Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Recommendation: Really good start to a huge series. I am a little late on this one but I really like it. Great read, recommend to any PNR/fantasy lover.
Type: Series, there are nine books released so far. I fully intend on reading them until I am sick to death of the series.
Pricing: Expensive, to be honest I obtained the first four books from the library. The E-book price for Moon Called is $7.99 on Amazon and B&N is the same. The paperbacks are even a bit cheaper if you can get one used on Amazon or at a second-hand book store, brand new on B&N they go for about the same price.
Summary: +awesome protagonist in Mercy +great build up +intense action + interesting plot +not overpowered by sex or romance +enough hints being dropped of future romance to keep you interested +well written – needs more back story for Mercy +developed characters
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.
Well, that leaves a lot to the imagination eh?
Just in case you are wondering Patricia Briggs, you now have a new fangirl. Well, as much as a busy, now thirty, mother of one can actually fangirl. Moon Called is definitely a book I can recommend to my blog follows for one main reason: the writing is really good. Too often when reading Urban Fantasy, especially of the paranormal variety, the book is completely focused on the sexy alpha male that completely diverts the truly deserved attention away from the heroine and has us more concerned with what he is packing than the actual character development and struggle our heroine is going through. Not with this one. Patricia Briggs manages to not only give us a strong heroine in Mercy but an actual intriguing and complex plot with multiple off sets.
I cannot say enough times how much I love that this book is actually HEROINE focused. It doesn’t degrade her or make her out to be a weirdo because she is different, it celebrates it. So let me get to the good stuff: what this story is actually about.
Moon Called follows Mercy, an independent mechanic that just happens to have the ability to shift into a coyote at will. She comes from a line of persons with magical abilities but isn’t quite all that educated about what or who she is. Raised by the head werewolf in the area, Mercy was introduced to the world of shifters at an early age and even though she is different, she is actually accepted despite the fact she isn’t part of the pack…by the males anyway. To her knowledge, she is the only one of her kind anywhere near her. One night a lone wolf shows up and she gets the near by alpha involved to help him. That is when all hell breaks loose. With a combination of werewolves, walkers and vampires, this book offers non-stop action and intrigue as Mercy tries to keep herself and those around her safe, all the while figuring out how she fits into the world around her.
I loved the subtle hints of romance to come, the all around badassness of Mercy and the writing itself. The plot is original with good world building and all the characters experience complex emotions. This is an all around good read and I am super excited to start on the rest of the series.
Disclaimer: I obtained my copy of this book from the library, this review contains my unbiased opinion only.