Author: Patricia Briggs
Title: Cry Wolf
Series: Alpha and Omega 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
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.
Anna is trying to settle down in her new home, but all the different and strange people surrounding her aren't making that easy. Then something starts attacking people in the nearby mountains and her mate, Charles, is called to investigate. Anna goes with him to help, and to escape the newness until she feels more settled, but she soon realizes the dark magic they're up against might kill them all before she has the chance.
A word of advice for anyone new to this series: go read the short story prequel Alpha and Omega first. It will make understanding the beginning of this book as well as the characterizations a lot easier. Briggs does a good job in this book of trying to remind readers of what happened in the prequel, but it's not perfect. I would also suggest reading the first few books of Briggs' Mercy Thompson series (I don't remember which book exactly Cry Wolf picks up during). With that out of the way, I want to start with how glad I am that Briggs decided to create this series. I believe Anna and Charles were originally only supposed to have the one story, but the prequel was so well liked by readers and by Briggs this series came into being.
I really enjoyed reading Anna and Charles interacting and seeing their relationship really start to grow. At the start of the book they've been awkwardly thrown together by their wolves and their human halves figuring out what their wolf halves decided is very well written. The plot as a whole with the romance balancing with fighting the bad guy was engaging and very interesting. I figured out a lot of what was going on well ahead of time, but that didn't hurt how much I enjoyed reading this story.
I recommend this book and the entire series. This book had a really interesting plot and I enjoyed the building romance between Anna and Charles, however I found the ending to be a bit predictable. You do need to have read all the prequels to fully understand this book, but it's still a good read regardless.
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