Friday, 19 June 2015
Mini Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs
I love Mercedes Thompson, so when I saw Hopcross Jilly on NetGalley as a read now I knew I had to read it. After some technical difficulties getting it to actually download onto my iPad, I began reading, and before I knew it I was finished
Hopcross Jilly is a fast read, with enough words and images to tell a complete story. Hopcross Jilly takes place between Frost Burned and Night Broken, and just after the events in Dead Heat. Jesse is the protagonist in the pages, we see her struggle with the bullying that comes with having a werewolf as her father, the name calling and snide remarks. Seeing them through her eyes was a saddening experience and I wish that her peers would have been a bit more welcoming towards her, especially after what the pack to do help others.
Some bones are discovered by Mercy and the pack, and it is quickly turned into a live hunt as children from Jesse's school start to disappear. As an investigation is opened into the discovery of the bones, Mercy gets in touch with an old friend who shares the story of Hopcross Jilly. A witch who takes the bad children, eats their fingers and toes, and buries the bodies feet to feet, laying in compass directions
I figured out pretty quickly what was happening, but I enjoyed seeing how it would all play out within the pages. I really enjoyed getting to see the images to go along with the story, seeing some of these well loved characters for the first time, and finally putting a face to thier name. The story itself of Hopcross Jilly was pretty gruesome, and seeing it happen at that moment in time made it that much more real.
The final pages of Hopcross Jilly were tense, and my heart was in my throat wondering what was going to happen next. Who knew that living with a werewolf pack comes in handy for life or death situations.
A good installment to the world of Mercy Thompson and a thoroughly enjoyable read.