Sunday, February 24, 2013

Salacious Sunday Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1)
by Patricia Briggs
In honor of the Daytona 500 today, and me being a huge NASCAR fan, I give you a review about my favorite paranormal mechanic!
Summary: Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Review: The story begins when a fifteen year old teenage werewolf named Mac comes to Mercy's garage looking for work. She learns Mac's real name is Alan MacKenzie Frazier and he had escaped from some rogue werewolves who had kidnapped him for some vague drug experiments. Mercy calls Adam, the local werewolf Alpha, for help. After finding Mac dead, Adam gravely injured, and Adam's daughter Jesse kidnapped by rogue wolves. Mercy returns Adam, and Mac's body, to the Montana enclave of the North American werewolves, where she was raised.
    In Montana, she meets up with Bran and Samuel. Samuel, a doctor and more dominant than Adam, helps him recover. Samuel returns with them to the Tri-Cities. Once there, Mercy and Samuel find some vampire involvement in the events that had taken place at Adam's house. They seek the help of Stefan, local vampire and friend of Mercy. Stefan takes them to the vampire clan "seethe" to meet their leader, Marsilia, that doesn't end as well as they hoped.
   Returning home, Mercy is approached by three werewolves. One of them, David Christansen, was a friend of Adam when they were both still human. Christansen and his group split off from the rogue werewolves over the amount of bloodshed. Christansen tells Mercy the rogue group is led by Gerry, a member of Bran's pack. After hearing the information these wolves have on the who, why and how about the whole situation, it's time for them to go on a rescue mission and stop them from hurting both Adam and Jesse and further. Do they rescue them? Who is involved in this attempt of extortion? and why are they doing it? You'll have to read it to find out!
   I really love Mercy, she has been my favorite female character of late and she does not disappoint in this book AT ALL. She can hang with the big bad wolves, even if she isn't one of them. Being raised by them certainly helped, but the reality is Mercy made herself what she is today and she can stand on her own two feet. She's brave, she's smart and she can not resist the urge to help the people she cares about. This may get her into some trouble now and again, but she got herself out of it without too much damage (if you don't count a very broken arm, which I do not when your talking about werewolves).
  The other part of this book that I enjoyed was the mix of races we have living within one city. Mercy is a walker, which we don't get a lot of information about other than she can change into a coyote and can resist some magic. Obviously the werewolves play a huge roll in the book as well, seeing as Adam, Samuel and company are all the popular shifter race. There's also ghosts, fae and witches that all pop up during the story in various forms of acquaintance, whether it be Mercy or the pack. I loved that everything was so involved int he story, not just thrown in there to remind you that there are more than one paranormal race out there.
  Taking everything that happened in this book, the characters and the relationships they have with each other made this one of my favorite books I have read so far this year. It has romance, action, paranormal and really anything else you can ask for in story. Surprisingly, I also enjoyed that this book is adult but not sexy just for the sake of being sexy. You can feel the heat of the characters feelings coming off the page, even though there isn't a single sex scene in the entire book. That is not an easy thing to do and lately frankly haven't seen. I can not wait to see what is next for Mercy and her wolves!- My Opinion- Buy

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