A Note:

6/2/13

I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles.

https://twitter.com/Book_Faery

And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973-tori-book-faery

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)

xoxo
Tori

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tori's Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (Plus giveaway!)


Released:
March 6, 2012
Hardcover: 304 pages
Price: $26.95
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: Alpha and Omega
Buy: Amazon



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They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...


My Rating:

My Opinion: I love Patricia Briggs. I love her Mercy series, and I sure as hell love her Alpha and Omega series; this woman has a way with words--and a way with depicting werewolf interactions that makes me melt inside and fall back in love with the fuzzy critters all over again.

Alas, the reason I gave FAIR GAME a 4 instead of 5 star review was because the romance seemed to be lacking, and also because those very same werewolf interactions seldom happened. I will explain:

Romance: we know that Charles and Anna have overcome quite a few difficulties in both their lives and in their relationship. Nevertheless, it is quite clear--if the conflict is any indicator--that their issues have not been fully resolved. Meaning there is still plenty of room for romance, without overwhelming readers with countless scenes of fluff that just made a person want to roll his or her eyes when it gets to be overkill. I read this series because I love Briggs, her writing, and the universe, but I also read it because sometimes I want a good old romance that doesn't rely on countless sex scenes, and that truly focuses on the evolution of each character and their relationship. I was disappointed when the romance gave way to the mystery.

Werewolf interactions: this one is a bit vague, for there are plenty of werewolves, just like there are plenty of interactions. If you've read book 2 in the A&O series, then you may remember one of the first scenes with Anna as her wolf as she coaxed Charles into playing with her. It was a warm, moving scene, and truly exemplified the animalistic nature of these characters--and THAT is what made me fall in love with this series. Those sorts of heartwarming scenes.

Maybe it's just me; I don't know. Aside from those two complaints, this is your typical kick ass, mysterious Briggs novel and one that you obviously need to read. Characterization is spot on, as per usual. The mystery, which I loved, don't get me wrong, was equally mysterious. While I wish it did not overshadow the romance at times, there's not much I can do about that, and it was a wonderfully written book, so read it!



Series Order:
0.5 On the Prowl (anthology)
1. Cry Wolf
2. Hunting Ground
3. Fair Game





Do you live in the US?
Would you like to read ON THE PROWL?

One lucky US winner will receive a signed copy courtesy of Penguin. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below :)

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14 comments:

  1. DUDE. I need to get my hands on a copy!! I read the first chapter on her website and was like 'I NEED THIS. NOW. FROTHFROTHFROTH' and I can't believe I missed its release date!

    It sounds so freaking awesome. I love Brigss' books. <33333

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    1. *o* it was soo good, despite the fact that there was a little less romance. Man Anna just gets more and more kickass!

      Me toooo <3

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  2. Nope, not reading the review, I want to read the book myself first. And I would love a signed copy of the book, but I do live in Holland so am not allowed to enter :(

    Glad you liked the book though.

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    1. Aww I'm sorry :( Read the book and then let me know what you think! :D

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  3. Lol, if there are not entries at all, can I win please?

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    1. Lol the Rafflecopter widget didn't unlock until this morning. Had my dates off >.<

      And I don't think the Penguin publicist will ship to Holland, sorry :(

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  4. I love both genre's, but I got my start in reading paranormal romance so that would be my pick if I had to choose.

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  5. Combo of both is my preference. It seems to be getting a little more available where you cant clearly define one or the other.

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  6. I am a big fan of both paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

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  7. Awesome! I haven't read this one--Fair Game or On the Prowl! I'm a bit behind on this author actually! Awesome giveaway!

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    1. Whoops! Did a comment before filling out the form! I prefer UF, because I like romance being just a small element of the story instead of a much larger one! UF is usually grittier and has more action that's not always in the bedroom. I just prefer a little romance in my books instead of full scale.

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  8. Hard one, I've read more PR but I'm really loving the UF! This book sounds great, I haven't read it, thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Can I say both? LOL - Well I am getting into more UF this past year so I guess I would say that but I still really enjoy PNR. :)

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway. :)

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  10. I enjoy both but i would have to say i do enjoy my Paranormal Romance the best

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