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review 2017-09-18 19:37
Solid Second Book in Mercy Thompson Series
Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs

I was initially going to read this for the demons square for Halloween bingo, however, it includes werewolves and I decided, two birds, one stone.

 

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If you have been following my reviews you know that I devour the Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson books. I have all of the books either via ebook or one that I got in hardcover (never again, I realize I don't care for the feel of most hardcover books) and I tend to re-read my favorite parts of this series over and over again. One of these days I will get around to just posting a mega review or something. Until now, here is my review of book #2.

 

"Blood Bound" finds Mercy trying to get settled with the fact that she now is dealing with the fact that an old love has moved in with her (Samuel) and by the way, the alpha of the local werewolf pack is interested in her as well (Adam). If she didn't have to deal with vampires and a demon slaughtering people left and right she may actually get some time to repair some cars. 

 

This book actually deals more with the vampires in the Tri-Cities than the prior one did. We have Mercy agreeing to help out her vampire friend Stefan which has her getting involved with local vampire politics with the head of the seethe Marsilia.  I do like how Briggs in her series let's you know first and foremost vampires are predators. They are not sparkly and friendly (well except for Stefan, and only the friendly part). 

 

When the werewolves gang up to take out a new enemy everyone in Adam's pack has to deal with it too. 

 

I do love Mercy. She has become one of my favorite urban fantasy characters. I can read about her and Kate Daniels (see Ilona Andrews) all day. I will say though that this book includes my least favorite thing ever, a love triangle. Thank goodness that Briggs deposes of that triangle in book #3. I am not a fan of who should I be with in my long running series, see Janet Evanovich. Also, Briggs does a great job developing Mercy through this series. We are only provided so much information about her, but we find out about things real time for the most part just as she does. I rather have that instead of a info dump.

 

My favorite characters are in this one, Adam, Stefan, Zee, and Samuel. I do wish that we got more Samuel in the later books since he kind of disappears after Silver Borne, Mercy Thompson #5. 

 

I do love the writing in this series. I always think that Briggs can make dialogue really work. I also have to say the flow for this one works. We also get to see a new dimension to Mercy's powers besides shapeshifting. I will echo something another BL member has mentioned here before, Mercy has I think zero female friends, which is weird. I didn't realize that when I was reading the series the first time. But honestly, besides Honey (in the later books) most of Mercy's friends are male. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I will still keep wishing that Mercy becomes closer to Charles's wife (see Alpha and Omega series) or other females such as Honey. I can see why she doesn't reach out to women more though since she is a male profession (auto mechanic) and her hobbies include self defense courses along with ghost hunting. 

 

The setting of the Tri-Cities in Washington state is always a fun one to return to. 

 

I did like the ending of this, but if you want to be wowed by this series, check out Iron Kissed, Mercy Thompson #3. That one almost wrecked me. It was really good. 

 

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text 2017-09-17 13:14
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Blood Bound - Patricia Briggs

Going to read this for the werewolves square instead of the demons square just to complete that square. Now I'm going to need a book for the demons square. 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-17 00:30
Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega, #5)
Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs

This is the re-read I'd planned to do for the werewolves square (my original review is here), before I thought I could use Pratchett's Night Watch instead.  But since that didn't work out, I'm back to the re-read, which is ok because the new Alpha and Omega book is coming out next spring and without a re-read I'd have forgotten too many of the series details to hit the new book with any confidence.

 

Dead Heat holds up amazingly well under a re-read.  The action is even faster paced that I remember from the first time around, and I had completely forgotten how it ended - not the sad parts of course - but the actual final battle.  I love reading about Charles and Anna and I love the connection to the Native American beliefs that were tightly woven through this story.

 

Now I just have to wait 6 months before the next one.  

 

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text 2017-08-08 16:51
Reading progress update: I've listened 300 out of 308 minutes.
Fair Game - Patricia Briggs

 

I love Anna & Charles. I've precious read Fair Game, but deiced I wanted to try the Audiobook. I as feeling in the mood for a reread, so I audio listened. 

 

I LOVED this book all over again. WOW the narrator, a male voice, was perfect. He brought all the characters to life. I just loved how he added accents to the voices and with Charles he had a voice for Charles and one for Brother Wolf. Perfection!! The women where also very enjoyable and fit the characters. 

 

I loved the mystery and the turbulence in the relationship between Charles and Anna. 

 

Just a fabulous series. Love Ms. Briggs. After listening to Fair Game I was feeling in the mood try out the Mercy Thompson series in Audiobooks and so I'm going to start them. I do love Mercy and the series. 

 

 

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text 2017-08-03 02:25
Reading progress: 20%.
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

Well, don't expect a lot of updates on this one.  I'm glued to it; it will be an ass-in-seat-until-finished read.

 

Odd title.

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