MOON CALLED by PATRICIA BRIGGS
My Recommended Age Group: Older Young Adult - Adult
Released: January 31, 2006
Other work: Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson 2), Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson 3), Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson 4), Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson 5), Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega 1), Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega 2)
Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.
The first in the Mercy Thompson series, MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs was a wonderful introduction to a new paranormal series. I found these books after finishing the Twilight Saga and was looking for something a little different. This definitely did the trick.
Mercy is a mechanic, an occasional trouble-maker, and a coyote. Able to slide into her coyote form at will, Mercy takes joy in running and chasing small rodents. What coyote doesn't like a fresh, warm meal? Having grown up in a pack of werewolves, Mercy understands and appreciates the temperamental creatures, but that doesn't mean she's always smart about it. Living next door to the alpha of the local pack, Mery really should keep her nose low and mind her own business. The only problem is that she's just not so great at doing that. Wolves don't like to share their territory, especially with a coyote. Does that bother Mercy? Not really. Bugging her furry neighbors seems to be a bit of a hobby for her.
When an unexpected visitor pops up in Mercy's life, her entire world will be thrown upside down. Forced to come to terms with her past, Mercy will have to suffer and survive if she ever wants to see her home and her cat Medea again.
There are so many things about this book that make it a winner, both in terms of the first in a series and in terms of the story itself. The first thing I noticed about this book was the strong amount of shapeshifting in the story. More than that though, Ms. Briggs gives us some other magical beings to broaden the story and capture our interest. Including the mysterious fae and quirky vampires, every page holds something to interest the reader.
There are some shapeshifting stories that rely on the novelty of shapeshifting to carry the story (and no authors, none of the books reviewed here fit this description). Ms. Briggs, however, utilizes a great plot, a good deal of suspense, and fast-paced action scenes in MOON CALLED. Yes, watching Mercy slide into her coyote form is cool and watching the werewolves shifter is even cooler, but it's the rest of the story that really captivated me. If this story could be written without the paranormal aspect to it, I would probably still fall in love with it. That's saying something.
Overall: 58/60 - A
Book Cover: 3/3
I suggest MOON CALLED to any fans of the paranormal genre. I have no doubt that this will become a must-have in many readers' collections.