Fool Moon

This review contains spoilers. 

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

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  • Genre : Fantasy – Urban Fantasy – Mystery
  • Date Started :  March 23, 2015
  • Date Finished : April 2, 2015

Description: You can read the full description from the author’s website. This post turned out way too long but here it goes.

The gist of the story, a werewolf is killing people close to Johnnie Marcone (Mob Boss) and Harley MacFinn (a loup-garou). The police have a hard time with this one because of the gruesome nature of the crime and the mysterious wolfish paw marks left at the scene. Lt. Murphy even suspects Harry and arrests him. Things get worse from there and lots of people die. Harry almost dies multiple times and it’s hard to trust anyone. In the end everyone ends up at Johnnie Marcone’s mansion because that’s who the bad guys want dead.

After what happened in the first book, Harry isn’t expecting to hear from Lt. Murphy anytime soon. That changes when bad things start happening in Chicago and the police are at a dead-end. In an attempt to figure out who is murdering people in a gruesome way around the full moon, Lt. Murphy reaches out to Harry as a last resort.

A few things happen here, we meet a group of FBI agents who have been following these killings and don’t want any help from the local police. After a tense moment between Lt. Murphy and one of the FBI agents, Harry and Lt. Murphy leave and are followed home. Harry not wanting the trail to go cold and assumes this will help with the case, follows that person. Here he finds a gang of teenagers who can turn into wolves. You would think, well that’s too easy and it is. Harry doesn’t think this group could have done the killings and tells Lt. Murphy that exact thing. Lt. Murphy doesn’t believe him though, no big surprise there!

Harry also tells Lt. Murphy all he knows about werewolves and the types they could be up against. I found this information pretty cool and it was interesting to hear about the different types of were’s in Harry’s world. What I didn’t like was that we got to meet each type he tells Lt. Murphy about. Do we really need to experience each type in one book? It seemed excessive to me. While at the police station, Harry also gets a tip from one of the FBI agents about a gang that they think might be involved, the appropriately named Streetwolves (a pack of lycanthropes). Harry foolishly checks out this group, by himself and ends up challenging the Alpha of the gang. He escapes of course, but now Harry needs to watch his back not only from the teenage gang who turn into wolves but now from the Streetwolves as well.

Johnnie Marcone also attempts to hire Harry to protect himself because he suspects he is the next one to be killed by the killer. Of course Harry declines but it still doesn’t help with his image. Marcone does help Harry by giving him information and a possible connection to Harley MacFinn and the Northwest Passage Project. At this point in the story we get MORE information which could be true. Harry summons a demon to get information on Harley but the demon ends up baiting Harry with information about his parents and how they really died which was almost more entertaining than the story we are currently involved with. This interesting tidbit gets shelved for another time though because Harry has more pressing matters to deal with. Although it does get brought up sometime later when Harry is unconscious and talking to his subconscious, great scene!

Before Harry can question Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him for the death of Kim, who Harry helped in the first book to understand her powers. Tera, the woman who followed Harry and led him to the teenage gang, the Alpha’s, ends up freeing Harry in order to help her contain her fiance, Harley, before he can hurt anyone because he is a loup-garou. Before Tera and Harry can get to Harley, Lt. Murphy arrests him, going against Harry’s advice and at moon rise Harley changes and kills a ton of police. Harry shows up to try to contain him but only drives him off.

So we have a loup-garou who is on the loose and a pack of lycanthropes, the Streetwolves, trying to kill Harry. While Harry is trying to track down Marcone, he is attacked by the Streetwolves and finds out he was set up by the FBI agents who happen to be hexenwolves and are the ones behind all the murders. So now Harry and the Alpha’s take off to save Marcone from Harley and the FBI. This can’t be easy and to make things difficult, both Harry and the Alpha’s are captured once they reach Marcone’s mansion.

Here we find out that the ones who Marcone thought were there to protect him, end up using him as bait to catch and kill Harley, the loup-garou. Harry and Murphy escape and end up fighting with the FBI agents and taking the belts that make them hexenwolves and destroying them before the police show up. The Alpha’s escape with the help of Susan, the reporter and Harry’s sort of girlfriend. Oh and we find out in the end that Tera is a wolf who turns into a human. SO. MUCH. INFORMATION.

