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Well, most people except my dear daughter Liz , that is. It's okay, it shouldn't. And yes, I am perfectly sane, thank you very much.

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Anyway, I'm not bummed over this and I couldn't care less that I'm one of two people who didn't like this book. Because my not liking it means I can take another series off my TBR shelf!!!!! Okay, so I didn't like the book. It doesn't mean it's total crap though. It's not badly written. It's just an unimpressive, big ol' MEH. And I'm afraid meh has come to mean deadly in my world. Deadly boring and deadly lacking inspiration. So much so that I don't have much to say about it.

So we'll just stick to a short list of pros and cons, shall we? She's a walker. Yes, the Jane Yellowrock type of walker. Only that Mercy kind of sucks since she can only turn into one animal instead of a whole zoo like our dear girl Jane. But hey, I still like Mercy more than I do Jane-the-tea-snob-and-walking-contradiction.

Anyway, the whole coyote thing is pretty cool and a lot more refreshing than your basic were-stuff. That's good. It really is. But failing miserably. The chin rubbing scheme worked! I just remembered something else I liked about Mercy! Yay me! So yes, I do like the fact that she's a car mechanic. That's surprisingly refreshing fact 2 for you.

I don't understand why Briggs felt the need to mention she had a history degree, though. Is that supposed to make her appear more intelligent? Because car mechanics without a degree are supposed to be stupid? It doesn't add much to her character so I don't really understand what purpose it serves. Much like the "I'm religious, I go to church every Sunday, blah blah blah" side of her persona. It doesn't make much sense and doesn't really fit her character either.

I don't know, the whole thing just feels weird and I don't understand where it's coming from her foster parents? Her Pack upbringing? Huh again. It simply doesn't add up in my little head. Hey, wait a minute. This is supposed to be the cons section, right? That's what I thought. Be positive Sarah, be positive. You can do this. There must be tons of other pros here. Definitely not working. Moving on. Your basic, unoriginal UF story unoriginal, boring werewolves! Unoriginal, boring vampires! Unoriginal, boring fae! Quite an achievement when you think that, apart from Mercy and a 15 year old kid, it's an all-male cast.

Well done, Ms Briggs! Okay, I guess Zee is alright but I can't say he's that fascinating either. Stefan and his Mystery Machine might have potential but you don't get to see much of him here and no, I won't bother with the rest of the series just to find out how hot he supposedly is. Then we have Samuel , who is not only boring but also a complete douchebag.

He thinks he knows better than anyone else, too! You bet! Bran , the most boring Alpha ever and his buddy Adam , most boring Alpha ever 2.

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I swear these two must be the less imposing, awe-inspiring, frightening, fearsome Alphas in the history of Alphas. Gentlemen, may I suggest a 6-month internship at the Keep with His Furriness? I'm pretty sure it would work wonders for you and your less than intimidating personas. Have faith!

You can do this! You can be scary baddasses, too! In another life. Or something. Could you please stop being so ridiculously detailed-oriented for a minute? Besides, you could definitely use a little RAWR practice. Trust me on that one. A Love Triangle of Death with two male characters that have less personality than barnacles.

Yet another outstanding achievement on Ms Brigg's part. You have to admit it really takes a lot of talent to make a love triangle yawning material. Love triangles in books tend to bring out the homicidal maniac in me and I feel the sudden urge to stab a few things whenever I come across one. But here? The love triangle is as unexciting and dull as the rest of the book. I do not give a damn about the love interests. I do not give a damn who Mercy ends up with.

Actually , I'd be more excited if she ended up dating Medea the cat. No, I am not kidding here. I mean, the cat is named Medea! Isn't that awesome in itself?! Medea rocks, people! I'm pretty sure it's Brigg's only inspired idea here. More inspired than her choosing Mercy's freaking neighbour , Adam, as a love interest. Especially since the guy acts like he's her father most of the time. Now try to get it out of your head. You're welcome. At this point in the story I seriously considered putting a bullet through my little head.

