Book: Patricia Briggs’ ‘Blood Bound’ – “Of course, eating him would work, too”

Blood Bound’ is the 2nd book in the Mercy Thompson series.

Mercy is still a mechanic, still a coyote and gradually getting more involved in both the local werewolf pack and with the local vampire seethe.

It seems slightly odd that in book two of a series with a walker/shapeshifter main character and strong werewolf links is primarily interested in vampires. Specifically how the local vampires feel a demonically-possess vampire.

Stefan is an interesting vampire character, he was different to any other portrayal of a vampire that I’ve read – although I’m very open to  recommendations of similar portrayals!

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There werewolves don’t shine in this book, they are interesting but they aren’t the main focus – apart from the mention that Ben isn’t the rapist that Mercy thought he was in the first book there isn’t that much werewolf character development.

Some people would argue with this statement, but I honestly feel that Mercy making excuses for the two werewolves who want to get into her pants isn’t character development.

A fair few times there were lines that tracked as follows: “It wasn’t his fault, werewolf instincts are very strong.”

It feels that a lot of a book is making excuses for unequal relationships and repressing women – the entire species of werewolves have never heard of female liberation and it is clearly stated that females take their status in the pack from their (male) mate’s status.

If there first two-thirds of the book had contained more action I wouldn’t have been able to dwell on this, but there wasn’t much happening for most of the book so I got to considering how I kept half expecting Mercy to be clubbed over the head and dragged back to a cave by one of the two male leads. This makes me root for Mercy less than I would usually – she is a funny narrator and she is intelligent but she get involved in stupid situations and gets in avoidable trouble by being headstrong.

My biggest issue with the book is I couldn’t shake one phrase “he ate me” – the scene linked to this was unnecessarily disturbing and it really bugged me.

Overall I don’t like this book as much as the first one, I don’t think I want to keep it.

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Books: Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – “Should I—What? Be flattered that while you don’t like me, you’re willing to sacrifice just to get into my pants?”

There are currently ten published books in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series – that is excluding three novellas/short stories, there will probably be thirteen books in all.

The books as urban fantasy which is heavy on the vampires but has a few shifters, fae and nymphs too. The main protagonist is a permanently 27 year old female who goes by her surname of Merit, she is a recently converted vampire and things are complicated…

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I like the idea of the series, I love Merit’s best friend Mallory, I like the random food obsession that run through the books and I am probably interested in where the series ends.

The ninth book, ‘Wild Things’, gave me cause to pause as I didn’t feel it added that much to the overall series. However upon rereading the series this week it didn’t feel as jarring as I remembered it.

That said I still haven’t read the newest book, ‘Blood Games’ and will probably hold off until the series is done just in case Merit continues to turn into a Mary Sue and the rest of female cast continue dwindling into obscurity.

Despite my reservations about where the series may end up, I would strongly suggest starting the series if you don’t know it –  Chloe Neill’s website lists the book order (including novellas) as being

1. Some Girls Bite
2. Friday Night Bites
3. Twice Bitten
4. Hard Bitten
5. Drink Deep
6. Biting Cold
7. House Rules
8. Biting Bad
8.A. High Stakes (Luc & Lindsey Short Story in ‘Kicking It Anthology’)
8.B. Howling For You (Jeff & Fallon Novella)
9. Wild Things
10. Blood Games
10.A. Lucky Break (Ethan & Merit Novella)
11. Dark Debt (March 3, 2015)

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