Vampire stuff

Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is where Mercy‘s story gets really interesting for me.

“I was already a freak, a shapeshifter not tied to the moon who turned into a coyote. Neither human nor werewolf nor fae. I didn’t like thinking I might be even odder than I’d thought.“

I like the plot of this second Mercy novel. It‘s believable and doesn‘t feel as convoluted as the Alpa & Omega novels I read before this. The plot makes sense. The vampires are scary.

The beginning was a little too much recounting and summarizing of the first book for my taste.

And, again, amazing how little I remembered of the story!

What Samuel and Stefan go through and how they interact with Mercy also works for me. I get it. Stefan, not so much, he seems to be a little arbitrary. But I enjoyed this enough to stick to my previous 5-star rating. I loved Ms. Hanna!

Chronological reading order and progress for my Mercyverse re-read:

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, 1st Alpha & Omega novel

Hunting Ground
, ★★★★☆, 2nd Alpha & Omega novel

Blood Bound
, ★★★★★, 2nd Mercy novel
Iron Kissed next…

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:…

1st time read, 2008:

Mercy is special. She’s not a shapeshifter from the old world, but rather a walker from the new one. And as such vampires don’t hold a thrall over her. Good enough for her undead friend to take her along to a possibly dangerous meeting with the new vampire in town. She’s going undercover, too, as her shapeshifted self – a coyote.
Obviously things go downhill quickly from there and get messy. Very entertaining, read it on a weekend on my sofa, couldn’t put it down! Second in series.

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The moon called again

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1)Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘His eyes lit for a minute. ‘Mercedes the Volkswagen mechanic?’ His face closed down quickly, and he mumbled, ‘Sorry. Bet you’ve heard that a lot.’‘

It‘s been over 10 years since I read this for the first time. It is a good reminder of all the little details I forgot. Hair colours, eye colours, who is who, who did what when and why…

Never mind not remembering the actual plot. At all. The resolution of the whodunnit at the end revealed a pretty convoluted plot.

Still liked it after all this time.

Chronological reading order for my Mercyverse re-read:
(1st time readers should start with Moon Called)
– Silver, novella, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson, might read later.

, comic, ★☆☆☆☆, skipping
– Gray, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows
– Fairy Gifts, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows
– Seeing eye, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the beginning of the first Mercy Thompson novel.

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, first full-length novel in the Alpha and Omega series
Hunting Ground, second novel in the Alpha and Omega series, next… and with this I am back on track in the correct reading order.

Time-line for the “Mercyverse”:…

Original review from the 1st read in 2007:

How refreshing, the shapeshifting heroine is not a werewolf for a change, but a coyote! And she’s almost a normal girl from next door with her job as a car mechanic. Ok, so the guy who fancies her is the alpha of the local werewolves and her old boss is a gremlin. And that other bloke that keeps coming over is a vampire…. Life is not perfect. But cheeck-in tongue and a page turner with Mercy Thompson. First in the series.

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Zombies, vampires, were-terriers…

iZombie, Vol. 2: uVampireiZombie, Vol. 2: uVampire by Chris Roberson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We start off with Scott, telling us how he met the girls at the café for the first time. He is such a nerd!

I did like to find out more about Scott. But generally I expected more vampires in this, considering the name of the volume.

A lot of build-up and many plot bunnies, but none of the storylines went anywhere conclusive in this volume. Very much a filler, that fleshes out some background.

It was ok, art and colouring are nice, but it doesn‘t inspire me to find and buy the next volume. I might like the TV adaptation just a little bit more after this.

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Same old, same old

Triad Soul (Triad Blood, #2)Triad Soul by Nathan Burgoine
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

„Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—sidestepped tradition by binding themselves together.“
Without this sentence in the book synopsis I would have been completely lost. Even with it I struggled to keep the characters and names straight.

Minimal to no set-up or world building. All the characters felt the same. The magic kept reminding me of other UF or PNR I have read. Same old, same old, read this many, many times over.

Everybody else seems to like this, but it is not for me, DNF at 24%, 2 not very sparkly stars.

In a galaxy far, far away I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you! Sorry that it took me so long. Too many books, too little time. I will try to do better.

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Gothic steamboats

Fevre DreamFevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This was not for me. I was bored from the start and the story never gripped me. I skimmed through most of it. It was very atmospheric and the early chapters, telling of the steamboats and life on the river, were not without charm. Even the plot had its moments. However, I did not like any of the characters. And the writing was just so cumbersome.

Joshua’s backstory was not bad. I got quite an Anne Rice vibe from it. Joshua reminded me a little of Louis. But, sorry to say, he is one of the lamest vampires I have ever encountered. And Julian, the big, bad bloodmaster, just put me to sleep. He was really not interesting. Or scary.

Just dull. Out-dated. I was going to give this two stars, but writing about how much I did not enjoy this made me reconsider. Goodness me, am I glad I am done with this.

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