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Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 18, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Rowena
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #2
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 25th 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 304
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four-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’m reading a lot of Patricia Briggs these days and I can’t say that I’m mad about it. I’m really liking the Alpha & Omega world and Briggs definitely kept the party going in Hunting Ground. Reading these books is like watching my favorite crime show every week. We get the same characters, living in the same world but they’re fighting through something different, fighting a new bad guy every week. I’m kind of addicted to this series.

This book follows Charles and Anna out to Seattle where they’re on business for the Marrok. The Marrok is bringing the werewolves out in the public and he’s the big boss so he can make those kinds of decisions. The Alphas from around the world are coming together in Seattle so that they can voice their concerns and vent their frustrations to Charles who is there on behalf of the Marrok. That’s a lot of Alphas under one roof and with that many dominant wolves together, you know there’s going to be drama.

Charles was prepared for the drama that came with a bunch of Alphas together under one roof. He was also prepared for all of the anger and frustrations about the werewolves coming out to the public. He wasn’t prepared for the vampire attack on Anna and then the other werewolves that followed.

Charles continued to make me all swoony with how Alpha and hot he is in this book and his love for Anna makes me want to hug him for the rest of my life. I adore seeing these two grow in their love for each other in small doses. They’re mated and they both love each other but they’re still learning new things about each other every day and trying to fix their issues …together. I really enjoy the sweet moments between these two because it balances the intense-ness of everything else going on around them.

I love how one moment Charles will say something like this:

“If it would benefit you, I would kill every wolf here. But there are things that you need to do — and interfering with that is not protecting, not in my book. The best way for me to protect you is to encourage you to be able to protect yourself.”

…and then he’ll make me laugh with shit like this:

“Your woman tells me you will hunt me down and eat my marrow while I live.”

“Did she?” Charles looked at her, and she saw the approval in his face. She doubted anyone else would have read anything at all. His voice was a caress, just for her. “Would you like that, love?”

Keeping the romance alive is real between Charles and Anna and I’m so here for that. I’m also here for everything else going on. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who was behind the vampire attacks and I’m happy to say that I knew early on who the big bad was. My senses were tingling from the first but I didn’t guess the motivations behind their actions so there was still loads for me to figure out. I liked how everything came together and I liked all of the new characters that we met in this one.

I’m trying to remember if there was anything that didn’t work for me in this book but I can’t think of anything. This book was another great addition to this series and I immediately started the next book in the series so Briggs did good with this one.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

Reading Order:

Seeing Eye
Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

four-stars

Joint Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 17, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 9 Comments

Joint Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly & Rowena
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary, 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.

Rowena: Cry Wolf is the first full length book in the Alpha & Omega and it introduces us to the world of Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. Charles is a dominant werewolf who works as the enforcer for the Marrok and Anna is a newly turned werewolf who was abused and mistreated until Charles shows up and saves her from her old pack.

Over the course of Cry Wolf, there are many things at play. There’s a rogue wolf taking out humans, there is the whole mating thing between Charles and Anna and the list goes on and on but one thing that I found interesting was how well Briggs was able to juggle all of those different story-lines and still deliver a fantastic book. I thought she set up the rest of the series incredibly well and am really looking forward to digging into this series.

Holly: Briggs is a master at keeping things together. You haven’t read her Mercy Thompson series, but the way she weaves the threads from that series and this one together is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I really love Charles and Anna, but it was the world itself I was invested in. The secondary characters, the strange dreams Asil was having, the Marrok and his pack, the politics, etc. All of it was fascinating.

Rowena: Yes. I found it interesting that as much as I loved the bits with Charles and Anna figuring things out between them, I was just as interested in everything else that was going on. From Walter and the rogue wolf to the Marrok and his mate to just…everything. I wanted to know all of it.

I will say that things started off a bit slow for me. I think I was much more anxious for things to get rolling that I slogged through the beginning but after I finished the entire book, I went back and read the first part of the book and was taken aback and how thorough Briggs is with just everything.

