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Guest Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Posted April 11, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 6 Comments

Guest Review: Burn Bright by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Tracy
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #5
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Alpha & Omega, Hunting Ground, Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15)
Published by Ace
Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
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four-stars

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

Charles and Anna are in charge of the Aspen Creek pack while Bran is away.  When Charles gets a cryptic call from one of the pack they call “the wildlings” he and Anna head off to discover what the issue is.  When they arrive they find Jonesy, the husband of one of their wolves beside himself as his wife Hester has been kidnapped and is being held in a cage awaiting transport.  Charles and Anna manage to free the wife, but her captors end up killing her anyway and her husband follows her into death.  While the pack is cleaning up they discover major surveillance on Hester and Jonesy’s home and figure out that someone is after the wildlings.  They also figure out that someone in the pack is a traitor.

Charles, Ann, and a few others head out in pairs to warn the wildlings about Hester and Jonesy’s deaths and the fact that people may be coming for them.  Of course they don’t know if the traitor is a wildling so it’s all pretty sensitive.

I wish that I could give you a bit more information about this book but anything further I tell you would be giving things away and believe me when I tell you that part of the greatness of this book is watching things unfold little by little.  Just an aside: This book runs pretty concurrently with the Mercy Thompson series so if you read that series as well you’ll know exactly when this book takes place as you’re reading.

In Burn Bright, not only do we get wonderful Charles and Anna time, and their werewolf awesomeness, but we also get to see a lot of the pack dynamic at work – especially with Bran gone.  With Charles and Anna we get to see, once again, the incredible bond that has been created between these two and the ease with which they now live.  I loved seeing these two work their magic with each other.  Briggs did an amazing thing when she thought up this pair and she’s not let us down yet.

We also got to see some great pack dynamics and how those worked.  We got a big dose of Asil, which is always good, and I even started to like Leah (Bran’s mate) a tiny, tiny bit. Lol  She still has a long way to go. 🙂

Overall this was a really good read and once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait quite as long for the next C & A book.

Rating 4 out of 5  

four-stars


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Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 6, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Holly
Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15) by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #5
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Cry Wolf, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Alpha & Omega, Hunting Ground, Burn Bright
Published by Ace
Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
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four-stars

In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

This series runs parallel to the Mercy Thompson series. The events of Burn Bright take place shortly after the events in Silence Fallen, the most recent Mercy Thompson release.

With Bran out of the country, Charles is in charge. When a call comes in from one of the Wildlings – the misfits who aren’t part of the Aspen Creek pack but still fall under the Marrok – asking for help, Charles and Anna head into the mountains to see what they can do. What they find is worse than they could have imagined; Someone is targeting the Wildlings, yes, but it seems to be part of a larger conspiracy that hints at a traitor in the pack. As Charles and Anna work to uncover the details, all signs are pointing to a betrayal that will rock the very foundations of the pack.

I love Charles and Anna. They have a great couple dynamic. They’re supportive of each other, and honest in their dealing with one another. I love that, despite his dominance – or maybe in spite of it – Charles recognizes Anna’s strengths and never tries to stifle her. They’re at their best here as a couple.

The Wildlings have been mentioned in other books, but we didn’t know much about them. I enjoyed stepping outside of the normal pack structure to see some of the misfits Bran has collected over the years. I’ll be honest, I didn’t guess the villain. I knew it wasn’t who was presented as a red herring, but the truth surprised me.

The pack politics and mystery surrounding who’s after the pack was intriguing and kept me engaged. The way Charles and Anna worked together melted my heart. This is definitely another winner from Briggs.

Alpha & Omega Series

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

four-stars


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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, Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15), Burn Bright
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: August 25th 2009
Genres: Fantasy
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


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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
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


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Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 3, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Alpha & Omega by Patricia BriggsReviewer: Rowena
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: October 20th 2008
Genres: 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


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