Book Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

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fire touchedMercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

 

Book Review:

The first 20% of this book was absolutely amazing. It was action packed and constantly kept me on my toes. There’s this really awesome bridge/troll scene that will just knock your socks off! So good!

Then we hit the next 40% of the books and encountered a huge problem. It got REALLY boring. Like, it was almost painful to read boring. I wasn’t interested in the characters, there was absolutely no action, and it was just…..stuffy. Yes, stuffy is the correct word to describe 20% through 60% of the book.

It started to look up around 60% of the book. There were these two new characters (a vampire and a Fae) that I really enjoyed. Honestly, I hope that they get their own separate series, because I loved them that much. And during that part, things started to look up. I thought that maybe, just maybe, the book was recovering and things would start to pick up. I was sort of right…for awhile.

The last 20% of the book was awful. I was so bored that I actually skimmed, which I’ve never done in this series. Sure, there was action at the end. I just think that I had just sort of reached my limit.

One of my major problems with this book was the lack of chemistry between the characters. Mercy and Adam felt like this super old couple who didn’t have any romance between them. Sure, these books don’t need a ton of romance……but even the flirting seemed heavy and weighed down. There needed to be some sweetness or lightness to counteract how heavy this book was. Another issues was the relationship with Mercy/Adam/Jesse. Their interactions didn’t work. Adam didn’t seem like a real dad to Jesse, because he just seemed so stiff and formal around her. I needed to see some more character development.

Another major problem was the lack of action and the heaviness. Sure, there were some action packed scenes that impressed the heck out of me. There were also a ton of boring scenes that made my eyes crossed. It needed a better balance.

Overall, I’m really disappointed in this book, especially since I loved the most recent Alpha and Omega book! It was just too heavy and stuffy. It makes me super nervous to continue this series.

 

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