Starting & Catching Up on a Series... in 2 weeks.
I am an avid Kindle user. Something about using my iPad doesn't work for me; it makes my eyes hurt. My Kindle, though, is practically a best friend. It goes pretty much everywhere with me.
I am also a huge proponent and user of the Recommendations, in regards to the Kindle. In fact, it's how I've found some of my favorite books.
One of the recommendations that kept popping up was the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I'm not sure why I was reticent to begin the series, and I suppose all that matters is that I ended up starting it.
I began and caught up on this series while on my week and a half of Winter Break. That's 8 books. (And I read others, aside from this series, as well.) They're quick reading, obviously, and I'm pretty attached to the characters, but I'm not sure that I can say they're favorites.
I'm consistently frustrated with Mercy's roller coaster of emotions and attachment issues. If everyone is running in one direction, Mercy's running in the other, but I'm not sure she ever has a good reason for it. I'm also not sure how I feel about almost every character being kind of manipulative. There's also a lot of political stuff that the characters have to wade through, given the number of supernatural creatures that exist in the area, and sometimes that gets confusing or just plain silly.
I'm also not always certain how I feel about Adam.
*** SPOILER ALERT*** If you plan to read the series but have not gotten through Book 8, don't continue reading. Please. I don't want to ruin things for a fellow reader.
So by the end of Book 8, Mercy's married to Adam Hauptman. For the most part, it's a satisfying relationship to read about. They're very in love, they're very happy, they seem to challenge one another--but at times Adam just gets a bit... chauvinistic. I wish I had another word for it, but that's the only one that's coming to mind. In addition to this "I'm the man so I'll tell you what you're going to do" kind of attitude, the way Adam handles Christy, the ex-wife, returning is pretty terrible. He allows Mercy to be, essentially, bullied in her own home. Sure, Christy's the mother of his daughter and is only human, making her much weaker than almost every other character in the series, but still--you let your ex-wife come into your home and basically push your new wife around? No. That is unacceptable.
I was glad to see the relationship with Samuel become just a friendship. If Mercy had ended up with him, I likely would have stopped reading. I like Samuel--he's a great guy--but I much prefer him as Mercy's friend. They had a lot of relationship baggage.
I do enjoy Warren, though he seems to have far less of a presence than he did in the first few books. I want to know more about him. The appearance and disappearance of his accent and "down home country boy" sort of act is really strange--and sometimes annoying.
Will I keep reading the series? Probably. I get weirdly attached to characters, even when I'm uncertain that reading the writing is doing anything for me. It's the whole "I have to see what happens" thing.
Next up on my Kindle: Defy by Sara B. Larson. I'll try to do an actual review of that book.