Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson book 4)

by Patricia Briggs

Book Blurb:
By day, Mercy is a car mechanic in the sprawling Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shapeshifter with some unique talents, Mercy has often found herself having to maintain a tenuous harmony between the human and the not so human. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.

It'll be her friends'.

I continue to love this book series. I am immensely enjoying the Mercy Thompson Novels. Every speck of  free time I have I am picking up my current Mercy read and sneaking in a chapter wherever I can. As I wait for a meeting to start while at work, I have my book open and I ignore my colleagues in the conference room.  At my kids sports practice if you look over at me chances are you'll see my eyes are glued to the pages.  

Bones Crossed was simply excellent. It had everything I enjoy in a story. Mild angst, romance, mystery, pulling at my heart strings, cheering for the good guys, wincing at the bad guys and a move forward with the main plot. A perfect package.

My favourite part of the book is Mercy's movement within the werewolf pack. Without giving spoilers, let me just say, "YES!" As Bone Crossed is book 4, I feel I have been patient and once again, I am so happy that I read these stories back to back instead of waiting for new publications between books.

My only complaint about Bone Crossed (and the series as a whole) is the heat level. I'd love to read Adam and Mercy's intimate scenes to be more adult. Not erotica but their love scenes are very underwhelming. I wonder if Mercy and Adam had more scenes together I wouldn't miss it as much as I do. I wish they were together more. 

Mercy is such an excellent heroine. As she continues to learn more about what her special powers are and with her limitless dedication to her friends, each story becomes more and more involved. (and the reader more addicted)

A new vampire villain James Blackwood was introduced. He was nasty but some how charismatic. He wasn't written with the same cruelty that the Queen Vampire Marsilia was, yet there's this underlying viscous impression  that is deeply menacing about him. His story line added more information about the vampire abilities and it was such a great read.

There was also a new child character, Chad, that was brought into the story. He is deaf with no special powers yet Patrica Briggs writes him with such care that I would be interested in reading a spin off series of him when he is more mature. I believe big things would come from Chad as his young life has been changed forever with this story. I want to know what happens to him.  

I can't wait to read the next book, Silver Borne. 

Teasers: Pack magic, ASL, blood bonds, little yellow car


Alyssa Nelson said...

I love this series! I wasn't sure how Patricia Briggs would pull off the fourth book, what with all the intensity from Iron Kissed, but I think she did. Although, I agree with you on the Mercy and Adam thing. Their love scenes definitely need a little more heat. Great review! :)

Unknown said...

Thank you Alyssa! Yes more heat!!