Colorless by Rita Stradling

51dctryq5al-_sy346_Rating: 2.5 stars

Annabelle’s parents died. Then something bizarre happened. All of the color seeped out of her body, and she became invisible. Everyone she had ever known instantly forgot her. She wandered around unsure of what to do. Eventually there was one person who could see her. Magicians began snooping around. They couldn’t see Annabelle but somehow they knew she existed.

The idea for this was good. The story itself was not. It took me quite a few days to get through this, which if you know me is not common. I was bored once the magicians started stalking Annabelle. There was obviously a lot going on in the world with gods, magicians and iconoclasts. None of it was explained well. Annabelle was an iconoclast, but WTH does that mean? What did the magicians really do other than hunt down anyone that was a threat? The gods didn’t come into it until the end. Basically the world building sucked.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. Annabelle was a stuck up bitch. She’d act down to Earth at times. Then she’d let loose and show her superiority because she was of a higher social class than the people she was interacting with. I sympathized with her at first. As the book went on I wished she would get over herself. She wasn’t horribly snobby but just enough to annoy me. Dylan the guy who could see her was alright. He was nice and helpful but not terribly interesting. The other main character was Annabelle’s cousin Anthony. Why the hell was he in the book? The story could have been altered slightly and would have been the same without him. At the very least he could have been in the story but didn’t deserve many chapters from his POV.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t waste your time on this one.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

30687916Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Mercy Thompson #10

Mercy was kidnapped and taken to the lair of a powerful vampire. The question was why? The story was told from alternating Mercy and Adam’s POV. The parts with Mercy were good. Chaos seemed to follow her every place she went. It was great to have Mercy away from the pack for a while. She may not win any battles due to strength but has many ways of outwitting her enemies. I may be in the minority with this opinion but I prefer Mercy when she doesn’t have to deal with ridiculous pack drama. She’s capable of handling a lot on her own.

Adam’s POV dragged. Honestly I could have skipped his chapters because all I wanted to know was what was going on with Mercy. Everything he did to get Mercy back was political. I didn’t feel like anything truly significant was learned from his dealings with the vampires. Adam is a powerful alpha. He’s got to be one of the most boring alphas. The problem is that he’s too pragmatic to be interesting. Internally he fretted about Mercy but managed to be calm and reasonable. What he did was the right but didn’t make for a highly entertaining read.

The story was a bit convoluted by the end. The ending made sense. It wasn’t like I couldn’t understand it, but I wanted more details about how this plot was orchestrated. I loved the twist with Matt Smith. I did not see that coming at all. But seriously how the hell did that happen? Because it wasn’t one of those twists where looking back after knowing the truth makes all the pieces fall into place. There weren’t any hints at all, so it came out of left field. It’s fascinating because of what it symbolizes for Mercy, but logistically it doesn’t seem possible.

Midnight Curse by Melissa F. Olson

31352753Rating: 4 stars

Series: Disrupted Magic #1, Scarlett Bernard #4

Technically this is the first book in a new series, but I consider it to be book 4 in the Scarlett Bernard series, which is fine by me since I wasn’t happy with the way somethings ended in the last book. This was the best of the Scarlett books yet!

There was a time gap of 3 years, so the characters have matured. Scarlett was decisive and knew what she wanted out of life. Despite having relationship issues with Eli, she didn’t convince herself she wanted things she didn’t to appease him. However Eli remained the same: needy and dependent. Their relationship perfectly depicted how two people can love each other but not be compatible.

Scarlett’s life had been relatively calm and uneventful until Molly contacted her about a serious problem. Molly’s life was on the line unless Scarlett could prove her innocence in a short period of time. Knowing she couldn’t do it on her own, she contacted her old friend Jesse who was somewhat reluctant to help with the case.

Jesse had been through a lot in the last 3 years. His strict moral code didn’t mesh with the old world, and it wasn’t easy for him to come to terms with that. Other issues popped up in that time like getting a divorce and fame from writing a book. When Scarlett stumbled into his life, he was lost. Working on a case for the first time in a long time reminded him of what he wanted out of life. I always liked Jesse but preferred him even more now. He finally accepted things as they are instead of expecting them to neatly fit into the categories right and wrong.

There was not a cliffhanger at the end, but I’m really looking forward to the next one just to get more time with the characters.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

25776210Rating: 3 stars

Series: Mercy Thompson #9

I feel like I’m missing something. Everyone else is giving Fire Touched rave reviews while I feel like it was just okay. It wasn’t action packed and definitely wasn’t a page turner. Maybe I’ve outgrown this series. I just don’t love it like I used to.

