I'm biased. Mercy is my favorite urban fantasy heroine, and Patricia Briggs is my favorite UF writer. Sooooo. Just a bit biased... Still, I thi4.5 stars
I'm biased. Mercy is my favorite urban fantasy heroine, and Patricia Briggs is my favorite UF writer. Sooooo. Just a bit biased... Still, I think this is the best collection of short stories I've read so far, and that's saying something. The price tag for this little beauty on Kindle is $10.99 right now, and I'd have to say it would be worth every penny for fans of this series. Once again, you can tell that Briggs is an author that cares about not only her readers, but the characters that she writes about. Each story is complete (except the outtakes, naturally), well-written, and thoroughly enjoyable. Of course, I loved some more than others, but none of them were less than 4 stars, in my opinion. Anthologies are hard to review, so cut me some slack, and I'll try to do my best...
Silver: 5 stars
Ever wonder how Bran and Samuel became a werewolves? Or why Bran is so darn special? Well, here's where you find the answer to that question. Not only does Silver give the background to both of their origin stories, but it also tells the story of how Samuel and Ariana met, fell in love, and why it went wrong the first time around. Although, to find out how that love story ended up, you'll have to read the Outtake from Silver Borne. *insert big cheesy grin here* This one is easily worth the 5 stars I gave it!
Fairy Gifts: 4 stars
It's been a while since I've read some of the older Mercy books, and to be very honest, I couldn't remember who Thomas (the vampire) was, nor Margaret (the fae). But this is the story of how their friendship came to be, along with the backstory on how Thomas became such an unusual vampire. The twist at the end was something I didn't see coming, and since this was a shorty, I really appreciated the thought that Briggs put into it!
Gray: 4 stars
This one is an unconventional love story about a vampire named Elyna, and takes place before the events in Moon Called. Again, I have no idea if I've ever seen this character in any of the other stories before, but it was a lot of fun to read. Most of the vampires in the Mercy Thompson series are pretty evil, so this was an interesting peek into the life of one of the good ones. It involves a Haunted House, a lonely 'woman', and a few unlikely friendships. *sniffle* The ending got me a bit misty-eyed....
Seeing Eye: 4 stars
Remember Tom (the werewolf) and Moira (the White Witch) from Hunting Ground? Well, I only sorta-kinda remembered seeing them, but this story made me want to go back and revisit that book. This is the story of how they originally met, and is also featured in another collection, Strange Brew. Very well done!
Alpha and Omega: stars
This is one of those Must-Read stories, if you plan on delving into the Alpha And Omega series. And I would definitely recommend you DELVE! Oddly enough, you really need to this prequel in order to fully understand what's going on in the first book, Cry Wolf. This is the story of how Anna and Charles met, fell in love, and killed off a few problem wolves. The story intersects with the problems Mercy is having in Moon Called, just like the other Alpha and Omega books do, but (like them) this story can also be read independently without any other knowledge, and still make sense. I've read this one a couple of times before, but it was still fun to get a reminder of how far those two have come!
The Star of David: 4 stars
I had forgotten about David, the lone wolf mercenary from Moon Called. You know, the one that was Adam's old war buddy? A werewolf, a wizard, and a social worker walk into a bar... And a vampire tries to kill them! Kidding! Sort of. Here Briggs tells a nice Christmas story about family, forgiveness...and evil vampires.
Roses in Winter: 5 stars
This is plugged as Kara's story, but (to me) this was Asil's story. Kara, if you don't remember (and, of course, I didn't) was mentioned in Blood Bound as the 13 year old girl whose father begged Mercy to help, because she was bitten by a werewolf. The shocker was that she survived. Asil has been one of my favorites for a while now, even though he's rarely mentioned. He's almost as old as Bran, and totally convinced that at any moment he's going to go crazy. Personally, I think Asil will be with us for a looooong time, and that's one of the reasons that this story was one of my absolute favorites. Bran (because he's BRAN) seems to know just how to help all his wolves find exactly what they need. Maybe what Asil needs is to find a kid who needs him to care about them?
