©2008 Patricia Briggs; (P)2008 Penguin
Always looking for characters who will jump off the page into my imagination. Love richly developed worlds and a dark twist of humor.
The story is intriguing, the relationship between the primary characters is engaging and a compelling component of the plot - but NOT the only plot; there's lots of action and suspense here too.
Good world-building, and interesting secondary characters. Definitely worth a listen. (Or more than one!)
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.
This story was fast paced and exciting. I could barely stop listening to it to eat. It turned out to be so much more than the paranormal romance that I was expecting. The romance in this series is heavier than in Mercy Thompson, but it still managed to to weave a good story around the romance while allowing for character growth and exploration--especially exploration of Anna's Omega status. And this Omega thing, while interesting, still feels a little shaky. It's only the first book, though. However, I do feel that Anna as a character is explored in greater detail than Charles in this book. Maybe it's because Anna has so many more issues to get over than Charles who really worries more about how Anna will perceive him since he is the enforcer of the pack and seems a bit vapid at this point because Briggs seems to be holding on to that "Stoic Indian" stereotype. I am pleased with Anna's personal development. I was afraid she was going to turn too much into a special snowflake like Anne Bishop's Meg Corbyn in Written in Red. (I loved that book, but c'mon!) However, Anna became surer in herself. She didn't grow out of all her timid nature, and as an Omega wolf, she'll likely be more on the calm side in this series. She is allowed agency, though. She pushes herself, and when it's too much, she pulls back. I don't expect her to go from abuse victim to snarling badass, but I do appreciate what Briggs did with her. Also, I'm hoping later books will tell us more about some of the other members of this new pack, as it's mentioned throughout the book that Bran's (the Marrok and Charles' dad) pack is made up of werewolves with various issues such as Asil who never got over his mate's death and wants death and Sage whose past is hinted at as being abusive. Bran is the glue that keeps his pack sane, and you just get the feeling that he takes in the strays for their own safety.
The narration was a bit "meh" for me. It wasn't bad, but I don't feel like enough was done to distinguish voices. Most of the men sounded the same with the exception of Tag, who was described as having a high voice that belied his big size, and Asil, who looked Middle Eastern but, since he'd spent some time in Spain, sounded like Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots. The women weren't too much better with only Sage really standing out because of her thick Southern drawl (that I found a little laughable as a Southerner myself). I will continue to listen to the books since I didn't dislike the narration. Holter Graham just might be the type of narrator that has to grow on me.
Being as this is about the pack that Mercy was raised in, I feel like I should be reading this side by side with those books. Part of me does want to take up the task of rereading the first book and continuing that series, as well. I look forward to reading more of Charles and Anna's adventures and watching them grow as a couple.
Than what was written. The story was well outlined but I found the book to just skim the surface of many characters. What happened in Anna's previous pack? What happened when she reunited with her family? Who is the person they call Bran? And I had more understanding of Charles in the Mercy Thompson novels than I do here. Looking cautiously at the next book.
While I'm a devoted Patricia Briggs fan, I didn't enjoy the Alpha and Omega books the same way I do the Mercy Thompson series. At least not until Holter Graham's narration added a depth to Charles I didn't get from reading the book. Something about his voice made me feel Charles's heroism in a way I missed it before. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a fantastic audiobook.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
This book is great - but it's like a face that's had its nose cut off. Technically it stands alone but I highly recommend you read/listen to ALPHA & OMEGA with is about 2.5 hours that get this whole thing started. Really don't know why they are separate other than for marketing purposes. For that, I took a star, but the rest is great as usual.
You should already read the first Mercy Thompson book - you don't have to but you'll understand a lot more if you read both of these first. This is a spinoff that just happens to stand on its own.
I absolutely LOVE Holter Graham - the voice he does for Charles is perfect. Anna baffles everyone, me included - omega wolves are mysterious even to the reader and I find I don't mind that so much.
Briggs writes such a meaty story with a solid plot-line. The characters are well fleshed out, and where Mercy Thompson is a strong main character on her own and doesn't have to choose a man right away, Anna finds herself mated to an alpha werewolf in the Marrock's pack and we get to deal with the paranormal romance we lack int he MT books - and it's all handles very tastefully too boot.
Anna has been raped repeatedly by her last pack so she's a bit skittish but she's really drawn to Charles so watching their relationship grow is great. And a chance to get to hear more about Bran! (Which is why you should read the other books first so you can squee a bit...)
READ BOTH SERIES IN THIS ORDER: Moon Called (MT1), Alpha & Omega (novella), Cry Wolf (AO1), Hunting Ground (AO2), next five Mercy Thompson books (MT2-6), Fair Game (AO3), Frost Burned (MT7)
The novella Alpha and Omega was finally released in audio format and added to Audible on 2-12-13. As of now Audible has not added that story to this "Series listing". If you're just now beginning this series I cannot stress enough that you should listen or read the novella first. It was written and published before Cry Wolf and Chapter 1 takes off within hours of Alpha and Omega's ending. Some reviews as well as a few friends comments said they enjoyed the book but spent a lot of time playing catch up or feeling liked they were missing something vital. I got one friend to stop listening to Cry Wolf and read the short story Alpha and Omega first. She said that knowing Anna and Charles's background completely changed her viewpoint and made the book 100 times more cohesive and enjoyable.
Now to review Cry Wolf. This series is more romantic than Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series but still has all the suspense, action and great plotting that fans of Ms. Briggs have come to expect. Charles and Anna are possibly my favorite "paranormal" couple. The wolf sides have already declared them mated. Now the human halves are left to and navigate through their insecurity with each other and how each person's violent and troubled past affects their reactions within the relationship. It also influences how they handle the events that confront them when they are sent out to find the rogue werewolf that is killing people and threating to expose the werewolves to the rest of the world.
Even though the Charles and Anna's romance is a major part of this book the few sex scenes in it are more of the PG13 variety. If you want a book with lots of explicit sex this isn't that book. If you're looking for a romantic storyline with lots of suspense and action that just happens to involve werewolves and evil witches spend your credit here. After you've gotten the novella first of course.
The story was not full of sex. The romance was sweet. I also liked the plot. It went together smoothly.
LOVED the book & the narrator!
Finished it in two days and got the second book of this series, can not wait for more from this amazing author! ( Mercy's books as well )
I have downloaded two of Patricia Briggs books and love them both. SHe has a way of holding your attention with her words. I highly recommend her books if you like Paranormal books!
Brenda from Oklahoma
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