Genre: Urban Fantasy / Horror / Paranormal Romance
Year Published: 2006
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Date Read: 5/30/2011
Publisher: Mass Market Paperback
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
What do you get when you have a heroine who can change into a coyote in a matter of seconds add in two sexy male werewolves, and a kidnapping plot that will turn heads? You will get this book “Moon Called” by Patricia Briggs which stars Mercy Thompson, your not so average heroine! If I get paid a dime every time I see a heroine become a shape shifter, I would be a millionaire by now! Full of action, mystery and a lust for the supernatural, “Moon Called” is one novel that paranormal and fantasy romance fans will be reading over and over again in their lifetime!
Mercy Thompson seems like an ordinary woman who works at a mechanic shop, but there is only one odd thing about her…she can change into a coyote at will! What is even stranger is the world she lives in as it is inhabited by all kinds of supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, witches and more! She is even friends with a vampire named Stefan and knows two guys, Samuel and Adam, who are both werewolves! But Mercy’s normal (abnormal) life will get much stranger and more intense once she realizes that there is a group of supernatural creatures who are devising a dangerous plot that involves the kidnapping of Adam’s daughter Jesse and odd experiments on new werewolves! Do not worry; Mercy Thompson is on the case!
The moment you see the cover of this book (Mercy posing in front of the camera while an eerie werewolf gate is behind her) you will definitely know that this novel is a stroke of genius! Patricia Briggs has done an excellent job at writing this awesome novel that is set in a world where vampires, werewolves, witches (you name it!) all live side by side by humans and that was the part of the book that I really enjoyed reading because I love reading about supernatural worlds seeing humans living with supernatural creatures like it is normal, is really interesting to see. The best part of Patricia Briggs’ writing was how all the main characters are supernatural characters and that was made this novel so interesting to read! I loved how the main heroine Mercy Thompson came about as she is shown to be truly courageous and kind hearted towards anyone and what really interested me about Mercy was how she has some mad skills in fighting her enemies when she goes in coyote mode! I also loved the way she always has some kind of smart comment to tell off someone who insults her and that shows how intelligent and strong she really is! Out of all the paranormal/fantasy heroines I have read, Mercy is like the only heroine to have two lovers at the same time or let us just say that she likes two guys, but she just does not know who to choose! Between Adam and Samuel, I loved Adam the best, because he is the alpha male leader of his werewolf pack and he is always looking out for everyone, especially Mercy! Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Samuel too, but I guess what bothered me a bit about Samuel was his troubled history with Mercy which left Mercy to be heart broken, but seeing as I have just started this series, I guess I will have to see how Samuel’s character develops in the series. Patricia Briggs has done a wonderful job at developing a really interesting plot that revolves around the kidnapping of Adam’s daughter Jesse and I will admit that I was kind of expecting a more paranormal romance to develop in this novel. However, I was still impressed with the suspenseful aspect of this story revolving around the kidnapping and it was interesting to see how the characters tried to develop conclusions to get to the bottom of this situation.
The only problem I had with this novel is that the plot was a little bit too slow for my tastes as we are constantly hearing what Mercy’s inner thoughts on the situation is and that sort of annoyed me so much because I wanted to get to the action of the story.
Overall, “Moon Called” is definitely a brilliant introduction to the fantastic “Mercy Thompson” series and any fan of paranormal and fantasy romance will definitely get a kick out reading this awesome novel! Did this novel cause me to go check out the other “Mercy Thompson” series? You bet it does and I will clean out every library I go to find this awesome series!
Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog