Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Here Kitty Kitty by Shelly Laurenston

Magnus Pack, Book 3

The final book in the Magnus Pack series (due to the fact that Laurenston isn't planning on working on it, just like The Gathering series) was kind of ... Boring. There was not much action in this book, I found our lead male, Nik, boring. Angelina was delightful because of how bipolar she was but other than that, it was just ... Boring. Miki, Conall, Zach and Sara make appearances of course but throughout the book, Miki seems really subdued from what we'd seen in book 2 but came back to her on during the last of the book.

The only thing good that comes out of this book is that theres a truce called but the action was severely lacking. There was maybe 1 or 2 scenes were there some blows, but other than that ... It was nothing.

2 Stars
IR: Angelina(mex), Nik(w)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Go Fetch by Shelly Laurenston

Magnus Pack, Book 2

This was definitely better than book 1. This book focuses on Miki and Conall. Miki is one best friend of Sara, alpha female of the magnus pack. Conall is basically the second in command of the Magnus Pack.

Miki is a high-strung genius who leaves Texas to visit her friend Sara in Cali, before heading to Seattle to speak on her thesis at a college. She gets hooked up with Conall after she was attacked at a party by some androgynous male/female. We knew from book 1 that Miki had a little toughness about her but book 2 shows us how badass she is with a gun, some steel toed Doc Martins and a chemistry lab. Since Miki is a brain, she has brainy friends who clue her into a professor that was looking into her personal information, all while Conall began to wear her down about sex.

This book also introduces us to a large pack of hyena's who Miki disposes of by way of guns and chemically created fire in a pretty nice way. After all this, we find that the pack shows her just as much respect and love as one of their own which is a shoe in for what was to come with her and Conall.

Overall ... Better than book 1. I loved Miki because she was such a spaz at times and Conall because he turned into such a softie for her. Normally, I don't like that kind of thing but it was nice to see because he didn't turn completely sour puss like Wrath did in the Black Dagger Brotherhood book 1.

The only problem I had with this book was it seemed like there was no real reason why the hyena's were after Miki. It just seemed to me like they wanted to pick a fight ... Maybe I need to go read that part again? Who knows ...

OH OH OH one last thing ... Laurenston did something great for me. She didn't punk out and decide that Miki needed to be turned to wolf in order for her to have a relationship with one. We get a glimpse of how that kind of relationship works when we see Dr. Conridge and Van Holtz. So good on her for not punking out in that respect and still giving the pack a reason to want Miki as a part of their family.

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Miki(aa) Conall(w)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston

Magnus Pack, Book 1

As you can see on the right, I was actually supposed to be reading Bear Necessities but the first few pages bored me so that I skipped out and decided to start on this short book instead. Pack Challenge is book 1 of the Magnus Pack series and features Sara, a shapeshifter who has no idea she IS a shapeshifter. She's flanked by two friends, a latina with high fashion sense - Angelina, and a literally brilliant black female named Miki.

Our story begins with the usual humdrum of friends out having a nice night out as Sara decides to get sloppy drunk and squeeze a mans balls at a bar. That man turns out to be our alpha male, Zach, who is next in line to be the actual alpha male of his Pack. Later in the book, we find that Sara has been protected for over 20 years by a series of real wolves and wolf shifters in the tiny Texas town they live in, all because her grandmother, who raised her, made sure that she didnt know she was a shifter at all.

The book is short. It may be the same length as Hunting Season but this one went a lot faster but with less action and fun stuff along the way. I didn't like Zach at all. I thought he was boring and seemed a lot like a big guy who wanted to be bad, not an actual big guy who was bad. The intimidation wasn't there at all. Marrec, on the other hand, it was all there for him ... I could feel his fatherly love for Sara but everything lacked for Zach except his wanting to have sex with her. BTW, the word 'pussy' is thrown around quite a bit during sex scenes. I guess I'm just used to it being called something else, or simply described.

Anywho ... Nothing at all interesting to report. I started the series because I'd been wanting to get to Go Fetch (Book 2) for a while and since the series is only 3 books long, I'd go for it. Also, I thought it was kind of cute how the book got named Go Fetch ... There's a part at the end of this book where Miki throws a tennis ball expecting some of the Pack members to go fetch it. They all look at her as if she were crazy but some time later, Conall comes up to her with the tennis ball in hand and tells her she dropped it. Now we enter book two, Go Fetch, lol.

2 Stars
IR Potential: Conall (w) wants Miki (b)