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Frost Burned

Frost Burned (Mercy Thomson, #7)
by Patricia Briggs

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. (goodreads.com)

** NOTE ** I started this post 2 weeks ago. I just can’t seem to find time to blog about the books I have been reading! Sorry for the lack of updates! 

I just couldn’t wait another year to read the latest Mercy Thompson novel, so I broke down and bought it for my Kobo. Yes. I bought an EBOOK when I have been so vehemently opposed to ebooks for so long. I am ashamed to say I am quite enjoying my eReader and have bought quite a few books for it with gift cards that I had. *cough* I totally plan on buying the paperback when it’s out though for my collection!

Now that I have my confession out of the way, I will tell you that I truly enjoyed this book. The last few installments have left me wondering if I wanted to continue on with the series, but Frost Burned reminded me why I loved this series so much.

There’s something about Mercy and how everything happens to her or she’s the one that needs to save everyone that doesn’t get old or annoying. She’s smart, strong, capable and gets into her fair share of fights and injuries. She’s also immensely likable and not a damsel in distress at all. Somehow when things happen to her they seem normal (well, as normal as paranormal type things can be.)

What made me laugh most was the Black Friday shopping experiences at the start of this book. I liked reading about Mercy doing something that wasn’t saving the world. She was doing something normal people do, with her step-daughter Jessie. (I say “normal” very loosely, because I don’t consider people who go out to Black Friday sales all that normal. I consider them insane.)

I thought it was super exciting to suddenly have an entire pack kidnapped without so much as blinking an eye. I liked the mystery and intrigue within this instalment of the series. It held my attention very well and I was so happy I finally caved in and bought the ebook. (Trust me, there was a huge internal debate over this. I still feel odd when I buy books for my eReader.)

The one problem I had with the book was the ending. I was sort of disappointed once the Big Reveal was announced. I had sort of hoped for more than what it was because I thought it was…lacking? Anti-climatic? It felt somewhat dissonant to the rest of the novel. Oh, well. I still enjoyed the book immensely.

I think fans of this series will be happy with the new book. Especially since it was a long time coming. I am looking forward to more from Mercy, Adam and the gang. I hope it won’t be another 2 years down the road though!

Mercy Thompson series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned 

River Marked

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
by Patricia Briggs

Car mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson senses that an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River–one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help. (goodreads.com)

Hi, I’m Cat and I am terribly behind on posting on this blog. Hence why this post shall be back-dated to February 29 when I finished this book. Thankfully I am currently only one book behind now. I still have to write the post for my first book of March and I am hoping to get that done this weekend. Anyhoo…

Speaking of being behind, I am of course a year behind in this series since I wait for the books to come out in mass market before I buy them. As I was updating my list of books *points to end of post* I found out that the next Mercy Thompson book isn’t out until Spring *2013*! What the–? I guess I’ll not be reading another book until 2014 then. Alas. I love this series!

Of course now that I have said I love the series, I have to follow it up with, this book wasn’t really my favourite. I found it very slow and dull for the first half. I don’t care about surprise weddings or honeymoons. I like when Things That Go Bump In The Night are creepy, evil creatures going around killing things. I don’t like when the Things That Go Bump are two bodies gettin’ busy in a trailer on their honeymoon. Bleh. (Thankfully my Inner Prude was spared any sort of graphic Bumping scenes. I am quite happy that Patricia Briggs does not go down the same sexy road as many other Urban Fantasy authors. Thank you for leaving things to our imagination and not detailing every single moan, groan and bodily fluid.)

For 6 books now, even though I do love the characters and this series, I tend to have an on/off relationship with the stories. It all seems to depend on what creature the story is focused on. I don’t like the stories that are heavy on the vampires, I love the ones heavy on the fey and I am ok with the werewolf ones. River Marked takes a completely different turn as it focuses on Mercy’s Native background, so we’re immersed in Native mythology, which I do find fascinating. What I don’t like is a slow start to action and a lot of history lessons, which I felt this book had for a good half of the story.

I have to admit, I am still not entirely certain what the hell was in the river and what it looked like. Was it just me? I found the description of the River Devil to be rather vague and all I can figure is that some weird fey otter creatures summoned it, but I don’t know why. I even re-read a bunch of chapters and I still don’t know why the otters summoned this weird tentacly-snakey thing that was eating people. I hate when a book makes me feel stupid. I just couldn’t figure this out!

Because I have no interest in reading Patricia Briggs’ spin-off series Alpha & Omega, I guess I’m 2 years away from reading another book by her. Sadness. I truly love this urban fantasy world she’s created where people know most creatures exist. I love Mercy as a protagonist (only not when she’s mooning over Adam. Ugh. Please.). I’m happiest when she’s fixing cars in her garage and gets roped into solving some sort of paranormal mystery. I am hoping that the next book is more of that type of thing and less of the “I’m married and happy” stuff. Of course, this makes me worried that Adam will get killed off at some point. I like Adam a lot. I hope he lives!

Mercy Thompson series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned 

Silver Borne

Silver Borne (Mercedes Thompson #5)
by Patricia Briggs

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge-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 Sam’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live… (goodreads.com)

I didn’t realize this book was out in mass market yet! I saw it on the way to the cash register with my copy of Outside In. My trip to buy ONE book resulted in 3. Oh, well. We’ll just get less on the grocery list this week. I read all 300 pages in one evening since the internet was out. I had just read and finished the last Percy Jackson novel and was wondering what I should read next when we realized we’d have no internet over night on Saturday. So I picked up this book and my husband picked up the Percy Jackson book and we curled up on the couch and read until we finished our books.

