Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercedes Thompson #1)
January 31 2006
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – Mercedes Thompson
“Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself … and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.”
I’ve had Patricia Briggs’ ‘Mercy Thompson’ books sitting in my book closet since January of this year. I’ve heard that they were fantastic. (That is, after all, why I purchased them.) I wish I knew exactly how good they were – I would have plucked them out a lot sooner!
“Moon Called “is book one of an Urban Fantasy series. Usually book one means you’ll experience some character development (generally consisting of a kick ass chick that you want to be like when you grow up, a strong brooding and just too sexy for his own good yummy man and a slew of secondary characters that peak your interest but that you don’t get too many particulars about other than that one is the ex, that one is the questionable one, that one is the slimy one, that one is the parental figure and that one is the bitch — and maybe that one is a bitch too). Book one is usually filled with an asinine amount of explanatory paragraphs and descriptive dialogue. The author is, after all, inserting a whole new world into your imagination and she/he needs to be sure you really get a good grasp on it so you can enjoy the other 34 books she/he has planned in her/his new series. Book one is usually good but not fantastic and you’re regularly itching to put it down and pick up your copy of “Lover Awakened” except you know you have to suck it up and stick with it since the pay off will be great because all the other books in the series will be some of the best works of fiction that you have ever read in your whole and entire life. That is usually what happens in a book one. Let me tell you, I did not find that is how it happened in Patricia Briggs’ book one.
“Moon Called” trudges along nicely. Not once did I feel like I was receiving useless or pointless information. I loved Mercedes as a lead. She’s relatable, even though she shifts into a coyote sometimes and I don’t (shh, don’t tell anyone). If she were a real person, you would absolutely want to be her friend. I can easily see myself wanting to follow Mercy for all of the seven planned books. In fact, I’m looking forward to knowing more about her and following her on her life’s adventures. Not only her independent adventures, but also those she will undertake with Adam.
Oh, Adam. Let’s talk about Adam, shall we?! He deserves more than a *sigh*, or even a *drool* or a *yum*. He deserves a…well a *howl*! I can’t wait to see more of him! (And hopefully someday I’ll see ‘more’ or him ;)) He is a fantastic hero and makes a perfect Alpha wolf. I think it’s hilarious how Mercy has her old beat up car in her yard just to tick Adam off and how his daughter changes her hair to frustrate him! Too cute. Even the secondary characters got a real shot in this book. I already feel for some of them and, again, look forward to reading more about them.
I really enjoyed this book and I know I will truly enjoy this series. I will read a couple more installments before officially deciding, but I will not be surprised if the ‘Mercedes Thompson’ series ends up on my Favorites page. Nor will I be surprised if I start stalking searching for Patricia Briggs in order to get her to sign my copy of her books.
Giggle worthy quotes
“Someone should have awarded me with a Ph.D. in werewolf psychology and counselling – surely I deserved something for this garbage.”
“Under the mellowing influence of good food and good music, Adam relaxed, and I discovered that underneath that overbearing, hot-tempered Alpha disguise he usually wore was a charming, overbearing, hot-tempered man.”