Monday, May 20, 2013


By: Patricia Briggs
Published By: Orbit, ACE
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Library, 352 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle: 

I am in love with this series. Patricia always brings the picnic to the park with her characters and storyline. River Marked #6, is the only book in this series that did not capture me as much, I was still caught, but not as much as all the other books. 

I have 2 top fave female chicks who kick ass in my opinion, Mercedes Thompson & Chess, ( Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane) are the bomb.

Seriously if you have not started this series, you are really missing out on some excellent Urban Fantasy and humor.

Mercy is left a bit battered after a fender bender whilst doing some Black Friday shopping with Jesse. I did laugh at Mercy’s lack of enthusiasm for the girlie shopping expedition. But she took one for the team and spent time with her step daughter, doing girlie things.

....Meanwhile all the lads are in a bit of a pickle getting a bit of a silver smack down with an anonymous villain pulling his minions strings. Money will do that. Wave the money and lethal trained dudes with badass weapons will come to the party and do just about anything you ask.

A story unfolds of corruption and betrayal with Mercy smack in the middle, with power being the ultimate reward.

I throw an evil laugh in here..... mwah ha ha ha haaaaa.

I loved , loved loved having some Adam POV.

Cause, I love , love, love Adam.

But! There is more.

We get to spend some time in the limelight with the unassuming Kyle, Warren’s mate. I think Kyle is quite a hoot.

I handed Kyle a sweatshirt. He shook his head, and said , “That’s the wrong top for these.”
“Fashion princess.” I rolled my eyes and gave him the other top, noticing only as it unfolded that it proclaimed, “I’m prettier than your girlfriend,” in purple glittery script. I recognized it because I’d given it to him for his birthday.

I love Stefan. Sadly he has traded in his trademark Scooby Doo attire and infamous Mystery Machine.

As if by giving up his Scooby-Doo shirts and his beloved Mystery Machine, Stefan had given up his last firm anchor to his humanity. Still, the Mystery Machine, Stefan’s old VW bus with the cool paint job, remained parked in his driveway, so I had hope. 

Me too, Mercy. I hold out hope the Mystery Machine gets used as the getaway van again sometime and a t-shirt gets donned for old times sake.

There is something always amusing , well mainly , about Stefan and his side kick ways with Mercy.

“Throw me up,” I told him, and turned back into a coyote.

I looked at Stefan, and when he met my eyes, I jerked my chin to the balcony that came off the bedroom. He frowned at me doubtfully. I rose up on my hind legs and bounced once. Then lifted my muzzle toward the balcony again.

His eyebrows rose, but he picked me up and threw me.

Mercy just has HUGE balls to take Marsilia’s vamp mobile and then have all and sundry mess it up. Mercy is always thinking about helping , rather than the consequences of her immediate actions that can turn against her later.

“Holy Hummer, Batgirl, where did you get a Mercedes AMG?”

Adam and Mercy prove to us how much of an awesome bonded couple they are. Nothing can keep them apart, or stop them from connecting with some awesome mind mojo.

Ben is just a fearsome protective lad. I love him hanging about in this book and all the growling and fierce attitude.

Ben rubbed his muzzle over Kyle’s shoulder in a way that I think was supposed to be reassuring. Kyle sucked in a breath. Either it hurt, or a reminder that the werewolf was big enough to rub his shoulder without much effort wasn’t exactly reassuring.

“Ben, when was the last time you brushed your teeth?” asked Kyle.

Or else Ben’s breath was really bad.

This is a nonstop rollercoaster ride from some harmless shopping to an orchestrated pack smack down to some surprising turn of events. The shiz is trying to be worked against Adam’s pack and Zee will always find a way to bend the rules the Fae put on him, if Mercy is calling for help.

I totally dig Tad. He is a solid guy and funny.

“Adam’s daughter, the one we were trying to keep safe from the bad guys,” said Tad, moving behind the officer so he could see his notes. “She spells it J-E-S-S-E. And I’m Tad - like ‘tadpole’- short for Thaddeus, but don’t go there, and my last name is Adelbertsmiter.” he spelled that for him, too. Twice.

“So you let him in?”

“Do I look like I’m five?” asked Tad indignantly. “No, I asked who it was and he said he was UPS and had a package for us. I told him to leave it on the porch ‘cause I was naked, just out of the shower.”

“I thought you were eating brownies,” said the officer, who seemed to have resigned himself to having Tad hanging over his shoulder.

“I was.” Tad shook his head. “I lied to the guy....” 

We have some new characters coming into play. Asil, I like him, somebody new for us to play with. J

“I thought.” Armstrong swallowed. “I thought that he was just a big dog. I like dogs.”

I looked at Asil, then back at Armstrong. “You do know that Asil is a werewolf, too?”

The fed rubbed his face. “ I’m too old for this. I’ve been up for twenty-four hours.”
Hehe, Armstrong pulled a Murtaugh, ( Lethal Weapon) 

It goes without saying that I highly recommend this Urban Fantasy series. Mercedes really knows how to pull her weight in the kicking it with the lads department. Adan is just divine and Patricia will always make sure we hear from a good selection of her characters each book. I missed me some Daryl in this book. But that is ok, having Kyle steal some of the limelight was very entertaining and fun.

Check this series out if you have not already.

Night Broken is next up to bat, sometime in 2014.

I . Can't . Wait.


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