Archive for the ‘Paranormal’ Category

The Lightning Thief    

Book Stats:
Reading Level: YA/MG
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Disney Book Group
Publishing Date: May 5, 2009
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s #1
Source: Personal Purchase

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.

Why I Read this Book?: I saw the movie shortly after it came out and thought it was alright. Everyone I know who had read the books first then saw the movie told me to read the books because they were so much better. So after many moons I finally read The Lightning Thief.

What I Liked?: I liked that even though this book has a male main character this book can be enjoyed by the female population as well. Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE mythology?! Especially Greek mythology?! There’s also plenty of action and humor in this book as well.

I really liked Percy. He thinks he’s just your typical 12-year-old with Dyslexia and ADHD. Little does he know!? He’s actually a demi-god. A son of one of the BIG three. He learns all this after being attacked by a fury. He also learns that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr and one of his professors is actually a centaur.

Zeus’ lightning bolt has gone missing and Percy is being blamed for its disappearance. Things get worse after Percy is claimed by his father. Percy MUST find and return the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or WWIII will ensue.

Along the way Percy meets a whole camp of new demi-gods, one of which goes along on his quest to find and return the lighting bolt. Makes new friends, makes a few enemies and takes out a bunch of monster’s. He at times makes it look so easy!

What I didn’t like?: I only had one qualm about this book…I thought that at times the pace would pick up then it would slow down and it kept up like this for a good chunk of the book. That is all….

Overall Impression?: Though it’s not my favorite book of the year, I think that The Lightning Thief is a great beginning to the Percy Jackson series. I’m really hoping that the timing in future books evens out a little bit.

 
Rating: 4/5
Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)

Iron Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 2, 2008
Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Source: paperbackswap.com

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator… Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

Why I read this book?: I’ve read the last two books in this series back to back, which is an extremely rare occurrence, and I really wanted to keep up with what’s going on in Mercy’s life so I just kept going. I think I’m going to keep going until I run out of books:) 2013 you can’t get here fast enough!

What I liked?: As usual, Mercy! She’s got this almost obnoxious sense of loyalty and when Zee gets into deep trouble she just jumps in with both feet to clear his name. That is also the point when shit hits the fan as well. I really liked that in this book Mercy finally chose between Adam and Samuel. I really liked that in this book we learn more about the fae and their folklore, there were some pretty interesting stories that were mentioned in this book. The action and suspense were right up there with the last two books and I really liked how we were introduced to Adam’s “vengeful” side and more of the pack behaviors. Like in the first book, the bad guy wasn’t obvious until the very end and I was really surprised to see that Mercy was wrong about her suspicions.

What I disliked?: This book started off slower than I really liked. It took a fair amount of reading and setting the book down before I got to the point that things started happening and the book grabbed my attention. I also disliked that new characters and plot points were brought into the book but once introduced where never really expanded upon. Maybe they make appearances in upcoming books but I would have liked to see a little more detail.

Overall Impression: This book is considerably more gritty than the last two books. Even though it isn’t my favorite in the series I think it’s still a really good installment and I’m off to start Bone Crossed!

Rating: 3.75/5
Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson, #2)

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR/Fantasy
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 30, 2007
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Source: paperbackswap.com

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen… Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

Why I read this book?: I just recently read the first book in this series, Moon Called, and enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up the second book. Which is pretty amazing considering usually I have to read something different in between books in a series.

What I liked?: As always, Mercy Thompson is my heroine! What I really loved about her in this book is that she took her “devil may care” attitude and used it to kick even MORE ass in this book than she did in the first book. She’s so ”real” even though she is a shapeshifter. I feel I could be friends with her, if she existed in real life. In the first book the bad guys were bad but in this book the bad guy(s) were even badder than that! The action is fast-paced and the mystery is great too. Usually, I’m lukewarm on love triangles but I think in the case of this series it works really well. Though I’m growing increasingly lukewarm on Samuel. But at the same time I’m growing more in “book boyfriend lust” with Adam. I really like the road that Stefan is traveling down, storyline wise…I can hardly wait to see how it/if it plays out. A lot of the secondary characters are starting to grow on me, even Ben…maybe he isn’t so bad after all.

What I disliked?: I’m really starting to dislike the whole vampire seethe, with the exception of Stefan of course. Other than that I really don’t have much in the way of negatives for this book.

Overall Impression: I might just have to come up with a whole new rating for series/books like this! LOVE this series so much I’m going to go grab book three off of my shelf as soon as I post this review.

 
Rating:  4.75/5
Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/PNR/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 31, 2006
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Source: paperbackswap.com

Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself … and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.


Why I read this book?: I’ve had this book sitting on my bookcase waiting to be read FOREVER! I finally got around to it and I completely DEVOURED it.

What I liked?: Mercy herself is now an addition to my “favorite heroine” list. She’s a walker, who shifts into a coyote. She was raised for the most part by a werewolf pack from Montana which explains why she knows so much about werewolves. I also LOVED Adam, he’s the Alpha who has a “thing” for Mercy and routinely threatens to eat her cat. Then craziness runs rampant and bad things happen to good people/werewolves. I also loved the host of secondary characters that made this book chock full of AWESOME! My personal favorite was Warren, you’ll have to check out this book to learn more about Warren. Even with all the high pressure situations that all the characters kept finding themselves in there was plenty of humor. I was very pleasantly surprised at how fast paced this book was. I really didn’t want to put it down at all. It sucks when real life gets in the way of my reading!

What I disliked?: I got nothing!

Overall Impression: I am kicking myself that I have waited as long as I have to read this series! It is full of AWESOME!

Favorite Quotes:

“A werewolf tossed me against a giant packing crate while I was trying to rescue a frightened young girl who’d been kidnapped by an evil witch and a drug lord.”

“MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.”

“I don’t like it when I outweigh my men.”

Rating: 5/5