In Red, with Pearls: 4 stars
Warren gets a story! He's Adam's best friend, and the only openly gay werewolf in the Mercy series. This revolves around his job working with his mate, Kyle (a lawyer), as his private investigator. Kyle gets attacked by a zombie (yes, zombie), and it's up to Warren and Elizaveta's niece to figure out who's after him.
Redemption: 4 stars
I have always wanted to know more about Ben. He's not a nice guy, but you can tell it's because he's pretty damaged. So what in the world happened to him? And why did he have to leave London? Well, you get a lot of those answers in Redemption. The actual story takes place at Ben's workplace, when he finds himself defending a woman that he hates. Or does he really hate her?
Hollow: 4.5 stars
This one is a Mercy story! And you better be caught up on this series, because it takes place after Night Broken, so there might be some spoilers for those of you who haven't read it yet. Mercy is called in to get rid of a ghost, and maybe help another couple realize they're in love. Loved it!
Outtake from Silver Borne: 4.5 stars
It's only a few pages long, but it's the HEA for Samuel and Ariana. Awwwww!
Outtake from Night Broken: 4.5 stars
This is a scene from Adam's point of view, when Mercy is in the hospital. It explains how severe the situation was, and, as a bonus...Coyote shows up!
This is an example of urban fantasy at it's finest. I hate to say it, but I've given up on a lot of the series in the adult UF genre that I used to loThis is an example of urban fantasy at it's finest. I hate to say it, but I've given up on a lot of the series in the adult UF genre that I used to love. Why? Well, it seems that after a few kick-ass books, they turn into paranormal romance...or worse. Take the Anita Blake series for instance. The first few books had a badass heroine that rocked, and then the series transitioned into shitty erotica. That's not what I signed up for. I wanted magic and mayhem! Not elongated nipples and ten foot werewolf erections. On a side note, why does every PNR seem to include at least one scene with a vampire biting his lover down there? Call me crazy, but that one always makes me cringe. How does someone gnawing on your nether regions constitute anything other than a serious ouchie!?
Sorry. I'm veering way off track here. I've been reading these books for about 6 years now, and I still get all giggly when a new one comes out! Briggs doesn't churn 'em out like a machine, and it shows in her writing. Mercy is still Mercy. She doesn't suddenly develop supernatural orgasm powers, or need to sleep with the entire pack in order to maintain some sort of cosmic balance. She doesn't overestimate herself, she doesn't doesn't get angsty and overdramatic, and she doesn't overreact to situations that are out of anyone's control. She's still cool, still tough, and still good. She's hands-down one of the best UF characters out there today.
And then there's the rest of the characters... Each of them have a distinct personality, and each of them react to situations accordingly. It's really an amazing world that Briggs has created. And if you haven't given it a chance yet, I'd highly recommend that you remedy that, 'cause you honestly can't do better than the Mercy Thompson series.
So. In Night Broken, you get an introduction to the ex-wife and a lava monster. You'd think the volcano god would be the scariest, but you'd be wrong. And while one of them might me able to melt your skin, the other one will make you want to peel your own skin off. In fact, Christy might turn out to be the best nemesis of the entire series. Forget the bloodthirsty vampires or scary-powerful fae! This chick will bake you into a corner, and then cry prettily while the pack tears you apart on her behalf. She's like the mega-evil version of Martha Stewart. shudder You also get to meet Mercy's new/old half-brother, and find out a few more secrets about Mercy's mysterious heritage. Her elusive father, Coyote, pops up just in time to wreak a little havoc...Or maybe he saves the day? The jury is still out on that one. Zee is only mentioned off-page, but his son, Tad, certainly has a few surprises up his sleeve. I wouldn't be shocked if the next book centers around him in some way. Stefan also makes a short appearance, but it counts for quite an interesting twist in Mercy's story. He's definitely not going anywhere anytime soon.
