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  • Storm Cursed

  • Mercy Thompson Novel Series, Book 11
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic. And a coyote shape-shifter. And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who live in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I get to wait all over again...

  • By Rugged Ascent on 05-08-19

I think i want a divorce

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-19

Sigh so here is the thing. I've read all of the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega books. and while they are all well thought out and very well written... I find that i am in a pseudo marriage with this series. Everything i liked in the beginning is still great but the little annoyances seem to be getting to me more and more as time goes on, to the point that when i see a new book is coming out, instead of jumping for joy i find myself just sucking it up and saying to myself "I've already put this much time, money, and effort into the relationship maybe this time things will be different." But alas like with a marriage when the magic dies in a series for you it's pretty much impossible to get it back.. Unfortunately for me this book only killed the magic a little more rather than revive it. For clarification here are some of the things that are killing my enjoyment of this series as a whole and this book in particular. 1. Magic is so vague and inconsistent that it might as well just be called Plot Convenience. Yes this is usually true for other books, however there are usually rules written into the story for why something either did or didn't work. that is not the case for this series or this book. it just does or doesn't depending on what the plot needs with no explanation why, just a vague Mercy is immune to magic...sometimes. Not to mention that every book seems to have Mercy do some random bit of magic she has never done before and will never do or even mention again. 2. The main character is too stagnant, in the beginning of the series the development of Mercy's personal relationships covered up the fact that she as a person doesn't really change at all. Now that that aspect has been settled for quite awhile it pretty much makes every book feel the same just with a different villain of the week. I know the author is worried by the idea of power creep, but i have to say she has over compensated to the point of being unbelievable. Mercy never tries to figure out what she can do and seems to actively avoid even acknowledging that she might be capable of more than she realizes. So much so that Her enemies often know more of what she can do than she does. even though she has several sources she could pull on to learn more about herself and her capabilities. Mercy or more likely the author is so afraid of giving her Main to much power that she killed off a character (stick) to prevent it. Heck if Mercy had tried to figure out how her bound with her husband worked in the years that they have been mated she likely could have easily avoided a tragedy in this book. It also makes no sense whatsoever that she would so blatantly ignore so many tools at her disposal it's not like she is just some random nobody housewife who just has some quirks. She is a demi goddess to a powerful and often times chaotic entity, Alpha female to the third most powerful alpha in the american wolf packs and number one most visible wolf leader, hearts daughter to the most powerful werewolf and king to pretty much all wolfdom, bonded to a powerful vampire, and is now the pseudo protector of the only neutral land during very volatile times between many dangerous and angry species. you would think a seemingly intelligent woman might actually try and see how she can best survive it. other than just letting people get killed and raped when she could have stopped it all so she doesn't have to deal with her abandonment and existential issues.. 3. Wow does Adam's over protectiveness get old really fast. i get not wanting to see a loved one hurt. but constantly moping or yelling and trying to make someone you claim to love feel bad or ashamed for being soooo inconsiderate as to make you worry, because they dared to do something without you there to do it for them is in a way both messed up and a kind of mental abuse. Also just because it's fantasy you don't always need to send the Knight in Shining Armor to save the wee little helpless girl. it's sad when even women don't really believe they are capable of saving the day without a man there to do most of the work. 4. Seriously why do so many urban fantasy books paint humans as helpless innocent children who need constant care and protection? Have any of these authors opened a history book, like at all? it's kind of hard to believe your monsters are so terrible when all of them go out of their way to prevent humanity from either noticing them or turning on them. Ooooo wow you broke a bridge...you do know we can turn a city of millions into a smoking whole in the ground that no life can survive in for generations right? Or i suppose we could just crop dust a few places with iron shavings, just saying.

Ahhhhh... umm sorry if that was to much i have been holding in that rant for a while.

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  • American Witch

  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

For months, Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause...and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it buuuut...

  • By mat on 05-30-19

I enjoyed it buuuut...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-19

First i would like to say that i have greatly enjoyed every single one of the Elder Race books. the Romance is always interesting and i love that the sub plots to the stories are always just as interesting as the main love plot. which is more often then not, not the case with other romance themed novels. American Witch is no exception to Thea's excellent story telling skills. If you are a fan of her other books you will likely be a fan of this book series as well. Reading good books is like listening to good music you can get lost in the melody or world you have immersed yourself in and it is difficult to point to a single moment as to what made the experience so good when it is the whole of the thing that really makes it worth reading or lististening to. However that is not the case for things that disrupt the experience. American Witch has a few discordant notes to it, IN MY OPINION, that disrupted the flow for me. 1. Her romance plots are a bit formulaic. they hate/dislike one another then they like on another. the guy is always more powerful more experienced. the gal is always willing to put up a token resistance til she is overwhelmed by his sheer hotness and falls in love with him. 2. they fall in love a little too quickly, it made sense and i could overlook it when most of her characters were Wyr. but the characters in this book are not . made a little weirder by the fact that the female lead goes from Very Unhappily married to sleeping with a guy she barely knows and doesn't like or trust rather quickly. 3. I get why the main female character doesn't want to get involved with the male characters vendetta and agree with it whole heatedly but i don't get why she would give an ultimatum to a guy who is trying to saves lives by taking on a very serious serial killer. nor why she then does the exact thing that she gave her lover an ultimatum for in the first place. makes her seem a bit wishy/washy and self centered. 4. This one is a bit iffy but until this point it has never come up that witches could extend their life spans and there have been Some witchyish character in previous books., Wicked, Moonshadow, Spellbinder and Oracle Moon. Though to be fair other than Wicked this is the first full blooded witch story, and Wicked was a short story. Still up to this book i was under the impression that witches aged like humans. Anyway besides these four little bumps i had a pretty good and smooth ride. Thank you Thea

P.S. While i doubt Thea Harrison will read this review i have to try. Any chance that we might get a book that has Phaedra as a Main i really like her.

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