Book: Orlando A Sanchez’s ‘Silver Clouds Dirty Sky’ – “I looked liked a flailing ragdoll about to become pulped by a tree”

‘Silver Clouds Dirty Sky’  is book 4 in the Montague and Strong series, it also sees a change of location as they end up in London – via teleportation circle as oppose to a more mundane method of transport.

Happily the Hellhound Peaches also made it to London and they are all vaguely poking the investigation into the murder of a leading demonologist, but mostly they are causing chaos and racking up enemies.

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This is enjoyable enough, however it’s not anything new – we’ve had three books and several short stories of this. I think I was looking for something more and felt a little disappointed that there wasn’t much character growth; although to be fair Peaches does grow.

I do like the series premise and I will continue reading for at least one other book, however I might be less excited about the next one

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Book: Brad Magnarella’s Demon Moon – “Something tells me I’m in over my head.”

This might sound like a tangent, however I don’t like Spider-Man; the reason I don’t like Spider-man is he has a day job which allows him to muddle along in a hand-to-mouth sort of way and then an unpaid night job which puts him through hell and jeopardises everything good in his life – including his crumby day job

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This basically sums up Everson Croft’s life, he has some powers but isn’t really that in control of the potential those powers bring, he has a day job that is constantly suffering from his underpaid night activities as a wizard and he’s rather dull

 

‘Demon Moon’ is a readable book, it just isn’t terribly memorable and wasn’t my idea of good fun – I’m look for escapism not a meagre mundane existence with the occasional monster

 

*Link to Amazon if you are so inclined*

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Film: Bright – “like a nuclear weapon that grants wishes”

Netflix is a relatively recent novelty in our house, I tend to prefer films to TVs series simply because I can have a start, middle and end for only a couple of hours of investment – although films are starting to have such long running lengths that I may soon need to reassess this logic

There aren’t many films that I’ve been that taken with on Netflix so I was excited by the trailer for ‘Bright’ which looked like a mismatched buddy cop movie with added fantasy elements such as orcs, elves and magic

It also reunited Will Smith with ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer and in many ways it felt similar – funky ideas and hints of really super things that didn’t make it onscreen

There were dragons in the sky, centaur cops in the background of a couple of scenes as well as references to a Dark Lord and a prophecy – however disappointingly none of these were explored.

Despite that it was a fun enough film, it is essentially a cop film set in a slightly different version of contemporary America – where orcs are the underclass and elves are the distant (and under-explored) upper class.

I really wanted more world building and more detail, however perhaps the sequel will provide some more depth

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Book: Shayne Silvers’ ‘Obsidian Son’ – “Then I was off again, feeling marginally better”

It’s very hard to have anything truly original given how many things have gone before, however it’s a little tricky to think of anything except “Batman with magic” at most of the backstory for the main character of ‘Obsidian Son’

Nate Temple has dead parents, who had a company they owned and was named after them, they left him lots and lots of money, he’s an arrogant prick, he fights crime (sort of), has friends with ‘powers’ and lots of inexplicably hot ladies seek him out

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So yes Batman with magic that he very rarely uses and a city with a dragon problem… it’s a pretty decent sounding plot however the writing is basic and rather juvanile, plus it did feel like the book went on for an awfully long time in particular as Nate really is a clueless prick for the vast majority of it…

Due to Kindle Unlimited I didn’t pay money for it so yeah it was ok I suppose, really cant be bothered to faff with putting a link in for it though.

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Book: Melissa F. Olson’s ‘Sell-By Date’ – “Honestly, who goes to a bar to cry alone?”

‘Sell-By Date’ is a short story that starts before the first Scarlett Bernard trilogy (the Boundary Magic trilogy), Scarlett is an ok character and certainly her story was readable enough

However I really read the books for Molly, who was turned into a vampire about 90 years ago when she was 17 and is finding that being permanently stuck at that age is a bit vexing in the modern world; for example constantly being carded in bars and never being taken seriously by building contractors

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If you’ve read the Boundary Magic trilogy – and you should, then you know that Scarlett and Molly end up as roommates; ‘Sell-By Date’ is the slightly more detailed version of how

It’s very short, however it’s fun hearing the story from Molly’s Point of View and it did encourage me to check out the new trilogy featuring Scarlett

I’m trying something a little new and actually including links – Sell-By Date

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Book: Chloe Neill’s ‘Lucky Break’ – “Because we fear a zombie apocalypse? And we hope they’re colour-blind”

Generally I don’t buy novellas, for some reason short little ebooks that I have to pay a couple of pounds for doesn’t feel like a good deal.

However I am VERY glad that I bought ‘Lucky Break’, it was fun, quirky and was self-contained enough to be satisfying.

