Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Penguin on 2006
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
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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.
I marathoned ALL the books in the Mercy Thompson series AND the Alpha and Omega series, including all the short stories (except one) in less than 2 weeks. All on audio books. Which is why I can’t write a review for each book by itself, they start to blend together for me when I go back to back to back like I did. So, here are my thoughts on the series, as a whole, up to and including Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8). To see the reading order I followed, click here.
This quickly became a favorite UF/PNR of mine. The short stories at the beginning of the timeline really give you a glimpse into the world the characters live in, and take care of a lot of the world building and even some character building. HOWEVER, should you decide not to read them, you won’t be missing anything. It is more of a bonus. With the exception of the Alpha and Omega novella, I would say it is a must read before you start those books.
I really REALLY loved the Alpha and Omega books. Charles and Anna made my heart go all gooey and gross every time I got to one of their books. They have an amazing relationship, with REAL conversations and problems, but unlike a lot of PNR couples, they don’t really have those “stupid” fights. You know the ones I mean, where one person lies to the other “for their own good” or whatever BS reason they come up with. The other person finds out, of course, and they break up/almost break up/make bad choices to hurt the other person … it is irritating. There are a couple of instances where that ALMOST happens, but they realize it is a bad choice and decide to take the correct course. But more than anything, I could feel their love for one another. And they had to go through a lot on their own to get there. So they are more appreciative of what they have than most. It was amazing.
The Mercy Thompson books were also fantastic. Since there are more of them, of course we get more Mercy POV. These are more UF than PNR, but there is still some romance. It is just a slow build and takes a few books to get there. It is SO worth it to wait. There is a bit of a love triangle here, however if you have read the short stories you know going in who Mercy is not going to pick. And really it is pretty obvious. At least it was to me. But I loved the other guy a lot and wanted him to be happy as well. So that was hard to watch, but trust the author. That is all I will say :-).
There is SOME sexy times in these books, but more fade to black scenes than not. So if you are looking for a raunchy read, these are not what you are looking for. BUT if you are looking for a fantasy set in current times, with a fantastic story, some great mysteries, and a blending of mythologies, then go get this right now. RIGHT. NOW. I am not sure why I waited so long to jump on the Briggs bandwagon but I am glad I did. Better late than never right?
And now I have not one but TWO more series to obsess over and stalk for new releases. JUST what I needed. But I think these will be fun re-listens. And since I am on vacation soon, I need some good books! Perfect!!