Thursday, May 20, 2010

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Please note: Spoiler Alert in 3rd paragraph. Not a huge plot spoiler alert, but nonetheless, I wanted to warn you.

I kept picking up this book in the store for years. I mean seriously, how awesome is that cover? How cool does she look? Don’t you just want to be her? Finally, I bought it. Moon Called tells the story of Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson, mechanic and shapeshifter. It’s a world where werewolves, vampires and witches exist and Mercy gets involved in a murder, kidnapping and werewolf political plot.

I didn’t love this book and I didn’t dislike it. It was action packed and the story kept moving. I couldn’t guess “whodunit” nor their motives and it is always a big plus for me when I’m surprised. The big reveal was interesting but not an “Oh my God!” moment.
I liked Briggs’ description of the werewolves and their mythology. It was unique yet still relatable to the ingrained mythology that I have about werewolves without deviating too much so that I still accepted it. Mercedes was a likeable character and easy to relate to. She reveals her vulnerability and feelings during certain times, but then at others it is mostly action and I missed her sensory reactions to what was going on. Of course she was in pain if a bullet hit her, but I wanted more. Also, there were so many characters it was a little hard to follow but if you just plow ahead and not worry too much about it, it all still makes sense. Also the last 10 pages or so felt a little rushed, a little too wrapped up. A paragraph wrap up on this character, a paragraph wrap up on that one…

SPOILER ALERT COMING: And then suddenly out of the blue she goes on a date with Adam and is totally attracted to him. There were maybe one or two hints about him being interested in her, but not about her being into him. Maybe I just missed it, but it felt out of place to me. The other thing that perhaps kept me from liking this book as much as I could have is probably the genre itself. While I love these kind of stories, I’m wondering if reading so many of Laurel K. Hamilton Anita Blake series books, just made it seem like more of the same.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to read any more of her books, but a trusted friend told me they do get better, especially when they bring in the Fae. So, while I probably will try a few more in this series, I still have a lot of other books to get to.

I am going to give this book a 2 ½ stars out of 5 – split right down the middle.


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