Have Mercy… and Rachel… and Sherlock!

TheUndeadPoolHi all,

I’m a bit late with my reading list for March, but better late than never, right? And it’s never too late to talk books — especially books that are continuations of much-beloved series belonging to my (many!) keeper shelves.

Case in point: The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison. More Rachel!!! More Trent!!! ZOMG, Rachel AND Trent!!! (And BTW, if you haven’t read The Undead Pool yet, the hyperlink will take you to not only the book’s page on Ms Harrison’s website, but an excerpt from the first chapter, too. (In fact, there’s a link from that page to the publisher’s website where you can read ALL of chapter one, plus chapters two and three, too. You’re welcome!)

The first three books of The Hollows series were among the very first eBooks I bought, back when MS Reader and the .lit format still existed. And I bought them from Diesel eBooks, which, sadly, has recently closed its doors. So yeah. A loooong time ago. And I’ve been glomming this series ever since, eagerly awaiting each new release. In fact, I remember a couple of years back I somehow got the idea that Pale Demon was the last book in the series, and I was moved enough to write a post about the bittersweet ending for Rachel and how I was kinda content with the possibility that she’d moved on from past tragedies and could, maybe, look toward the possibility of some kind of happy-ever-after in the future. (And if you’re getting the sense I was kinda gutted about the end of the series, you’d be right on the money. Happily there were indeed more books in The Hollows series, and Rachel’s adventures aren’t yet over — yay!)

frost_burnedThe next series I caught up on this month was Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.

Ms Briggs is another of those uber-talented authors who can sustain my interest and make me care greatly for one character’s journey over multiple books. And I especially love that Mercy doesn’t magically morph into the most badass character in the series. She’s tough, determined, brave as hell, and yeah, she’s a shape-shifting coyote, but she’s living with a pack of wolves (literally!), and dealing with vamps and some really badass fae. So it’s no surprise that Mercy sometimes gets hurt. Badly.

And, as you can imagine, this causes her significant other, Adam, no end of grief. It’s realistic, gritty, heartbreaking, being inside Adam’s head when Mercy is in danger. I mean, I want Mercy to be Mercy, if you know what I mean. She’s gotta do what she’s gotta do — even when she’s scared as hell. But I’m on the edge of my seat, panicking that this time she might have bitten off more than one medium-sized coyote can safely chew. In fact, if Adam locked her up to keep her safe? I’m ashamed to say I’d kinda be on board with that because I soooo feel for Adam whenever she gets in too deep — especially when the mating bond they share means they both share far more than your average couple.

Oooh, almost forgot. To ramp up my enjoyment of this series even more, there’s a spin-off series to enjoy: Alpha and Omega, featuring Charles and Anna. *cue happy sigh*

Well, that’s enough fan-girling from me about long-running series. How about a newer one? How about something completely different? How about you check out A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway:

“Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.” Yep, you read that right: Victorian/steampunk/fantasy/murder-mystery with an appearance or two by none other than everyone’s favorite detective. Can we say AWESOME?!!

Here’s the full blurb:

In a Victorian era ruled by a Council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch, and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask . . .

Loved it! Have ordered the next one. Can’t wait!

Now on to my full reading list for March:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • Playboy Doctor to Doting Dad by Sue MacKay
  • Doctor’s Mile-High Fling by Tina Beckett
  • Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
  • Stray by Rachel Vincent
  • Rogue by Rachel Vincent
  • The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
  • God Save The Queen by Kate Locke
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • CEO’s Summer Seduction by Katherine Garbera
  • Magnate’s Mistress-For-A-Month by Yvonne Lindsay
  • Striking Distance by Pamela Clare
  • The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan
  • Hell To Heaven, Journey to Wudang Book 2 by Kylie Chan
  • A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

What stand-out books have you read lately?



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