Mercy Thompson, book #1
Category: Paranormal Fantasy
Overall Rating: 4
- Captivation: 4
- Enjoyment: 4
- Imagination: 4
- Unique: 3.5
- Literacy: 4.5
Book Description: Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.
But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.
But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…
Captivation: I did struggle with putting this book down. It is a good combination of fast-paced suspense with introduction into the world of the main character and description. It kept and held my interest, though there were a few moments where I started to get a little bored with the internal dialog.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this book, it’s got some good mystery with unexpected end results; enough suspense to keep the story popping mixed in with some good description and character interaction.
Imagination: The author builds a truly interesting mix of paranormal and normal, allowing the reader to slip in and out of the book easily and relate to the characters.
Unique: It’s not completely unique, I’ve read bits and pieces of similar theories in other books, but really enjoy how the author pulls different ideas together to make her own world. Though it’s not completely unique build in all aspects, she did mix together different ideas into her very own.
Literacy: Fantastic job here. The author clearly cares about grammar, and even mentions it as a point of interest from the character point of view. I don’t list this as a 5-star only because the author writes at a higher reading level than average at times. Average reading level is grades 7-9, and this book reads more at 12 or above at times (not always).
Overall, This is a definite Read-Again book for me. This is quite possibly one of my favorite new-to-me-books in the past year. Wish I’d gotten hold of it sooner, but then, if I had, I’d have been pining for the sequels.