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Then I got distracted because one of my eyeballs popped out of its socket after eyerolling too much. Reading can be such a painful physical experience sometimes. Sure, I thought it was boring, didn't like the male characters and blah blah blah. But there was something else I couldn't put my finger on. Sudden flash of inspiration and all that! I think it all comes down to the absolute flatness of it all. The characters are about as emotional as rocks. I'm pretty sure zombies have more life in them than the comatose bunch on display here. No matter what happened, I never felt anything and couldn't bring myself to care: Mercy is supposed to have conflicted feelings over Samuel?

Okay, I believe you. Mercy was supposedly scared to death during the scene with the vampire mistress? If you say so. She is supposed to feel something whatever it might me for Adam? Sure, right, of course. This book is flatline paradise. Sounds like a total winner to me. Bye bye, Mercy Thompson, it was nice not reading the rest of your adventures. They forced me!

View all comments. Dance when the moon sings, and don't cry about troubles that haven't yet come. This review is so long overdue, as I read this book twice within a year and am still just now getting around to typing up my thoughts! Don't let that make you think for a moment, though, that it's because I don't have anything to say about Moon Called , because believe you me, I do. Some back-story here: paranormal fantasy was one of my favorite genres as a teen, but when I hit adulthood, it became popular for people Dance when the moon sings, and don't cry about troubles that haven't yet come.

Some back-story here: paranormal fantasy was one of my favorite genres as a teen, but when I hit adulthood, it became popular for people to make fun of the genre thanks, Twilight , and I'm willing to admit that peer pressure shoved me right out of my love for books like this.

Now, at 26, I'm so glad I've learned to stop giving a crap about what other people think of my taste in books, because damn, Mercy Thompson is fun. My foster mother always added, "At the very least, you will be polite to them. It's not flowery or over-the-top; it's just quick-paced, enjoyable, and full of character development. At the time that I'm writing this review, I've read a few of her novellas and two novels like I said, having read this one twice , and there's never been a bored moment for me in any of them.

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In fact, it's the opposite — I find that once I pick up a Patricia Briggs story, I can't stand putting it down until it's over. Samuel's shoulders shook slightly. Mercy is so to-the-point and down to business, and she's surrounded by the best side characters, whether it's Samuel's witty jokes or Adam's quiet sarcasm, or even Bran's general state of "I don't have to show off because I already know I can kick your ass to kingdom come" living. The pack dynamics are pretty solid, too; there's a lot of emphasis on how the alphas aren't just there to boss everyone around, but they're also protectors and leaders, and it makes for a really good time.

Bad manners. I feel like, as a teen, all of the werewolf books I read were just about wolves, or maybe about wolves and vamps, but never fae folk, etc. It could easily get overwhelming with the vast number of characters you meet in this fairly short novel, but Patricia Briggs has this way of giving them all such distinct personalities that I never struggled to keep anyone separate.

She is mine. View all 4 comments. Feb 29, Maria V. Snyder rated it really liked it. Seems I'm on an Urban Fantasy kick right now! I've had this book on my shelf forever because a few people recommended it, but every time I picked it up to read, I saw the cover art of Mercy with her bare mid-drift and cleavage and though "ugh" another one of those heroines that are bad-ass and probably stubborn with a chip on her shoulder, etc I love strong female protagonists, but some are really annoying when they refuse all help.

But I was looking at the book for an article I was writing about fantasy novels and read a short except on the first page and was intrigued. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. I was hooked almost right away - I loved that she's a mechanic and I also appreciated the realistic details! When she shoots a gun - it's LOUD and she loses her hearing for a while - that's what happens when you don't wear ear protection. She gets hurt - like a broken arm when she's fighting werewolves - thank you!

My only reason for not giving that last star is due to the reason for everything that happened. Yes, it's a motive, but the lengths Gerry went to, just didn't match - I'm sure there were other ways to get his father to fight. View all 6 comments. I was beyond happy…excited more like it!!!! Mercy Thompson — a natural born coyote shape shifter, auto mechanic and owner of a garage, sensible, together, strong and independent, lives in the Tri-Cities are of Washington, amidst a world of humans and supernaturals — vampires, walkers, werewolves, fey, witches…..

