Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

19th Mar 2015 Lety @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Lety

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsDead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: March 3rd 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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5 Stars

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

In this fourth novel in the Alpha & Omega series, the start of this story has quite a bit of talk of having children from Anna’s end. Anna and Charles have been together for three years at the start of this book and she is apparently having baby fever. I was intrigued when this topic came up since Anna is a werewolf and cannot carry a baby to term. (A full moon forces the change to a werewolf, and a fetus can’t survive the change.) That topic seems to be off-the-table for Charles, but definitely not for Anna. I can’t wait to find out where that story arc is headed!

Charles decides to fly Anna to Scottsdale, Arizona to see an old friend of his and look for a new horse for Anna for her birthday. This old friend of Charles’ is news to Anna, which means that even three years into their marriage, there are still facets of Charles that Anna is still learning about. His old friend happens to be Joseph Sani, a human, who is the son of Hosteen Sani, a full-blooded Navajo, and Alpha of the Salt River pack. The Sanis’ breed Arabian horses, so Charles and Anna will be staying with the Sani’s while Anna gets to view horses all day. Fun! Except for… oh no… apparently there is an evil fae in the area that is taking human children… and it just so happens, it tried to kill Hosteen’s grandchildren. Well of course Anna and Charles aren’t going to stand-by while children are in trouble. This attracts both the FBI, the Cantrip agency (the federal agency that deals with the supernatural), and the police. I was really happy to see that Leslie Fisher is back! She is a human FBI agent that was first introduced in Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3). Brother Wolf (Charles’ wolf), Charles, and Anna both really like Leslie and her tough demeanor and her no-bullshit attitude. Anna and Charles are then brought into the investigation as consultants.

We learn a lot about the terrible fae that is kidnapping children and also learn a lot about horses. I knew that Patricia Briggs was a horse aficionado and owns horses, but I was really excited about all the “horse knowledge” that was brought into this story. It was great hearing about all the different types of horses, the different terminology (though I was as lost as Anna was), the proper way to ride horses, and about what goes into a horse show. I think that may have been my favorite part of this story, besides of course, Anna and Charles learning more about themselves and learning about the Sanis’. I really enjoyed this book and meeting the Sanis’ and learning more about Charles through his old friend Joseph. It had a bitter-sweet ending, I definitely shed some tears, but I definitely can’t wait until the next book!

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Alpha & Omega Series Review: Books 1 – 4

18th Mar 2015 Lety @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Lety

Alpha & Omega Series Review: Books 1 – 4On the Prowl, Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega,
Published by Ace Books
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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5 Stars

Series synopsis from Patricia Briggs’ website:

This series is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson Series, but on a slightly earlier time line. It begins with a novella titled Alpha and Omega published in the On the Prowl anthology. The decision to continue the story was made after the anthology had already been published, which has caused some confusion, since "book 1" is actually a continuation of the short story. The series has plenty of action, but there's more emphasis on the romantic attraction between the hero and heroine. On a romance-readers scale, this series is sweet rather than steamy.

This series centers on Charles Cornick, son to Bran Cornick (The Marrok/leader of the American werewolves), and Anna Latham. This story is introduced as a short story titled ‘Alpha & Omega’ in the On the Prowl anthology. The short story, or novella, was a great read and was only about 60 pages but really felt like a full-fledged book! Anna’s story has a bit of a rough start, she is turned against her will, and abused and tortured by her Chicago pack. After she recognizes a missing boy in a newspaper article, which is tied to her pack, she decides that she must report this to The Marrok. After learning that the Chicago pack may be involved in some serious wrong-doing, Bran sends Charles, his son and his enforcer/assassin to clean up the mess. This is when Charles first encounters Anna Latham.

As soon as they meet, Charles has a serious urge to protect her, his wolf is right at the forefront of this and insists this Anna is special and must be protected at ANY cost. He senses that Anna has been mistreated, and makes Charles and Brother Wolf (his wolf side) see RED. Anna is completely taken aback by Charles, he is obviously of Native American decent, is tall, muscular and has a fierce demeanor. There seems to always be a permanent scowl on his face. She knows that Charles is dangerous, but for some reason, she feels safe with him. This is all new to Anna, since she was turned, she has felt anything but safe around werewolves. Charles starts to realize how special this Anna is, she is an Omega wolf. Extremely rare, and is beyond sacred among werewolves… and she has been mistreated by her pack, by her Alpha, who should have protected her and her amazing gift. Omegas are not submissive wolves, but they also aren’t really dominant either. They have a special effect on dominant werewolves, and bring peace and serenity to a pack. Learning about Anna and her Omega “superpowers” was one of my favorite things about this series. In this world, there are only two Omegas that are known to exist, and Anna is one of them.

