10 August 2011

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River--one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...

The blurb on the inside flap says, "In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best".  BAH!  Hard for me to believe, because while they're right—Mercy IS the best—they don't understand that no one can hold a candle to Mercy.  Seriously.  No one.  Not even Faythe Sanders from Rachel Vincent's decidedly awesome Shifters series.

I really wish I could rant about all my favorite scenes—practically ALL OF THEM—but I'm hardcore spoiler free.  God.  If there's any author that makes me want to go on a squeeing rampage, it's Patricia Briggs.
This latest installment definitely had me loving the series even more.  I really enjoyed the depth added to Adam and Mercy's relationship.  In my head, it was always something distant—used for drama rather than something solid.  So this book kinda made me sigh happily—an incredible occurrence, lemme tell you.

What I love most about Patricia Briggs' abilities (besides writing flipping awesome characters) is how she can surprise readers.  Usually, I have an inkling of what's going to happen—and if not exactly what's going to happen, then at least the knowledge that something surprising is going to happen within the next two pages.  But Patricia Briggs just blows that all to hell.  Her surprises aren't in the typical places, but instead of feeling out of place, they really work in terms of shock value.

Second, her plots.  I think it's hard for authors to have hair-raising, nail-biting plots when the readers already correctly assume that the main character is going to live.  So having the character in a live-or-die situation at the end and making it good just shows talent.  For real.

Another thing that makes this a great series?  (It also attributes to why the characters are so great.)  The humor.  HILARIOUS!  Mercy's almost self-deprecating, gently sarcastic humor has me laughing out loud.  (And getting checked in on by my dad, who asks, "You okay?")  This isn't the funniest of them, but it was the quickest I could find.  Just gives you a taste. ;)
"I think I'll pitch it to the Gray Lords as suicide by werewolf," he said after a long moment of silence.  "Anyone who hurts you in front of Adam is too stupid to live anyway."
Excerpted from the hardcover edition, p. 316

Even if you're strictly young adult, you need to try this series out.  It's appropriate for young adults, and really worth it.

Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover, 326
  • published – March 2011
  • publisher – Ace
  • genre – paranormal romance
  • received via – library – thank you, GOD!
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Mercy Thompson
    • Moon Called | Review
    • Blood Bound | Review
    • Iron Kissed | Review
    • Bone Crossed | Review
    • Silver Borne | Review
    • River Marked
    • Frost Burned
    • Night Broken
    • Shifting Shadows (anthology)