Jaime Loves Stuff : Double Review: Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Double Review: Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

I was going to do two separate posts on Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs but as it is 4:30 AM and need to catch up, I figure these two books are books 1 and 2 in the Mercy Thompson series that I might as well just review them both in one post.

Moon Called Synopsis (Courtesy of Goodreads.com):
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.

My review short and sweet :) I loved this book. Plain and simple. Mercy has a degree in history but owns and operates a mechanic shop with a specialty in German cars. On top of that she is pure awesomeness. She was raised by the highest ranking werewolf in the United States, the Marrok however, she isn't a werewolf. She is a Walker. A walker is a hunter who shape shifts from Coyote to Human form and hunts vampires (if I am getting that part right, either ways, the vampires fear walkers). Walkers are based in Native American tribes. Mercy, however, doesn't really know all the ins and outs of being a walker. However, she knows the weres and the politics with the alphas, the dominants and submissives.

There is a bad Were in the mix who is experimenting on other Weres and kidnaps the Tricities' Alpha's daughter. It's up to Mercy, Adam, Samuel and Stefan, the Vampire, to solve this before it gets even worse.

Patricia Briggs brings together Weres, Vampires, Witches, Fae and all kinds of creepy preternatural creatures to Moon Called. I felt the writing was tight, the action kept moving along at a perfect pace, without being distracted with sex (not that I am a prude but some paranormal authors can't balance the sex with the action, Briggs skips it all together but adds just enough implied sexual tension to make you wonder WHO Mercy end up being with or will she just remain an independent woman) and at the same building on the characters. I give Moon Called two thumbs up and added Patricia Briggs on to my list of favorite Paranormal authors. I love a strong, kickass heroine and Mercy is just that. Gotta love a girl who can fight with martial arts, repairs cars, has tattoos, has a degree in history, can shape shift and maintain herself amongst Weres. My kind of book!

Blood Bound, Book #2 in the Mercy Thompson series, synopsis, again, courtesy of Goodreads.com:

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

After a strong first book, Mercy comes back full force in Blood Bound. This time instead of a rogue Werewolf, we have a rogue Vampire. Moon Called was a great intro to the Tricities underworld and brought us deep in to the world of Werewolves but this time, we are taken in to the world of Vampires. Mercy is nearly immune to magic and due to this gift, Stefan asks her to join him in visiting a vampire who is new in town and has visited the Seethe and Stefan knows something isn't right and asks Mercy to stay in Coyote form. This creepy new vampire is one scary creature, a sorcerer turned Vampire and being ridden by a demon is a bad combination. Every where he goes, evil follows. He can over power Vampires, werewolves, fae and the witches. Not a good combination.

Mercy gets asked by Marsilia, the vampire head, to help after Warren (I love him! I hope he gets more focus in the coming books) is nearly killed and a weaker vampire was also killed. Mercy also learns more about what being a walker is. I don't want to share anymore details as I don't want to spoil the plot but I loved Blood Bound. It was strong, Mercy was strong and I felt my adrenaline rush. Also, I have to throw this in, when the Demon/Vamp/Sorceror thingy finds out who and what Mercy is and finds her at her trailer, that was a scary scene. I could visualize his face pressed against her window and his fangs scratching the glass, and could hear him destroying her trailer and shredding it. Ouch.

Either ways, I can't wait for more. I have Iron Kissed coming which is #3. I have a feeling that one will have the focus on the Faes. Once again, another two thumbs up to Patricia Briggs. She has created an awesome heroine, strong, independent and a positive influence amongst all the dominant/submissive play of the weres.

P.S. I love the covers. Seriously.

These books were purchased by me on Amazon.com.

disclaimer: I do not receive compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary advanced review books that are of no monetary value to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review, it just guarantees a review.


  1. You know, I've never read the Mercy Thompson series. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one, though!

  2. Dannie, after the whole Twilight stinks like bungholes debacle, I swore I would NEVER read another book that is uber hyped. I just read the synopsis and bought Moon Called and loved it. Enough so, I have ordered the entire series. I didn't even know that it was such a popular series, which is cool by me because I feel this series deserves it's popularity. Generally, books that are so hyped are generally nothing but hype and I run run run faster then a werewolf! LOL

    I also steer cleared of the Sookie Stackhouse books for that reason alone until a friend, whose opinion I respect and trust, recommended them and I bought Dead Until Dark which I really liked. Not loved, but liked.

  3. Well I think I must have my head in the sand when it comes to a lot of these cool series, because I haven't heard of half of them..lol I am a total werewolf fan so I am going to have to get this series because, well because it sounds cool...LOL More for my wishlist!

  4. Ladystorm, don't feel bad! LOL. Apparently these have been out a couple of years and I had no clue either. I just happened to have one come up as amazon.com recommendation and sounded awesome!

    Sorry to put another dent in your pocket book! LOL

  5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mercy! I'm not a huge fan of Patricia Briggs' other novels, but this one? I can't not read 'em. If you like Mercy, check out her Alpha and Omega series, which features Charles, and his mate.

  6. Hi Drey,

    Actually, I do have Cry Wolf and Hunting Grounds in my TBR pile! I haven't read them yet but can't wait! I have high expectations for that series! Thanks!

  7. I absolutely love the Mercy Thompson series. One of my students brought me the books to read in class one day. I think I read the four books in about 4 days. Iron Kissed was not one of my favorites but I enjoyed all the others. I just thought it dragged a bit.

    I've not read any of Patricia Briggs other writings although I hear that they are worth a read also!

    Happy Reading! Great Blog!

  8. I just adore her books! Briggs' spin off series The Alpha and Omega is really good as well. I just finished the second one.

  9. I love Patricia Briggs' books. They were my introduction to the urban fantasy genre and she remains my favorite urban fantasy author. While both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series' are great I prefer the style of the Mercy books better and I'm eagerly waiting for the next one to come out.


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