The storyline revolves around the murder of a young boy, employed I was super happy to discover a new PNR series and after reading Patricia Briggs 1st book in her Mercy Thompson series…. When Adam Hauptman her next door neighbor and leader of the local wolf-pack is attacked and his daughter kidnapped, Mercy takes matters into her own hands…despite Adam being a bit of a twit of a neighbor… Mercy takes him to the Marrok…leader of all wolf-packs in North America, asking for help. For me, I hope its Adam…Mercy does feel a thing for this sexy and hot werewolf An interesting and believable plot with characters that are appealing and sympathetic and relatable, suspense and mystery, surprises and red herrings that are totally unexpected when revealed.

I really like the world building the author has created and she manages to bring something fresh and new ideas into the PNR world. My favorite quote View all 7 comments. May 08, Tatiana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. Shelves: why-the-hype , abandoned , urban-fantasy. After attempting to read "Moon Called" at least 5 times I am finally giving up. There is absolutely no chance I will ever read the sequels, so why bother?

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I am a fan of urban fantasy and this novel is very highly rated by readers, so it is surprising that I disliked it so much. My expectations for urban fantasy are not huge: well developed lore, engaging paranormal mystery and one or two sexy supernatural hunks to swoon over.

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I don't care how formulaic it is, as long as it is written well. I found Mercy's world uninteresting, messy in its blend of weres, vamps, fae, and witchcraft, its introduction awkward, the entire concept of weres being immortal and people becoming young again after turning was contrived, and constant dominant-submissive explanations were extremely boring. The mystery took way too much time to get to.

As for hunks, I was pretty much over the story when I found out one of two Mercy's love interests was almost years older than her and was trying to marry her when she was 16 to get him some werepups. Mercy, for all her supposed toughness, cried every two pages and acted rather immaturely.

Who cares to read this kind of urban fantasy? I know I don't. View all 16 comments. Jan 11, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: paranormal , mystery , read-in , buddy-read , read-in , urban-fantasy. Disclaimer: I may have bullied them into reading this All of these guys gave it a 'gentle' 3 stars. Thank you! So, with none of my pals really loving this one, coupled with the fact that I read it 5 years ago, I was fully prepared to change my rating from the original 4 s Buddy Read or re-read, in my case with Kat , Krishna , Sara , and Sesana.

So, with none of my pals really loving this one, coupled with the fact that I read it 5 years ago, I was fully prepared to change my rating from the original 4 stars. I did tend to rate things a bit on the high side back in the day But I still loved it! Maybe part of the reason is nostalgia? Maybe it's because I've continued with the series over the years, and the characters have changed and grown, so it's nice to take another peek back at where it all started? Or maybe it's just my kind of book, and I still love it? I had totally forgotten everything that happened in this story, though.

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Thanks to my poor memory, it was like I was reading a brand new book! Here are the 2 main things I like about Mercy: 1. She's not all-powerful. In fact, most of the time, she's the weakest person in the room. So going up against werewolves, vampires, or fae isn't something that she is expected to do. The strong must protect the weak She does it because she cares about people, and it's the right thing to do.

Which makes her really brave, in my book. She knows when to back down from a fight. I can't tell you how annoyed I get with some of the heroes or heroines in books. The ones who don't have the good sense God gave them to know when to shut up, stand down, and eat a little humble pie. It's a lot harder to back down when you're angry than it is to mouth off. However, sometimes it's the better part of wisdom. As long as a character is backing down to avoid a bloodbath, it makes me like them a great deal more than the idiots whose pride won't let them take an insult.

Whatever the reason, Mercy's my kind of gal. I'm sticking with the original 4 stars! The only real problem I have with this one is the cover. In an embarrassing turn of events, my son picked it up to see what I was reading. And then proceeded to laugh at the cheesy PNR ish cover. Kid: Let me guess. She hates her parents? Me: Why would you think that? Kid: She's coated in tattoos. Probably did it to piss her parents off. Me: Um? Me: Uh-huh.

Kid: No offense, Mom, but she looks really slutty. Me: Ok Kid: I do. View all 33 comments. Aug 03, carol. It's now been a decade since Moon Called was published, and it remains a solid, reliable series in the urban fantasy genre. My first time reading it, I pretty much loved it. It has steady action, an intriguing female lead and decent world-building. It also has a gentle romantic build, a relief in a genre that is frequently focused paranormal sexy-times. If it is a little predictable, it's with the assurance that the experience will be satisfying and familiar, the literary equivalent of homemade It's now been a decade since Moon Called was published, and it remains a solid, reliable series in the urban fantasy genre.

