Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) by Patricia Briggs – Book Review

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs : Book Review

I feel like I’ve been in a rut lately. I have enjoyed the books I have been reading, including this one, but I just haven’t felt like writing a review about them. Again, the books are good. I just don’t find that I have much to say about them. With that said, I almost read this book in one day. It was absolutely wonderful!


Published: August 25, 2009

Pages: 286

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
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…


Review:
Charles is such an interesting character. His communication, if you can call it that, with the spirits is demanding. The message he gets from them is unclear and completely frustrating. At least it would be for me. The spirits don’t explicitly say what will happen, more of a bad omen. And that brings us to the start of this book.

Bran is as diplomatic as ever. Regardless of his mind being made up and his intention to out the werewolves to the public, he feels it’s best to have a meeting with all the alpha’s. That’s grand except Charles is warned by the spirts and gets one of his bad feeling around Bran’s trip to Seattle. Lucky for him, Bran agrees not to go just as long as Charles goes in his place.

This meeting definitely tests Anna and Charles relationship and forces they to learn how to lean on each other. I do feel for Charles and appreciate Anna even more. You really get to see just how much Charles has to shut himself off from everyone in his life in order to do his job, in order to be Bran’s enforcer. I had no idea he disconnected so much from the outside world. How lonely that must feel. Every interaction he has, they are all tainted by fear – fear of Charles, fear he might have to do something to someone he cares about. To have no true friend and be feared by everyone, how lonely and sad. Then there’s Anna who sees what Charles is going through and not only understands why he shuts himself off from everyone, but mourns his loss – his loss of friends of something that could have been but can never be.

Anna’s character transformed from being wounded into a fierce and strong woman. I love her transformation and how she is accepting what she feels for Charles. I should have known Briggs never would have let her stay weak and broken. Not that she was ever weak in the beginning, more she needed a lot of healing.

This book is written with multiple perspectives which adds so much depth to all the minor characters. But with that said, there are so many characters introduced. In the beginning I was starting to wonder if I would confuse all the characters, mixing them up. But thankfully that wasn’t the case. Again, I shouldn’t have been worried. All of Patricia Briggs books are well done and the characters are so well defined that it’s easy to remember them all.

I know this isn’t my best review. I honestly don’t know what else to say beyond it’s such a good book!

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Otherwise – Until next time, Happy Reading 🙂

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) by Patricia Briggs – Book Review

Fangs For The Fantasy: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs

It has taken me a while to begin this series and not because I wasn’t interested. No, it took me a while because I really love Mercy Thompson series and I wasn’t ready to switch. But I am glad I did!


Published: July 29, 2008

Pages: 295

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:
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.

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Review:
This is one of those books I read right till the end and didn’t write a single thought down along the way. Even now, I feel like I am still processing this story. Patrica Briggs is a very talented writer and I still find myself surprised how much I loved this book. Switching over to Charles and Anna’s characters was easy and falling in love with them was even easier. Let’s not forget about Bran. Reading more about him was really fun! Getting an insight on why he is the way he is and more importantly why he is with his mate – not only enlightening but also explains SO much.

I really liked Anna’s character. She has been through the unimaginable and she is still strong and fierce in her own way. There is so much of the werewolf world that Anna doesn’t understand. I’m excited to see her character grow! Charles is growing on me. I find the gifts he has from his mothers side interesting. I am curious how that will play out in future books. The masks he hides behind, I mean wears seems like a necessary evil but it is so sad. I am say that he has been shaped to be the killer he is.

Overall, this book was emotional, more so than I thought it would be. If you haven’t already, I would recommend you start the series with the short story “Alpha and Omega” in the book On the Prowl. Cry Wolf picks up right where the short story leaves off and does not disappoint.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Otherwise – Until next time, Happy Reading 🙂