Monday, February 25, 2013

Mercy Thompson #2: Blood Bound Review

blood boundTitle: Mercy Thompson #2: Blood Bound

Author: Patricia Briggs

Date of Publication: January 4, 2011

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

Buy This Book: Amazon

Synopsis: Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shape shift 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.

My Review:

With a gripping beginning bleeding into an even more exciting novel the second book in the Mercy Thompson series is even better than the first! Full of vampires, witches, demons, werewolves, and fae Briggs leaves no supernatural being out, creating a huge cast of diverse and likable characters. With hints at an approaching romance and maybe a bit of a love triangle and plenty of heart stopping action this novel has it all!

One of the reasons I love Mercy so much is that she isn't a typical heroine, or even woman, for that matter. She's a mechanic, she runs head first into danger, she takes the lead in her relationships; the fact that she refuses to submit to anyone, even those who care about her, makes her both a strong and weak character, causing me to love her personality just that much more.

The plot of Blood Bound was much stronger than that of Moon Called. With a more defined plot and more exciting steps to get there I was much more engrossed in this novel than I was in the first one. While I do wonder how Adam remains alpha when he somehow gets captured by the bad guys in every book I still absolutely adored this novel and its fantastic plot.

Briggs is absolutely fantastic at creating characters. From the roughness of Ben, to the intimidating but yet... not Stefan each of the characters has a completely original and unique personality. Even the secondary characters such as Gabriel and Honey have completely developed personalities that Briggs is able to portray through the few scenes that they're in. With such rich and developed characters it's impossible not to feel for each of them every step of the way, even when they play an impossibly small part.

Each book in this fabulous series gets better than the last, which is one of the main reasons the Mercy Thompson series is one of my favorite series of all time. Wonderful world building, perfectly developed characters, and a heavy dose of action paired with a sprinkling of romance this series is one that no fan of urban fantasy should skip.


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