Brother Wolf has claimed Anna as his mate, to Charles’ surprise, but so has Charles (though his realization and acceptance is a lot slower than Brother Wolf’s). What evolves is a very sweet and powerful romance. Anna has been obligated to play submissive, but Anna is a force in her own right. She also has a strong reaction to Charles, and in so-many-words he saves her from her horrible situation. I wouldn’t call it a meet-cute, but their romance is slow-building and sweet and it didn’t feel rushed.

As the series progresses, we start to learn more about Anna’s abilities as an Omega and also her and Charles’ relationship. Charles is special in his own sense, since he is the only werewolf-born on record and has magical abilities. Charles has been alone for a very long time and didn’t deem himself worthy of love, he was an assassin and a monster, but Anna changed it all. Anna comes back with Charles to Montana and starts to learn more about herself and how to control her wolf, and her Omega abilities. They get married, and she starts to travel with Charles as he does his duty of enforcing the Marrok’s rules. They have very interesting action-packed adventures together, as they encounter some really foul baddies, and you start to see just how strong, independent and influential Anna really is. In some ways, Anna is a lot like Mercy Thompson, she is different and independent and doesn’t take shit from anyone, but is loyal, loving and protective. Charles and Anna’s relationship is always evolving, they learn new things about each other and this keeps you enthralled and captivated by their on-going story.

This series takes place in the Mercyworld, and along the same timeline. Patricia Briggs is a wonderful world-builder and has seamlessly tied both of these series together but also made them different. The storytelling is fantastic and magical. I love werewolf stories, but this has quickly and most definitely become one of my favorites. The way the werewolf hierarchy is designed and described by Patricia really is amazing. I have yet to find a plot-hole in any of her books, she captures every detail flawlessly. I cannot stop doting on how great Patricia Briggs’ writing is. If you are a fan of the Mercy Thompson series, or maybe just an urban fantasy junkie, you will most definitely enjoy this series! I urge you to start reading this series immediately! Do it!

Note: Full review of DEAD HEAT up on the blog tomorrow!

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

19th Jun 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Frost Burned by Patricia BriggsFrost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #7
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: March 5th 2013
Pages: 352
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4.5 Stars

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

 

Ok, so Frost Burned was a bit more on the intense side. Someone kidnapped the whole pack and Mercy is the only one who can figure out how to help them because she’s escaped these crazies.

I love how Patricia Briggs doesn’t take it easy on Mercy, like, ever. She’s knows Mercy can take and overcome anything thrown at her, but in Frost Burned we see what this does to the people who love her. There’s a quote near the end of the book that I just LOVED…

“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”

That quote, said by Mercy and attributed most famously to Edmund Burke, completely explains her and her beliefs. Those words are so honest and true. <3

The cast of characters, enemies especially, is pretty large in Frost Burned. The threat in this one was interesting because it’s different adversaries coming at all of them from everywhere…OR IS IT?! You’ll have to see yourself. But there’s a battle in the end that was kind of crazy. But as far as the good guys go, Kyle gets a lot of time on the page and it was totally awesome. There’s also a new, mysterious wolf that I’m very intrigued by.

I also cannot end this without mentioning my love, Adam. I feel like we learned so much about him in this book because we get a few chapters from his point of view! That was such a great addition. Adam, I love you even more now.

So the next book, Night Broken, is the latest installment in this series! And I’m so looking forward to it!

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

19th May 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: River Marked by Patricia BriggsRiver Marked by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #6
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Pages: 337
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

Being a different breed of shapeshifter-a walker-Mercy Thompson can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now, on her honeymoon with the Alpha werewolf Adam. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence known to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil...

 

I think what I enjoyed most about River Marked is ALL THE MERCY AND ADAM GOODNESS!! We had yet to have a book in this series where they were featured as a couple so predominately.

It was so fun seeing their wedding happen and them taking off on their honeymoon, which OF COURSE would be interrupted by something crazy. Still, it was nice seeing them spend so much time together, alone.

This book also really told us a lot about Mercy’s heritage and supernatural power, which we didn’t have a lot of detail on before. And it wouldn’t be a Mercy Thompson installment without her getting put through the wringer. SIGH! Poor Mercy. She’s really banged up at the end of this one!

I can’t believe how I’m almost caught up with this series. I’m currently still reading Frost Burned because I got stuck in a reading slump this past month, but I think it’s time to kick things back up. :) Onward!!

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

24th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Silver Borne by Patricia BriggsSilver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #5
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: March 30th 2010
Pages: 342
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday...

 

Uhmmm, well damn! Silver Borne made me cry a few times!

