Friday Booktalk

So this week I put the final touches on Undercover and today it was mailed off to my editor. All 460 pages. Yikes. I hope she likes it. Now on to obsessing about the next book.

In the last week I read: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs – Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs was the first book I read in 2008 and it wasn’t a disappointment!

In Iron Kissed, we get back to mechanic and Walker, Mercy Thompson’s story. This time, she’s asked by her friend and Fae, Zee, to help them solve a spree of killings on the local Fae reservation. From this point on, the stakes rise higher and higher for her.

Iron Kissed isn’t a romance so I went into it with different expectations but I was quite pleased with how Briggs handled the romantic resolution of the love triangle in the first books. The resolution made sense and while it made me sad, a decision had to be made and I think it was handled perfectly.

The action was riveting including a very intense scene toward the end that had me in tears. Excellent, taut storytelling here and I hope Briggs gives us more about the Fae in later books.

And then Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty and The Silver Bullet

I’ve been a huge fan of this series since the first book. what I’ve liked most is how Kitty’s character starts off as scared and flaky and has grown with each new book. Grown into a character who continues to become more likeable.

In Silver Bullet, Cormac is in prison for murdering a monster in order to save Kitty’s life. She’s got big guilt about it. She’s also with Ben, yes *with* Ben who is now a werewolf too.

They need to go back to Denver because Kitty’s mom is ill and needs her but unfortunately they step into a war between the current vampire master and the guy who wants the job. And don’t forget Kitty’s old, abusive jerk of an Alpha, Carl.

So you get all kinds of political machinations here. Interesting background on vampires, nice romantic asides between Ben and Kitty too. there were, I admit, a few moments when I got very frustrated with Kitty as a character and was like, “GET OVER IT ALREADY!” but I think Vaughn handles this so well because well, sure Kitty is a werewolf but she’s also human.

The action was well done, the writing and dialog, as in past books, was quick and clever. Kitty and the Silver Bullet was another great installment in the series and I am so on board for the next book!

I usually read more weekly but I’ve been totally slammed with work and home stuff. I’m about 3/4 finished with Night Season and loving it, so I’ll talk about that one next week.

3 comments to “Friday Booktalk”

  1. Wendy
    January 11th, 2008 at 1:23 pm · Link

    I loved Iron Kissed I cried a lot too, especially in the end and I’m so happy with the decision she made! I can’t wait for Cry Wolf- Charles & Anna’s story.

    I haven’t read Kitty & The Silver Bullet honestly, I’m a bit wary of buying it, mostly because even though I did not hate the last two books, they weren’t my favorite but I’ve heard good things about it so I’ll probably end up reading it. 🙂

  2. Jordan
    January 11th, 2008 at 2:36 pm · Link

    I have Patricia’s book sitting on my shelf, waiting for me to finish my manuscript. Yes, it’s that big of an incentive. 🙂

  3. Estella
    January 11th, 2008 at 3:44 pm · Link

    These books sound like good reading.