If it is a little predictable, it's with the assurance that the experience will be satisfying and familiar, the literary equivalent of homemade bread. Mercy is a half Native-American who is able to shapeshift into coyote form. She is a mechanic who owns her own business, thanks to the assistance of Zee, a metalsmith gremlin Fae who recently retired when the lesser Fae were forced to 'come out.

When a newly-made werewolf shows up on Mercy's doorstep, she takes steps to protect him and facilitate his entry into the local pack. Unfortunately, disaster soon strikes with Adam and the pack being attacked, and Mercy finds herself drawn into protecting Adam. Helping him will mean dealing with emotional ties left hanging from her teenage years. World-building is decent, as it attempts to integrate the creatures and powers of urban fantasy into a more mundane world. The idea of reservations for fae is intriguing, and will come to play later in the series.

Vampires are given a standard horror-tinged persona, with the exception of Stephen, a vampire with an affection for Mercy. Language sophistication is average to above; Mercy has a degree in history and a couple years of German language, so she's able to bring insight and perspective to the mythos around her.

As a first book and introduction to the world-premise, there's a lot of set-up. I felt most of it did not seem overly intrusive; in the beginning, Mercy distracts the young wolf with information about the pack, and then further information is given in context of Mercy's own history. There is a lot of hints for future development with both Fae and vampires. There's a lot here that's solid, even if it has become somewhat stereotypical for the genre. While Mercy could be characterized as a 'Speshul Snowflake,' I think Briggs takes definite steps to mitigate the characterization through acknowledging the physical power difference of the coyote and her generally reduced physical abilities compared to werewolves.

It's also clear that to know Mercy is not necessarily to love her in contrast to Meg in The Others series by Bishop. While the female antagonism in the story could be a detraction--the story fails the Bechdel test--it's origin in Mercy's potential fertility has the potential for interesting metaphors about female empowerment. As expected for the genre, Mercy finds herself the focus of interest by two different and powerful werewolves.

To her credit, she's pretty consistent in reminding them she actually belongs to no one but herself. It isn't an edgy, boundary-pushing series, nor is it filled with one-liners or ass-kicking. It's a quieter, solid little story; the literary equivalent of warm homemade bread with butter. It holds up to re-reading, and as a final ring of endorsement, was worth hardcover inclusion in my library. Re-read May May 24, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy , vampires , i-see-dead-people , kick-ass-ladies. Aug 23, Gergana rated it it was amazing Shelves: vampires , to-reread , setting-usa-and-canada , own , urban-fantasy , favorites , shapeshifters.

The place where magic and legends blend seamlessly with our reality. The place where each one of us has to decide Cause we all know sometimes As humanity is trying to adjust to the new addition living among them, the rest of the supernatural creatures are trying to deal with their own roles in society. Some would prefer to remain hidden, such as the vampires, while the werewolves are contemplating to reveal themselves to the public as well.

Witches don't really care, everyone thinks they are some hippy religious group which dances naked under the full moon anyways. Having the alpha of a pack of wereloves as your neighbour, a powerful fae as your ex-boss and a vampire among your clients who happens to be a huge Scooby Doo fan, is just one of the few things Mercy has to deel with on every day basis. So when a teenage boy, recently turned werewolf, knocks on the door of her garage office, seeking employment and shelter, Mercy isn't fazed at all So what is it that makes this series stand out?

There are several possible answers to this question: But seriously, with 10 books out already and with the huge variety in the genre, is Mercy Thompson worth investing your time and money? Here are a few things that impressed me personally. That's why, a werewolf in his human shape often behaves like pack animals by instinct - they follow their alpha's orders, they submit to or try to dominate other pack members in order to move up the chain, hunt together and help eachother out.