In the end we find out that the FBI agents have planned this whole mess to eliminate Marcone for good but the power of the belts over took them. I will say that the scene with Harry wearing the belt and transforming was excellent. It really helps you understand the loss of control the agents had and how much of a drug it really was to them.

One thing I really love about this series so far is Harry. Yeah he has bad things happen to him all the time and he is down on his luck most of the time but he truly behaves like a hero even if he doesn’t feel like it. Overall I enjoyed the parts of the story that I HOPE will be more meaningful later. I loved the characters and it kept me hooked but I felt like there was too much happening. I don’t think this is a book that I will read again but the writing is good and I like where the story seems to be going.

I’m giving Fool Moon by Jim Butcher a 3.5 star.

Tangled Taurus Book Review Rating 3.5 Stars

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*Spoilers* First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

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  • Genre : Paranormal – Supernatural – Urban Fantasy – Romance – Chick Lit
  • Date Started :  March 9, 2015
  • Date Finished : March 9, 2015

Description: You can read the full description on the author’s website.

Charley can see dead people and has been able to since birth. Yes, that’s right, she remembers this because she can remember being born. Not like you and I know we were born because we have pictures or video and we are alive, but she can remember the doctors cutting her cord. Life is different for Charley and she is not your average human. She also happens to be a grim reaper, THE grim reaper, and the dead come to her because she is bright. Charley is also a Private Investigator and a consultant for the local police force.The dead come to her for help crossing over and if solving a murder helps get her father and uncle a promotion, why not right?

I enjoyed the story, the evolving case and how it wrapped everything up. I was not expecting that the case the police, Charley and Garrett were working on would intertwine and evolve into the big case it became. I liked that through her own abilities and her uncle believing her, they could work together and solve the case. In the forefront you have the cases they work and the dead clients that Charley helps, then in the background you have a much larger issue. The larger issue, a war between Heaven and Hell that the author barely touched on, that is bubbling to the surface.

Charley’s interactions with her dead clients are hilarious and great. It was interesting and kind of cool to see how they helped with her cases. Although I was surprised that the dead were not in denial about being dead for longer. I mean with the exception of the one ghost who would not leave his body, but even he got over it pretty quickly. Her interactions with real people on the other hand are a little less friendly, except with Cookie and her daughter. Charley’s reactions to people are totally understandable though since they tend to look at her weird or funny because of the rumors about her. I mean, look at how Garrett and Tate treated her. Garrett stopped being friendly toward her and Tate verbally attacked her. I do think her reactions are a tad extreme but I guess after the dozenth time of the same reactions, you get short with people. The woman has created some sweet sarcasm retorts though to cover up her insecurities. Her sarcasm spoke to me, probably because I’m pretty sarcastic too but it had me laughing out loud with how outrageous she is. It makes me want to get to know Charley even more and pick at her brain!

Now for the good part, her love interests. Obviously Reyes is the main love interest here, but I think this might either turn into the “can’t have them” sort of relationship or they recklessly love one another while Heaven and Hell battle it out and they live with death at their heels. I like their intense, sort of relationship, where they don’t really know each other all that well but are extremely lustful. I mean he’s like smoke most of the time and in a coma, so it’s not like they’ve had the opportunity to get to know one another. Yep, that sounds as weird as it does while reading the book but this book is filled with odd paranormal activity, so just go with it. Then we have Garrett. Charley thinks he is hot but it doesn’t seem like she is into him at all, maybe if he was not such an asshole, her words. Jones drops a few giant hints that Garrett is into Charley, flirting, getting jealous and worrying about her safety. I’m not a fan of either love interest yet but I look forward to learning more about each of them.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and was not expecting so much humor. First grave on the right is a witty, paranormal, chick lit novel with some heavier undertones. If you like slightly raunchy humor, over-confident females (pretty sure this is just covering her insecurities), witty banter and mysteries, you will like this book. My only real irritation with this book is that there are so many attempts at jokes. I found some of them hilarious but it almost felt like Jones was trying too hard to make you laugh. I gave this book a 3.5 stars because it was a great read but book 1 is just not purchase worthy for me.

Tangled Taurus Book Review Rating 3.5 Stars