Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

(Mercy Thompson, #4)

New in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling urban fantasy series.
In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" ("Booklist"), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

 “Mercy," said my mother thoughtfully, "you never told me your werewolf neighbor was quite that hot.”

I wasn't impressed by at least half of the third book, Iron Kissed, partly due to heavy emphasis of the fae world. Even so, the end was huge. So big to follow up without failure. Thankfully Briggs pulls it off without failing. The Result? This is the best book yet!

The main selling point is there is more emphasis on the polluted, convoluted, twisted world of the vampires. Not to say that the fae are completely absent and hiding in the woodwork - not at all. The story of what they were fighting and trying to dissolve was actually two separate stories in a way, both interesting. There were light, fun moments too, abut also the book led to a realistic continuation of the tragic events of the last book.

I love how Adam helped Mercy with healing and recovery. So touching. Very fast paced book but emotional downtime was never AT ALL boring. Stefan made me care even more about him and I loved the twists. I enjoyed the change in his relationship with Mercy, and the public showdown/vampire moment in the room made me hold my breath. We even get to see a 'Bran moment' in person, which was awesome. The bad guy was truly twisted but a pleasure to read about. Mercy certainly has her hands tied with that unusual situation.

I can read Briggs improving as the books progress with layers of power-struggle finesse and structured world building. Besides the creative story, this one was just filled with emotion for so many at every turn. The walking stick? Random. Wonder what the story will ultimately deal out with that?

If you dug the first three, it'd be mental deprivation not to read this one too.

   Book Quotes:

“One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed." - Mercy

“I was in the middle of a dream about garbage cans and frogs - don't ask, and I won't tell.” 

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