Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) by Patricia Briggs – Book Review

“You cannot look at a person, and say, ‘If I could change this or that, if I could pick what I want and discard other things, I could love this one.’ Such a love is pale and weak—and doomed to failure.”

I really enjoyed this book!! It is very different with some unexpected discoveries.


Published: March 6, 2018

Pages: 308

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
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…

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Review:
The book opens with a prologue that although was beautiful to read, I struggled to understand the meaning behind it. But I should have known Patricia Briggs wouldn’t have put something in the story unless it had a purpose. So fear not, it doesn’t take long before the prologue clicks and begins to make sense.

This series, as always, is so enlightening when it comes to the inner workings of Bran. I always though of Bran and Mercy’s relationship as one similar to a father daughter. But I am shocked that as far as Bran is concerned, there are deeper feelings involved.

“I do,” she said. “I even understand it, much as it pains me to say so. Bran is funny about Mercy. If you were that funny about Mercy, I would feel the same way Leah does—no matter how likable I might find her.

. . .

He threw up his hands. “Okay. Yes. I saw it, of course I did. As did Leah. But my da would never have moved on Mercy. Say what you will about him—but his wolf has accepted Leah as his mate, and he will not cheat on her. And Mercy has never seen him as anything except a father figure and her Alpha. That’s what she needed, and that’s what he gave her. I don’t think Mercy has ever recognized that it could be more than that.”

Wow, I am so torn by this. On one hand I would love a spinoff series with Bran at the center, especially those early years when Mercy was still living in Aspen Creek. I think I would love a spinoff for Bran in general. On the other hand, where did these feelings come from?!?! Thinking back to the Mercy Thompson series, there is a possibility that Bran always felt this way and I just assumed it was coming from a place of fatherly love. But then that complicates things, especially where Samuel is concerned and that family dynamic just got really weird! I am going to have to think on this…

Charles is a bit reckless in the beginning of this book and it puts him and Anna in a really tough spot. Thankfully, that isn’t a consistent theme throughout the book. Charles and Anna continue to grow closer and as their relationship continues to develop, they seem to become stronger together.

Wellesley’s story is so sad. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure Anna could help him and I really wanted her to be able to help him. Wellesley’s story is so complex and a good lesson why you don’t assume what others are going through because you will probably be wrong. Wellesley is known as the schizophrenic, mad wolf, which makes him the perfect wildling. And as you know, no one listens or believes the mutterings of a mad man…

In this book, Charles and Anna are fighting against time to figure out who the traitor is amongst them. I must say, when the truth comes out, everything leading up to this moment makes more sense. Bran’s ‘vacation’, secret pact knowledge somehow leaking out and given to enemies.. But the truth is much more complicated and it is never exactly how it seems.

Leah’s character was at the forefront of this book. Although I really don’t like her, there are aspects about her that I respect and empathize with. Her and Bran’s relationship is heartwrenching. To be tied so closely to someone you know doesn’t love you,  that would be painful. Painful watching the love Bran has and so freely gives out to those select few and know that will never be directed at you. I can see resentment can build.

This book went by far too fast! I really wanted the book to last longer and I even tried doing just that. But nonetheless, I finished the book in under two days. As I turned the final page, all I could feel was satisfaction and content. This book is so well written and the plot is both exciting and mysterious. I love the heartache and twists Patricia Briggs adds into her stories. 

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

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4) by Patricia Briggs – Book Review

ARC Review: Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs
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I really love this art! I came across it on a random search and I think it is so well done! I love the detail, the innocence and strength you can find in the eyes.


Published: March 3, 2015

Pages: 324

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:
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.

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Review:
Dead Heat begins with an odd prologue around a Fae Lord. Although it doesn’t give much away, I imagine it is a precursor to what is to come. The book continues with Anna’s birthday that is quickly approaching, as well as some serious and possibly unwelcomed talk around having kids. But then what you read from the prologue circles back around, and it’s disturbing. Even more disturbing is when you realize what the Fae’s favorite prey is.

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This is the first book in the series I get a creepy vibe from. The attacks on Chelsea and the past cases involving children, that’s a powerful image – not necessarily one that I like. This book surrounds children and that can be one of the hardest things to read about. Especially when those children don’t always get their happy ever after ending.

The Doll Collector, oh boy.. Creepy is the first adjective I would use to describe him. I would also use scary as hell and any parents worst nightmare. His dark abilities are unforgiving. Before I jumped into this series, I read the Mercy Thompson books and all I can think of is Mercy’s relationship with Zee and how normal and comfortable that felt. After reading this book I am realizing that relationship was the exception and not the norm.

Dead Heat has one heck of an epic battle!! As the book progressed, I kept waiting for the Doll Collector to come. The anticipation was intense and was made even more so after the failure to stop the him. I knew the solution they found was too easy. The battle that came next had me turning the pages faster than ever.

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I couldn’t believe what I was reading and I needed to know what would happen next! But what happened next was with Joseph, oh Joseph. We all knew he was going to die in the book. That shouldn’t come as any surprise. But still, his death hit hard and it seemed impossible to not get emotional.

Leslie is back in this book and I’m glad. I liked her character from Fair Game and I like the continued connection she brings. She is a little standoffish in this book, not as friendly, but I still liked her fierce personality.

