Tuesday, January 8, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Moon Called

 I came across this series' fifth installment in a school's library. The fact that high school libraries would have such awesome books makes me realize that I haven't really been to a school's library since elementary. Moon Called is the first book in the Mercy Thompson Series. Mercedes Thompson is a mechanic extraordinaire who lives in a world where the fae have come out of hiding from the humans, per the Gray Lords' orders (mages who rule the fae). But this wasn't news to Mercy. She already knew about the fae, and she knows about werewolves, vampires, witches, and the works; races who are still in hiding and waiting for the right time to expose their existence to the human race. Her neighbor, Adam Hauptman, is Alpha of the werewolf pack in the Tri-Cities. The Volkswagen van she's working on belongs to a vampire. Her boss, the previous owner of the shop she now owns, is a gremlin. The reason she knows everything- or at least more than the average human -is because she isn't human. She's a Walker. A shapeshifter. A coyote.

Mercy was raised by the Marrok, a wolf pack in Montana, taken in by Bran, the Alpha of North America. As a shifter not tied to the moon, she is a very prime candidate as a mate, for unlike other females, she can have successful childbirths. It was one of the reasons why her childhood love, Samuel Cornick, attempted to run away with her when she was sixteen, until Bran interceded and sent her away to live in the Tri-Cities. Mercy doesn't do dating, and the only company she keeps in her home is Medea, her free-loving cat who apparently didn't get the memo about hating werewolves, as she often visits Adam on the other side of the fence.

One day at the shop, a new werewolf who goes by Mac comes in and asks for work. Trouble soon follows, as the teenager is later confronted by two men, a human and a werewolf, one of whom Mercy kills in defense. This then introduces the cleaning crew, the pack's witch, and Adam himself. Mac is taken into Adam's care, but the next morning, a body is left on Mercy's porch and her Alpha neighbor is badly hurt. Worse yet, his teenage daughter, Jesse, is missing, and an unfamiliar human scent trails from her room to the front door. Fearing that Adam's pack can no longer be trusted, Mercy takes him to Montana, back to the place she once called home, and to Bran and the others for help, in hopes of getting Jesse back and her not-Alpha some proper aid. Samuel, who is going to school again to be a doctor, returns to the Tri-Cities with Mercy and Adam to figure out how to get Jesse back and understand just what is going on.

I thoroughly enjoyed the fifth book years ago, and so when I came across the series on Amazon, I decided to start the series from the beginning. Moon Called was great because it kept me interested the entire time while simultaneously telling me about the world. Usually when authors start telling me about the world and laws and whatnot, I'll find myself skipping lines to get to the story. Patricia wrote it out in a way that gave me history lessons through the character's knowledge, instead of overgrown quotes from a text book. The story seemed to have a constant flow, and the characters are cool. Especially Mercy.

Mercy is an awesome, independent, sometimes, sometimes not bad-arse shifter who holds her own against the other domineering races. The fact that she isn't drooling over any of the hot guys in this book makes me like her all the more; I was getting tired of the love struck heroines, and needed a break for some more-common-real-life interactions with the opposite sex like the mechanic and the werewolf. (Yes, I did notice that I just used 'real life' and werewolf in the same sentence). She's easy-going, intelligent, but still "human" in the sense that she can make mistakes and have freezing moments when things go wrong or are unexpected.

I don't know if it's because I love Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series, but that's what this series sort of reminded me of. Not necessarily plot for plot, but more of an atmospheric thing. Mercy is tough, nothing at all like a girly girl who's afraid to kill, and lives in a world where humans are no longer the only things walking the streets.

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Happy Reading!

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