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Whether a pack is thriving or not, depends on the alpha's strenght and ability to dominate and support them. The Columbia Basin Pack is lead by Adam Hauptman, an ex-soldier and Mercy's current neighbour whom she enjoys tormenting. Despite the numerous ways a vampire can be killed, finding the resting grounds of one is quite difficult. Therefore their existence is better to avoid public knowledge. Just like the werewolves, social structure is really important - a community of vampires is called a seethe which is ruled by a master although some vampires can be very territorial and prefer to live alone.

Stefan, the friendly neighborhood vampire In order to remain hidden, each vampire owns humans also known as "sheep" from which to feed on and share their blood with. In time, as long as they survive, a "sheep" can turn into a vampire if they and their master so "chose" to. The ruling fae, aka. The Gray Lords, are the truly beautiful and dangerous ones who remain hidden from humanity.

Nevertheless, Mercy is surrounded by other powerful fae, including Zee, her ex-boss and friend, who possesses the rare ability of manipulating iron which is usually deadly for his kind. Reaping and singing by herself; Stop here, or gently pass! Alone she cuts and binds the grain, And sings a melancholy strain; O listen! No Nightingale did ever chaunt More welcome notes to weary bands Of travellers in some shady haunt, Among Arabian sands: A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird, Breaking the silence of the seas Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings? Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again? Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang As if her song could have no ending; I saw her singing at her work, And o'er the sickle bending;-- I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more. Not blither is the mountain roe; With many a wanton stroke Her feet disperse the powd'ry snow That rises up like smoke.

The storm came on before its time, She wander'd up and down, And many a hill did Lucy climb But never reach'd the Town. The wretched Parents all that night Went shouting far and wide; But there was neither sound nor sight To serve them for a guide. At day-break on a hill they stood That overlook'd the Moor; And thence they saw the Bridge of Wood A furlong from their door. And now they homeward turn'd, cry'd, "In Heaven we all shall meet! Then downwards from the steep hill's edge They track'd the footmarks small; And through the broken hawthorn-hedge, And by the long stone-wall; And then an open field they cross'd: The marks were still the same; They track'd them on, nor ever lost, And to the Bridge they came.

A boon for a boon is Jerrick's offer. The two finds sex and each other. A magical story with love, sex and fae that makes this short read worth picking up. I would definitely recommend it, especially for those who like to read about the fae. I would love to read more about this fairy real Zach is loosing his beloved Gram to cancer. I would love to read more about this fairy realm. I voluntarily read and reviewed this ARC book. Jan 15, P Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-review , m-m. The story was sweet with just enough sizzle and spice to keep things interesting.

Jan 31, Kaila rated it really liked it. Cute, nicely written story. The extra story is really just a chapter long slice-of-their-life scene but enjoyable. Aug 18, blub rated it really liked it Shelves: mm , grieving-character , mm-fantasy , m-m-family. A wonderful little short about Zach doing a favor for his dying grandmother that involves him seeking out a faerie circle and asking a boon of the Sidhe that shows up.

In return the Sidhe requires payment I was intrigued throughout the story and at the end I wished that it was longer or at the very least there were other stories by this author that took place in the same universe. Oct 10, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: giveaways. I won this book in a giveaway. What did I like? I love that the hero would do this for his grandmother. The other hero's intentions were in the right place.

What did I not like? The fae hero was a bit of a jerk and while his intentions were good, the follow-through fell a bit short. Recommendation: I really enjoyed this book. It was a great quick read. Jun 04, The Reading Butterfly rated it it was amazing. Comedic and adorable Let's be honest, hot faerie coming out in the moonlight and asks for you to fuck him to grant your dying grandmother's wish?

I'm sorry, I loved it, it was hot, sexy, and very much adorkable! Aug 20, Lulls rated it it was amazing. Very cute and with a happy ending The story is the epitome of short and sweet. It has a heart squeezing plot, one that makes you simultaneously happy and sad. The romance is wonderful, the story endearing. Loved it. Mar 18, Scott McQuiston rated it it was amazing Shelves: fag-fantasy. What a bon bon of a book! Nicola is a very wonderful writer, weaving an erotic tale with a touch of the supernatural! I cannot recommend this book enough! Mar 02, kiraniumbra rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I really liked this book. I loved the characters, especially Jerrek.