Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, Book 7

Big thanks to my library for having the entire series and not even batting an eye when I checked out the whole thing.

Because this series isn't exactly new, even though it's current, I hadn't planned on reviewing all the books because I felt like sooooo many people had already read them, and I was so late to the party, that I didn't need to. The series, as a whole, is really lacking a lot for me. My biggest problem is our heroine, Mercedes Athena Thompson. She's a coyote walker who was raised by a pack of werewolves and can talk to ghosts. She's married to an alpha wolf, become friends with a vampire and fae, and has to fight for her miserable life in every single book and get saved every single time.

Why is Mercy my biggest problem? Because she's weak. I love it when things are different but I'm hard on female lead paranormals because I feel like the heroine should be kick ass. I look at Jane Yellowrock, Damali Richards, and even that annoying little thing Jayne Heller and basically compare everything to them. They set the standard for how kick ass a female is and Mercy can't even come close. I do, however, think the author was smart. She crafted a heroine that was weak in body but strong at heart. That don't work for me, though. Every single time she has to be saved by someone. Generally, it's a guy, because in this series, female wolves are few and far between ... And the ones they do have, they don't like Mercy because she's a coyote and not a wolf.

This last book, Frost Burned, was definitely a favorite. At one point I was thinking that their was so much going on ... It was like Explosion! And then death! And then eating! And then ROAR! And it was awesome! Why couldn't the rest of the series be this kick ass?

We'll start off with Adam's entire pack being virtually kidnapped. Now Mercy has to get Jesse, Gabriel, and his family to safety while saving Kyle, nursing Ben, trying not to get assassinated, and breaking the ties this special vampire has made with dead folks during a fight involving Marsilia. See? So much crap is going on! This one is a nonstop ride and worth sticking through the series for. But still ... The problem is Mercy. No one else. She's just a human woman who does a neat trick. She doesn't get super strength or anything and that's why she can't save herself. She's a 30 pound coyote vs. everything else that can kill her in half a blink. It is boggling my mind. But it took 6 books in for this to be decent. Silver Borne was good but not great and River Marked sucked so hard. Now that this one was good, I wonder how the rest of the series will fare as Briggs writes it. Yes, I'll get the next one just because I know everyone so well but I really freaking hope Mercy gets her ish together.

4 Stars
IR: Everywhere

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Book Sale

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