©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
My biggest problem was the first person narration style. The entire story is told from Mercy’s perspective. As a result, a lot of suspense and emotional development was missing. Many things happened that were “told” to us by Mercy instead of a third person narrative “showing” us. For example, bad guys fight with Adam and kidnap his daughter. We don’t see how they overpowered Adam. We don’t see the daughter’s feelings and conversation while being kidnaped and held. Another time someone else is kidnaped, and we don’t see how that person was distracted, overpowered, and taken. Instead all this is just “told” to us after Mercy learns about it. Some books can be entertaining staying in the mind of just one person. But this book is an example of when it does NOT work. Because of first person narration, we are never in the heads of the bad guys. We don’t see the bad things they do and their motivations. Therefore I didn’t FEEL fear or suspense.
Another problem. Mercy had a love relationship with Sam, but they broke up. This book starts about ten years later. After a few chapters, Mercy visits the pack where Sam lives. Then about thirty minutes is spent with Mercy “telling” us the back story about her and Sam. I missed seeing the relationship develop. I didn’t see them interact, talk, deal with conflicts, protect each other, develop feelings, etc. I just hear that they used to be an item, she broke it off, then he grieved. I didn’t understand or feel either of their feelings from that time. It was empty.
There is a lot of describing the nature of characters. That was ok in the beginning, but at times I tired of it. For example, later in the book as a character shoves and plans to hit Mercy, Mercy says that’s because it’s the nature of the werewolf to ... Instead of being part of a scene or experiencing a scene, this narration takes me out of it - like a teacher is explaining something to me.
At the end when the overall plot and motivations were revealed, it was odd. It was a stretch. I don’t mind illogical things if they are entertaining. But this wasn’t that way. It was sort of “what? oh.”
This paranormal world building is similar to a lot of others. The plot and characters are similar. If you’re in the mood for this, it may be an ok way to spend some time. Me, I want something different. I want to be surprised and delighted and I wasn’t. But, as an audiobook it’s not as bad because it keeps you company while doing other things.
Ending: bad guy loses.
Genre: young adult paranormal mystery.
The series and narrator are all top-notch! I love the different voices, and the characters are not shallow at all. A must-read!
I am always checking to see if a new one came out, one of my favorite series.
Mercy is someone you want to like.
I always appreictiate good narrators, I have listen to several books that she has narrarated and she is good, bad ones ruin the book. I rarely read any more as I can do so many other things when I listen.
Always buy Unabridged.
Love this series! Mercy is totally relatable (despite being a Walker). She’s a strong female persona with out being completely unbelievable. The stories are great paranormal/adventure/romance with none of the “high school” angst. There are still love triangles with relatable human feeling. Even though the stories are set in “alternate modern day” the day to day activities seem strangely normal, like they could happen to you. If you were a Walker dating a Werewolf…The whole story moves along quickly, then sadly it’s over…But luckily there are several more installments!
I love to read and I read for fun. Escape and imagination are great reasons to love a book.
I got this book after listening to Home Improvements, and on my niece's advice. I bought just the first book, in case I did not like it. Then when I finished it, impatiently muttered about my connection speed when I bought and downloaded the next book. And I remembered to download the rest on my way to bed so that I did not have to wait when I finished book 2.
The Mercy Thompson series is just plain fun. Not deep, doesn't moralize, but here and there you might find bits of common sense that are useful. Guilty pleasure at its best.
The other audio books Ive listened to were not quite so slow from the start, but be patient it gets better.
I didnt know what was going to happen
Emotions of the person it was happening to.
A little slow at the beginning, was hard to get into to, but kept listening and it got better.
I was not at all disappointed. The performances of Ms. King are always superb. She is the absolute best at what she does! If I could give her 10 stars, I would! This is the second time I have purchased a book simply because Ms. King was the performer!
As to the story: I enjoyed it with one exception. The author simply introduced too many characters at the same time and it was a little hard to follow as a result. You can tell that she was setting up for a series of books in which some of these characters will re-appear. Other than that, it was a good and interesting read.
still good for a guy
Any other sci fi book with vampires and werewolfs but with a real world spin
I liked samuel the best although
If your a guy that has many close women in his life and your protective, some times in this series it brings that protective side out in you.
If your a guy and like sci fi books dont pass this one up for just another romantic story, it really isnt like that much. I almost did and im glad i didnt and the rest of the series is just the same. Usually dont buy more then one book i week I listen to at work. But I listened to all six books of the series in six days. just couldn't stop listening.
this is a chick book. I did not car for it and could not get past chapter 3 as hard as I tried. this is only my opinion and if your a chick into these things then go for it.
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