In the end, it comes down to Mercy's natural coyote instinct to survive, and her willingness to think outside of the box that saves the day. But I really wouldn't expect anything less of her. P.S. The last line of the book? Brilliant! It's not a cliffhanger, but it leaves you desperate for more...
Very few novels make good graphic novels. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again. But not this time.
David Lawrence did an excellent job adVery few novels make good graphic novels. I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again. But not this time.
David Lawrence did an excellent job adapting Moon Called to this format. It's been years since I've read the book, so I can't really remember each and every part of the actual story, but it seemed to me that most of the major plot points were there. It made sense, and it flowed well. I'm sure that wasn't easy.
As far as the art goes... Well, I didn't love it or hate it. It had an anime feel to it, but it wasn't overpowering. Or maybe I should say, at least not all of the guys looked androgynous. But most everyone did look slightly Asian. Whatevah. Some people will love the way it looks, I'm sure.
It is worth your time if you are looking for a decent book-turned-graphic novel, or are a fan of Patricia Briggs work....more
Really, it's more like 3 1/2 stars. I found it a much easier read than Dragon Bones, but that my have been because dragons and dwarfs are not really mReally, it's more like 3 1/2 stars. I found it a much easier read than Dragon Bones, but that my have been because dragons and dwarfs are not really my thing, so it took me a little while to get into that setting. I haven't read much fantasy like this, so I don't really know how Brigg's story rates compared to other books in this genre, but I thought it was a quick and enjoyable read....more
This was definitely a solid book by Briggs, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I was interested in her walker heritage, so it was nice to learn more aboutThis was definitely a solid book by Briggs, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I was interested in her walker heritage, so it was nice to learn more about it. I loved Coyote! I really hope that the next book goes back and focuses on Stefan and the vampires more. I miss them! Stefan does make a couple of appearances in the book, he's just not a key player. ...more
I enjoyed Anna and Charles' story in this book. Anna may have a long way to go, but she has recovered quite a bit of her spunk. It's nice to see her gaI enjoyed Anna and Charles' story in this book. Anna may have a long way to go, but she has recovered quite a bit of her spunk. It's nice to see her gain some confidence in herself and in her ability to stand up on her own two feet. I should have known that Briggs wouldn't leave her as a frightened shaking mess. I really like the way that she deals with characters who have been traumatized. She doesn't give them a miracle recovery, they have to slowly work the problems out for themselves over time. Charles is such a suprise to me. I expected him to be a little more gruff and bullheaded since he has been a bachlor for basically 200 years. It's nice to see a strong male character who is secure enough to catch an air kiss! He's whipped, he likes it, and he doesn't care who knows. Then again, I don't think anyone is going to give him a hard time for it. ...more
**spoiler alert** I loved it! My only complaint (if you can even call it that), is that it wasn't long enough! It felt like I was just flying through**spoiler alert** I loved it! My only complaint (if you can even call it that), is that it wasn't long enough! It felt like I was just flying through the story, and I couldn't believe it when it was over. I have to say, if it weren't for Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, the Mercy Thompson series wouldn't have any competition in being my favorite. I think it may be because I prefer action to romance. Not that the Mercy books don't have an underlying love story to them...they do. It's just that they don't reek of erotica. Nothing against erotica. I just prefer more plot and less sex. Again. Sorry to the erotica fans. Erotic stories have plots...they are constantly plotting to have more sex. Ha! I'm hysterical! No. Seriously. I am just as guilty as the next girl when it comes to reading "romance" novels. Every now and then, it's nice to curl up with a book about Count Sexy-Pants and his "throbbing member" (instead of curling up with my husband and his athelte's foot). Ok. I'm getting off track. What I meant to say, (ahem) was that the Mercy books would be interesting even without the romance between her and Adam. She is a strong enough character to stand on her own and keep the plot going.
