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Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  62,781 ratings  ·  1,882 reviews
By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learn
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Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published 2010 by Orbit (first published February 3rd 2009)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Patricia Briggs continues to impress me with her oh-so expressive writing that conveys so much, so economically. I am truly in awe of her talent. Clearly I am very behind on this series. It's not due to a lack of appeal, but due to my reading style and my review reading taking up a lot of my reading time. But I do love knowing that I have a guaranteed read when I reach for one of her books.

Mercy is definitely near the top of my list of fictional characters I think I would love to have as a frien
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mercy, mercy, Mercy! Patricia Briggs latest Mercy Thompson novel "Bone Crossed" kept me on the edge of my seat, furiously reading to find out what happened next! There's good news and bad news in Mercy's latest adventure and just when you think things will settle down, BAM, there's someone new looking to mess with Mercy's peace.

Mercy is still recovering from her brutal rape at the hands of a fae 'possessed' wacko. Mercy managed to kill the b^%tard, but it will be a while before the psychological
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Felicia
I really liked this book, this series gets better and better actually. The cast is filling out nicely, and although there were a few plot twists that were a little obscure, whatever. Nice emotional arc for the character, I really enjoyed it, hardback purchase justified!!
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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This is my second time reading Bone Crossed. Having not read the first three books the first time, I was completely lost to what was happening. I didn’t feel attached to Mercy’s character and didn’t find the romance engaging. This time around though, everything was in perspective and I found that this book was a lot “lighter” in terms of the banter between characters. Briggs really kicked up the humour in this book! I found myself stupidly smiling at the teasing between
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AH
The Mercy Thompson series is a comfort read for me. I sit down and immerse myself in the Mercy’s world and I don’t even notice that time has passed. In fact, I am always sad when I finish reading a book. Not because the ending is sad, but because I finished another book in the series. I don't want this series to end.

I love so many things about this series. I love how the author mixes up werewolves, vampires, and fae and has them living together in our world semi-peacefully. I enjoy the pack hier
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Heather
I think I had a fairly good run. I managed to read two whole books before becoming once again severely put out with/by Mercy Thompson. This at least, lets me know that it was not my finicky mood that caused me to dislike Moon Called rather, there are honest to goodness irritants imbedded in Mercy’s character description and narration that annoys this shit out of me.

First let me state how appalled I am by the fact that Briggs allowed her rapped heroine to have sex only a week after her rape. WTF
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Jamie
This was a pretty good read, but not as satisfying as the earlier books. Why is there always a drop in quality when these series move into hardback?

First of all, this book picks up right where the previous one left off, as if the action had been uninterrupted. It didn't feel like an opening chapter, but rather like I had opened a book in the middle and picked a chapter at random. The emotional intensity of the earlier books is missing here, particularly in Mercy's interaction with Stefan. The bo
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Vishous
3.5

Figures, the moment I think about giving up with this series, the 4th picks up!!!

Liked it much more than all the others, simply because Adam and Mercy interact with each other. I don't need sex in the books, that's why I love reading YA books, but I do need for both main characters have some sort of communication. And this book gave me that. And still, I like more the vamps in this series than werewolves. And I usually go for furry animals and not blood sucking ones.

Definitely will continue
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Cyna
This is the first book where we get the dual-plotline format, presumably because Briggs liked both concepts but couldn't figure out a way to stretch them both out into book length. It's strange to have one plot advertised on the cover, and then have a completely different one make up most of the book, especially when there is nothing tying the two together, except Mercy. It must suck to have two super powerful bad guys plotting against you at the exact same time.

There’s nothing particularly memo
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Lisa Kay
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(Review of audiobook.) This fourth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly has cemented her voice as Mercy’s in my brain and she delivers nicely for this first person narrative. Love her Italian accent for Stefan, who features prominently in this volume.

