Mercedes Thompson Series
by Patricia Briggs
Born to a single mother and left to be raised by a werewolf pack, Mercedes "Mercy" Athena Thompson has always been able to get herself into trouble, even when she's trying to stay out of it.
Being a woman who can instantly shift into a coyote and back again can lead to that kind of thing.
At 16, the Alpha of the pack (who happened to also be the Alpha of all Alphas), convinced her to run away for her own good, though it meant she learned of a betrayal of and by one she loved. Almost 15 years later, she's the owner of her own garage, a decent mechanic, and the neighbor of the local Alpha.
But the world isn't just werewolves and a shapeshifter; it's full of vampires and magical creatures called "fae". That doesn't much bother Mercy, since she's been around them for years, but their troubles begin to affect her when she's asked to help with one mystery and eventually owes everyone else around her and must help with their problems, too.
Coyote is the ultimate trickster and Mercy's got to use every trick in the book.
Final thoughts: I didn't review or book talk each one individually because I just read one after the other. I honestly just couldn't stop myself. Thank goodness for the Amazon gift card I got over the holidays, which paid for all the instant downloads on my Kindle. There are some issues in each book, but the overall series is amazing. I'm glad it took me this long to start it because it meant I got to read 6 books straight through (in about 3 days), but now I have to sit and wait for book 7. Luckily, Briggs has another series started in the same universe with some of the same characters, so I have more books to try out. Mercy may not have extreme snark, but she has a sense of self and personality that makes her a great character to read and her world is well drawn and exciting.
Rating: each book 4 or 4.5 out of 5... the series - 5/5