By now you guys know I’ve been binge reading this series and OMG have I fallen in love with it. I think part of the reason this book made me cry is because I’ve come to care so much for these characters over the last few weeks.

Everyone is pretty much in some kind of danger or hurt in this book. Silver Borne is book five in this series, and having read them back to back so far, I feel like DAMN! They’ve gone through SO much in less than a year, which is the time span of these last five books. I guess if you only read one a year it doesn’t really become as noticeable, but I noticed. lol

I could not believe Samuel. And I could not believe what happened to Adam. And, GAH! Mary Jo! Really?! And Gabriel! Lordy… SO MUCH! If you haven’t read these, you’re probably questioning my sanity and ability to put my thoughts down, but it makes some kind of sense if you happen to HAVE read it.

I had to forcefully stop myself from reading River Marked because there’s a couple of books ahead of it, but man! I want to! NOW! I’m almost caught up! I did like how this one ended though. It was a happy ending! I’m happy with where things are at the moment, though I know it won’t last. :)

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

20th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Bone Crossed by Patricia BriggsBone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #4
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: January 26th 2010
Pages: 303
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

Shape-shifting mechanic Mercy Thompson may have chosen a powerful alpha werewolf as her mate, but Mercy is not a werewolf, and not everyone in the pack is eager to welcome her.

Mercy doesn't have time for werewolf politics, though—Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has discovered who really killed her vampire Andre, and she couldn't be less pleased. Mercy's garage has been marked with crossed bones as a sign to the paranormal community that she is no longer under the vampires' protection—and fair game for all.

On top of that, an old friend suspiciously shows up on Mercy's doorstep, asking for help with a ghost problem. When Mercy investigates, though, she uncovers something truly evil: a vampire with dark powers unlike any other. This vampire, whose power rivals Marsilia's, has plans for Mercy, and her only chance for survival is to trust in herself—and her friends...

 

Bone Crossed was just as great as the rest of the series so far. It did feel like it was more of a wrap-it-up book though. It had its own conflict with a new vampire threat from Spokane, but it also continued two story lines from previous books.

Mercy went through such an awful thing in Iron Kissed that I was not surprised to find she was not completely healed from it yet in Bone Crossed, considering only a week’s time has passed from that book to this one. I love how Adam handles Mercy. At the end of Iron Kissed, Mercy and Adam are in her bedroom and she finally agrees to be his mate, and it looks like they’re about to get it on…so when Bone Crossed starts, it begins at that scene. And Adam, being the amazing guy that he is, handles it really great. Later on in the book we get what we’ve been waiting for from these two and YES! It was awesome. :)

Stefan. Oh, man. Stefan in this one is pretty much ace. I liked him before but I love him now. He’s gone through so much to help Mercy and if I didn’t love her and Adam together, I’d definitely want her with Stefan. Since the vampires find out what really happened with Andre, Mercy is once again in danger. That continued storyline was wrapped up in a surprising way. I did not think the reason for everything was part of a bigger plan, but there you have it.

And so the main, separate threat in Bone Crossed is actually that new characters from Spokane. I thought that, compared to other stuff she’s been put through, this one was pretty tame. I mean, the Monster was pretty awful, but I thought they got out of that without as much fuss as other times she’s been in danger.

Each time I finish a Mercy book I’m surprised at how much I’m still enjoying the series. It’s been a long time since I’ve binge read one like this and it makes me super happy to continue. :)

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

6th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia BriggsIron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: January 2nd 2008
Pages: 321
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...

 

So I hadn’t realized how much I’d come to admire and care about Mercy Thompson until this book. Let me tell you a little about it, hopefully without spoiling anything.

Iron Kissed picks up a little while after Blood Bound. This time her help is required by the fae. Zee, the iron kissed fae mechanic whose shop Mercy bought and who taught her everything, needs her nose. It seems like it’ll be easy enough, that is until someone turns up dead and Zee is arrested for it. If you mess with someone Mercy cares about, she will not sit around and do nothing. She will get to the bottom of it, even at the protests of those in danger. That’s one of the things I admire about Mercy.

Another thing that was building up over the course of the first two books was this sort of love triangle between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel. In Iron Kissed, they have come to the part where she MUST choose, because it’s affecting Adam, the Alpha, in ways she never knew. But she can’t easily set Samuel aside because of their history. I was happy to see this triangle end. And I was happy with who she chose. But even in all the indecisiveness, which never crossed any sexual lines, she was always respectful of both men, and both men respected her. They never pushed, they gave her space, and they let HER make the choice. There’s another reason I admire her and care about who she ends up with.