I was also satisfied with the way the aftermath of Mercy's rape was dealt with. I'll admit I was a little dubious at the end of the last book. It seemed like the author wasn't being serious about the amount of problems Mercy would have after something like that. Finding out that she didn't sleep with Adam at the end of the last book seemed a little more realistic than Mercy just hopping in the sack to prove that Tim hadn't broken her. I also thought that her continued panic attacks let the reader know that this was something that would take time and determination to heal, not magic. On a different note, I love Stefan. I hope that his character is explored more in the upcoming books. I know I would certainly like to know more about him. Why, for example, did he protect Mercy's existence from the other vampires for all of those years? Especially considering how obviously devoted (in love?) and loyal he is to Marsilia. Is he in love with Mercy, or is there something else? I was also a little shocked when Adam made Mercy into a pack member.I didn't think that would happen for a long time! I wonder what this means for her powers in the long run? Of course, we learn a little bit more about Mercy's Walker talents in Bone Crossed. She has the power to command ghosts, as well as see and communicate with them. Hmmm. There has to more to it than that. It makes me wonder why that magical fae stick keeps following her around. It's a real shame that I'm going to have to wait until the next book comes out to read more about my favorite shapeshifting coyote! ...more
Buddy Read (or re-read, in my case) with Kat, Krishna, Sara, and Sesana. Disclaimer: I may have bullied them into reading this...
All of these guys gaveBuddy Read (or re-read, in my case) with Kat, Krishna, Sara, and Sesana. Disclaimer: I may have bullied them into reading this...
All of these guys gave it a 'gentle' 3 stars. Even Sesana (view spoiler)[,who probably would have rated it lower, had I not threatened to go after her beloved Les Misérables, (hide spoiler)] was kind. Thank you! So, with none of my pals really loving this one, coupled with the fact that I read it 5 years ago, I was fully prepared to change my rating from the original 4 stars. I did tend to rate things a bit on the high side, back in the day... But I still loved it! Maybe part of the reason is nostalgia? Maybe it's because I've continued with the series over the years, and the characters have changed and grown, so it's nice to take another peek back at where it all started? Or maybe it's just my kind of book, and I still love it? *shrugs* Who knows? I had totally forgotten everything that happened in this story, though. Thanks to my poor memory, it was like I was reading a brand new book! Bonus!
Here's the 2 main things I like about Mercy:
1. She's not all-powerful. In fact, most of the time, she's the weakest person in the room. So going up against werewolves, vampires, or fae isn't something that she is expected to do. The strong must protect the weak...and all that. She does it because she cares about people, and it's the right thing to do. Which makes her really brave, in my book.
2. She knows when to back down from a fight. I can't tell you how annoyed I get with some of the heroes or heroines in books. The ones who don't have the good sense God gave them to know when to shut up, stand down, and eat a little humble pie. Must. Prove. I'm. A. Badass! It's a lot harder to back down when you're angry, than it is to mouth off. However, sometimes it's the better part of wisdom. As long as a character is backing down to avoid a bloodbath, it makes me like them a great deal more than the idiots whose pride won't let them take an insult.
Whatever the reason, Mercy's my kind of gal. I'm sticking with the original 4 stars!
The only real problem I have with this one is the cover. In an embarrassing turn of events, my son picked it up to see what I was reading. And then proceeded to laugh at the cheesy PNRish cover. Kid: Let me guess. She hates her parents? Me: Why would you think that? Kid: She's coated in tattoos. Probably did it to piss her parents off. Me:Um? *looks down a tiny tattoo on ankle* Kid: And she's Native American, obviously, because of the feather earring. Me: Uh-huh. Kid: No offence, Mom, but she looks really slutty. Me: Ok...well, I'm not really sure what they're trying to say with that cover. Kid: I do. *snorts*Perverts, come read me! Me: *blushes...snatches book away* Don't you have homework to do, or something?! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more