Mission to Read

Wife, technophile, bibliophile, and student who obsesses over the latest gadget and political drama. I read compulsively. It's an addiction really. I also blog.

Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega Series #2)

Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega Series #2) - OMG! I need more of this series. I know there is one more book, but I want even more! Anna and Charles have to be my favorite romantic werewolf couple since the very first book I read of Dani Harper's Changeling series. I mean seriously. How can this couple not win the couple of the year award. I love them to pieces.Anna is so relatable to me that it's ridiculous. I understand her motives and her plans so incredibly well. She seems like such an authentic character. She's protective, fierce, but when her mate or her friends aren't threatened she is harmless as a little rabbit. But don't call her rabbit or she'll show you how of a rabbit she isn't. This continously gets her to be underestimated by the Alpha werewolves that have descended on Seattle for a conference about outing themselves as weres and by others that wish harm upon those she calls hers.Briggs is an old history major and so she throws her love of history into everything she writes. And as a fellow history major this is highly appreciated. Within this book she brings up the idea of reincarnation and what would happen if an artifact that has such historical meaning was to show up again in the 21st century. She throws in her knowledge of Latin with sayings between Bran and Anna. The author's passions shine through and give this book another layer above the story that interlaces with it perfectly and brings more life to it.Charles is understanding. He sees her damage and understands how to cope with it. He doesn't push, he doesn't get angry, he is the calm within the storm. She may panic when they touch, but he lets her mind catch up with her fear in order to overcome the panic. He makes sure she consents fully without any interference from her wolf before allowing the foreplay to go any further. He is an honorable good man that always has his mate's best interests at heart. He may be protective, but he also understands that she needs room. Room in order to be free and grow and explore. She is centuries younger than he is and as such hasn't experienced as much of the world, but he never acts like she is inferior to him. The villain within Hunting Ground is sad and pathetic. Honestly, he's one of the most despicable villains I've read about. I adore this series set within the Mercy Thompson world and I would really love to see Mercy and Anna meet.

Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock Series #3)

Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock Series #3) - I hate being annoyed with series, but I am. I simply am. Jane has huge hangups when it comes to sex due to being raised in a church school. She is sex negative that I'm like you have to be effing kidding me. The amount she allows this view of sex to affect how she judges not only herself, but others pisses me off. Not only is she being judgmental of others by a standard that even her Beast thinks isn't natural, but she has let it affect every single case so far.This book seemed overally long and not the usual pace set by this series, perhaps it's because I'm annoyed with Jane letting her feelings interfere with her case. In this book Jane is working security for Leo when werecats and werewolves decide to declare themselves to the world and parley (meet to decide on a peace treaty with Leo) in New Orleans.Rick is absent for the majority of this book, because he is working undercover with the weres. He attempts to send a message to Jane, which of COURSE she ignores (as she has in the past two books in situations like this). I'm not a fan of Rick's, so I'm happy he isn't really present in this book. I'm simply biding my time for him to die or leave. I don't know if this will happen, but Hunter is setting up such a great romance between Bruiser and Jane that I hope it does.Gee is the most interesting part of this book. He is a Mercy Blade, a killer of rogue vamps and those that don't recover from being made. His blood is also magical to the vamps and he misses the symbiotic relationship he once had with Leo. He is an odd little creature and full of surprises.I'm going to continue with this series, but perhaps after a break. Jane is still Jane and I love her, but she is annoying at times. I think she often sends the wrong message to readers, but then again I'm pretty progressive.

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret - Jennifer Echols Review on Mission to Read on June 3rd.Astoundingly good! As you can tell from my review history contemporary is something I read very sparingly. This book might be the start in changing that. I'm already itching to get my hands on more books by Echols.Bailey's sister gets a record deal, after they had been a duet their entire lives. Devastating Bailey and causing her to act more like a toddler throwing a fit than an adult. This aspect of Bailey drove me INSANE. This is truly a coming of age story and Bailey matures so much within this book. I got crazy annoyed at her at several points throughout the book and she got annoyed with herself as well.Sam is an upstanding young man, but he has issues. He is driven to success at the sacrifice of everyone around him. He has had a past with deep heartbreaking tragedies and this has caused him to turn off his emotions. But he is a good southern man, so of course he's completely swoon worthy.This book is funny, touching, surprisingly accurate to life and is a journey that leaves this reader smiling. I'd love to see where the next stage in their life takes them, but I doubt there will be a sequel. (Gosh, I hate standalone novels)

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock Series #2)

