Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) – Patricia Briggs
The Good: This story was well-written, it kept me interested and it was easy to read. The whole omega concept was creative and I appreciated Anna’s role in the pack.
The Bad: As far as a werewolf tale goes, it was not my favorite. To begin with, I felt that there was supposed to be a whole other book that came before this one… oh and there is. There is a prequel I didn’t know about, until after I finished this one.
Finding out that a prequel exists annoyed me even more. It appears to have been released a couple months after this story came out. So perhaps, I am not the first person to complain of this issue. I shouldn’t have to read the prequel to feel enchanted by this story. That seems like lazy writing to me.
As a reader that was unaware at the time that a prequel existed, I felt thrust into this awkward and forced romance that had no grounds or beginning. It just was presented to me and I was expected to accept it. The past of Anna is explained in some back detail, but you never really get a clear image of how she came to be, and how Charles found her.
Secondly, one other element that irked me was Charles had magical abilities. Flicking his imaginary wand and having clothes appear on his body just didn’t seem to fit. I found it annoying. And an eye roll may have occurred.
I thought about putting this story down in the beginning, but I kept trudging through because as said before, it was easy enough to read.
Surprisingly, I am glad I kept reading. I think the story improved with time. And Briggs is a good writer. However, I am still on the fence if I will purchase the next installment in the series or delve into the prequel. I’m not sure. I think I might see what else is out there before I take another chance on this series. For the price, it was worth checking out, but I warn the reader that they should likely start with the prequel.
Here is the link to the prequel, if you are so inclined.
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.