A lot of people will probably disagree with me on this point, but I want Mercy to stop being so perfect. She has excellent control over her emotions, which is a good thing. It’s been necessary for her to survive since she’s always been an outcast. Every once in a while at least in private I’d like to see her break down and cry or lose her cool. She’s been mistreated and looked down upon for her whole life. It should affect her sometimes. In this book someone disowned her, and her response was disappointing. It would have been normal to be deeply affected but she wasn’t.

In Night Broken, I lost a lot of respect for Adam. Mercy likes to deal with issues on her own, and he gives her the freedom to that. In the last book it was apparent he was letting people walk all over his wife while he stood by and watched. Adam finally stepped up to the plate and defended her, but I felt like it was too little too late. I still like Adam but don’t feel like he’s Mr. Wonderful anymore. Especially after seeing how the pack responded to Adam’s pronouncement, it really makes me wonder why he didn’t do this a long time ago since it was such a simple way to end the drama between the pack and Mercy.

The plot was fae centric, which I enjoyed. The fae in this world are fascinating. Some are good. Some are bad. All are manipulative. Their end game is a mystery. A lot of interesting stuff was learned about the fae in particular the grey lords.

Zee and Tad were back! I absolutely love both of them. The walking stick was around a lot. Margaret was a great addition to the series. Thomas Hao turned out to be quite an unusual vampire. I wish Stefan had been in it. He is one of my favorite characters in the whole series. I always miss him when he’s not around. There was a death which shocked me. I probably shouldn’t feel as devastated by the loss as I do. The series won’t be epically changed by the loss but an entertaining part of the series however small is now gone.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

22062202Rating: 4 stars

Series: The Others #4

Everything had been building up to this. Some humans and the others were managing to get along. Most humans had become greedy and wanted to take the land from others. The others who lived out in the wild had their own ideas about how to handle humans. It was inevitable something bad was going to happen.

It’s hard to discuss this without giving the plot away. I was very happy the Elders took an active role in the story, but they’re still elusive. The developments with the blood prophets have the potential to drastically change their future. I’m not going to say anything about Meg and Simon’s relationship except there was progress. A very interesting point was hinted at in regards to Meg and Simon, and I think the ramifications of that will be explored in the next book.

The pacing in this series is slow. A lot of time is spent focusing on mundane issues. The action scenes are fairly minimal. But it totally works for this series. I love seeing how all of the characters interact and attempt to learn about the customs and habits of the different species. Some new characters were introduced, and they really helped to give insight to what communities in other parts of Thasia were experiencing. The cast of characters has expanded greatly since Written in Red. The only thing I don’t like about it is that Simon and Meg aren’t focused on as much. No matter how many characters there are, they are the core of the series.

Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey

17340103Rating: 3.5 stars

Series: Agent of Hel #3

The conclusion to this trilogy was satisfying, but I have mixed feelings about it. The plot was so good. It took some unexpected twists and turns, but the love triangle ruined parts of it. The world building in this series was awesome. It was an original world, and it blended religion, Greek and Norse mythologies, and common and uncommon supernatural races without it feeling disjointed.

Daisy was a rare kind of supernatural, but it made her life more difficult. She was tough, strong, and worked hard to overcome the obstacles that came with being what she was. I liked her because she was flawed. Sometimes she hesitated instead of taking action or would be confused or conflicted about what to do. It made her seem real, so there was no special snowflake here. But when it came to her love life she did not make the best decisions. She knew who she loved. When she couldn’t be with him, she settled for anyone else. I think it bothered me so much because I’m not like that. Her love life was a great source of frustration for me.

I love Cody. He would have been perfect if it weren’t for his indecision about whether or not he wanted to be with Daisy. Werewolves were expected to mate within their own clan, and since Daisy wasn’t a werewolf, he wasn’t supposed to be with her. He was incredibly aggravating because it was so obvious he loved Daisy but kept rambling on about loyalty to his clan.

Stefan was a worthless asshole. I loathe him. I desperately wanted Daisy to take her dagger and plunge it through his heart. She would have been doing the world a favor. He may have been better than the average ghoul but was still capable of killing people. Nonetheless he was not a good guy which he proved throughout the book. Daisy’s response to him made no sense. She was extremely leery of him but thought he was hot. So she threw caution to the wind and explored a relationship with him anyway.

The development with the lawyer did not play out like I thought it would. It was a surprise to find out who his boss was, and that person was capable of causing lots of damage. One small problem snowballed into a much larger one, and most people in the town did not understand the ramifications of their situation. Everything lead up to a big showdown. The end was satisfying but how it got there was not. All of the problems were resolved in an odd, unexpected way. It shouldn’t have been as easy to resolve all of those problems.

I’m glad a I read this trilogy. It was a fun buddy read with the Machalos and gave us lots to discuss. I loved the world and the characters. I really wish more books would be written in this world even if it focused on different characters.