Audiobook Reviews – Mercy Thompson Series 1 – 3

Posted June 28, 2016 by Kathy in 4 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 1 Comment

Audiobook Reviews – Mercy Thompson Series 1 – 3Moon Called Series: Mercy Thompson #1
by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Penguin Audio on September 1, 2009
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hours and 14 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

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...

Since I started listening to audiobooks I am finally getting to the books on my TBR. I’ve heard so many great things about the Mercy Thompson Series and I agree with the fans. I love this series!!

This series revolves around Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson a Volkswagen mechanic that lives in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Not only is she a talented mechanic but she is a walker, a magical being that transforms into a coyote. Only a few people know what she is. The world around her is still dealing with the recent admission that the Fae and werewolves exist. This news has made humans fearful and discriminatory towards these species, so it is a good thing Vampires haven’t revealed their existence yet. Mercy keeping her true identity a secret not only saves her livelihood but also keeps her from being used by the magical creatures.

I love Mercy because she’s funny and feisty. She’s a strong female character and is determined to hold on to her independence. This is hard since she was raised in a werewolf pack and currently has an alpha werewolf as a neighbor.

Here are my mini reviews of the first 3 books in the series:

 

My Mini-Review

What did I like?

For the first book in the series I liked the story. There was enough background of all the characters without feeling overwhelmed. There was a lot going on and the action was entertaining.

I also liked the introduction of a potential love triangle between Mercy, Adam and Sam. I can already feel the chemistry between Mercy and these men so I can’t wait to see what happens.

What didn’t I like?

I thought the pace was slow in some parts of the story. There is a lot going on so some of the scenes could have been shorter to improve the flow of the story.

Overall this was a good start for the series.

Audiobook Reviews – Mercy Thompson Series 1 – 3Blood Bound Series: Mercy Thompson #2
by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Penguin Audio on October 1, 2009
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: 10 hours and 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

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 shapeshift 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 Mini-Review

What did I like?

I thought this book was more exciting than Moon Called. This story involves Mercy’s longtime vampire friend, Stefan. Some creepy things have been happening around town and Stefan asks Mercy to help. I loved seeing the vampire world and learning more about Mercy’s walker abilities.

I also liked that the romance picked up a little in this book. Mercy is still struggling with her feelings over her ex Sam while also grasping her attraction with Adam. But having two werewolves after her doesn’t interfere with her mission for solving the mystery. I loved Mercy’s determination to stay independent and that the romance is a very minor story in the book.

What didn’t I like?

Nothing! I thought the story, characters and pace was perfect.

Now that I’ve read the second book I’m definitely hooked on this series!

Audiobook Reviews – Mercy Thompson Series 1 – 3Iron Kissed Series: Mercy Thompson #3
by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Published by Penguin Audio on November 1, 2009
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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five-stars

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...

My Mini-Review

What did I like?

I liked the plot of Iron Kissed. Mercy is on another mission to save one of her friends, this time it is her former boss Zee. Zee is accused of murder and Mercy is determined to prove his innocence. This time we get to learn more about the fae during Mercy’s investigation. I liked the folk tales and unusual characters we meet.

I also liked the romance aspect of this book. Finally Mercy is dealing with her confused feelings for Adam and Sam. We learn more about the dynamics of a pack and how important it is for Mercy to finally choose between the men.

Mercy continues to be a strong character. She’s still tough, feisty and loyal. Mercy has a traumatic experience and I thought the author dealt with it tastefully. As independent as she is I liked seeing her lean on her friends for support.

What didn’t I like?

Nothing! This was perfect and the series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine with each book.

The Mercy Thompson series is a definite read for paranormal and urban fantasy fans. This has action and mystery that is entertaining and will keep you coming back for more.

 

 

Audiobook Review

Lorelei King has become one of my favorite narrators. It is amazing how she makes a distinct voice for each character. She brings each character to life with the emotions that makes these books even more entertaining. I love her!!

 

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.

In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!

Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

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