Publisher - Orbit Publication Date - 5th June 2008 Paperback - 352 pages Genre - Urban Fantasy
Source - Purchased
Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it
Book Info - Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself … and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
My Thoughts - The first chapter of Moon Called is used to ’set the scene’, with the author providing a huge amount of information about Mercy (a coyote shape-shifter), her family and friends and her connection to the werewolves in this story. Although all the information was interesting and crucial to the story, I couldn’t help but feel that all of this information was crammed in too quickly and I ended up feeling a little bit overwhelmed by it all. But once the introductions had all been made, the story immediately turns to action, which does not stop until the very end of the novel. I loved this as the book moved along at such a fast pace and held my interest all the way through. I just could not put this book down and I found myself waiting with baited breath for what would happen next.
I love the character of Mercy. She is strong, brave, intelligent and funny. She doesn’t back down easily, but at the same time she knows her place in the grand scheme of things – something that comes from spending so much time around werewolves whilst growing up. I found the history between Mercy and Sam (an old boyfriend of hers who just happens to be a very powerful werewolf) intriguing but I did spend a lot of time hoping that something would happen between her and Adam (the alpha of the local werewolf pack). There was just something about him that made me feel as though he would be a better match for Mercy – and he certainly made me feel a little bit weak at the knees! We don’t really get to find out much about Sam in Moon Called. He keeps himself to himself and a lot of what we do find out about him is either from Mercy or his father, the Marrok. I do hope to find out a bit more about him in future books in the series though as he is definitely an interesting character.
Summary - I have read many reviews that raved about how great this series is, and I was worried that after all the hype I would be disappointed. But I couldn’t have been more wrong – this is one book that definitely lives up to the hype. It is an amazing start to a series and I can’t wait to read book two, Blood Bound.