Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Paperback 288 pgs.
Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.
We meet Mercy while she is under a car repairing it. She's a mechanic who works on foreign cars, owns her own shop and, is a "walker". What's that? Well she changes into a coyote, not a were-coyote, she's different. She hales from a line of skinwalkers, witches who shift into whatever creature's skin they put on. She happens to be the coyote. That said, she was raised by foster parents, one of whom was a werewolf. Her mother felt that would be the best for her so that she could be raised understanding what she was somewhat better. Now on her own her neighbor Adam is the Alpha of the local werewolf pack and she has a dilemma, a newly made were has turned up in her shop and she needs to inform him so there isn't any trouble. Sadly though there is a lot of trouble. Someone has come up with a drug that works on were's fast metabolism and is changing people into weres willy nilly. Mercy gets sucked into this mess and needs the help of all her unusual friends. Zee, the fae who sold her the shop, Stefan, the vamp, and Samuel her first love. Of course, the wolves hate the vamps, the fae are suspicious of everyone, and Adam and Samuel flex their dominant muscles over Mercy.
I loved this book! Mercy is just a great character. Not over the top kick-a$$ like Anita Blake, not jaded like Kate Daniels, nor spoiled like Faythe from Stray. Just a regular gal, as much as she can be, that steps up to the plate and does what needs to be done. Loyal to her friends and having a good heart, I really liked her. The supporting characters were good too. Adam and his daughter Jesse, Warren, his second in command, Zee, and Stefan were nice rounded characters and look forward to getting to know them better. Samuel wasn't bad, but I have a problem with guys who think they have rights to former girlfriends, but that's just me ; )
One funny part involves the vamp Stefan. Mercy is repairing his VW Vanagon which is tricked out like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, and even his cell phone voicemail music is the theme from Scooby Doo prompting Zee to ask, "What kind of vamp uses the music from Scooby Doo for his voicemail?"
I will definitley continue with this series!!
4 cannolis for this baby