Friday, 19 June 2015

Mini Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs

Title: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly
Author: Patricia Briggs
Author Info: Website|Facebook|Twitter: Mercy's Garage
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: 30th June 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae - a mystery that draws Mercy's stepdaughter Jesse into the fray! The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium! Collects the six-issue Mercy Thompson comic book series from 2014-2015, a story set in official continuity.
My Thoughts
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.

Final Verdict
A good installment to the world of Mercy Thompson and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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