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Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7 | [Patricia Briggs]

Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

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.....
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Publisher's Summary

Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2013 Patricia Briggs (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 04-16-13
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 04-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Another awesome addition"

    This series is one of my top 10 favorites, it never disappoints. I'm glad we're back home and dealing with pack business, Adam and even the vampires. Great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-23-13
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Mercy and Adam (Oh My!)"
    If you could sum up Frost Burned in three words, what would they be?

    Coyote changes rules!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book Mercy was my favorite character but Adam was a close second. Bran was the ultimate hero though.

    Mercy started from a "ground zero" amount of information to mount a campaign of rescue for her mate and her pack. She showed her usual ingenuity and "take now, apologize later" moxy to get the job done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mercy's rescue of Warren's partner with the Moor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just an inordinate amount of excitement and frustration as everyone played their parts to rescue the pack and it's alpha. Patricia Briggs showed impact without too much "mush" and lots of courage. Even Ben is shown in a better light.


    Any additional comments?

    Put on your shape shifter hat and read this book...it's really very good and excellently read if you listen to it rather than read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 03-09-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2007

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Series is back to exciting pack action!"

    I felt the previous novel in this series, River Marked, suffered by being outside of the usual Spokane, Washington setting and not including all the intriguing supporting cast, foe and friend. Briggs has recaptured a bit of what made the earlier books great in this volume.

    I particularly enjoyed the sections from Adam's point of view. I do think the book could have been improved by a little more involvement/development of the supporting characters (Briggs has so many great characters to develop -- Stephan, Tad, Warren, The Moor, etc.), but these volumes read more like a romance series than paranormal. That complaint aside, we saw Mercy get a lot of action (of the kick butt variety) and that never disappoints. Perhaps Briggs will write some novellas or short stories focusing on some of these characters?

    The narrator, King, delivers as usual.

    In any case, I highly recommend this book. It is fast-paced and well written, has lots of action and includes many of the characters from previous volumes in the series.

    *******************************spoiler alert*****************************************************

    One bit of ominous (in my opinion) foreshadowing to the series is the hint about Mercy/Adam having a baby. When Mercy gets asked the question "When you are you and Dad having a baby", she crashes and kills "the Rabbit", her beloved car. Since "the rabbit died" is a slang phrase to indicate a woman is pregnant (and elsewhere in the book Mercy thinks about her impending closing of her mechanic's shop), there is little doubt we will see a baby in the future. So often, though, book series (and especially T.V. series) experience a "jump the shark" transition when a munchkin is introduced. But, I will give Briggs the "benefit of the doubt" and continue reading, as perhaps she will not let the series become too domestic (although, it amuses me to think of the werewolf pack babysitting and changing diapers.)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Blacksburg, VA, United States 05-14-13
    Mary Blacksburg, VA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "expected better"

    I expected more from this book. I didn't feel as engaged with this story as I have with the previous books in the series. Everything seemed to resolve very quickly and predictably.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-10-13
    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "They just keep getting better"

    Over the years, I've become a huge Mercy Thompson fan. This series, by Patricia Briggs, just keeps getting better. Add to story an audiobook format with an outstanding narrator, Lorelei King, and it's a sure winner.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    julie wood 05-16-14
    julie wood 05-16-14 Member Since 2006

    Since discovering audible I have become an avid "reader" I have been able to read more books than I ever thought possible, as I am dyslexic. I love self help, thrillers, sc-fi, so much more.

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    "Ending got confusing"
    Would you listen to Frost Burned again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. The end was confusing I think it was out together out of order


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book I liked Wolf best. Although he was in the story for just a small while his role was very important in the outcome of the entire story. He is a complex character with his own agenda but does what is best for the whole not always for himself.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Love her preformance as always


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did tear up when the pack lost Peter


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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-14
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "One of the very best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it has everything in it for anyone


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mercy is my favorite because she just lowers her head and bulls forward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight at the burned warehouse.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutelly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. E 04-01-14
    Dr. E 04-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a voracious reader. Lately I've been alternating between mysteries and sci-fi and love their weird intersection.

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    "Mercy is becoming such a love struck chick!"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Briggs and/or Lorelei King?

    I'm a die hard series reader, unless the series becomes completely unbearable. I have hope that Mercy will stop blathering on about her "mate" and feel her own strength. However, I'm becoming skeptical


    Has Frost Burned turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'm getting tired of potentially strong female leads succumbing to sappy romance with that romance taking over the plot


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    KellyMac Boston 12-31-13
    KellyMac Boston 12-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book in a fantastic series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this author and this series to many people. The author has created wonderful characters that are believable despite the fact that it is a fantasy series and the characters have otherworldly abilities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author makes it easy to believe and become part of Mercy's world. That characters can transform shapes, fly, do other supernatural things, doesn't make them inhuman or keep the reader from identifying with them.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    King is fantastic in all her performances


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it non-stop and I've listened to it more than once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 12-23-13
    Linda Luella Lawndale, CA United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Please Let this Installment be a Fluke!"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Briggs and/or Lorelei King?

    Absolutely! I started reading Ms. BRIGGS religiously right after her first Mercy Thompson book (Blood Bound) came out. Eventually I was so satisfied with her Thompson books I started buying her older books and enjoyed those as well. At this point I have already read just about everything this author has written and can heartily recommend everything she has written so far except The Alorn books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like to see more interaction with the main characters of the series and just generally more cultural experiences / history / background in the story. My favorite books in this story include River Marked and Iron Kissed so I think what I enjoy most is learning about the cultures created in these books and Frost Kissed didn't have enough of this for me.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always a good listen.


    Did Frost Burned inspire you to do anything?

    Yes! Pray for the authors future work.


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE don't loose the magic, Ms. Briggs. Create a new series if need be. I have been so disappointed by Charlaine Harris deterioration of her Sookie Stackhouse series, Hamilton's Anita Blake books went South really fast, and even the last installment of one of my favorite Looooonng series, Bujold's Vorkosigan series, showed signs of this "no longer up to par" performance for the first time. I won't even start on Nora Roberts In Death series.....why do i keep buying these? Generally every author who continues their series for over 5 to 8 books grows old and repetitive or unimaginative. Create a new series if need be. I have great respect for Harris coming out with her short lived but very satisfying Grave series about the time Sookie was getting old, then ending that series before it could grow old. I could barely finish her last few Dead book. This installment of Mercy feels like it's going the way of the author hanging on too long to a hit after the inventiveness / creativity is gone. I like nearly all Ms. Briggs worlds. If you don't have a new twist for Mercy (and I LOVED your Coyote and Indian cultuural twists in River Marked) write your next book in a new world! Tell us what happens next in Where Demons Walk. Your writing is enoyable and I don't want to see you go stale playing the big hit too long....like so many other authors I could name. I hope to be enjoying your books for many more years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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