Friday, March 15, 2013

Mercy Thompson #4: Bone Crossed Review

bone crossedTitle: Mercy Thompson #4: Bone Crossed

Author: Patricia Briggs

Date of Publication: February 3, 2009

Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book

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Synopsis: By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. 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.

It'll be her friends'.

My Review:

Reviewing the books I don't like is always easier than reviewing the books I love, which makes reviewing the Mercy Thompson series nearly impossible (in a good way!) to review. I finish every book in this series a little sad, not because of the ending, but because I'm inevitably left wanting more.

After the darker turn in the previous novel Bone Crossed definitely had a heavier sprinkling of humor. Even though Mercy is still recovering and having more than her fair share of problems she still makes witty comments and makes me smile. She's starting to rub off on the entire werewolf pack and I have a feeling that even Ben is starting to warm up to her. I love the direction this series is taking and the ending of each novel leaves me eager for more!

Briggs has a huge talent for endearing her characters to her readers. Words cannot even explain how much I love Mercy, Adam, Sam, Zee, and the entire cast of wonderfully crafted characters. Mercy is one of the most real heroines in urban fantasy and the more I read the more I can't help but wish she was my friend. One of my favorite parts of Bone Crossed was Mercy's interactions with her friend Amber's deaf son Chad. Despite the obvious barriers between them Briggs creates a relationship between them that was as real as it was heartfelt as they went ghost hunting and played a particularly heated game of Battleship.

Likewise I adore the relationship between Mercy and Adam. Their relationship is sweet without being corny and steamy without being racy, a rare feat in paranormal romance. So often in paranormal romance the relationships are focused merely on the physical and less on actual feelings and Mercy and Adam are the opposite of this stereotype in every regard. In Bone Crossed Mercy and Adam begin to take their relationship to the next level but without losing the teasing and antagonizing we've all come to love.

The Mercy Thompson series is one of the strongest and most fantastic series in paranormal romance. With fantastic world building and perfectly developed characters this series cannot possibly get any better!


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