“The cover of this book is absolutely awful, but I'm glad I didn't end up judging this one by its cover. This book reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse series with a little more punch. A great mystery, good characters and a fun, easy read. I'll check out the next one!”Jessica R wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was better than I thought it would be. Not a lot of swearing, decent story and characters. Could do with more romance but maybe in the rest of the series. Will definitely read the rest. ”Peaches D wrote this review Saturday, September 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fun mystery: main character, Mercy (Mercedes), is a car mechanic and a walker (changes into a coyote) and was raised by werewolves. Lots of other interesting characters like witches and vampires. But most of the characters are werewolves.”Kelly wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Move on. Nothing new to see here.
That's my biggest complaint about Moon Called. For someone new to the fantasy/supernatural world, it's probably entertaining enough but it definitely has the smack of "been there, done that" for the seasoned genre reader. I would have loved it 10 to 15 years ago.
Moon Called does have a few things going for it, especially the fact that too often books like this are just an excuse to have "things that go bump in the night" bump uglies in the middle of the night (*cough* Sookie Stackhouse *cough*). Usually they're just sex with fangs and fur--with nary a plot in sight. Not so in Moon Called. Nothing throbs, nothing is exposed, and there is a plot, albeit a fairly standard mystery.
The other thing the novel has going for it is the addition of Native American mythology to the supernatural genre. Sure, there are werewolves, vampires, gremlins, witches, and all the standard *yawn* European characters, but Mercy Thompson provides an unexpected dash of something new. Part Blackfoot Indian, Mercy is a skinwalker, a shapeshifter who can take the form of a coyote. So many possibilities here for something unpredictable and refreshing and . . .
That leads me directly to the other letdown of the novel. Mercy could be so bad ass, so awesome and instead she just serves as the observer through which we see the werewolf and vampire culture. It's possible to go entire chapters and forget how extraordinary she should be. Her character serves to provide info dumps on the supernatural world around her and, no matter how many times she claims to be her own agent and not a part of the werewolf pack, she sure seems like their bitch. Mercy's an in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time character, seldom shaping events or making choices on her own.
I do respect some of the choices made by Briggs and there are a few interesting spins on some fairly standard world-building, but in the end its not enough to make me sign on for such a lengthy series.”
“I read this years ago and it's one of my favorite series. The best kind where you feel the author could peel out any one of a zillion characters for their own stand-alone book and you wouldn't feel cheated. And despite the cover pictures, you really feel that Mercy could be a real person who might live in your own town.”humbledaisy wrote this review Thursday, September 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It literally took me years to get into this series. I have no idea why I refused to read this novel at first. But after reading the Alpha and Omega series, I knew I would pick this one up and give it a go. Thank God I did! ”LiquidLucidity wrote this review Thursday, September 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Anyway we got a Walker (or Shifter in some myths), a couple of hot Werewolves, a seethe of Vampires and the Fae is not far behind. This has everything that this blog lives for! Perfect read on a rainy Sunday.
So our heroine is Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson, a Walker, who owns a garage in the Tri-State area. She was raised by Werewolves, she's got a degree in History, she owns a garage, a mechanic by trade, and she turns into a Coyote when the need rises. Her neighbor is this hot, ex-military, Alpha Were named Adam who has a daughter named Jesse.
Their business got intertwined when a new Were, Mac, came to Mercy for a job and they found out that some funky business is going on in Chicago, a pack is selling new Weres as subjects for some experiment. The next thing we know, Mac is lying dead in Mercy's front door, Adam is seriously injured and Jesse got kidnapped. With nowhere to go, Mercy went off to Montana with Adam to seek help from the Marrok (the ultimate Alpha) whose son happens to be Mercy's ex.
What happens next is action packed. The rescue operation, a witch helping out the perps and a betrayal that led to death. We discover that the motive behind the whole shenanigan is preventing the Marrok from making a public announcement that Werewolves exists coupled with personal issues.
I like Patricia Briggs style of writing. I like the way she inserts the back stories of the characters, she follows the normal thinking process so we won't be reading chapters of flashbacks. She doesn't linger on giving out too much details, she leaves enough room to the imagination. However we are not shortchanged with her descriptions, it's rich and direct without too much analogies so we stay engrossed to the story.
I was so absorbed with this because I always love strong female characters that are not just pretty but can kick some serious ass (unlike the very popular Bella Swan, ugh!). Mercy reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse in such a way that their moral compass are so intact, they lean towards doing what's right regardless if their safety will be put on the line. They're both independent and are fiercely loyal to those around them.
And the Weres, OMG the Weres! I've always been partial to these creatures with their hot temperature, lean and muscular bodies, amazing speed and agility and the fact that they're related to dogs just appeals to me. They are both cuddly and lethal at the same time so I'm so glad that I'm finally reading a series where the Weres take center stage.
So if you like Jacob Black and/or Alcide Herveaux, then this is the series for you! Team Were all the way!
“Not exciting or even romantic for that matter. But definitely a better read than most garbage that goes under the pseudonym of paranormal romance these days. But then again the author's descriptions are boring and even drab sometimes. She is unable to bring out the gravity of a dangerous situation or portray the intensity of feelings between Mercy and her love interests. Everything is sort of passive and devoid of emotions. I don't know why I'm still on to this series but I guess I still have a teensy bit of hope that things will get better.”Samadrita K wrote this review Saturday, September 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I only read a few chapters before deciding I really did not want to read another werewolf fantasy... don't get me wrong, it was well written but just not what I want to read right now - maybe I'll pick it up again in the future.”Bob W wrote this review Thursday, August 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this story. This was my first audiobook and I absolutely loved listening to this narrator - Lorelei King. I liked all the characters and the story line was great. Mercedes Thompson rocks. I plan on listening to the next book soon. ”Tracyseb wrote this review Wednesday, June 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No