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Audiobook Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Audiobook Review: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #7
Published by Penguin Audio
Published on: March 5, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Length: 10 hrs & 1 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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, what passes for 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. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

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Well, it’s been a long time in coming but I am now officially caught-up on the MERCY THOMPSON series. And, what a ride it has been! This latest installment threw me through a loop with its countless twists and turns, the story starts off in one direction only to end in a completely unexpected way. All of Briggs’ fabulous secondary characters come out to play in FROST BURNED, and you don’t really figure out how this book got its title until the plot comes full circle in a brilliant OOHH moment in the final chapters.

The previous novels in this series have all revolved around a specific group of supes, but this one showcases all of them which was a real delight. At first glance, this story seemed to be about the werewolves, which surprisingly turned out to be a clever sleight of hand on Patricia Briggs’ part. The furry plot line in itself is masterfully crafted, but when combined with the unpredictable curve balls, you can’t help but take a moment to admire the big picture once it’s finally revealed. I read a lot of Urban Fantasy, and as a result, I have become fairly proficient at predicting possible outcomes—so when FROST BURNED managed to take me unaware; I was happily dumbfounded.

I was thrilled that Stephan, Tad, Zee, Sophia, Gabriel and Marsilia, all had roles to play in this book. And, I was beyond pleased that we finally get to meet the infamous Moor in this installment. He’s an ancient werewolf sent by Bran who’s a little (ok, a lot) off his rocker, and I absolutely LOVED his character! So unpredictable and… primal. Mercy and Adam are as amazing as ever; I think this is one of the rare series in this genre where the main couple isn’t dysfunctional. Their relationship is such a breath of fresh air, and just one reason on a list of many that keeps me coming back for more. This novel isn’t without its heartbreaking moments though; I can’t help but mourn the loss of Thompson’s VW Rabbit. This car is such a huge part of her identity that I’m secretly holding out hope that Zee will be able to magic it back to life.

After listening to RIVER MARKED, I was on the fence as to whether Lorelei King was the right narrator for this series, but after this installment, there’s not a doubt left in my mind that she’s the right woman for the job. She mirrors Mercy’s emotions beautifully, and seamlessly shifts between the various characters. King knows when to pour on the snark, and when to let Briggs’ writing speak for itself. I used to think of her as strictly being CHARLEY DAVIDSON, but she’s more than proved her versatility with her narration of these audiobooks.

FROST BURNED is a great installment in an even greater series! Although, there is one downside to finally being caught-up… having to actually wait for the next book.

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  1. I thought it was great to see the entire gang in this book as well. I can’t wait to start Night Broken tomorrow. I listened to this series before I listened to Charley Davidson, so I always liked Lorelei King as Mercy (though I like her better as Charley). Have you read or listened to the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs? If not, you should add it to your list as well. Charles and Anna are great and you will get to see more of the Moor.

    • Now that I’m caught up on this series, I should be able to tackle Alpha and Omega soon. Or at least, that’s the plan. LOL

      • I just got caught up on this too. I still need to get caught up on Charles and Anna!

      • Are you planning on listening to them? I’ll have to look into who’s the narrator… still King?

  2. Ah, the infamous Moor! He was scary as hell and such a great character. And, darn, poor Bug! Holy cow, I have such love for this series. Mercy, Adam and the whole gang are pitch-perfect.

    • Ooh yes, I loved the Moor! I think he’s featured more in her other werewolf series which makes me want to read it even more now!

  3. Somehow I magically skipped this installment. Oops. I read Night Broken and loved it, so I need to go back and read this one, especially to meet the Moor. He sounds fantastic, I love a character that’s awesome if a little…off:) I never tire of Mercy and Adam, this series just always makes me happy. Lovely review Carmel!

    • Haha don’t you hate it when that happens? At least Mercy & Adam are worth going backwards for. Night Broken was amazing! My review will be posted on Friday.

  4. I’ve heard really good things about this series. It’s definitely on my to-read list!

    • Oooh, lucky you! If you start now, you’ll be able to read 8 books back-to-back! 😀 The next one comes out tomorrow…

  5. I am so behind on this series which is a shame because I really like it! I need to get caught up, it sounds like Mercy and Adam are as great as ever.

    • They are! I hope you find time for them soon.

  6. Sigh you guys keep making me want to read these Urban Fantasy books! First Jessica made me want to read The Hollows, then Clean Sweep, and now you make this series sound so freaking salivating. Looks like my wallet is going to be thinner tonight.

    • Haha Resistance is futile! Just jump on the UF bandwagon already and get it over with. LOL 😉

  7. Wonderful review! I loved this book and I can’t wait to read night broken tomorrow. All the chactors are fun and great to see. I love Mercy and Adam together they really are a great couple. And Oh the poor Bug it’s been with use forever! If you great to read Alpha and Omega you learn more about the Moor and what happened in his life to make him who he is. Alpha and Omega is another great series by her.