Mercy was the same smart-mouthed woman I’ve come to love. She’s still giving it to Adam and can still hold her own. Sometimes she pushes the limits of the supernatural creatures, but she doesn’t let fear stop her from doing what’s right. And that, I think, is why what happens to her in this book completely broke my heart.

It was painful reading this amazing woman being stripped of all her strengths and convictions against her will. It was painful to see her so ridden with guilt afterward. I was incredibly surprised that the person who’d understand her most in that moment would be Ben. I was in awe of him in those moments where he was giving it to Adam. Someone had to make him see, and I never imagined it’d be Ben. However, I was NOT surprised to see Mercy fight for her self. I was cheering her on, hoping she wouldn’t let that monster win. And she didn’t. She is not 100% by the end of this book, but she’s better.

The final scene in this book had me smiling from ear to ear because FINALLY. I’m definitely hoping we get more of that as the series continues. I can’ wait to read more.

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

20th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Blood Bound by Patricia BriggsBlood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: January 30th 2007
Pages: 306
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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4 Stars

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friend in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend, Stefan, goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

And the demon-riding vampire has gone on a killing spree unlike any the Tri-Cities have ever seen - one that could threaten the vampires' secret existence. When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don't return, the local vampire queen looks to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is immune to many vampiric powers - and those missing are her friends, including the two werewolves circling around her heart.

Game on...

 

Well, hello there, awesome sequel!!

Blood Bound, the second book in the Mercy Thompson series, did not disappoint. I was really happy with this book. There was instant action and continuous anticipation. I think it was even more of a page-turner than the first one, Moon Called! I love when a series can carry its momentum into the next book, and Blood Bound did just that.

One of the things I really enjoyed was the cast of characters. Stefan, Mercy’s vampire client and I guess you can say friend, is one of the main characters in this story. There’s a crazy vampire on the loose, causing tons of havoc, and Mercy somehow gets dragged into it. Then of course ends up being the one having to save the day. I loved learning so many vampire nuances. It’s so fascinating when authors can write vampire lore well and not come off as unoriginal or cheesy. Patricia Briggs knows what’s up.

While Moon Called may have had a glimpse of a possible love triangle, in Blood Bound there’s definitely the beginnings of one. Adam and Samuel both have their good qualities but I’m MOST DEF an Adam fan. He’s just such an Alpha! Literally! He’s the Alpha! And while he has Alpha male qualities, he’s not possessive or controlling which I am most thankful for. Mercy can’t seem to stop her attraction for both, but I think Adam definitely wins in this book. He needs to win in all the books now. :D

I can’t wait to continue this series. I’m definitely binge reading it, so hopefully you guys won’t get tired of me talking about it. Now on to the next one!

 

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

31st Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Moon Called by Patricia BriggsMoon Called by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Ace Books
Pub Date: January 31st 2006
Length: 9 hrs, 14 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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5 Stars

Mercy Thompson's next next-door neighbor is a werewolf. She's tinkering with a VW bus that happens to belong to a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself...

Mercy is a shapeshifter, and though she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she's turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.

But Mercy's two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he's a newly Changed werewolf - on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.

But Mercy's act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family - the werewolves who abandoned her...

This has always been one of those very established series I’ve been wanting to read. But of course, squeezing it in was always the problem. Until I got the audiobook! Perfect solution!

I don’t really know how to describe what completely won me over with this book. I loved all aspects of it, really. Mercy, a strong heroine. Adam, the alpha who completely intrigued me from the get go. The world building, which I’m guessing we’ve only seen a bit of, was totally magical. The plot was mysterious and exciting. The secondary characters had so much character, they completely cemented my feelings on how much I will enjoy the rest of this series. And the setting! I absolutely love the setting. Really, any book set in Washington state will be a winner for me. It’s one of my top places to visit one day.

The audiobook (Penguin Audiobooks, Released 9/1/09, length 9 hrs and 14 mins), narrated by Lorelei King, was so completely well done. Lorelei King’s performance is stellar. I was hanging on every word. I plan to continue this series via audiobooks, especially since they’re all read by Lorelei. It’s the type of story that, when read perfectly, is completely cinematic.

If you’re in the market for an adult urban-fantasy story, whether it be via audiobook, which I highly recommend, or just in print, you will do yourself a favor by picking up Mercy Thompson.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog – “Patricia Briggs has a writing style that draws you into the story quickly and never lets you go!”

Carmel @ Rabid Reads – “I’m thrilled to report that Moon Called fulfilled my need for a kick ass werewolf book tenfold.”

Amber R @ Awesomesauce Book Club – “This book is one of those books that I immediately have to read the rest of the series. Seriously, it’s that good.”

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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