As far as the story, it is so great to hear Mercy “rise above” what had happened to her and do so realistically. (I was pretty upset after Iron Kissed. I wanted to give the se
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Lightreads
Fourth book in the urban fantasy with the werecoyote car mechanic.

Why did I read this? The third book did such a terrible job with the aftermath of rape (OMG I have been raped and am therefore unworthy of my boyfriend's love!), and I thought I was done. This book walks back the very worst of the last book, then wanders along through your standard issue urban fantasy plot, with extra werewolf mating. It would be unexceptionable, if only Briggs didn't keep trying to have, you know, issues. Mercy's
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Tilly Slaton
Bone Crossed is not on my top favorites list in this series. Actually, it is probably my least favorite.

Mercy’s mother pays an unexpected visit due to the rape and murder from the previous book. Ben, as weird and revealing as his character proved in the last book .. had a warm reaction to her presence.

But his attention was all for my mother. (Ben’s)

“She’s married,” I warned him. “And if you call her a rude name, she’ll shoot you with her pretty pink gun and I’ll spit on your grave.”

Adam said, “B
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Wendy F
Hot diggity dog, that was good! I couldn't put this one down, especially the last half.

I know we've been all 'Adam or Sam', 'Sam or Adam', but how's this for a response, "Gimme Bran!" I mean, the more I read these books, including A&O the more awesome I think the Marrok is! YUM. And you know who else I adore? Stefan!! I keep waiting for the shoe to drop and for him to betray Mercy but he never does. He just gets better more and more interesting! (See all the exclamation points! Me happy read
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Jensownzoo
Well, I wasn't as impressed with this addition to the Mercy Thompson series (which I really, really like). For some reason, it was more words-on-a-page to me than an experience. Less drawn into the story, less tension/action overall to the story, less details when you wanted details. This very much seemed like a transition/plotwrap book instead of a contribution to the overall story arc. I guess after the last book actually made me cry, I was expecting this book to be similarly emotionally evoca ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I feel like if I tried to explain what I do and don't like about these books, it's not going to make any sense.

My mind wanders. Even during the "exciting" parts.

I don't know. I wish I did. It must be a personal style thing because I do read "non-fluffy" books and "not the usual genre standard" books.

My mind wanders. Even right after I finish a chapter which held my interest, my mind wanders when things lull out for a minute.

The series is good enough, but not grabbing me. I'll possibly try bo
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
This book for me wasn't as good as the rest. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the ride but there was one thing that annoyed me and I couldn't get over it enough to make me love this one.



I don't know if I can explain what annoyed me without spoiling it completely but I will try.
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Jilly
Yay, Stefan's back in this book! Since he is my favorite character in the series, I seriously missed him in the last book. And, he is better than ever.

"Want to explain to the kid that I'm more a Spike than a Buffy? A villain, not a superhero?"
I batted my eyelashes at him. "You're my hero."...
"I'm no one's hero, Mercy."
I turned my face until I was looking directly at Chad. "Do you think that means I won't get to see him in spandex?"... Chad made a yuck face.
"hey," I told them, "watching good-lo
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MelissaB
Another great entry in the Mercy Thompson series and we finally get some payoff between Mercy and her mate but unfortunately it was mostly left up to the imagination, which normally drives me nuts but I forgave Patty because the rest was so good (Hint to author: Please include more details next time, I can't stand vagueness)
Kristie
I'm really enjoying this series. There is much more that I like about it than things that I don't like, however it is hard for me to discuss the pros without giving something away. So, a couple of examples of the things that I really liked about this installment are in this (view spoiler) ...more
Lauren
Bone Crossed
4 Stars

Bone Crossed is a solid addition to the series and Patricia Briggs does an admirable job in dealing with the aftermath of events from the previous book. Nevertheless, several issues continue to rub me the wrong way. There is still an obvious lack of positively drawn female characters - (view spoiler), Briggs' religious agenda has been toned down but still pops up every now and then, and Mercy is stil
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Keertana
Rating: 4.5 Stars