    • Thanks for confirming that the Moor is in Alpha and Omega. I thought so, but now I know for sure!

  8. I really need to read this series. Also, I really like your ‘well written’, ‘re-readable’, etc images. Those are such a cool idea 🙂

    • I bought them from Parajunkee, so if you want ’em just head on over and purchase a set. 🙂

  9. Oh wow, this is quite a long series. I’ve been meaning to start it soon and hopefully I get the chance because it seems really interesting. Good review.

    • It sure is. It took me like a whole year to get caught-up. Thank goodness for audiobooks!

  10. I wasn’t crazy over this BUT I loved it just the same. need to read Night Broken and you should read Alpha & Omega if you haven’t yet. I love the spin off better coz I get more BRAN!!!

  11. I am still behind on this series, I need to read this one and the newest one. I wasn’t super enthusiastic after River Marked, that book was kind of the let down in the series but it seems that it is back on solid footing. I a most curious about The Moor! I did schedule these books but I wont get to them for a bit. I do love Lorelei King, I think she does a fantastic job with Charley. I will have to check her out on this series.

    • The last installment was the quasi-essential “heroine goes on vacation” book which are never as good IMO. This one’s not like that, so i hope you’ll give it a try.

  12. You’ll get a lot more of the Moor in Alpha and Omega…and love him all the more 🙂 Yay, you’re caught up just in time too! Book 8 is out tomorrow *happy dance*

    • I know, I know! It was all part of my master plan. LOL

  13. Here you are, one book ahead of me. I have this one since its release but I really need to get into it, mainly with book 8 almost here. I’m glad it’s always that good, I’m really impatient. And it’s wonderful to know that all the characters are here because it’s not often the case. I’m impatient. Thanks Carmel for the review!

    • Luckily, you won’t have to wait for much longer! Heck, you can even read the last two back-to-back for extra Mercy/Adam awesomeness! I’m kinda jealous actually…

  14. I love the Mercy Thompson series, Carmel! And I am slowly starting to really enjoy audio books, too. The only thing that sometimes frustrates me a little bit is that it takes a lot longer to listen to an audio book than to read the book myself. However, when the narrator is good, it’s so worth it!

    I’m glad you enjoyed Frost Burned, and I agree with Traci, the Alpha and Omega series is really good, too.

    • I still read way more books than I listen to, but I find that they are a good way to switch things up and also, a way to squeeze in extra reading time when you’re doing boring stuff like laundry & housework. And, yes, you’re right. A good narrator can make the extra time just fly by!

  15. I haven’t read any of these but have seen them around. I have never tried an audio book. I think I would be too easily distracted. Thanks for the great review. Now, I will need to add these to my reading list. ^_^

    • Always happy to be able to add to other peeps’ TBR piles instead of my own. Hehe

  16. Dying to read it, but I am on a book buy ban

    • Ooh no! Those are the worst! 🙁 But, a great way to clear out your shelves for when your ban is over. 🙂

  17. Yes, The Moor! I love him. I couldn’t get enough of him in the Alpha Omega books too. I swear he needs a companion stand alone novel to tell his story.

    • YES! That’s what I’m talking about!

      • Plus…he’s just sexy – he hits my broody crazy meter and sends it full tilt boogey

  18. Sweet, I am so glad you are caught up. My review of Night Broken posts tomorrow, and this is a series I think I would have enjoyed on audible but I am too far committed with my bookshelf collection..LOL I agree with your review and liked this better then River Marked.

    • I hear ya. I had a hard time making the switch, and I read Night Broken cuz I got an ARC, so really… I’m all over the map. LOL

  19. Thank God!..LOL I feel validated about Lorelei King. I actually can clearly tell the different in tone between the other protagonists, I feel she infuses Mercy with a more quite tone than let’s say, Charley. Now, it’s bit a harder stretch to find the difference between Charley and Stephanie Plum…But Stephanie Plum is just sillier and funnier, but I can still tell the small difference.
    Great review Carmel!! I guess well be listening tomorrow to Night Broken 🙂

    • I’m not 100% sure if I’m going to listen to it because I’ve already read it, but I’m not ruling it out either! 😀

  20. I still need to read the last two. After River Marked I felt Meh about it all. I love this series but I just didn’t like that book. But I do need to get caught up. Happy this one was good.

    • It seems like a lot of peeps quit this series after River Marked which is a shame, because the next two books are way better. I hope you’ll give Mercy a 2nd try!

  21. I have heard wonderful things about this series and totally need to pick up one of these days. I love the sound of after so many books showcasing all of the characters

  22. Great review! The first time I heard about this series is when I saw a WoW for her latest book coming out soon. This looks like an awesome series, I will be adding this to my list!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

  23. Lovely review Carmel, glad you enjoyed it so much. But you are not caught up, as the next book came out yesterday 😉

  24. I’m glad to read that you enjoyed this latest book. I really need to finish up my current UF series, so I start this one.