Jack. The latter is made more believable by the little stories she’s revealed in this book but it feel force and inorganic.
Then we have the hero’s quest. We follow Nikki, Cole & Co. down to the dangerous Everneath. To accomplish what no other has done before. Really? It seemed quite unspectacularly easy if you ask me. I suppose this was to show how amazing and strong Nikki’s love was?
There are two twists in this book. I don’t think they were redeeming enough to save the entirety of the book, but do certainly add to the excitement in this second installment that was lacking in the first. The last twist however redeemed Cole’s character.
It’s not a horrible waste of time but I would not recommend it either. So of course if you enjoyed the first book, then by all means this one is for you. However, if like me you weren’t completely sold on the first one, this second book will not convince you better.