Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Into the Fire
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince, Book 4
Publication: Avon (February 28, 2017)

Description: In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands,  love can be a deadly weapon

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

My Thoughts: Leila is linked by a powerful spell to Mircea - one of Vlad's many enemies. Any attacks on him are duplicated on her. And he is in the hands of necromancers who are hurting Leila through him to force Vlad to do their bidding. Leila and Vlad need to find Mircea because before the necromancer kill him and take Leila with him.

Mencheres convinces Ian to help Leila and Vlad but Ian is not at all trustworthy and knows a lot more about he necromancers and demons than he is saying. Their first plan is to find a way to break the spell that binds Mercia and Leila and even consult a demon for advice. But demons are even less trustworthy than Ian.

Their next plan has Leila and her sister digging into their ancestry and learning some things that help explain Leila's unusual powers.

This story is filled with action and lots of hard decisions for both Vlad and Leila. It seems to Leila that all the options she is given are bad and she will have to decide which ones she can live with. I loved the love that exists between Vlad and Leila and the lengths they will go to nourish nd preserve  it.

This was a nice conclusion to Vlad and Leila's story.

Favorite Quote:
Mencheres's dark, piercing gaze swept the room before touching each of us with quick, assessing glances. Then he visibly relaxed and that incalculable power whooshed back into him as if sucked by an invisible vortex. At last, his gaze settled onto Vlad and he arched a single, inquiring brow.

"So," Mencheres said in a casual tone. What did I miss?"
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Memes: Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
Flying at high speed through a forest is less dangerous than it looks. At least, that's what I told myself the few times I opened my eyes.
Friday 56:
"Grand," Ian said in a tone that implied he felt the opposite. "Does anyone else feel the sudden need for a shag?"

I blinked. "What?"
This week I am reading Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost. She is one of my favorite urban fantasy authors. Here is the description from Amazon:
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands,  love can be a deadly weapon

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 10
Publication: Ace (March 7, 2017)

Description: In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

My Thoughts: The latest Mercy Thompson novel finds Mercy kidnapped by vampires, taken to Italy, and dropped right in the middle of a bunch of twisted plots. She is alone, cut off from her mate bond by magic, and at the mercy of a very old vampire. She manages to escape and then finds herself alone in Italy without clothing or her passport. And a coyote doesn't blend in very well in Europe!

Meanwhile, once Adam knows where she is, he assembles a team to go to Italy to get her back - no matter what it takes.

I loved catching up with a lot of the characters I have come to love in the earlier books in this series. I love the strong relationship between Mercy and Adam. I also love the strong relationships that Mercy has with a number of her friends from all the various supernatural groups. This episode had a lot of vampire politics woven into it and explained a lot more about the politics that has turned the Tri-Cities and the Columbia Basin Pack into a safe zone for supernaturals.

This was a fast-paced, action-filled novel that kept me reading late into the night.

Favorite Quote:
I'd lived more than half my life essentially alone. Sometimes in the past few years, I had longed to be alone, just for an hour or two. And here I was. Alone. Sometimes getting your wish really sucks.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ARC Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

Ensnared
Author: Rita Stradling
Publication: Kindle Press (May 23, 2017)

Description: A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Alainn takes the place of a robot - Rose 76GF - that her inventor father has not yet perfected to keep her father out of prison for fraud. She finds herself locked in a high-tech tower controlled by an earlier version of the robot her father needs to perfect. The only other living inhabitant of the tower is Lorccan Garbhan who is a scarred recluse.

Though Alainn has fears about what Mr. Garbhan will want her to do, she learns that all he wants from her is someone to eat dinner with him. He is trying to become accustomed to having another person around him so that he can finally meet in person a woman he has been courting online.

Alainn has to make quite a few adjustments. Assuming she is a robot, she only gets food once a day but feels she can survive until Rose 76GF successfully executes her rescue. Living in the tower is hard for Alainn because she is used to the freedom she has working at a mountain ski resort.

Gradually Alainn and Lorccan get to to know each other as their time together expands from just dinner to meetings to play games and talk. Each day it seems that Lorccan is able to get a little closer to her. The two fall in love but Rose 76GF has other plans for the two of them.

