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werewolves

by Mary Anne Barker


Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs is an Alpha and Omega story in the same world as the Mercy Thompson stories. The events in this book take place after Silence Fallen and the book features Anna and Charles.

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by Mary Anne Barker


Mercedes Thompson is a simple Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, but then maybe she isn’t so simple since she has the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She is also surrounded by supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires, and fae.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Mercy Thompson is a mechanic. Mercy Thompson is now Mercy Thompson Hauptman, but she’s still Mercy Thompson, more or less. Mercy Thompson is married to Adam Hauptman, the leader of a werewolf pack in the state of Washington. Mercy Thompson is a part Native American shapeshifter coyote. Mercy Thompson is such a popular urban fantasy character that “Fire Touched” is the ninth book Patricia Briggs has written about her.

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Dead Heat By Patricia Briggs

IN THE March 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
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by Mary Anne Barker


Dead Heat is the newest fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs. After a three-year wait, we get to return to the Alpha and Omega series (part of the Mercy Thompson world, a world with werewolves, fae, and vampires). The Alpha and Omega series features werewolves Charles and Anna.

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Shifting Shadows By Patricia Briggs

IN THE October 11 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Mary Anne Barker


Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs is a group of short stories set in the Mercy Thompson world. Some of them have been published before and others are brand new, but it’s nice to have all of the short stories together in one collection. I’ve been waiting eagerly for this book.

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by Mary Anne Barker


Magic City: Recent Spells is a selection of previously published short stories which have been brought together because they have the common “urban fantasy” theme. The stories are previously published in different anthologies. Some of them are good; some are okay and some of them “bleh.” But if you select it because there a couple of authors you like and you read more of the stories, then maybe you will find some great new to you authors and continue expanding your store of authors to read.

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Night Broken By Patricia Briggs

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Mary Anne Barker


Night Broken is the eagerly awaited eighth novel of the Mercy Thompson series and Patricia Briggs does not disappoint. I have been enjoying the development and progression of the relationship between Mercy and Adam since the beginning.

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Bitten: TV Review

IN THE March 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Chris Lovato



In a world populated by shows like The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, and Being Human, SyFy continues their foray into one of the more up-and-coming traditions of supernatural shows: werewolves. This time, they’re drawing off of Kelly Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series and bringing the world Bitten.

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Teen Wolf: TV Review

IN THE May 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJesus Ibarra,
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by Jesus Ibarra


If you had told me before last summer that MTV would start making great scripted shows, I would have laughed at you. If you had told me that that show would be a re-imagining on the popular Teen Wolf movie from the 80s that featured teenagers and lacrosse, I would have told you that you have no idea what good television is.

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Dark Shadows Movie Review

IN THE May 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Are you ready to take a trip to the craziest town in the 1970s, Collinsport, Maine? A town filled with vampires, witches, werewolves, and ghosts? Then head out to the movie theater and check out Dark Shadows.

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Underworld Awakening: Movie Review

IN THE January 23 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJesus Ibarra,
andMovies
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by Jesus Ibarra




Kate Beckinsale returns as vampire heroine Selene, in the fourth installment of the Underworld series. After the events of movie two (three was a prequel) humans have become aware of both the vampires and lycans (werewolves) and have begun and all out war to eradicate the species. The movie picks up when Selene and Michael the vampire/lycan hybrid try to escape and are discovered and blown up. While Selene is captured and held captive for twelve years, Michael’s fate is left unknown.

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The Pack by Jason Starr: Book Review

IN THE September 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andJesus Ibarra,
andTeens
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by Jesus Ibarra



Jason Starr presents what happens to a normal guy, Simon Burns, who gets lured into a “pack” by three other stay at home dads who are more than they seem to be. Simon’s life isn’t going that great. He gets fired, he is having marital problems, and is adjusting to becoming a stay at home dad. And after being drawn into a wild night, he blacks out and wakes up in the woods naked. After that night, Simon notices extreme changes. Simon is suddenly stronger, faster, acute senses, and overall more animalistic. The gist is he has become a werewolf and possibly killed somebody.

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