I know I’ve said this before, but I was so very late to the Urban Fantasy genre. I feel like I missed out on so much, and I know I’ll never catch up. And this really is the only time I have FOMO – when a popular UF series has a new release. Some of them go on for so long and have such immersive worlds and are so beloved that I just want to experience it all along with everyone else! So I’m going to share in the Smoke Bitten release by reviewing Moon Called & Alpha and Omega – the two books that kick off the Mercyverse. I am determined that by the time the next Alpha and Omega book is released in 2021, I will be caught up on both these series. Wish me luck!
Moon Called Review: So confession – I read this book once. In 2015, according to Goodreads. I think it may have been the first Urban Fantasy I read, and I wasn’t sure what to think. My, how times have changed. I loved this book so very much from the beginning. Mercy was such a great heroine. She can stand her own among the pack, and I love the chemistry she has with Sam and with Adam. So basically there are some weres and vampires in this world, and neither are huge fans of either species. When Adam, the local pack alpha is injured and his daughter goes missing, Mercy jumps into the fray to help out. Action and adventure ensue, and this was such a great read! I really enjoyed the way the wolves were written. I think my favorite part was the way Adam could draw strength from his pack. But all of it was interesting. I love that there are so many rules to this world, and that no one’s place in the pack is secure. It keeps the dynamic intriguing, and you just never know what’s going to happen. As for Mercy, I love that she is so compassionate and smart. And I really love her relationship with Adam’s daughter, the kindness she shows to a woman who can’t afford to pay to have her car fixed, and just how she always thinks things through. I think that this is a great start to the series, and I cannot wait to read more! Audio: Lorelei King narrates this series, and I love her narration. I have to say, I think part of why I gave up on the series the first time around was the narrator. (I was also new to audio at the time.) But I have since heard Lorelei King narrate other things, and I’m a huge fan. She really gets the characters she’s narrating, and I always love her interpretation.
Alpha & Omega Review: Like Moon Called, I’ve read this book multiple times. Four, if I recall correctly. But I always fail to write my review following my read, so I end up listening again. This is no hardship; I think I like this book even more than Moon Called. Look – I love a good rescue story. I love it when a woman needs to be rescued. And while I think Anna learns to hold her own, she had been beaten down so bad by her local pack, that this woman really needed to be saved. And there’s no one better than Charles to save her. He’s so very kind-hearted, which is an interesting juxtaposition to being the pack enforcer. I love that Anna instinctively knows he wouldn’t hurt her, and that she trusts her instincts. It really would have been easy to dismiss Charles because of the way the only other wolves she’s ever known have treated her, but she really lets him in and trusts him. Quick review for a quick story – but I thought this was a fantastic beginning to the other half of the Mercyverse! I found the pack lore intriguing, and it definitely left me wanting more of Anna and Charles. Audio: I’m just going to say it; I’m not a huge fan of Holter Graham. I mean, not of this series, anyway. I’ve never heard him narrate anything else. I just don’t feel like he embodies Charles’ character. Charles seems to me to be more decisive than Holter Graham’s intonation makes, and it just never rings true. Having said that, if I can learn to deal with his narration, this is probably how I’ll read the series because it will be more expedient for me.
Series Reading Order: Mercy Thompson
Series Reading Order: Alpha and Omega
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