Thursday, December 15, 2016

Silence Fallen

Silence Fallen
by Patricia Briggs

It was just meant to be a quick run to the Stop and Rob to get some eggs and chocolate chips so that she could finish a huge batch of cookies for the very hungry werewolves that were at her home, pretending to be pirates in a pitched online battle.

It turned into a kidnapping that nearly killed her and took her halfway across the world to Italy. She's been taken by the most feared vampire in the world and her future does not look good.

And even IF she manages to make it out of his makeshift prison, she's still in Europe with no money, no passport, and no way home.

What's a coyote's only resort? Chaos, of course.

Final thoughts: I've now read this twice because I felt a little caught out the first time once I got to the end. Did I miss the clues? Was something not made clear? Was I just blind? Maybe. In the end, even looking harder, I still feel like that twist wasn't really predictable, so it took me out of the story when it came. However, I still love Mercy and Adam and this was another solid entry. It's funny how Mercy is slowly taking over the world without even trying, and maybe without even knowing.  On a side note, can someone please explain to me Mercy's ever-evolving and changing tattoos on the covers? (esp. when Briggs repeatedly states that she only has one coyote paw on her stomach and that's it??)

Rating: 4/5

ARC courtesy of NetGalley. THANKS!

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Other F-Word

The Other F-Word
by Natasha Friend

Hollis lost one of her moms a few years ago and has been dealing with that loss in the most inappropriate ways. Now she's being cyberbullied and slut-shamed as her birth mom continues to barely get by in life.

Milo has both of his moms, but no father to guide him through the pitfalls of being a teen boy who really really likes this one girl. Milo is also allergic to more things than he's not and he thinks that maybe knowing who his biological father is will help his doctors find better treatments for him.

Hollis and Milo couldn't be more different, and yet they're so very alike. They are both the children of #9677. He was a sperm donor who made their lives possible, and now they are looking for him.

On the way, they find three more siblings and discover what it really means to be a family.

Final thoughts:  Nice piece of realistic fiction that deals with the pros and cons of being a child of a sperm donor. This is a niche that needed to be filled and Friend does that very well. It's also a fairly gender-neutral book as it goes between both Hollis's and Milo's points of view, so this should be a good fit for all children trying to figure out who they really are. The ending leaves room to continue the story, but doesn't require it.

Rating: 4/5


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