Author: Patricia Briggs
Published: January 31, 2006 by Ace
Series: Mercy Thompson Novel
Source of Copy: Bought at Hastings
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...
(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)
Check out the cover. The woman looks fierce. What is great about this book is the character on this cover lives us to this image. She is fierce and incredibly intriguing. This is the kind of woman we women all secretly wish to be. Well maybe not the whole shifting into another animal part...
The book is written from Mercy's point of view and she is hilarious. She is strong willed, stubborn, adventurous and fun. She is also a mechanic! What...! Like I said every woman wishes she had a little grit underneath.
I absolutely love the relationships Mercy has with other characters in this novel. Who can say they were raised by wolves... werewolves that is. I was enthralled the entirety of the reading. Could not put this book down. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series (Yay! It's a series!!) and would be lying if I didn't say I would be reading this book again.
This is the first book in the series and is a great introductory to the characters. The author does an excellent job of giving very detailed descriptions of the characters without going off into page or chapter long diversions. I would rather read a shorter novel with an excellent story than a long drawn out novel going off into neverland (aka never want to read land). Patricia Briggs luckily has found the happy medium and given us the perfect novel with great character detail. Mercy has a love hate relationship with her neighbor and hunky werewolf Adam. I fell in love with both Mercy and Adam after reading the note from Adam to Mercy about her cat.
MS. THOMPSON, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.
The banter that continues throughout the novel is amusing and interesting. Mercy's relationship with her former boss and vampire friend are just as intriguing. I really can't get enough of this book.
To be honest, I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. However from this point forward I feel I may be a fan for life.