Paranormal

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5)

Silver Borne

Summary:

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book in the series brought me back into being a firm Mercy Thompson fan.  There were a lot of twists and turns, confusion and misdirection to make the book a very fun read.  I loved getting additional insight into Sam’s past, how the fae live and some of the different types.

In this book we also get to see Jesse step it up a bit and become more of a developed character.  I also enjoyed seeing Mercy and Adam’s relationship develop a little more and seeing them as more of “normal people dating” at times.  The book does follow a very similar arc as previous books so if you were getting a little tired of them, I’d take a breather between books.  Otherwise, have at it!

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it?   Fantasy and paranormal fans – there is enough background and “reminder info” at the beginning of this one that you could probably pick it up without having read the previous books.

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Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4)

Bone Crossed

 Summary:

By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her perternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan - and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.  It'll be her friends'.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book definitely felt more like a bridge, which isn’t bad per say, but there were also some revelations at the end of the last / beginning of this one that has me questioning the romantic angles.  There is clearly a lot of fall out that Mercy has to manage post “Iron Kissed” and I am glad that she didn’t magically deal with it.  That aspect is very refreshing in that Mercy has panic attacks and is working through it all.

I am starting to question that Mercy doesn’t have any female friendships that work out (Jesse excluded, but she’s not the same age).  Mercy is heading out of town to address some odd events around her college frenemy, yet there’s a lot of events that happen all at once. All that being said, this was a fun book that I enjoyed and it certainly was entertaining.

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal and fantasy devotees – if you’re more of a casual fan, I’d skip this one and go on to the next in the series.

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Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3)

Iron Kissed

Summary:

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...  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

In this book, Mercy is challenges in ways that she’s never had to address before.  It’s clear pretty early on that the “bad guys” are a little closer to home than she thought they might be.  I liked this book in the series because it felt slightly more realistic – as much as that’s possible in a paranormal genre.  It’s extremely interesting to have had a better view into what the fae are like and how they operate on their own as well.

The end of this book broke my heart, but I also see why Briggs felt it had to go that way.  This one was a little more emotionally exhausting that perhaps the previous, so be prepared.

Warning: Contains repeated violence and sexual violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy and paranormal fans looking for a heroine that can take care of herself while taking numbers.

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Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2)

Blood Bound

Summary:

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends 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. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

In this book I was eager to find out what else is in store for Mercy Thompson.  I really enjoyed coming back to the story to see what was next, but I think I would have liked a little more setup.  The book starts out with a bang throwing you into the new ploy and a little monologue to clue the reader in on what happened since we last left off.  That being said, once we got into the story it certainly was as gripping as the first.  Things were very fast paced and sometimes it would have been nice to have a little breather between the events. 

One other complaint I have is the way the romantic entanglements developed.  There were a lot of things that came out of left field that had me scratching my head.   I’m not sure what direction that’s going to go on it has me a little nervous to continue the story.  All that being said, I’m looking forward to the next read and I certainly enjoyed this one!

Warning: Contains repeated violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Paranormal and romance fans that don't mind some triangles...possibly quadrangles developing.

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