I’m still trying to figure out what I thought about this book. Don’t think this means it’s negative, because it’s not. The book read very quickly and whereas an entire plot unfolded and I followed the clues to the end, but when I was done I felt like nothing much really happened in the book. I think this is because it wasn’t very action-oriented. Everything that  happened was rather low key. There was more character development than action and in this case I liked it.

I happen to really like Sam in wolf mode. There’s something about a dog or wolf character interacting with humans that I always find amusing. Possibly because I have my own dogs and I can totally see where the reactions and body talk are coming from. I also like interactions with cats as well in novels, and I don’t have cats (VERY allergic). I guess I just like the animal companion when it can understand what humans are saying.

Either way as non-actiony as this story was it was still a full and complete story with a mystery and everything. There were some new characters introduced and I am hoping that we’ll see more of them in the future.

I’ve got a year to wait for River Marked as I only buy these books in paper back format. I will now lend this one to my father, who is the one who got me hooked on the series in the first place. It was nice to have a comfort type read on the weekend. It made me realize I needed that, so of course I went and picked up the hard cover copy of the latest Janet Evanovich book that my mother lent me before Christmas. That one is now finished as well and I am hoping to write the review before the weekend. I make no promises, I have quite the week ahead of me and most importantly my eldest dog, Annie isn’t doing well at all and I don’t know if she’ll be making her 13th birthday two weeks from today. I am hoping she does, but she’s not eating and seems to be in a lot of pain. So we’ve got some tough decisions ahead of us in the next couple of days. If you’re a dog person at all, please wish my Annie well.

Mercy Thompson series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned – hardcover Spring 2013

Bone Crossed

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson #4)
by Patricia Briggs

I seem to be on a disappointment streak with the books I have been reading. This fourth Mercy Thompson book just didn’t live up to my expectations for the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the third book, Iron Kissed, and was expecting way more awesomeness from Bone Crossed than it actually delivered to me.

I have to say that the last time this series revolved around vampires I didn’t much care for the story either. However I found this particular book flat and unoriginal. It sort of just coasted through the motions until the end of the book in order to set up the next one. Sure, the sub-plot with the ghost in college-friend Amber’s home was mildly entertaining, and I did like Chad the 8-year old deaf child immensely, but I did not like the plot with Blackwood and his seeming ease with controlling Amber, her family and Mercy.

I found that there was just too much going on that seemed to be crammed into 300 pages. I have come to expect more from this series as each book was getting better and better. Honestly, I think it was the whole vampire story line that strengthened my disinterest. I couldn’t give a hoot about Stefan or Marsilia the head vampire. I don’t care about their rules and lives and how they think they run everything. Blah, blah, blah. I am just so over vampires in general.

Although I would like to see a story that focuses more on Wulf, as he seems to be a very interesting character, even for a vampire. 😉

I think the best thing about this book was how shiny awesome the cover was. If you moved the book in the light Mercy’s hair seemed to shimmer. That provided much amusement for me as I read the book.

I have not given up on this series at all, I just think that this will end up as my least favourite of all the books. If only the next book wasn’t going to take a year to come out in paperback! I am almost tempted to buy it from the UK even if the covers would completely clash!

Mercy Thompson series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne – hardcover March 2010

Iron Kissed

Iron Kissed
by Patricia Briggs

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she’ll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not. (goodreads.com)

It had been a while since I read the first two books in the Mercy Thompson series. I had put this book on my wishlist long ago, though never thought to look for it in the store when I would wander in. Finally I started looking for it and it was never in stock. So I ordered it online with Christmas gift certificates.

I really enjoyed this story. I had forgotten that the Urban Fantasy world that Mercy lives in also includes the fae and I do love me some fae! The first book had a focus on werewolves, the second on vampires and this time around the fae were the focus. I love the way Briggs twirls the three worlds together in an original way. Sure there are power struggles but that’s not the main focus of the stories (I have to stop saying “focus”, sorry!).

I love Mercy and this book reminded me of just how much. I also love Adam, the pack Alpha and his daughter Jesse. I am not a fan of Samuel and I’d rather he not be around as much as he is, but hey, you can’t have everything, right? And on top of that, throughout this book Mercy is constantly nagged to finally make her choice between Adam and Samuel. I am sort of glad that happened as there is only so much love triangle story I can take (*cough* Anita Blake series *cough*)

One thing that frustrated me with this story was actually part of the plot. Zee and Uncle Mike, both fae, ask Mercy to help them investigate a series of murders and then get upset at her because she knows too much. I mean, hello? What did they expect when they asked her to change into a coyote and sniff around in all the houses of the murder victims in fairyland? Of course she’ll sniff things she shouldn’t and have questions. They act like it’s her fault she’s seen or smelled what she did when THEY are the ones who asked her to do this and put her in the situation in the first place. And of course all the fae are after her because she “knows too much”. Good grief. That whole aspect of the book made me so angry. Let’s get mad at the people who help us when we ask them to. Sheesh.

This was a completely engaging read, it held me captive from the first pages. So far out of the three books I think this one is my favourite, and that’s saying a lot since I loved the first book. The second one was great as well, though I am not as much of a vampire story fan as others.

Happily the next book is due in paperback this month. Woohoo! And I have a birthday coming up, too. 😉

Mercy Thompson series

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked – hardcover March 2011