Mercy Thompson, book #4
Category: Paranormal Fantasy
Overall Rating: 3.9
- Captivation: 4
- Enjoyment: 3.5
- Imagination: 4
- Unique: 4
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy’s found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so-human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.
Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she’s out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won’t be Mercy’s blood Marsilia is after.
Captivation: I liked this book, but it didn’t have the pull the prior books had for me. The plot itself didn’t really hold my interest as much as the relationships did.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this book, just not quite as much as the others prior. This book was, for me, more about the relationships of the main characters than the true plot. I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. Though it did provide additional insight into the characters and helped with some development, it felt more like a bridge between books 3 and 5 and not as much a story of it’s own, except for 2 chapters worth of the book.
Imagination: Interesting new characters, powers, and views of the super natural world Ms. Briggs is developing with this series. This book didn’t blend reality with the paranormal world quite as well as her others did, but I think that is somewhat the point.
Unique: Ms. Briggs continues to pull her own world in with an increasingly unique mixture of paranormal theories, mythology, and pop culture.
Literacy: This book didn’t strike me to be as high reading level as the prior books, but I did catch a few editing errors. No more than normal for most books.
Overall, I will put this book in my Read Again bookshelf, however, I will be bookmarking specific chapters read with highlights to short sections to help skim through. It’s Read Again, mostly so I can keep track of the event path of this character between the prior book and the next.