Tag: 5 Stars

Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Posted February 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Early review: Etched in Bone by Anne BishopEtched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #5
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Published by Roc, Penguin Audio on March 7, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes
Source: Publisher
Amazon | Audio | B&N | Goodreads
five-stars

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave

 

     

Anne’s Review

I came to the Others series late, but I’ve loved it since the first book. Marked in Flesh (book 4) was a problem for me, it’s the book just before Etched in BoneI expected the story to be what it was, generally, without knowing the details. My issue was a slew of new characters which I knew very little and had difficulty with forming a connection to them. Now I understand even less about why they were introduced, since many were not in this next book. So I read on with a bit of trepidation.

I’m happy to say Etched in Bone is fabulous. It is a return to beloved characters as a view screen to the world overall. While the story lines may be global in nature, they are told from the impact and concerns of our people in Lakeside. There is also the daily life and plans and mysteries of the main characters.   Vlad is more present, and the family of Lt. Montgomery. The Elders play more of a role.

I did hope and expect Meg to be more involved with developing learning materials or even working with other blood prophets. There have been rumors of this being the last book in the series. I’d really love at least a book or two more, with Meg having a bit more to do with the other blood prophets, teaching the things she is learning and the growth she is experiencing. There are many characters and areas about which I would love to know more. I’m interested in the other settlements, the other blood prophets, more about the Intuit people and their abilities, and the continued relationship of Meg and Simon. The Elementals are favorites of mine and I’d love to see more of them.

The author, however, must tell her own story. This is an amazing series, with not a bad book in the bunch! Whenever it ends, I will have trouble letting go of these unique characters and concepts of this world.


Jennifer’s Audio Review

Etched in Bone is the last novel that focuses on Meg Corban, but don’t be sad Bishop is writing a spin-off series so while these characters’ story might be over the world will continue and with any hope we will get sneak peeks at what citizens of Lakeside is doing.

Etched in Bone takes up where Marked in Flesh left off. All of Thaisia is dealing with the aftermath of the events after the Elders cleansed the Earth of the humans causing trouble. The few humans that are left are learning their place in the new world living with the Others and the Others are learning which humans they could/should keep around.

While everyone else is figuring things out in their new world, Meg and Simon are slowing figuring out their relationship and how it is changing. It was sweet to see how all everyone else (humans and Others) could see these two love each other and would/should be mates.

Etched in Bone wrapped up most issues in the world but left a few things hanging which is fine because not everything needs an answer, plus there is the spin-off series that could answer a few more things.

Alexandra Harris was the prefect narrator to tell Meg’s story with the Others.

Alexandra Harris continues to entertain me with her performance of the characters. Some of my blogger/reader friends have said that she is too slow, but I love her pacing and voices for the characters. I can’t picture anyone else doing a better job with the series than Harris did. I’m on the fence though if I want her to be the narrator for the spin-off. I have Harris in my head as Meg so I think we need a new voice to go with the new main character(s).

 

About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Dialogue
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Narration (Audio)
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:


Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Posted February 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments
Audio: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

             I had no idea what to expect, so The Chemist was an awesome surprise. I loved it from beginning to end. If it were a book, it would be a page turner but since I was listening, I wanted to listen ALL THE TIME. There were so many things to love! It had great characters, SCIENCE, action / adventure, romance, humor and dogs! The problem with listening is not knowing how to spell anyone’s name and not being able to highlight the humorous quotes or make notes in the way I would with an ebook. I think it takes longer, too, since I can read faster but it is such a pleasure. Ellen Archer was great at capturing the emotion of the characters and making them individuals for me. Her pacing felt right. She was clear and easy to understand. Since the characters are on […]


Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

Posted January 9, 2017 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Book Review | 0 Comments
Separation Games by C.D. Reiss

   WARNING: While I did not have an issue with it and I thought that Reiss handled the scene and characters with care, there is a scene between Adam and Diana that some readers may not be comfortable with. While I would not call it a simulated rape scene it does push the line that some readers may not want to experience.    CD Reiss never fails to leave me feeling emotionally drained and satisfied all at the same time. I have been waiting for Separation Games since I was 50% into Marriage Games. Diana and Adam are two wonderfully broken people. They lived five years of marriage together never really being their true selves or the real couple they could have been. After Diana left Adam they both woke the fuck up.  After 30 days of pain, pleasure and heartache they finally know each other. They EARNED their  HEA. Their story gutted me, […]


Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Posted December 20, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments
Release Day Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

       The Innkeeper Chronicles is a different sort of series by my favorite, favorite author. This series is posted first online in a somewhat weekly serial, for FREE, until publication. One Fell Sweep is the first one I managed to read along; I tend to prefer to read it all together, which I did with the ARC.  Ilona Andrews NEVER disappoints. All their series, every book is so well-written, with such interesting world-building, characters who become real to me, and stories which take control of my emotions. This is intellectually satisfying with the great world-building, where we continue to learn about how things work. There is also the mystery or current dilemma facing our characters. One Fell Sweep added new creatures, new characters and very interesting information on vampires and innkeepers. Our favorite characters, plus new loved ones are here. Helen, Maud and the Hiru, and yes, the Ku, all […]


Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

Posted December 16, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments
Moonshadow by Thea Harrison

       I LOVE it!  I love the bits of humor, the mysteries, the world-building, the characters, totally 5 stars! The audio will release later and the narrator will be Sophie Eastlake. I’m a big fan of the Elder Races series. It has many 5 star reads. This new Moonshadow trilogy is a bit of a spin-off utilizing the same world. Moonshadow is set in the UK, while the Elder Races are in the US.  The next two books are Spellbinder and Lionhearted. I’m so curious to see if any crossover happens. So far there are only mentions of things in the Elder Races world, so this could easily be read without reading the Elder Races. But why would anyone want to miss out on that amazing series?!?!?! Sophie is a strong, smart and talented. Nik is a bit old-fashioned so he sometimes views her as crazy or TSTL. […]


Author Guest Post & Review: Confluence by S.K. Dunstall

Posted November 30, 2016 by Anne in Author Guest Post, Book Review | 0 Comments
Author Guest Post & Review: Confluence by S.K. Dunstall

    I got the first book in this series as part of my first Ace Roc star package and I knew from reading the blurb I would love it.  I did and I have continued to love this series.  Of course, it is space opera and I’m renewing my love affair with space opera the past two years. Read the Linesman series in order, the story builds with each book. Each of the three books is different in the feel.  Linesman (my review) introduces this world and our hero, Ean Lambert.  Alliance (my review)  is a broader view of the world and its politics with many more characters involved. Our “team” from Lancia works together to try to solve issues. Confluence has our team separated and all our main characters isolated from each other. Ean starts out alone, struggling to build a life, then he is a valued part […]


Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Posted November 3, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment
Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

         The words on the page here are beautiful; they are well-crafted into a flow of emotion and provide a view for the imagination. One can see the setting, the people. This is well-written. The characters are well developed, even the mentions are unusually defined. Den of Wolves is the third in the Blackthorn & Grim series, all of these books are excellent. I happily found these stories by receiving the second book, Tower of Thorns  (my review) in an AceRoc stars package. Even the covers are lovely. The beginning takes us to a new group of folks at Wolf Glen and the daughter of the manor, Cara. Her mother has died (as in all fairy tales?!?). Cara is the age to begin finding a suitor. Her father and aunt are working to overcome her idiosynchrocies, as they see them. She gets sent to Oran’s household, Dalraida, […]


Blog tour: Beard Science by Penny Reid

Posted October 28, 2016 by Anne in Blog Tour | 3 Comments
Blog tour:  Beard Science by Penny Reid

               Penny Reid is the bomb; an absolute favorite author for the kind of contemporary romance I enjoy.  Her books are smart and funny with relatable characters.  All her series are amazing.  This one is in the Winston Brothers series, set in Tennessee, with 6 boys and one girl as siblings. Cletus. OMG.  I. LOVE. CLETUS.  He will be my book boyfriend forever. He’s not typical but I get him. He’s very smart, and funny, and controlled. Seeing the focused Cletus lose it, is precious. Cletus does not like bullies. He does like cars, music, pie, and making deals. Jennifer is perhaps my favorite lady in this series. She has led a sheltered life, being home-schooled, and working in a bakery for her parents now. She lives with her parents and they decide everything for her. I seriously don’t like the way they treat her. In spite […]