Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Heroes/Heroine: Adam Hauptman, Samuel Cornick, Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson
Genre: M/F Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: January 31, 2006
Available at: Penguin, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water
I’ve been recommended this book so many times and by many people and finally broke down and read it…and I am so glad that I did. Mercy is awesome. She is the kind of girl I love to read about; strong, stubborn, independent, self-reliant, and kick-ass. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind or get her hands dirty; which is a good thing since she is an auto mechanic. I loved that she was a mechanic…so far removed from the typical female role but it just made the story that much better.
Mercy is a “walker” who shifts into a coyote, surrounded by and raised with werewolves. She was, at one time, in love with Samuel but is now neighbors with Adam; two dominant werewolves that both have a thing for Mercy. I call it a thing because it isn’t love, it isn’t a crush, it’s just…a thing. You have to read the story to understand it, but it makes sense and it works. Eventually, further along in the story, you get more into the feelings that they have for Mercy and her for them. But hmmm, who will she end up with? My money is Adam, but I really love Samuel ….and Stefan the vampire, too.
This is a very easy read, and I feel like I got to know all the main characters really well; they are all fully developed, and I look forward to seeing how they progress in the next book. The plot was well thought out and there were plenty of twists and turns to hold my interest. Not once did I miss the overly sexual or highly romanced stories that I normally read, and I didn’t even realize that there was no sex until I was almost finished reading. That rarely happens for me and it shows how well written this book really is.
One pleasant surprise was Warren and Kyle, a gay werewolf/human couple. I was not expecting it, but it brought so much more to the story and enhanced my enjoyment. I hope we see more of them in the future books; I need to see how Kyle adjusts to learning the love of his life is a werewolf. And Stefan was another awesome side character. I spent a good portion of my reading trying to decide which strong, male character I wanted to eventually end up with Mercy. Stefan was in the running with Samuel, but Adam won hands down. At least I hope he wins…gotta keep reading to find out.
So there you have it. A highly entertaining paranormal storyline full of innuendo and promise, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg and with many books in this series I expect to be fully enthralled with Mercy and her adventures.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*