It always takes me awhile to really get into the groove of a series. In fact, I'm not much of a series reader to begin with. My shelves are either stocked with stand-alones or, if there are any series on my shelves, most of them are incomplete since I only buy the installments I've loved. Even worse, though, series usually drop steam after hitting a climax and from there on out, it's a downward spiral. As such, I was ever-so-slightly apprehensive about opening the cover of Bone
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Jeffrey
Mar 12, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Briggs fans
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kasia S.
I'm a huge fan of werewolf anything and Briggs has brought a wonderful air of expertise to the genre, you can tell that she cares and dives deep into the topic to bring such honest and intense writing to her fans. Reading this series is a ride and she keeps up with the intensity to a great degree, I often find new things I never realized about animals, wolves especially that make perfect sense when the human element is introduced. The man wolf folk character that so many grew up with is rich her ...more
Kathleen
Loved it more the second time. 4.5 stars. Tied with Silver Borne for BEST in the series, IMO. First reading, gave it barely 4 stars, but after reading the sequels to it (books 5-7) I liked it more.

Major plot events (HUGE SPOILERS!): (view spoiler)
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Robin (Bridge Four)
“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.”

Well isn’t that true. Mercy has always felt like she was on the outside looking in and alone. Raised by the wolves she was still never part of the pack, little did she know how important she was to Bran the Alpha of all Alphas. When she accepted Adam as her mate she never really knew what that would mean. N
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Leah
Bone Crossed is yet another great installment of this awesome series. I can't believe I waited so long to start reading this. I think this is the only urban fantasy series that I actually really like. The plots are great (even if this one was just a tad harder for me to get into when Mercy was in Spokane) and I love the characters.


Mercy, yet again, was wonderful and she--yay!--finally totally accepted Adam as her mate, completing the mating bond and becoming part of the pack. Adam, my love...Wha
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Aure   `Reading With The Dark`
Prepare to be SPOILED! And not in a good way..


Do you know the feeling, when you're actually sick with disappointment?
That's how I feel. Well maybe I ate to much, that could be it too, but I'm fairly certain it's the disappointment. -.-

And angry! Adam is a real impotent if you'd ask me. He's never there when she TRULY needs him to be there... When there's the most important battles she's all alone. Maybe it's the idea of her being capable to fight on her own and blah. But she always says that sh
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I love Mercy. I truly love Mercy Thompson. She is my favorite UF heroine ever. I love how she is, and how she is tough and strong, but not unrealistically so. I don't think that Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is as well-written as her Alpha and Omega series, but I think that's part of the draw. That's just Mercy.
She has vampires and more vampires coming at her from all sides, meanwhile she is still dealing with the awful rape by Tim from the week before (see Iron Kissed) and Adam and she are off
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I know I said this about Iron Kissed, but I think this might be my favourite in the series! It had the same kind of mystery plot as the other books, but with the added extra of Adam and Mercy trying making the first forage into their relationship.

I can't really say anything different about Bone Crossed that I have about the other books in the series. Mercy is now a firmly one of my favourite heroines, the plot was interesting and kept me guessing and Adam was wicked hot. For me this series gets
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Kati
4th in the "Mercy Thompson" series and just as good as the previous ones. Briggs just knows how to make the reader care for her characters. All of them are three-dimensional and well-rounded, the good guys just like the baddies. I loved the new characters, especially Chad, and John's fate made me actually cry (it's strange but every one of Mercy's adventures somehow makes me cry in the end). And then there was Adam, Samuel, Bran, Stefan, Warren and Kyle, the fae and the weres, the crazy vamp Wul ...more
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Other Books in the Series

Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
  • Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
  • River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
  • Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)
  • Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)
  • Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)
  • Untitled  (Mercy Thompson, #10)
  • Untitled  (Mercy Thompson, #11)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3) Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)

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“That’s a pretty lame superhero name,” I told him.

“Scooby-Doo is already taken,” he said with dignity. “Anything else sounds lame in comparison.”
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