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Sara's Review: Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs


PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio

NARRATOR: Lorelei King

RELEASED: March 17, 2020

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

LENGTH: 10 hours and 9 minutes

FORMAT: eBook, Audible, Hardcover







Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.

My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.


What I like most about Briggs's novels and Mercy Thompson, in particular, is that even though this is an Urban Fantasy series, her characters are still very real, very flawed, and extremely three dimensional. I love that Briggs isn't afraid to dive in and write the flaws that come along with marriage and being a woman. She writes about Mercy's insecurities, and I love that she doesn't make her characters have perfect lives.

I relate to Mercy on many levels as a woman working in a man's field, as a wife and all that comes with that job. Thank goodness I do not relate to anything else in her life. I don't have fantastical beings trying to kill, eat, posses, or anything else to me and mine, but I love reading about everything going on with Mercy. This time around, it is a mysterious Smoke Beast trying to posses Mercy and her loved ones.

This is one of my favorite novels in the series so far. I loved the messiness with Mercy and Adam. I loved the realness of things, not always being perfect and not knowing how to fix it.

I am giving Smoke Bitten 5 Boundless Star, and I loved it.

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