Monday, February 22, 2016

Grave Visions

Grave Visions
by Kalayna Price

Things just don't get any easier for Alex Craft.

Ever since she found out she was part Fae, she's been struggling to catch up her knowledge so that she can survive in Faerie as well as she's done in the mortal world (or better, since she's still not great at all that human stuff either).

But she's running out of time.

Ever since the last of her protection spells and glamours were broken, Alex has become more and more reliant on Faerie to survive. She's Fading and she needs to choose a court soon, or she will die.

While trying to figure out exactly what to do with her own life, she's called in to figure out exactly who is murdering Fae, while also trying to figure out what is killing humans and leaving no evidence behind.

Both cases are dangerous. Combined, they are deadly.

Final thoughts: It's been a while since Price has written a Craft novel. This was decent, but Alex herself has changed. She seemed different from her portrayals in the first three books, and her inability to take charge and really do what needs to be done was a little annoying. We also didn't get enough of Death this time around, and a little too much of Falin. Decent read, but not great.

Rating: 3/5

Fire Touched

Fire Touched
by Patricia Briggs

Ever since the Fae locked themselves away from everyone after a huge injustice against them, it's been getting more and more tense. Especially since, when the Fae left, they didn't exactly take everyone with them, leaving a few behind to cause trouble.

In the middle of it all, the werewolves, who have been working to maintain peace with both humans and Fae, though maybe not fighting one against the other. 

As the mate of the most visible werewolf pack, Mercy has watched her husband placate the human media, keep in line with the Marrok of the werewolves, and keep an eye on the Fae. His job is made harder by his and Mercy's choices for their own pack.

But things go from tense to breaking when a troll attacks a bridge in Mercy's territory and she calls out to everyone that that territory will be defended against everyone who tries to take it or harm those in it.

Now they have a human with rare powers, a vampire and his Fae friend, and more calling every day, who ask for shelter.

Tense is definitely an understatement.

Final thoughts: Not the best Mercy Thompson book, but definitely good. Maybe I was so excited to read it that I rushed it, or maybe it was rushed, because the end just kind of arrived and I wasn't ready for it. I like seeing the growth and change of all the Fae, and Mercy truly is becoming a part of the pack. I get why Adam is protective of her, but he's also grown enough to know not to get in her way. Overall, it's a solid next step in the series.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC


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