21 June 2014

Moon Called

Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

Moon Called is Twilight for grown ups, without the horrible dialogue and love triangles.  It's Sookie Stackhouse without the sex and love triangles.  It is vampires and werewolves and coyotes, oh my!  And for the first part of the novel, it is genuinely intriguing and interesting, a gripping main character that sucks you into the story with a fresh and perhaps a bit saucy narrative.

Unfortunately, as the new character shine wears off Mercy, the plot is not there to pick up the slack.  The characters and character relationships are a little convuluted with the introduction of different clans of werewolves and clans, and the kidnapping of Adam's daughter is not a plot with enough suspense and mystery to carry the novel that otherwise just finds these characters traveling about talking to different paranormal people.  While these vampires and werewolves are interesting enough, they are not enough to sustain the book, and thus the further I got into the novel, the less interested I became.  By the end of the novel, when we solved the disappearance of the young girl, I had no emotion over the result, where in a good novel I most certainly would have.

It's hard to put a finger on the point where this novel headed south, but it had more to do with plot development than anything else.  Briggs developed the characters as a foundation for a fantastic series, but the choice of story and conflict was weak in comparison and could not hold up my expectations through the novel.   A series I do not think I will continue, but fans of the paranormal, especially vampire/werewolf series, may enjoy as I have learned that most of these types of novels are weak in plot but people enjoy them nonetheless.

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