Author: Patricia Briggs

Lightning Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted November 5, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Lightning Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Epic, Paranormal
Pages: 310
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four-stars

Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson's world--but with rules of its own.
INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS...

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member--and as his mate.

Though this is labeled as the first book in the series, I would recommend reading the companion novella, Alpha and Omega, before starting this as it sets up the story/characters. You can download it here or here.

Anna has been brutalized by her pack for 3 years. Though she gains some confidence in this novel, I like that Briggs didn’t make her well overnight. It takes time to overcome something so traumatic. Her relationship with Charles is one that moves slow. Normally that’s something that would bother me, but Briggs does a good job of balancing the outside plot with the internal story, so the story wasn’t bogged down or slow. Because of Anna’s past, it makes sense that they would take things slow and have a lot to learn about each other. That Charles is a closed off person doesn’t help. He’s used to being alone and doesn’t know how to open up to Anna, even when he wants to.

The witch storyline was interesting, but I felt the final resolution was almost anti-climatic. I expected more bang. The cast of characters is interesting and I really like the world Briggs has built.

I’m hooked. Thank goodness she has a large backlist…

4.25 out of 5

Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

This book is available from ACE. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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Lightning Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 28, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 5 Comments

Lightning Review: Fair Game by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #3
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 6th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, General
Pages: 304
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four-stars

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey...
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...

Can I just say, I did NOT see that twist at the end coming. Whoa. I’m so anxious for the next book to find out what happens next!

Anna and Charles are still learning each other. I like that the going is slow, but I’m a little surprised they aren’t doing better with each other since they’ve now been together two years. I guess it makes sense since Charles has been keeping himself cut off from Anna for the last year, but I guess I expected things to be less awkward between them.

I really like the world Briggs has created. We saw more of it in this novel, since the conflict is away from the pack. It did seem like the final conflict was…not anti-climatic, exactly, but a bit less exciting than I expected given the build up. The villains weren’t a surprise, so maybe that’s why I struggled with it? The very last twist is what got me. I didn’t see that coming at all.

Another strong entry in the series. I couldn’t put it down.

4 out of 5

The series:
Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

This book is available from ACE. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

four-stars

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Lightning Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted May 22, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Lightning Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #2
Also in this series: Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 25th 2009
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, General
Pages: 304
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four-half-stars

The first Alpha and Omega novel, Cry Wolf, unlocked the doors to a unique urban landscape in “a great…new werewolf series” (Darque Reviews). In Hunting Ground, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs invites readers to follow her even deeper into that seductive realm of the unknown… Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son—and enforcer—of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be, either… Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan—and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all—or risk losing everything…

I like how Anna is growing into herself. Part of the appeal of the series is watching her gain confidence in herself. At one point Charles thinks to himself something like “this is the Anna she would have been if she hadn’t been Changed”. It’s good that he appreciates both sides of Anna – the one she is because of her past, and the one who is overcoming it. I really like that Anna the human has a connection with Brother Wolf, instead of just her wolf connecting to his.

I did find myself becoming impatient with them a few times. I realize this is new for both of them, but if they would open up and talk a little things could go a lot more smoothly for them. On the other hand, I realize this is new territory for both and things aren’t going to be easily fixed.

The mystery angle was intriguing, though not hard to puzzle out. While the villains were easily identified, the story was told in such a way that I wasn’t bored or impatient with it.

I find myself impatient for the next book.

4.5 out of 5

The series:

Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

This book is available from Ace. You can buy it here, here in e-format or here in audio.

four-half-stars

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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted August 31, 2009 by Tracy in Features | 14 Comments

by Emma Holly, Fran Lee, Patricia Briggs, Shannon McKenna

She’s baaaaack! Yes, I’m back from my weekend in the mountains. It’s just so incredibly beautiful and peaceful up there. We had so much fun. I just love getting together with some of the women I know and having a weekend away. We laughed and drank wine and shopped (got some gorgeous Bass boots that were normally $109.00 for $49.00 and some Bass dress shoes that are stinking adorable for $43.00 marked down from $89.00…oh and got some stuff for hubby and kids too. lol) and read and played games. It was just relaxing and fun! I came back refreshed and feeling like I could conquer the world my office. lol

(Here’s a picture of the playful racoons that were on the deck of the house last night.)

And I did conquer the office! Well, at least part of it. The important book part. Here are before pictures of the shelves/messy office. Yes, the box and the bag on the floor have books in them, of course. (and I had the camera on the wrong setting which means the pictures were under-exposed and makes them look worse! lol)

And here’s the new bookcase. Technically it’s for cd/media storage but it was just so adorable and the perfect size for my office I just had to get it. I got to move my hubby’s cd’s (a friggin miracle) and then move some books around. I got an extra shelf out of it in the built-in bookcase and filled the new shelves with cd’s (he got 1 shelf) and my books. It’s beeeeeautiful! Here are photos of the finished product. Later I’ll be working on total office domination (which means that the trashy fish tank that is a total eyesore but my hubby refuses to move will be gone!) but for now I’m happy with the way it is. :0)

I even grouped the books that I’d already read by author. I know, don’t fall off your chairs, I was just on a roll. 🙂 And I have a big bag of books to take to the next So Cal Blogger Get-Together!

Reading: I really didn’t read that much this week but I got everything done that I needed to so that was good.
Book for The Book Binge read – check
Book for Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read read – check (well almost since it was a DNF)
Book for Nath’s Re-Read Challeng read – check
and a couple other stories in between.

So up first was Saving Midnight by Emma Holly. As I said in my last post, the review is up at The Book Binge if you’d like to read it.
Next up was my Tracy’s TBR Challenge Read for the week: All About Men by Shannon McKenna. Sorry to say this was a DNF for me. My thoughts are in my previous post here.
Next was Out of Her Dreams by Fran Lee. This is a story about a romance author who has dreamed about a man since she was 14. She has based a series of books on him and has used the likeness from her dream for the cover of the books. One day at a book signing a man shows up and he looks exactly like her dream man! It’s a cute story that has lots of sex and some sweet moments. 4 out of 5
Last were the books I read for my Re-Read Challenge. I re-read the novella Alpha and Omega and the book Cry Wolf both by Patricia Briggs. I’ll post my reviews on Tuesday.

And that’s it! Can you believe it? I know I was shocked too. lol Ah well, another day…another book! lol
Happy Reading!
(Sorry for the book covers going all wonky. I can’t seem to fix it. I think it might be time for a new blog template – this one’s driving me batty! lol)

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