After finishing, I wanted to know everything. I want to know what happens now. Are there any lingering affects with the Marrok? What happens now with Charles and Anna? What about Samuel? There’s a lot to dig into and I’m looking forward to all of that.

Holly: I thought the beginning was a bit slow as well. When they started looking for the Rogue is when it picked up, I think.

I love that though Anna and Charles are fated mates, it wasn’t a quick fall into love and comfort for them. They barely knew each other, and I think Briggs handled that well.

Do you think you’ll read the Mercy Thompson series?

Rowena: Oh, definitely. I’ll be all over that Mercy Thompson series for sure.

Man, that whole thing surrounding the Marrok and what happens to him when the Black Witch gets her claws into him? Do they dig into that whole thing in the coming books? I’m really interesting in reading more about that.

I really liked that Charles wanted Anna to be sure, that he gave her a choice in the matter of becoming his mate. I liked seeing them both battle their feelings along with everything else that was going on. When she introduces herself as Anna Cornick? I cheered like a crazy person!

Holly: We learn more about the Marrok in both series, though there isn’t a book dedicated solely to him…yet. Shifting Shadows is a collection of novellas set in that world and one of the shorts, written about Samuel, explains a lot more about the Marrok.

What did you think of the suspense portion of the story? The witch and all her shenanigans?

Rowena: Good, I’m glad to hear that cause I found myself more curious about him as I read through this book.

That woman was crazy and for her to be crazy for those many years? I also thought she was pretty crafty too. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do what she did in any other paranormal series that I’ve read. At least I can’t remember so her whole deal and her obsession with the Moor was mind boggling good.

What about that rogue wolf? I thought Walter was a fantastic character and even though we don’t really dig deep into her character, we got enough that I was completely in love with him.

Seriously, I want more.

Holly: I thought Walter was pretty great. His back story made me sad,but I liked the person he was.

The world is fresh and imaginative. I love Charles and Anna, too, as well as all the secondary characters. I’m giving this a 4.25 out of 5.

Now we just need to get you to read the Mercy Thompson series. 😉

Rowena: Overall, this book was an entertaining read. I’m really enjoying getting to know not just Charles and Anna but the other people in their world as well. Bran, Samuel, Asil and so many others. I like that the Alpha & Omega novella tied right into the beginning of this book and I can’t wait for more.

Oh, I’m definitely reading Mercy Thompson…especially since I read Fair Game and have already met her mate, Adam. I want to know more about him.

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

Reading Order:

Seeing Eye
Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

four-stars

Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 3, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Rowena
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: October 20th 2008
Genres: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 86
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four-half-stars

In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson — but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega," the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.

Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...

This novella was originally published in the anthology, On the Prowl.

So this was the introduction chapter into the Alpha & Omega series that I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about. I picked this book up because I started the Five Books Everyone Should Read challenge and this book was on Kaetrin’s list. This was actually my first book for the Five Books Everyone Should Read Challenge and I really, really enjoyed it.

So I guess I owe Kaetrin a big ol’ THANK YOU because right after I finished this book, I had to start Cry Wolf…and I’m not even a little mad about it. It’s been a while since I’ve let myself become immersed into a paranormal world or as this series would actually be catogorized as Urban Fantasy but whatever genre this one is, it’s been a while for me…but I really loved the world that Briggs has created for this series. It’s interesting and three dimensional.

Charles came onto the picture all hot to trot and Anna felt so small that I’m really looking forward to seeing their relationship and Anna grow.

One thing that impressed me with this short story was the punch that Briggs packed in such a short amount of page space. Reading this book didn’t feel like a short story and while it didn’t feel like a complete story either, I thought it was the perfect set up to the rest of the series. We got the cobwebs out as to who is who, we got the set up for Book 1 perfectly and the intrigue for the rest of the world was there as well.

In the short amount of time that it took me to read this book, I loved and I hated and when I closed the book in the end, I looked forward.

Kudos to Briggs on this one. It rocked my socks!

