Moon Called - Patricia Briggs Vampires, Werewolves, and Skinwalkers: All in a day's work
Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson runs a mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area. Life is pretty ho-hum until Mac, a 16-year old werewolf, appears asking for a job. Mercy agree and slowly gets sucked into a plot that involves her sexy neighbor, Adam, Alpha Wolf, and her ex-boyfriend, Samuel.

I Liked:
Mercy Thompson is rad! I love how down-to-earth she is, how there really isn't a whole lot special about her, even when there is something special about her (her skinwalking ability). She was a fascinating character, funny, witty, sympathetic, and enjoyable.
I also found myself fond of other characters, something that can be a little more challenging in books written from the first person point of view. Jesse was really quirky and fun; I liked how Tony didn't end up being one of Mercy's harem (at first, I thought he would); Warren was a very cool addition to the urban fantasy realm (a gay werewolf? Might sound odd, but Briggs does a beautiful job); Adam was charming and arrogant (and even made me want to smack him some times!); Samuel is sweet and endearing.
The story is very interesting, starting with a trivial incident (Mac working for Mercy), and then continuously building as it progresses. Coupled with this, Briggs does a marvelous job introducing us to her new urban fantasy world. Besides the obvious vampires and werewolves, she also introduces witches and fae, such as Zee. I thought that was really cool, as was her description of their being discriminated against.

I Didn't Like:
There is a lot of setup, as is expected from a first novel. All the characters have to be introduced, which ends up being time-consuming and a little confusing.
The end battle and the “who-dunnit” were both a little weak. The end battle felt a little confusing, disjointed, while I still am grappling with understand why “X” did “Y”.

Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence:
Very tame. Da** and he**, but the worst words (f-bombs) are tastefully censored.
Jesse is held by abusive male captors (no explicit scenes, but there is a hint that something bad might have happened). Mercy meets up with her ex-boyfriend, whom she at one point was going to run away with. Again, this is VERY tame for this genre.
Mercy ends up attacking a werewolf who bleeds out. Adam is attacked and shot with tranquilizers. The final big battle ends up with some characters dead.

Overall:
My biggest forays into Urban Fantasy have been the Twilight novels. I've been interested in other vampire-ish novels, but I'd heard so much about this series, I had to check it out. And am I glad! Mercy Thompson is a delightful protagonist, independent, strong-willed, and yet not so abrasive that you don't root for her. This book has made me 100% more interested in werewolves, and I am most definitely buying the rest of this series.