Friday, February 15, 2013

4 STARS | Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs

Title: Alpha and Omega
Series: Alpha and Omega #0.5
Author: Patricia Briggs
Age Group: Adult
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Elements: Werewolves
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: October 20th, 2008
Source: Amazon
Events: 2012 Patricia Briggs Werewolf Challenge
Rating: 4/5 STARS
Purchase: Amazon

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...
Alpha and Omega takes place during the Moon Called storyline in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series. Alpha and Omega shows us what happens when Charles is sent to Chicago. Anna calls the Marrok about Alan Mackenzie Frazier, a young boy who has been reported missing. Only he's not missing--Anna has seen him in a cage for new werewolves in her Alpha's home.

When Charles arrives in Chicago and meets Anna, he realizes right away that she's not a submissive but a rare Omega. By the way that her pack treats her though, Charles knows that something isn't right within her pack. What he never expected though, was to find his mate. Now he'll do anything to protect Anna.

I absolutely loved Anna. She acts submissive because that's what she's been told she is, but she's got fire inside her, and Charles sees it. He has shown more emotion in this novella than in any of his appearances in the Mercy Thompson series. I'm really happy to see him with someone. He always seemed so alone and Anna brings Charles alive. I hated the way Anna's pack treated her. They made her think and feel that she was less than she is, and that's just not right. With Anna headed to Montana with Charles, I'm really excited to see what happens next for these two.

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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

Disclaimer: This review was originally posted in 2013 to my book blogs, Zodiac Book Reviews and A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books.


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