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

Reading Order:

Alpha & Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

four-half-stars

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 4, 2015 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #4
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Hunting Ground
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban, Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary, General
Pages: 336
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five-stars

Praised for being “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense, and paranormal,”* Patricia Briggs’s Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…   For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday at the big Scottsdale horse show. Or at least their visit starts out that way...   Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.   *Rex Robot Reviews

I came late to the Mercy Thompson world. I didn’t read my first Briggs book until 2012 and I started with the Alpha and Omega series. While I love Mercy, Adam, and the rest of the Columbia Basin crew, Charles and Anna are my favorites.

I knew I was in for a good story before I started, simply because it’s Charles and Anna. I had no idea I’d end up loving it as much as I did. This is, hands down, my favorite Briggs novel to date. The way Charles and Anna both grew in this story was wonderful and the external plot was engaging and interesting. While I’m not one who needs to read in order, I believe this series should be read from the beginning. The development of the relationship has been a slow and intricate thing, and many subtleties will be missed if you skip the earlier books (though I do not think it’s necessary to read the Mercy Thompson series in order to enjoy this one).

In the previous book, Fair Game, the Fae declared themselves a separate nation after one of theirs didn’t receive justice from humans. They retreated to their reservations and all but disappeared. They’ve been publicly quiet, though privately they’ve been trying to enter into an agreement with the werewolves to act as allies. It seems they’ve also been allowing some of the strongest, most evil of their species out to play.

Charles receives a call that his old friend is dying, and Charles uses Anna’s birthday as an excuse to visit, since he’d like to buy her a horse and his friend is a breeder. Charles hasn’t seen Joseph in many years, so the trip is meant to be about new beginnings and old goodbyes. Of course, nothing is easy when it comes to them, and right off they’re faced with a situation.

Joseph’s father ,Hosteen, is the local alpha. When Hosteen’s son, Kage, receives increasingly disturbing messages from his wife, Chelsea, indicating she’s in distress Anna, Charles, Hosteen and his son rush to their home to find she’s just barely stopped herself from attacking – and killing – her own children. It started  with a headache that came on while on the way home from picking the kids up at daycare, and turned into her having thoughts about harming her children.

These beginning chapters are what initially drew me in. Chelsea’s struggle to overcome the compulsion to hurt her children coupled with her frantic messages to her husband had my heart racing. I was crying by chapter two. I was extremely impatient when the chapters switched to Charles and Anna, which rarely happens. Slowly the two storylines (Ann and Charles and Chelsea and her children) merged and that’s when the story really picked up.

Anna and Charles come to realize the compulsion Chelsea was under is a result of Fae magic. While investigating the source, they discover many missing children, or ones who are acting in a very strange way. A powerful Fae is stealing the children and replacing them with simulacrums. Though it’s too late for many, they’re soon racing against the clock to save one in particular.

On the personal front, Anna has been considering a way to get Charles to agree to give her a child. Werewolves can’t have children – the change is too hard on them and they always miscarry – but Charles is a born werewolf. Anna is convinced his magic, combined with her Omega status, will allow her to carry to term. But Charles’ mother went mad from not changing and died shortly after giving birth to him. He refuses to lose Anna, and can’t even consider letting her try to become pregnant. They don’t really talk about the issue, but they’ve both been thinking about it. The resolution to this thread (which has been woven throughout the other books as well) was the most satisfying for me. In the end we saw growth and acceptance from both Charles and Anna, which gave a polished, well-rounded shine to their relationship.

There’s also the familial connection with Charles’ old friend, an old flame of his and a horse show to put together. Briggs works these threads seamlessly into the tapestry of the story. While it could have been clunky or too busy, instead it felt as if we were immersed in their daily lives.

Charles has always been something of an enigma. Though I feel like we have a good sense of the person he is, based on his thoughts and Anna’s perception of him, we don’t know a lot about his past. Seeing his old friend opened up a whole new side to him. He became more relatable, more human even. His humor is more evident in this book, which I loved. Most importantly, though, I felt like he finally saw himself through Anna’s eyes. Not that he’ll necessarily feel any different about himself, but seeing her perception of him was enough for now. He’s always seen himself as a hired killer and nothing more, but Anna sees him as a protector of those unable to protect themselves, herself included.

