Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs

Title:  Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly
Author(s):  Patricia Briggs / Rik Hoskin
Genre:  Graphic Novel, Urban Fantasy
Publication Date:  June 30, 2015 (hardcover edition)
Series Info:  Book 7.5 in the Mercy Thompson series
Artist(s):  Tom Garcia (illustrator) / Mohan (colorist) / Bill Tortolini (lettering)
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  As you know, I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series so when NetGalley sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to 'Read Now' the answer was 'Hell Yes'.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Mercy Thompson 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!
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Hopcross Jilly was a fun read and, in my opinion, another great addition to the Mercyverse.  This particular adventure takes place between Frost Burned (book 7) and Night Broken (book 8) and just after the events in Dead Heat (book 4 in the Alpha & Omega series).  If you were to pick up this graphic novel without ever having read the Mercy books you would still be able to follow the story without any major issues.  Here's the gist of what happens:  Mercy, Adam and crew head out for an evening stroll, they find several buried bones, they get involved in the investigation, Jesse (Adam's daughter) ends up getting dragged into the mess, craziness ensues and the problem gets handled.

You guys already know that it's hard for me to be objective with anything that has to do with Patricia Briggs.  It's not a secret that I'm a HUGE fangirl.  That said, there were a couple of things that prevented me from giving this a 5 coffee cup rating.  The first thing was that I figured pretty early on who the villain is.  Not a huge deal but, not as fun as playing the 'Whodunnit?' game in my head while I'm reading.  The second thing was that I felt the story was over way to quickly.  I know, I know I'm a greedy bastard.  I forget it's a graphic novel and that it's kind of par for the course for this particular medium.  Despite that I still enjoyed the story and I definitely recommend giving it a read.

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Series Info:
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 1
Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 2
Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly

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Also Reviewed By:
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Raquel Gabrielle's Blog (4/5)
Touch the Night (C)

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