Blood Cross - Faith Hunter Epic! Within 20% of this book I had read two incredible scenes detailed in last week's Follow Friday. It was an action-packed ride from beginning to end with stakes (no pun intended) so high that I was riveted.Jane is a skinwalker, shapeshifter, and she has two parts of herself. Jane and beast. Beast is a protective mother. Kits (children) are so incredibly important to her that the case within this book hits her hard. I have fallen in love with Jane. This is a character that feels so real to me that I'm protective of her even though she does some stupid things repeatedly. In the first book there is a female vamp that comes on to her and she ignores it and this happens again. It's not a spoiler, because anyone with any sense would have immediately known to investigate that vamp closer, but Jane just is sex negative that anything sexual she pulls away from it.Which is one of my biggest issues with this series. The author does not hold the same values as me and it's hard to get past this at times. She's transphobic, sex negative, and overly religious for my tastes. And yes, it can be an issue for me while reading Jane's books. But the writing is so good, and the action is so fierce, that I have to just move on and keep reading.I can't wait to delve into more adventures with Jane.

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1)

Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock Series #1) - I heard of this book a couple years ago, but I wasn't entirely sure I wanted to read it until I went on my latest book buying shopping spree. I saw it in my recommendations from Amazon, reread the description, went to goodreads and read a couple of reviews and I knew I had to grab this book. I'm so glad I did. It is one of the best new starts to a series I've had all year.I had a rocky start with this book for the readathon this weekend though. When I first started the book I was completely lost. I had to triple check that this wasn't the second or third book in the series. It seemed like there was a lot of backstory that was alluded to, but not actually spelt out to us. This made starting the book difficult, but by chapter 3, I was hooked. I just loved Jane so much that I didn't want to put this book down even to do mini-challenges throughout the day, so I wasn't as social as I wanted to be.I clicked with Jane pretty instantly. She isn't the type of herione who is actually a nitwit, but has a backup crew at the ready (I call this the Sookie Syndrome). She's alone in the world. Just her, beast, and a best friend miles away. She doesn't trust others and has a mouth on her that she doesn't filter well. Although, this book wasn't high on romance, I felt there was an establishing of two potential love interests. I'm completely enthralled with one, Leo, and completely bored by the other, Rick. Rick wasn't as present in the book as I would have expected after the Beast establishing him as mate material, but I was glad because he was boring. He is not even in the same realm as fierce as Jane is and if she gets into a relationship with him I think it's going to be one of her continually saving him. He could easily be classified as having Sookie Syndrome. I mean seriously. He needs to keep his human self out of the affairs of the supernatural. Of course my feelings may change as we see more of him, but for now I just find him lackluster and weak.I really hope to see more of Bruiser and Troll. Both of these vampire lackeys are incredibly intriguing. Bruiser more so. One of my favorite scenes in the entire book was the party dancing scene.Overall, I adored this book! I'm so anxious to start the next in series.

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin Books)

Tangled Threads - Jennifer Estep I seriously could not wait to write a review of Venom before staring this one. I read this book in one day, while my husband was home. I seriously never read when the hubs is home, but I simply couldn’t wait. Gah, I love this series so much!This book was certainly more explosive than any of the prior books in both literal explosions and emotional ones. Gin is certainly emotionally maturing and that is more apparent in this book than any of the prior books.The case in this book is infinitely more intriguing to me than the prior book’s Roslyn case. I have a HUGE soft spot for children and this little girl was so amazingly courageous. LeFleur’s powers were interesting and I completely and utterly hated her from moment one. Honestly, she felt more fleshed out as a character than the main villain of these books, Mab.One issue I had with this book was the constant reiterations of the same phrases, in particular “gin joint” and “get dead” (which is actually also used in the blurb). OMG! How many times can you say the same phrase? Seriously, in a serious moment Gin’s internal dialogue should be “He could die” or any other grammatically correct alternatives to this. “Get dead” is fine if the scene is sassy and she’s spouting off, but does every single mention of dying have to be “get dead”?This book was only something like 40 pages shorter than Venom, but felt like such a quick read that I would have had said it was half the size. I’ll be reading the rest in the coming weeks, since I went on a mega shopping spree for books last week and bought the rest in the series, but I’ll probably stagger reviews a bit more.