Charles put his lips against Anna’s ear. “He’s very dead.”
She nodded jerkily. “Sorry.”
“No,” he said, his breath warm against her neck. “Don’t be sorry. Just know if anyone ever tries to hurt you again— they will be dead, too.”
And some people had tried, hadn’t they. And yes, she realized, they were all dead. Charles was a big warm presence at her back, better than a solid wall or bars.
She picked up her fork and took a bite of brisket. “Okay,” she told Charles. “Deal.”

One of the best things about Charles and Anna is how they work as a partners, both in a romantic sense and out. Charles wants – needs – to protect Anna, but he realizes he can’t smother her or treat her like a child. In fact, teaching her to protect herself is one of the best gifts he has given her. Similarly, Anna brings out a lighter side to Charles.

He felt Brother Wolf’s joy in his mate and shared it. He would never take the gift of her presence in his life for granted. He’d been alone so long, so certain that there would be no one for him. He scared even other werewolves. And a part of him— of Charles, not Brother Wolf— hadn’t wanted to find anyone. He’d understood that caring for another person the way he cared for Anna would leave him vulnerable. His father’s hatchet man could not afford any weaknesses. And one day, there she was, his Anna: strong and funny despite the harm that had been done to her. She had tamed Brother Wolf first, but before he’d been in her presence ten minutes, he’d known that she would be his. That he needed her to be his.
“You’re growling,” she said, a smile in her voice. “What are you thinking?”
“That I love you,” he said. “That I am grateful every day that you decided to let me keep you.”

I’ve been wondering when Anna’s past would come up again. She was mistreated by her former pack – before Charles mated with her – and she carries some trauma from the abuse. I never felt like it was swept under the rug or not dealt with, but we didn’t see a lot of side effects in the previous two books. A few small things here and there, but mostly she was growing as a werewolf and becoming stronger as a human. Here she was confronted with her past in a way that left her vulnerable and scared, and really showed her trauma. Yet she triumphed. Not because she miraculously overcame her past, but because she embraced her weakness and rose above it.

Prior to the end of the last book, the Fae have been rather docile creatures. Their power is alluded to, we saw hints of it here and there, but they were more like fairytales used to keep children in line; Scary, but easy to brush aside. That changes here. It’s clear that the Fae have been holding back, and now the gloves are off. It will be interesting to see what other creatures they release from Underhill to terrorize the humans.

I haven’t read a book by Briggs I didn’t like (though I like some more than others), but I’ve yet to read one that grabbed me like this one did. I was smiling so wide as I closed the book my cheeks actually ached. I loved everything about it. Briggs really knocked this one out of the park.

5 out of 5

The Series:

Alpha and Omega
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game
Dead Heat

five-stars

Giveaway: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 2, 2015 by Holly in Giveaways | 9 Comments

With Patricia Briggs’ Dead Heat (Ace Hardcover, March 3, 2015) on the way, which is my favorite book in the series so far, we’re giving away three copies of Cry Wolf, book one in the Alpha and Omega series. The Alpha and Omega series is anoffshoot of the Mercy Thompson series and follows werewolf couple Charles and Anna, told in the third person.

cry wolf

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.

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. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

 

I adore this series. Anna and Charles are such a wonderful couple, and the world is fabulous. This is a wonderful opportunity for fans of the series to add to the book to their collection, or for those who haven’t read it to finally do so.

We’re giving away three copies! Use the widget below teave a comment telling us why you’re interested and you’ll be entered to win! This giveaway is open to those who have a US shipping address.
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dead heatPreorder your copy of Dead Heat now!

THE NEW CHARLES AND ANNA NOVEL
Praised as “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal,”* the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal—or at least it starts out that way…
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Dead Heat will be available from Ace Hardcover March 3, 2015. Preorder it here or here in e-format.