Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Another wolfy tale

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs


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. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

Rate & take


I have no idea how I missed this series, but somehow it slipped past me. I have been reading Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series for years, and this one has several of the same characters and seems to be running parallel with Mercy's story. I hope one day Anna and Charles find their way to see Mercy and Adam.
I very much enjoyed this story. My only "but" is that I felt it lacked a bit of the magic the Mercy series has, still solid writing that keeps the pages turning though.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

School is in session

College Arcane by John Conroe


Book 8 of the Demon Accords. College. A time of transition from youth to young adulthood. New lessons, new responsibilities, new distractions. A period of life treasured by most. Unless you happen to attend an institute of higher learning where the bullies are werewolves, the teachers are sadists, and the pretty girls are all deadly. A school like that demands a special kind of student, someone with the skills and power to survive. Someone like Declan O'Carroll.

Rate & take


This was writing brilliance! Take all of the specially talented/paranormally gifted teens and young adults that we met earlier in the series and have them live together in a special school and go to regular college at the same time. Tensions and situations happen at every turn, if it weren't for wytchwar* I think that whole school would have been torn to the ground in the those first few weeks of it opening. *Wytchwar is an amazing game that is played at College Arcane, and the only other thing I can say about it is, you will want to play too!! The story leaves us at the end of the first semester where the talents will be heading off the summer internships. I can't wait for that book either!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Forced ending....for now

Forced Ascent By John Conroe


Chris Gordon has never had an easy relationship with the White House. Now, after rescuing his goddaughter from a secret base in New Hampshire, it’s reached a new low. You drop one little asteroid onto the continental United States and the entire government goes crazy. On top of that Halloween is fast approaching and demons are popping through into our world every which way. Forced into the world of high level politics, Chris and Tanya and their merry crew will have to stay two steps ahead of just about everyone if they’re going to have a chance in hell of preventing all Hell from breaking loose.

Rate & take


I am still thanking my lucky stars for finding this book series, the only downside is now I have to wait (after one more book) for future publishing date(s), rather than binge reading. Such is my lot in life, wait, wait, and wait, for the good ones. But at least it keeps life interesting!!
This book made it clear there will be more story in the future as the powers that be will never be happy if they cannot control Chris Gordon for their own purposes. Isn't that always the way? Instead of enjoying something/someone for what they have to offer, it's never enough and needs to be complete control or nothing. Is it just me or does this remind you of a child having a tantrum? Either way it is intriguing writing that I will continue to enjoy as more comes my way.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Series Me / A four pack

                        Books 2-5 in the Demon Accords series

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Demon Driven by John Conroe

Seven months have passed since Chris Gordon met Tanya Demidova. In that time he has adapted to the vast changes in his life. Being faster and stronger, working for a paranormal police unit and dating a vampire. But new threats appear; from the South, from the North, within the NYPD and from the U.S. government. But his greatest danger is already inside him. Book 2 of the Demon Accords.

Brutal Asset

Book 3 of the Demon Accords. Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang, Loki's Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions. How to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?

His search takes him deep under the Big Apple, to the center of the Pentagon, and South of the US Border. All while learning the finer points of vampire politics.

Dual Nature

Book 4 of the Demon Accords. Chris and Tanya have been assigned as Coven Rovers, traveling the country and trouble shooting the supernatural community. It's a job that's part cop and part auditor, one that should be long periods of boredom mixed with small parts of action. But this is Chris and Tanya, so a sudden assignment to check on a rogue vampire leads to a run in with a hostile Master vampire, a hit squad, monsters straight out of Native American folklore, black ops teams and worst of all, vampire politics. Now, more than ever, Chris must control his dark side, as the alternative is death.

Fallen Stars

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Sometimes it's just best to get the hell out of Dodge. After turning an ancient vampire to dust and stirring the Coven into a mob of pitchfork- and torch-bearing vampires, Chris Gordon thinks it might be time for a road trip. So, leaving Tanya to calm the troubled masses, he heads south to help a North Carolina Pack with some demon troubles. But with beautiful Stacia Reynolds in the shotgun seat and his trusty companion, Awasos, Chris just might find more trouble out of the Big Apple than in it as he follows the blacktop south. It's demons and witches and bears, oh my.

Rate & take 


My rating is four skulls for each book. 

This series just keeps me drawn in and I just can't get enough. I will read until I drain every last ounce, and it's all gone. I am currently reading book #6 and I see that I have missed two novellas from earlier in the series. I will be going back to correct that. 

I just love the first person writing in this. Chris, the main character, details his life and I just feel like I'm along with him every inch of the way.
And with the assorted characters he finds himself with, this is one hell of a ride.
Every time I think the story has hit a plateau, something new is added and it continues on its own smooth way.

I wish all books could be packed with entertainment and plot flow, like this one.

  No dud books, ever!!!