Blood Bound

Blood Bound

By Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, book #2

Category: Paranormal Fantasy

 Overall Rating: 3.8

  • Captivation: 3.5
  • Enjoyment: 3.5
  • Imagination: 4
  • Unique: 3.5
  • Literacy: 4.5

Book Description: Mercy 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.

When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don’t return, the local vampire queen turns to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is determined to get her friends back—including the two werewolves circling around her heart.

Captivation:  This book didn’t grab me as much or as quickly as the first of the series, however, the mystery kept me going… Interesting developments and plot.

Enjoyment:  I enjoyed this book, however, it wasn’t as captivating as the first.  I found amusement and annoyance at the same time with the development of the characters and plot.  The internal dialog sometimes runs a little long.

Imagination: I’m really enjoying the author’s imagination and how she builds the world in this series.  It’s a fascinating combination of mythology, pop culture, and just pure imagination.

Unique: Sticking with the last book statement on this topic, the world of Mercy Thompson isn’t completely and utterly unique, however the way Ms. Briggs pulls in different aspects of fantasy, mythology, pop culture, and imagination makes all come together in a nice, unique way.

Literacy:  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 book will be added to my read-again shelf, however, it’s likely I’ll skip a lot of pages due to the long-running internal dialog and thoughts.

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