It has made me more interested to read book 11 than book 10 did!

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Book: Lisa Shearin’s ‘The Dragon Conspiracy’ – “Not for goblins. Pink is the color of pure evil.”

‘The Dragon Conspiracy’ is a sequel to Lisa Shearin’s ‘The Grendel Affair’ which features the adventures of the SPI – the Supernatural Protection and Investigations , specifically Makenna Fraser who is their newest Seer and is rather out of her depth.

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‘The Grendel Affair’ was odd but intriguing – basically whatever goes bump in the night is thrown into a modern urban setting and manages to be believable. It was a good book but on my initial read I felt it was a little light, however upon rereading it I was pleasantly surprised.

‘The Dragon Conspiracy’ had an interesting premise but felt a little speedy in terms of plot resolution. I think I need to reread it with a quieter mind.

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Book: Last Mercy Thompson book that I owned – paste tense is deliberate.

Popping this up before Monday so that I can get the books to the charity shop this weekend.

The Mercy Thompson series started off so well, Mercy was funny and practical – if a little impulsive.

Then she just got dumber as she spent more time around werewolves.

There are currently eight books in the series (at least 11 are planned) and I owned five out of the first six.

  • Moon Called
  • Blood Bound
  • Iron Kissed
  • Bone Crossed
  • Silver Bourne – I didn’t have but did read ages ago from the library
  • River Marked – very cheap charity shop purchase
  • Frost Burned – released in 2013 I have not read
  • Night Broken – released in 2014 I have not read

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Either way I don’t own it to re-read and won’t lose any sleep over this!

I do however have ‘River Marked’ and the plot is Mercy has now married Adam but Adam lets the fae send them camping by a river for their honeymoon.

There are monsters in the river and people are disappearing. Which means Mercy now has to save the day at great personal cost AGAIN.

On the plus side we get to find out that Mercy’ father is Coyote – THE Coyote from the Native American legends. Which is probably how she’s survived her stupid stunts for so long.

I am done with this series, the first book was good but everything that followed either wasn’t a good – too much focus on vampires, or was just stupid.

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Book: Patricia Briggs’ ‘Bone Crossed’ – “One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed”

At the end of book 3 Mercy was raped and some aftermath of this event was depicted.

Book 4 ‘Bone Crossed’ starts at the place book 3 let off – there is actually some scene overlap, and then Mercy goes off charging into another adventure.

At this point my suspension of disbelief got annoyed and stopped playing.

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If Mercy really is part of the pack now and really is Adam’s mate then why the BLEEP isn’t anyone protecting her?

Why the BLEEP is everyone saying “ok” to her running out of state pretty much on her own – everyone keeps saying how vampires cant be trusted so Stefan shouldn’t count even if he is ok for a vampire, to investigate a haunting at the house of her old college ‘friend’ who just happens to live in the State where a vampire known as The Monster lives!

Everyone treats Mercy as some sort of supernatural punching bag and it just isn’t fun to read anymore.

The plot is rubbish too, but that is almost by the way compared to my indignation at everyone assuming Mercy will be ok and then blaming her when the sh*t hits the fan!

I remember disliking book 3 but book 4 is just boring and stupid.

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Book: Patricia Briggs’ ‘Iron Kissed’ – “It was like being leaned on by a very heavy, warm brick. A sexy brick”

‘Iron Kissed’ is the third book in the Mercy Thompson series and the one that I knew I had issues with.

The issue is largely around my personal feeling that rape is not a valid plot device. I am aware that it is a handy way of putting a female led in peril but it crops up in a fair number of urban fantasy books to the extent that it feels like rape is being trivialised.

With the Mercy Thompson series you can at least say it was foreshadowed so wasn’t a complete surprise, in the first book Moon Called there is heavy implication of something inappropriate and sexual happening to a young teen who is being held hostage and Mercy’s branding of someone as a rapist, in book 2 Blood Bound Mercy concludes the chap she accused of being a rapist probably isn’t but she uses a rape analogy for when a vampire fed from her without consent – I can see why that would feel a potentially appropriate description as it is a bodily violation.

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(It is curiously hard to find images of the old UK covers online despite the fact they are far more tasteful than the US covers or the new UK ones)

Which means that is isn’t a huge surprise that book three goes THERE, I dislike the scene but at least Briggs does deal a bit with the aftermath, Mercy isn’t magically expected to pick herself and carry on as normal – except she sort of does.

What I find most disappointing is that the rest of the book is actually interesting, ok so there isn’t much werewolf stuff or shifter stuff but the fae plotline is really interesting and was something that I’d have liked to not associate with rape.

On the plus side, the book does at least make sure the reader will remember to not trust the fae.

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