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Books: Fair Game 
5th-Mar-2012 10:11 pm
Summer
Fair Game, by Patricia Briggs. Urban fantasy. 293 pages, hardback. Third in the Alpha and Omega series.

Fair Game was short and sweet. The plot was quite linear: a serial killer chase through Boston. The story was filled with likable characters (though too shallowly presented and not enough of them) and a predictable plot line. We met spunky FBI, an admirable-but-distasteful black witch, and other fun and odd characters. Like the previous two books, the physical chase was paralleled by one character's psychological problems. The bad guy gets too close to Anna; Charles has to fight but stay smart, etc.

And then the ending ripped all of my complacency away. That was one of the most satisfying plot twists I haven't expected. I am all wiggly with interest on where this series is going to go now.

I picked it up because I've been enjoying both sides of the Briggs werewolf saga (Mercedes Thompson/Adam Hauptman and Charles Cornick/Anna Lantham)

I'd recommend it to: followers of this series. If you aren't, then you need to go back to On the Prowl for the introduction to Anna and Charles in a short story.

New-to-me Books for 2012

January
House of the Star by Caitlin Brennan, YA fantasy. 282 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey, Fantasy. 404 pages; hardback; stand-alone. 2/5 stars on Goodreads (2 = "it was OK"), 3/5 stars on Amazon (3 = "it was OK"); straight into the giveawaybox (eta: gone)
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt, Urban fantasy. 336 pages; paperback; first in the series. 3/5 stars on Goodreads (3 = "liked it"), 4/5 stars on Amazon (4 = "liked it"); going to keep it around and loan it to friends
Hexed edited by uncredited, listed under the first author, Ilona Andrews. Urban Fantasy, 326 pages. Paperback; anthology of four novellas. 3/5 stars on Goodreads, 4/5 stars on Amazon; going to loan it to friends who like Kate Daniels, then likely give it away.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White. YA Fantasy, 335 pages. Hardback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Stormwalker, by Allyson James. Urban Fantasy, 330 pages. Paperback; first in the series. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. YA Fantasy, 423 pages. Hardback, stand-alone. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox. (eta: gone)
Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole. Urban Fantasy... sort of... 382 pages. Paperback, first in the series. [4/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.

February
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, fantasy. 672 pages. Paperback; first in the series.[4/5 on Goodreads] Borrowed.
Westward Weird edited by Martin Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes. Hell-if-I-know, 302 pages. Paperback, anthology. [3/5 on Goodreads] Giveawaybox.
Discount Armageddon, by Seanan McGuire. Urban fantasy, 360 pages. Paperback; first in the series. Keeping it for now.

March
Fair Game, by Patricia Briggs, Urban fantasy. 293 pages; hardback; third in the series. Keeping it.
Comments 
7th-Mar-2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
I tried all yesterday to not think about it being out.

The hardcover price is more than I'm willing to pay. Plus I don't WANT a hardcover. I'd buy the Kindle edition, if it was not almost as overpriced. *grrr* I hate waiting.
7th-Mar-2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Do you have a good local library that might carry it? Or a good friend? Or should I just ship it down to you? (Yes, I'm serious here.)
7th-Mar-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Good point. I have recently grown disappointed in my local library, but this is a good opportunity to try them again. I just requested that they purchase it. Hopefully their purchase of it would be faster than you shipping down your copy.

But thank you for the thought. I'll let you know if I become that desperate.
7th-Mar-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Good for you for at least seeing what "The System" can do for you.

And you're welcome. I totally understand the need for a fix.
8th-Mar-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Last night I needed to get out of the house (work & home in same place sometimes makes me stir crazy to leave) and all of my friends were lame. So I spent 2.5 hours standing in my local B&N reading _Fair Game_. *sigh* My back may forgive me sometime tomorrow.
8th-Mar-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoyed it!
8th-Mar-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
"lame" friends = they were busy, in spite of the many times that they swear my tendency to plan 2 months in advance drives them crazy. *rueful grin* They always say, "Just ask me the day of!" Not so successful, in this example.
8th-Mar-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeah. I often have the same issue.
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