Review| Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


Synopsis

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

My Thoughts

“Never argue with Mercy about something she cares about. Even if she stops arguing with you, she’ll just do whatever she wants anyway.”

Mercy Thompson. Coyote shifter and mechanic was just working in her shop when a newly turned werewolf walks in and asks for a job. And it’s all downhill from there for poor Mercy.

This is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series. And while I love this series with my heart and soul, re-reading this was interesting.

The first time I read this book was six years ago. I remember just flying through it. From the very first chapter, I was hooked. I was so obsessed that when I finished I immediately went on to read the next few books in the series.

Mercy Thompson is a strong-willed character, that just doesn’t know when to stop. Actually, she knows when to stop but when people she cares about are in trouble or their life is on the line, she’s isn’t going to stop no matter what.

Mercy, even though she can turn into a coyote, she’s still pretty much human. She’s doesn’t have any of the strength or magic that werewolves, vampires, and the fae have.

I love that Briggs made Mercy so damn strong even though in terms of magic and strength she’s the weakest one there. And Mercy is strong in a realistic way. She’s basically human, so sometimes she’s clumsy, she gets scared, she second guesses herself, and she sometimes misses targets. But She’s analytical, brave, funny, clever, stubborn and she understands her limits. She knows that she has to play a game in order to survive. She’s very good at making people believe they’ve won.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I loved it even more than the first time around. I loved it more because I know what happens in future books and seeing the seeds that Briggs planted in this first book was amazing and lowkey blew my mind.

But, it’s the first book in a series and it pretty rough, especially in the beginning. There are definitely some parts that are lacking. There is a bit of a love triangle, and I mean like really really small and it doesn’t last long in the series. There is a bit of werewolf politics, and the writing isn’t always the best. And since re-reading it, I now realize it’s rough because Briggs was laying down the groundwork for the series.

BUT as someone who has read just about the whole series (haven’t read book 10 yet), I can say that the writing improves. Honestly the problems that I had with this book pretty much disappear In the second one and are non-existent from the third book on.

Overall, despite its flaws, it’s still a solid introduction to the series, and I highly recommend it. And, if you stick with it, you’ll see Mercy do some pretty badass stuff.

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