Venom (Elemental Assassin Books)

Venom - Jennifer Estep OMG! These simply keep getting better. This is one of my 3 favorite series (other included: Mercy Thompson and Night Huntress) and Jennifer Estep does not disappoint in the third book within this amazing series. Seriously guys, it’s amazing you should be reading it, like right now….I did get incredibly annoyed simply because I couldn’t read this book as fast as I wanted to. There are threads that run through this story that I wanted to know right then. Gin goes after the head security of the baddest woman in town, Mab, after her friend Roslyn starts getting stalked and sexually harassed by the giant.Finn is such a good big brother to Gin. He is a charmingly adorable sleazeball, but always has her best interests at heart. Sophia and Jo-Jo are great allies, but Roslyn is kinda annoying. She wants protected from the giant, but refuses to what Gin tells her to do and usually does the direct opposite making everyone even more unsafe than if she would simply freaking LISTEN!!!I’m looking forward to seeing more of Owen. He’s not judgmental (unlike her former beau) and likes to play the knight in shining armor.There is action from the very first page, and even though it’s a longer book it seemed too short. Luckily, I have the next one ready to be read. (I actually couldn’t wait to start the next book so I read it before writing this review, that review will be up on Thursday!)

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson Series #7)

Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs Read more reviews @ Mission to Read Perfection! Simply perfection. Another great edition in one of my top 3 favorite paranormal series. I wasn’t aware that this book had came out until I was browsing late one night on Amazon (I seriously need to set up my fictfact) and immediately jumped on it. OMG! I love this series so EFFING much! Mercy never fails to remind me of one of my closest friends with which I have a bit of tumultuous relationship. She (my friend and Mercy) have strong convictions and abide by their own ethical code regardless of how that action may affect their loved ones. But this simply makes Mercy more kick-ass in my opinion. Honestly, she has traits that I do not possess (and don’t really want to possess) but admire greatly. She is smart, self-sufficient, but she is also destructive in her need for independence.The supporting characters are really what make this series stand out. I always love packs and Mercy has a pack that is her own that may not even be aligned to Adam. I really hope we get to see more of Asil in coming books. He is dark from living for ages and could be dangerous, but seems to be an ally that could be good for Mercy in more than one way. Honey, though, seriously needs to get an attitude adjustment when it comes to Mercy. I’m sick of her. There are all types of paranormal creatures in this series, but my favorite has to be the fae. I adore the rich history combined with wit it takes to always speak the truth within a political minefield. I love the artifacts full of magic that seem to have a mind of their own.The only thing that wasn’t to my liking was the ending. The wrap-up seemed a bit rushed and I just wanted the story to go on and on. I mean with a story this perfect what reader isn’t a bit sad to come to end.
Bonds of Need (Wicked Play, #2) - Lynda Aicher This book had me crying within the first few pages. I feel completely in love with Kendra and although his name drove me insane I can't resist Delkan. He was just the healing touch Kendra needed!I wasn't sure if this was going to be as horrible a representation of BDSM as Shades of Grey as I haven't read much of this type of work in the past, but I was immediately surprised by the depth of emotions illustrated in this book. It's presented from a place of experience about what the lifestyle is about and portrayed it accurately.Kendra is completely damaged by her past with an abusive man who used the title "Master" in order to get away with his abusive insecure ways. Delkan has a "savior" complex and wants to save everyone he cares about, but understands and supports Kendra by allowing her space to overcome her own internal obstacles. Their love is strong and builds from a place of trust and understanding.The scenes are realistic, poignant, and sexy.I full out loved this book and will be keeping Lynda on my Must Read list!

Once Burned (Night Prince Series #1)

Once Burned - Jeaniene Frost I cannot believe I waited this long to start this book. However much I may love the Night Huntress series, I have a feeling this spin off is going to blow it out of the water. Vlad has long been my favorite character in the Night Huntress series and he didn’t disappoint in the beginning of his own series. He is a enigma of deep emotions and cold hearted torturer.Frankie is a bright, courageous partner that doesn’t allow Vlad to get away with anything even though he is incredibly powerful in comparison to her human self. Frankie is self-sacrificing and is able to endure an incredible amount of pain for those she loves. Her power is completely kick-ass, but has some side effects that will be interesting to see her manage as she goes forward with more knowledge about how far they extend.One character I hope we get to see more of is her circus partner and mentor, Marty. He totally reminds me of Trick from Lost Girl. Not only his description, but his personality. This type of mentor (full of secrets, but would do anything for the heroine) is always intriguing to me.There were some religious undertones, I thought the story could do without, but overall I loved this book. Vlad is so incredibly sexy, Frankie is beyond amazing, and the villain drives the plot from an emotional standpoint.

Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling Series #8)

Bonds of Justice - Nalini Singh This book had me crying within the first few pages. I feel completely in love with Kendra and although his name drove me insane I can't resist Delkan. He was just the healing touch Kendra needed!I wasn't sure if this was going to be as horrible a representation of BDSM as Shades of Grey as I haven't read much of this type of work in the past, but I was immediately surprised by the depth of emotions illustrated in this book. It's presented from a place of experience about what the lifestyle is about and portrayed it accurately.Kendra is completely damaged by her past with an abusive man who used the title "Master" in order to get away with his abusive insecure ways. Delkan has a "savior" complex and wants to save everyone he cares about, but understands and supports Kendra by allowing her space to overcome her own internal obstacles. Their love is strong and builds from a place of trust and understanding.The scenes are realistic, poignant, and sexy.I full out loved this book and will be keeping Lynda on my Must Read list!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll I just finished with Alice in Wonderland for my course, and while I was searching for deeper meaning I found one truth about the reading of this book. It's simply more enjoyable to read this nonsense book without a since of purpose (or porpoise as the case may be).I had never read this delightful tale, but I had watched both the Disney version and the recent remake. I have also played the video game (which though a slow start I enjoyed immensely). To me Alice in Wonderland has always been more of trip down insane-ville than an enjoyable experience.Not so with the book, yes it's still as trippy as all the other media based on it, but I found myself sucked into this world where nothing is what it seems. The riddles made me smile, and audacious Alice was endlessly endearing.I did in the end find a deeper meaning for the tale, although I'm not too sure on it's validity. I find that whatever meaning a piece of art has for the viewer is likely the one that is needed for the viewer and many English classes try to push a certain view instead of one that is natural. My deeper meaning of Alice in Wonderland is simply, "Nothing is what it seems to be and everything requires a deeper exploration before coming to a conclusion."

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1)

Some Girls Bite - Chloe Neill I would definitely recommend this book. It has enough action to keep my attention, but not so much action that it doesn’t delve into the characters. Merit is brave, loyal, and doesn’t let money talk. Her fathers constant usage of her for power, money, and prestige has left her with issues that are brought to attention when she is unwillingly changed by Ethan. Although this series will undoubtedly have romantic elements Merit is not involved with anyone directly in this book. This doesn’t deter from the overall greatness of it, but actually makes it better. Merit is strong enough to resist her “liege” and the sexual tension she feels for him. This is a great fun read. Visit http://missiontoread.blogspot.com/ to read more of my reviews.

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book 1)

Touch the Dark - Karen Chance This is the best in the series, but the entire series is pretty great. I started this series awhile ago and have reread the first several times. Cassie starts out as simply a clairvoyant, but we soon see she is much more than that. She truly cares about those who around her. There is a good mixture of supernatural beings. Her amulet ghost is often hilarious. There are many twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book. It’s funny, mysterious, and sexy. Expect the good guy to be the bad one and the bad boy to be good.For more of my book reviews visit- http://missiontoread.blogspot.com/

First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, Book 1)

First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost I usually do not read series that are off-shoots of a main series and honestly, I hadn’t paid much attention to Spade, but I simply could not wait for the release of book five. I had to get more of this world, so I borrowed it from my library.I didn’t put it down from the moment I started it. Spade has emotional strength I haven’t seen in any of the other characters. Denise is brave and after losing her husband she is unselfish in the most primal of ways. She’d endure amazing amounts of pain in order to protect her family.This isn’t as humorous as the Night Huntress series, but it is more heartfelt. The author mentions she’s afraid of children in her bio, so hopefully she’ll follow up this book with understanding that the need for children doesn’t vanish overnight. And we will see Denise struggling with that in the upcoming Night Huntress book.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition - Lewis Carroll, Martin Gardner

I just finished with Alice in Wonderland for my course, and while I was searching for deeper meaning I found one truth about the reading of this book. It's simply more enjoyable to read this nonsense book without a since of purpose (or porpoise as the case may be).

 

I had never read this delightful tale, but I had watched both the Disney version and the recent remake. I have also played the video game (which though a slow start I enjoyed immensely). To me Alice in Wonderland has always been more of trip down insane-ville than an enjoyable experience.

 

Not so with the book, yes it's still as trippy as all the other media based on it, but I found myself sucked into this world where nothing is what it seems. The riddles made me smile, and audacious Alice was endlessly endearing.

 

I did in the end find a deeper meaning for the tale, although I'm not too sure on it's validity. I find that whatever meaning a piece of art has for the viewer is likely the one that is needed for the viewer and many English classes try to push a certain view instead of one that is natural. My deeper meaning of Alice in Wonderland is simply, "Nothing is what it seems to be and everything requires a deeper exploration before coming to a conclusion."