In-depth review of Silver by Rhiannon Held

Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.

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This is the second book this year that I have felt very strongly about. I flew through it really quickly because I couldn’t put it down. The pacing was just right, character traits I was worried about at first were quickly addressed, and the story was genuinely interesting to me.

“You don’t need this warrior. If you come with me, the monster won’t be able to find you,” Death said in the voice of her brother’s mate. Always sensible. Sensible advice.

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Then There was Thursday (#3)

Other than reading this week I’ve been playing around with some spare cotton. I recently learned how to knit a mitered corner and started learning to crochet So I’ve made a dish cloth with a pretty edge. It’s far from great and I haven’t blocked it yet, but it’s the general idea of what I want to play with. And hey, even if they look funny I can still wash dishes with them!

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I also had the opportunity to try David’s Tea’s Lime Gelato as a latte with a bit of honey. Wow. It is fabulous. I had to get a tin full of it and the smell teases me every time I’m near it. I know it’ll be my favorite tea this month. The green is a coincidence. Really. If you do get a chance to try it, I recommend it as a hot latte since that’s what I tried. If it’s warm enough where you are, please let me know what it tastes like as a cold latte. Hopefully I’ll be picking one up this weekend and we gush about wonderful it is together.

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Monday Missions (#3)

Hello March! So yesterday was my birthday. I’m now the ripe old age of 22. I know, I’m just starting my life, but let me bask in how old I feel for a bit. I’m not much of a birthday celebrator. More because I’m not really sure what to do than anything else. I try to just take a day off and have a guilt free mini staycation of some nature. Not much in the way of gifts usually happens. This year I did get a cook book, which is the extent of my birthday book acquisitions. Which I’m pleased about. I have so many I still haven’t read ready to jump from their boxes at me. /end mini interlude on my usual Monday Missions.

So last week I finally made it through The Emancipation of B (you can read the short review here). My reading motivation wasn’t as high as I had hoped. However, today alone I’ve powered through 90 pages of Silver by Rhiannon Held and had to put the next two in the series on hold at the library. It’s not even noon. So I have high hopes this week. Not only has Silver been great so far, my focus has been good.

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Short review of The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh

The+Emancipation+of+B_Jennifer+KavanaghB is not a child of his time. As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost.

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When I first started reading The Emancipation of B I was counting down the pages, waiting for a more engaging plot to arise. Around page 50 I stopped. It was hard to figure out where the story was headed because it’s presented differently than my usual read – ones that guide you along events that are full of action or mystery. But it was a great break from that, almost a meditative read. It focuses on B, a character I found myself, as an introvert, relating strongly to, as he figures out what sort of life he wants to lead and how to get there in a world not made for him. As his world becomes filled with mindfulness you become mindful of each word you’re reading. It’s a great read between action packed page turners if you’re looking for something that is a little different and a little spiritual. It deals with death, family, and becoming an adult. It also tackles racism gracefully, something I found very refreshing considering my recent reads.

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Then There was Thursday (#2)

This one is a tad late. Sorry about that. Thursday really is my oddly busy day and I didn’t pre-write this like I planned to this week.

So I’ve caught up on The Walking Dead, watched Neon Genesis Evangelion for the first time, and worked on my secret knitting project. I also quit the math class I decided to take. I was taking it to upgrade my mark, but more so I could better understand the content. My life has been pretty stressful with my anxiety fluctuating the way it is and I have other things I really need to focus on at the moment. I’m trying to prioritize better so I don’t totally burn myself out.

One thing I did decide to do was get back into shaving. I’m pretty laid back about body hair and even with the mop on my head I’ve tried no ‘poo and have recently gone conditioner only. But with summer coming I figure losing some of my fuzz would be nice.

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Monday Missions (#2)

My focus is a bit better this week so I’m hoping to actually complete my reading goals this week.

I only just started The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh, which is a bit slow at the moment. I’m about 30% done and hope the plot becomes clearer before I’m halfway done. It’s rather short (under 150 pages) so I’ll probably finish it in the next day or two depending on other obligations. It’s my first ARC. I didn’t request it, I didn’t think I would get to the point where that made sense for me to make any requests until at least next year, but it is much appreciated. So far the writing style is refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading this month and I think it’s helping with my lack of reading focus.

After that I really want to power through two or even three more novels. Preferably the last two suspense romance novels from this months Grab & Go! bag: Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson. As well as Silver by Rhiannon Held, though if I feel up to a longer read I may go for The Troop by Nick Cutter (I have a first impressions post of all these books here). Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy is quite long (over 700 pages) so I may end up saving that for next month (thanks to Leah for suggesting it, it looks like a lovely read).

Honestly I expect The Girl with a Clock for a Heart to be a rather slow read for me because of the amount of mystery elements that are suggesting in the synopsis. So far those haven’t been all too exciting for me this month. I think Dream Eyes will flow a lot quicker for me because I know I enjoy paranormal elements. I may try reading them both at the same time to see if that helps me get through them quicker – putting one down when my interest veers away and picking the other up (I’ll have to take notes so I can review them properly). But that’s only if they provoke the amount of interest in their stories as the rest of my Grab & Go! bag books have done. Suspense romance just doesn’t seem to be my genre.

If there are suspense romance novels you’d recommend, or just romance novels, please let me know. I’d like to get a better feel for this genre. It’s likely that I just ended up with ones that don’t suit my interests. (I’m more of a horror, paranormal, high fantasy, dystopian, and psychological thriller sort of reader.)