Book Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Book Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Title: Frost Burned
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 7
Publisher: Ace books
Hardcover: 342 pages
Source: Chicago OverDrive
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatches and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

This book starts off with a bang (literally) and doesn’t let up at all. Get ready for a super emotional, engaging read if you’re picking up Frost Burned. I breezed through about three-quarters of it in one sitting and then finished the rest the next day.

I like this book for taking Mercy away from the pack and Adam and needing to rely on herself and old friends to figure out what to do and how to solve whatever’s going to hell. First of all, it brought back some great characters, like Zee and Stefan, and gave Warren’s partner (whose name I sadly can’t remember right now) a little more air time, and he’s great! I didn’t realize how much I missed having him featured in the stories until now. Mercy is her usual badass self, while also being vulnerable and human, which is so, so important for creating a complex character. Without getting too spoiler-y, there were also some great moments where we got to see a lot more of various characters’ personalities and strengths.

I didn’t really like the ending, to be honest. The beginning was so forceful, though, that I’m not sure anything less than a perfectly stellar, thrilling ending would have satisfied me. It’s not as though it were a bad ending, I just think that the resolution and explanation for why everything went to hell with the werewolves wasn’t as interesting as I wanted it to be. With that said, this is still by far one of my favorite paranormal romances, “one of the good ones” as I like to tell my husband, filled more with elements of mystery and thriller than with random paranormal sex scenes. I enjoyed this installment quite a lot and cannot wait to get my hands on the 8th book of this series.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

  1. I’ve never heard of this series. It sounds like it’s going strong for you after 7 books already except for that ending. I wish I could find more werewolf books around like this. There aren’t many I know out there I would enjoy.
    Have fun reading the 8th installment (:

  2. I have no idea where I got to with this series, isn’t that bad? I’d kind of like to pick it up again but feel like I’d need a massive recap. So many series I started off enthusiastically with and never finish!

    1. That’s not bad at all — I frequently stumble across people’s book reviews of sequels, thinking it looks familiar and remembering I’m somewhere in the middle of that series. That’s what happens when you read too much. :p

  3. It’s always nice to see some love for one of my favorite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series (although Mercy Thompson is definitely heavier on the UF than the PR, thankfully for my preferences). I hope the next installments continue to be enjoyable for you!

    1. It’s nice to see that other people love it too! I agree about the paranormal romance; I think series stays strong after so many books specifically because of the focus on more thriller/mystery/urban fantasy elements.

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