Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega #1)
By Patricia Briggs
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Reading Level: Medium
Review: 4 / 5
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. (Goodreads)
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All you werewolf lovers out there, this is one for you. A contemporary paranormal romance that has action at every turn and surprises popping up here and there, this is one of my favorite werewolf books. And even if you don’t like werewolves, or vampires, of fae, or anything remotely cool, you should still read this book because of how entertaining it is.
Just a heads up, though, there is a book before this one, a novella, On the Prowl (Alpha and Omega 0.5), that contains the very beginning of this series, and you may wish to read it first – it isn’t essential, but it does contain some information that makes the “1st” book seems more logical. Cry Wolf sort of jumps right into the plot, but On the Prowl sort of works as a premise for it.
What I enjoy most about this book is the relationship, and even though that is usually what I enjoy the most, in this book especially. It is quite complicated, especially considering Anna and Charles’ pasts; with Anna being beaten down (literally and figuratively) to a excruciatingly frail creature, and Charles being this “assassin” for his father… it is bound to cause some serious internal conflicts. It is very intriguing to read about how they solve their respective conflicts, but how they also sort of solve them together. A partnership, if you will.
The plot in itself isn’t the most captivating thing I’ve ever read, which is why this book is only receiving a 4 / 5. Yes, the things that happen along the main plot line are fascinating, and essentially what makes you continue, but the main story line is sort of, “Meh, I see your point.” It isn’t like The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, where you are hanging onto each and every word because you are desperate to discover what happens next. Not to say that this novel is bad – it did get 4 / 5 – but it isn’t the best thing you will ever read in your life.
What I also really like about this novel is the supporting characters – mainly because they are so rich in their diversity. You have your good guys and your bad guys, but you also have the ones that are sort of in-between, which always makes for an entertaining read. I especially like those characters where you aren’t really sure where you have them; of whether or not they are “good” or “evil.”
I also like Brigg’s writing style as well as everything else. Quite simplistic, but nothing overtly fancy about it – just right for the sort of novels she writes.
Anyway, if you enjoy werewolf supernatural romance novels, then this is a book for you! Plus, Charles is yummy, which is a bonus.
Have a wonderful day!