Review: Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs

March 5, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 8

Pabkin’s One Liner: All the supernatural creatures come to play in Mercy’s latest crisis!

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Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I would seriously read anything this lady writes even if it were a grocery list! Now here is the rub though…what happens when you love an author’s work this much? Don’t get me wrong, Frost Burned was great, but I just didn’t roll around on the ground Squeeing with love for it like I usually do with all of her other books.

It had almost everything! * SPOILERS * Crazy midnight shopping, Car accidents, domestic violence, kidnapping, murder, magic mirrors, assassins, ghosts, love and all that jazz. So what the heck was missing for me? – I think it was more interactions between characters on a personal level.  I felt like I picked up the book to start reading and then POOF it was finished.  Haha – that’s a good thing really, indicating I couldn’t put the book down.

Many of the characters we know are here but I didn’t feel that SPARK of personality and connection with them that I usually do. My example would be one of Bran’s werewolves that comes to help out. Usually the weight of his personality is a heavy presence with a spark of mischief but here I barely noticed any of what I feel identifies him as an individual. Granted what with all the action going on in Frost Burned I can understand. The action ran almost literally from one scene to the next.  And we LOVE action! *snickers*

Now, Frost Burned is definitely a great addition to the ongoing story of Mercy. It brings back up the issues of what is going on with the supernaturals coming out of the closet to human society. Things are coming to a major head with the “Us vs Them” mentality many of the humans have taken. I know something big must be brewing soon and this installment really helps slam that home.

I do have to say the book description had me thinking that the bulk of the book would involve the vampires working with Mercy, but there is a twist here that I didn’t expect. Briggs always manages to keep me guessing and leaving me wanting more.

Tabitha the Pabkins

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8 Responses to “Review: Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Oh no it was still great – haha Ijust wanted more funny quirks peeping out about the characters. Normally I love action and that is what this is alot of but it felt like I started…and then I was finished. Course thats an indicator that I couldn’t put it down!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You definitely need to – I LOVE Patricia Briggs. Plus she has a spin off series that is just as great. Its so nice because often I know I love side characters just as much so its nice when they get a book all their own!

  1. Christina K.

    It’s awful when a book in a series doesn’t leave you as impressed as the others, especially with your favorite characters.

    Lovely review:)

  2. Amy @ bookgoonie

    I’d read her grocery list too.

    I think the characters all carry the afterglow of previous books, so they probably got a pass if they weren’t full of awesome. This one seemed to be focused on Mercy & Adam feeling out their new marriage connections to me.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Agreed – I’m so in love with all of the characters by now that I’d still read it no matter what…well unless of course the series went down the pisser like the Anita Blake series did in my opinion. But I think Patricia Briggs will continue to make this an awesome series!!!