This was an engaging story with well-developed characters in Alainn and Lorccan. It follows the basic plot outline of Beauty and the Beast but throw in an evil robot with a dastardly plot. I liked the world building. I love the relationship that grew between Alainn and Lorccan.

Favorite Quote:
She turned to see Rose standing at the window, watching her. Looking into Rose's face - her own face - Alainn knew three things: that she didn't trust that Rose would get her out, that she would go anyway, and she was probably making a huge mistake. 
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
She was worried, but he could hear the confidence in her voice. She was still young enough to believe that her father could fix anything.
This week I am reading Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs. I love this series. It downloaded to my Kindle on release day but I couldn't fit it into my calendar until now. Here is the description from Amazon:
In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22, 2017)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading... 

This was the week of my rummage sale and the weather was awful. Friday was cold and raw. Saturday it rained until late afternoon. Despite the weather, I thought the sale went pretty well. I didn't sell any of the furniture I wanted to get rid of but I sold lots and lots of littler stuff. I was working with a group raising money for a charity. In exchange for half my profits, they will take care of getting rid of everything that didn't sell. I thought that was a very good deal since I don't have to find and hire someone else to do the clean up.

My house is looking pretty bare which should be ideal for the painter who is coming in Monday morning and who will be painting all week. I'll also be meeting with my realtor this week to sign some papers. I hope she knows the name of some good carpet cleaners. Moving furniture revealed that it is pretty grungy. I think that will have to wait until I move out though. My furniture and bookshelves are all cluttering up the middles of each room. I don't intend to reinstall the bookshelves for the couple of weeks I'll still be here. I'd hate to scratch the new paint. 

Meanwhile, I'm down to nine student contact days and one teacher workday to finish out my teaching career. I am getting more and more eager to be done.

Read Last Week
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle was an entertaining romantic suspense title. My review will be posted on June 3.

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh is the latest in her Psy-Changeling series and was excellent. My review will be posted on June 7.

Currently
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance is a review book that I got from NetGalley.

Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I bought a Kindle copy of Better Than New by Nicole Curtis. I've enjoyed her remodeling program on TV.

To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ARC Review: Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Say You're Sorry
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Morgan Dane (Book 1)
Publication: Montlake Romance (May 16, 2017)

Description: In a new series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

My Thoughts: This whole story begins with a bang as we start out in the viewpoint of a young woman who is running through the woods trying to escape her attacker. She fails.

Tessa's body is found by Morgan Dane and Lance Kruger who begin searching when Tessa's grandmother calls her. Tessa is a widow with three young girls under the age of seven who is just getting ready to go back to work in the Prosecutor's office. She gets side tracked when her neighbor Nick Zabrowski gets arrested for the crime. Morgan can't believe that a young man who plays chess with her grandfather, reads stories to her girls, and is just starting his own landscaping business could be guilty of the crime.

She decides that she is going to take his case as his defense attorney and find out who really killed Tessa despite Nick being convicted by the court of public opinion and a mayor and police chief who want to railroad him so that they can benefit from the good publicity resulting from putting a killer behind bars.

Morgan recruits Lance to help her investigate. They had a thing when they were teens but life got in the way and they have just been friends since Morgan got back to town. Lance is a former police officer who was shot and is still rehabbing. Meanwhile, he is working with Lincoln Sharp who is a retired police officer who has started a private investigation business. Sharp has also been a mentor and father figure to Lance since his own father disappeared when he was ten and his mother spiraled into mental illness. Lance still has major responsibilities to his mother who needs his care.

The mystery was intriguing. The multiple viewpoints, including that of the killer, make the story tense. Lance and Morgan have a number of suspects who all seem to be possible killers. Even so, the identity of the killer came as a surprise to me.

This is a great romantic suspense title with plenty of suspense and a nice romance too.

Favorite Quote:
Lance scrubbed a frustrated hand down his face. "You know this whole investigation would be easier if everyone wasn't lying."
I got this one in exchange for an honest review from  You can buy your copy here.