Sunday, October 4, 2015

Popcorn Jane: Moon Called

Title: Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs

Pairs Well With: A Glass of Whiskey and Some Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Patricia Briggs' website:

Moon Called is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series. “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.” - Amazon

The book takes place in Washington State with a side trip into Montana. Mercy Thompson is a mechanic, who specializes in repairing Volkswagons. She also is a coyote shape-shifter. Her backyard neighbor, Adam, is the alpha of a werewolf pack, and the chemistry and sexual attraction between them is off the hook. But Mercy answers to no one, so she fights their attraction tooth and claw.  

One day, Adam and his pack are attacked, one of the pack is killed, and Adam’s daughter, Jessie, is kidnapped. Mercy won’t just stand by and let people she cares about be treated this way. So, with the help of a colorful - and I do mean colorful - cast of characters, Mercy fights to get Jessie back.

One of the beautiful things about Patricia Briggs’ writing is the dry, witty sense of humor she infuses in her story-tellling. The book is written from Mercy’s point of view, and Mercy is a highly snarky, badass woman. She is also a reluctant hero. She doesn’t set out to be a hero - she views it as doing what needs to be done. Someone is hurt; therefore the one doing the hurting needs their comeuppance. If no one else will step up to make this happen, then Mercy just has to do it herself.

Mercy is also a master at accidentally getting herself into trouble. And the werewolf pack, led by Adam, are generally the ones who pull her out again and again. Oh! And did I mention the sexual attraction? Because, damn, it’s hot! Ooh! And there’s a love triangle. It’s awesome. And hilarious.

This book is great for those who want an adult version of Twilight without all of the teenage angsty drama. It’s for those who enjoy the world of werewolves, vampires, shifters, and all the different types of the supernatural set in the modern day.

However - this book is not erotica ala Laurell K. Hamilton. There is a lot of teasing and great chemistry build up, but not a lot of sex (although there is some in later books in the series). This book will not be found in the Romance section. This book is pure paranormal/sci-fi/horror genres (depending on how your local bookstore organizes itself). So if you’re looking for smut, you’re going to want to look elsewhere, for the time being, or wait for one of my later Popcorn Jane posts.  

Why I Love This Book: Its snarky humor, supernatural mythology, and modern-day setting are incredibly appealing. It’s really fun to think, “What if these types of creatures actually do exist in our world today? What if the next person I see walking down the street, or driving down the freeway, or shopping at the grocery store, is actually a werewolf? or fae? or vampire?”

Interested in checking it out? You can find it at Amazon, where it's Prime-enabled.


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