Hopcross Jilly: A Mercy Thompson Adventure by Patricia Briggs & Rik Hoskin, and Illustrated by Tom Garcia #Review

Hopcross Jilly: A Mercy Thompson Adventure by Patricia Briggs & Rik Hoskin, and Illustrated by Tom Garcia #Review
Hopcross Jilly: A Mercy Thompson Adventure

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Released on June 30, 2015
Pages: 144
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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When I saw this, of course I had to read it. I enjoy each of the graphic novels that Patricia Briggs and the artists have put together for their ability to delight visually while providing a slightly different nuance to the story. Some of the graphic novels are based on existing novels while others like this one offer up an engaging new story that fits neatly between the novels and short stories of the Mercy Thompson world. In the case of this one, it chronologically falls after Night Broken and around the time of Dead Heat.

The story stars Mercy and Adam which was fantastic as I always want more of them, but in addition, Jesse, Adam’s daughter got her own story thread. The story isn’t very long or very challenging compared to others, but I still had a good time reading it.

On one of their full moon werewolf pack runs, Adam and Mercy come across buried skeletal remains and the bones are from children. They call in the police and join in helping the local law investigate what is looking to be an older atrocity as more and more bodies turn up on abandoned property once owned by a fae.

Meanwhile, Jesse attends the local high school and silently endures mild persecution for being the daughter of a werewolf. She has a few friends and encounters a new one right as her chief torturer steps up to trouble because Kayla’s aunt was one of the bodies identified out at the old Cross farm and she blames Jesse’s dad and by association Jesse. When Kayla disappears, all eyes are on Jesse even that of the police.

Like with many graphic novels, it took me a bit to get my bearings as I distinguished between Mercy’s narrative thought bubbles and the conversation bubbles. I enjoyed following the story that was depicted well with a good choice of color palette and excellent facial expression and action depiction.

As I said, the mystery side of the plot wasn’t that hard. The part I enjoyed was the interaction of Adam and Mercy as a team and married couple as well as their time with Jesse as a family. I found the insight into Jesse’s life at school a nice addition as well as the special scenes with her and Mercy. It was just a nice relaxing interlude story between all the bigger and hard hitting ones though this one wasn’t devoid of danger with a fae on the loose.

All in all, I think Mercy Thompson fans will enjoy this edition to the series particularly those who enjoy graphic novels.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. This graphic novel is on my TBR list ever since I heard about it from Ms, Briggs at RT this year. I’m glad you enjoyed it. That’ll move it up on my list. 🙂

    1. I had a good time reading it, Melanie. It was fun to have Jessie take a lead role and to see a little more Adam and Mercy dealing with a troublesome fae.

  2. I still haven’t started this series. I have the first Mercy Thompson on my to-read list. I have read quite some graphic novels, when I was younger (I still have half a bookcase filled with manga’s/grpahic novels), but don’t buy them as often anymore as they are quite expensive compared to books usually. I like this cover and it seems these graphic novels really add something to the world, especially for fans of the series it must be nice to get another adventure.

    I know Kelley Armstrong has some artwork done for her Otherworld series as part of some novels and even has one graphic novels. I have read two of the novella’s with artwork and it just so much fun to see the characters come alive that way and they really look like how I epxected. I like how graphic novels give a different way of experiencing the story. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I might check these out if I ever start this series.

    1. I look forward to seeing what you think when you read your first Mercy Thompson.

      I love that it gives a little something different to the story.

  3. I might have to try this. I love graphic novels and it helps that its part of Mercy’s world. I myself like that there is a side story for Adam’s daughter.

  4. I think it would be fun to read a graphic novel of a much beloved series. I haven’t read any of the Mercy Thompson series, but have seen them at Barnes and Noble, and have been curious about them. I’m glad to see you were able to enjoy this one. I like the fact that these graphic novels are not only the same stories you’ve already read from the book series, but also new stories. Great Review Sophia 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. I first noticed the first book, Moon Called, while browsing at the bookstore and I loved it from nearly the start. It’s still my favorite Urban Fantasy series. It was fun to get these additional graphic novels. Hope you get to try them some time, Lindy!