Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: Paperback, 288
Publisher: Ace, January 31, 2006
Opening Lines: "I didn't realize he was a werewolf at first."
"Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
"She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
"But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself . . . and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble."
~ Jacket copy
My SIL gave me this book as a Christmas present, and I've been hooked since that point. My work schedule is rather crazy, so it is rather hard to find time to just sit and relax with a book. Wanting to finally catch up with the series, I decided to pick this book up again. I loved it the first time and thought it would be nice to rediscover it.
After receiving a degree in History, Mercy Thompson finds herself owning her own garage and working as a mechanic. It really was not what her mother had planned, but it pays the bills and keeps Mercy happy. However, trouble is brewing on the horizon and shows up on her doorstep in the form of Mac, a lost werewolf. Growing up with a Montana werewolf pack, Mercy is fully aware of the ramifications of taking Mac under her wing, but she cannot turn him down. Unfortunately, when he is discovered, she is forced to bring Adam, the local Alpha, into the mix. What Mercy doesn't realize is that she just stepped into large political upheaval spurned by the struggle between wolf and man.
I loved this book the first time I read it, and it still held the same appeal. To me, it is an interesting story to have a walker raised by werewolves and completely caught up in the life and political matters of the pack while still managing to be outside of it. It is obvious that the author has put a lot of thought into this series, as well as research. Honestly, it's pretty nifty seeing a woman as a mechanic :)
Even though I love this book, there are points that kind of drag, and it feels a little rushed at the end. Seeing the Marrock and pack in Montana allowed the audience to see a piece of Mercy's past and introduced them to Samuel; however, it felt as though the author could have spent less time there. The ending, while it made sense, felt way too rushed, and I wished the author gave the audience a little more time to adjust to it.
Adam's friend will be an interesting addition, especially considering his role in revealing the werewolves to the public. However, after being a lone wolf for so long, it seemed rather strange that he so easily accepted a pack.
There are some questions I have while re-reading it, but it was still a good read. And, considering the fact that I don't really have time to focus fully on a book, it was wonderful to just kind of zone out into it.
I'm curious to see if the other books are just as enjoyable as the first time :)
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