Maggie’s character was probably my least favorite. Everyone was either weaker than her – who she pitied – or they were competition in which she was unkind to. Although she was fiercely protective, she was quick to judge and often judged others incorrectly. Maggie also was the kind of person who wanted what she didn’t and in some cases, couldn’t have. Maggie and Charles relationship is exceptionally close. Close to the point where one person in the relationship holds the other on a pedestal and is blinded by their less than ideal characteristics. It’s a complicated and complex relationship for Anna to navigate. Without any doubt, Anna manages their relationship, manages Maggie with both fierceness and grace.

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Jacob was another interesting character. He knew the dynamic between his wife, Maggie, and his best friend, Charles. He knew how Maggie felt about Charles but he loved her nonetheless. The book covered a lot of Charles and Jacob’s backstory.

Once again, Charles character continued to grow and develop more in this book. The end of the book reveals the biggest development, which I didn’t see coming. I am really looking forward to how that will play out. I do really love how strong Anna has turned out to be. I love how she doesn’t need Charles to fight her fights for her and yet she is not afraid to ask for help from him when she needs it. I envy and love how she fights with logic as opposed to fighting with her emotions.

There was one scene in which Anna showed a darker side to herself and her self talk mirrored  the more negative aspects we first saw in Charles within the first couple books in this series. Briggs didn’t dwell on this but I am sure we will see this side of Anna again. Especially if her and Charles relationship continues to develop like it is.

The end of the book had a better closing, wrapping up loose ends and not feeling like everything was rushed. I loved the horses in the book and their grace and beauty. After finishing the book, I have a slight incline to want to go horse back riding. I think that’s a testament to Briggs writing and her ability to guide her readers, sucking them into feeling the emotions she wants you too.

Overall, this is an emotional book. Whenever kids are involved and especially if you have kids of your own, emotions can run high. Bran didn’t show up too much in this book, which was fine.

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

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3) by Patricia Briggs – Book Review

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I really enjoy this book. There are some unexpected scenes and some slower parts. But overall I really enjoy the book. I have read a lot of comparisons between this series and the Mercy Thompson one. I don’t see why there is such a debate. In my mind, these series aren’t comparable. I don’t see one being better than the other. I think it’s about what you are wanting, looking for in the characters. Mercy and Adam and not anything like Anna and Charles. that’s not a good thing or bad, it just is. Either way, both series are good. The Alpha and Omega series has been a nice change of pace.


Published: March 6, 2012

Pages: 304

stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:
It is said that 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.

When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights. . . .

Review:

The prologue is interesting and oddly titled – Fairy Tale. At least that is what I thought. I love these quotes –

She (Lezie) mostly learned from observation rather than by asking questions because, in her experience, people lied better with their lips than they did with their actions. 

Lezie learns two valuable things about the fae that day. They were powerful and charming – and they ate children and puppies.

The first speaks volumes to the kind of life Lezie has lived. Most young kids aren’t that intuitive at such a young age, unless they have had to live a challenging life. The second, I’m not sure it needs explaining. The Fae are commonly written about and Patricia Briggs was able to sum them up perfectly in just one sentence. They are indeed a double edge sward and not anyone I would want to meet.

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I’m still surprised that Anna has come farther than Charles in their relationship, trust, and mating. Anna is fierce – no holding back, all in – right from the start and yet Charles is still still holding back. He is holding back his emotions, closing the mate bond so only the bare minimum gets through. Having your mate close down the bond between the two of you must be one of the worst feelings ever. I would guess it could compare to having someone you love cut off a big part of themselves and unknowingly a part of you. I guess I assumed from Hunting Ground that Charles came just as far as Anna with accepting himself, them, and being at peace with their bond.

The opening of the book is sad. I feel for Anna but more so for Charles. Again, Bran has a big presence in this book and is so different than I pictured before. It’s not that I think Briggs changed anything about Bran’s character. I think he has always been like this, now we are just seeing a different side of him, a side that is crueler. I am used to the image of him from the Mercy Thompson series. I wasn’t necessarily expecting to see this side of him.

…and his son (Charles) would kill himself to be what his father needed.
– Bran

Bran’s character surprised me in more than one way. I had no idea he had a different kind of relationship with his wolf. He is always so calm and put together. He makes everything look easy. Bran is much more complex as he seems..

One thing that irked me was Charles explanation of his involvement with his mothers magic –

Sometimes he would tell her what he was doing; sometimes he wouldn’t… he’d told her once that some things were to be shared, and others were not – and that was good enough for her.

Okay… Does that bother anyone else?

The scene where the haunting leaves Charles was a bit anticlimactic. It felt rushed, as thought the author didn’t know how to exactly tie up the loose ends she she decided to wipe her hands and say it’s done. Charles ghosts have been a big part of him and his struggles for so long. This was not something taken lightly and it was a something Charles let turn into a big problem. To be able to fix it as though it was hardly an inconvenience made me wonder why it was presented as such a big problem when it could have been easily taken care of.

When the book reaches the big climax – I wasn’t fully surprised. I knew who one of the culprits was going to be and wondered when they would make their true nature known. With respect of not wanting to give too much way – because let’s be honest, giving away too much is never fun – that is all I will say for now. I was surprised with my reaction to Anna being taken. All I could do was chuckle and shake my head. Man did they mess with the wrong wolf!!

I really enjoy this book. There are some unexpected scenes and some slower parts. But overall I really enjoy the book. A lot does happen at the end of the book. Injustice that was forcefully turned into justice.. the Fae have started something that I am guessing will lead us into the next book. The ending of the book took on such a fast pace but then all of a sudden it ends. I am used to more of a gradual ending, not something I have come to expect with this series.

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