Monday, 6 February 2017

Chuckles Retro Reads: Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #0.5)


The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack- and inspires a power in Anna that she's never felt before.

My Review: 
This short story 'Alpha & Omega' was previously published in the anthology On the Prowl, but has recently been published in an anthology of Patricia Briggs work-'Shifting Shadows'. It is vital that you read this prequel story before you go on to the Alpha and Omega novels or you are going to be totally lost as to what is happening!

I picked up the On the Prowl anthology years ago to read the Alpha and Omega short story. I had just got into the Mercy Thompson series and decided to read the start of the spin off series. I didn't like it as I didn't know the characters and I lost interest in the entire series. This week, many years later, I decided to give it a second chance. The reason? Well, having read all the Mercy books so far, I now know a lot more about Bran's pack and figured that I'd now be more interested in reading about them. Last night I re-read this short story-and loved it! So it WAS a good idea to give it a second try!

Anna sees a report in a newspaper about a missing boy-who she saw locked in a cage at the house of Leo, her abusive Alpha. Despire her fear of Bran, the ruler of the werewolves, she reports it to him. He is sending his son Charles, his executioner, to investigate a few things that are wrong with Leo's pack and asks Anna to meet Charles so he can offer his protection to her. There is an attraction between them as Charles discovers his wolf wants her as a mate and she is a rare Omega werewolf, a calming influence on other werewolves.

There was a lot to like in this story. Anna is abused, damaged, knows little about the werewolf rules, changed against her will and raped by various pack members. Her life has been miserable and she finally sees that there may be a better life on offer away from Leo if Charles wants her as a mate. Anna is a sad character that you can instantly feel sorry for, and you want those that hurt her to be punished. As an MC she is able to carry the story well.

Charles is very much an Alpha, with dominant personality and striking looks. I already found him intriguing from what he hear about him in the other series. Perhaps I carry the same werewolf gene as Charles because, like him, I get irritated by people in crowded places! I hate shopping and anywhere with rude people pushing into me and being loud! So I had sympathy for Charles from the very start. I like the way he is determined to put the bad wolves in their place and protect Anna from them.

So, Charles has to find out why all the females in the pack except Leo's mate are dead-except Anna and why a lot of older wolves in the pack are also gone. I'm not going to spoil the plot by saying what he uncovers but it was a good plot twist, and it explains the brutal treatment of Anna. It was a twist that had me changing my mind about a few of the characters in the book.

Enjoyable read and I will certainly be going on to read the first full book in the series to see what happens next. (I have now completed the series and will be posting the reviews this week)
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10 comments:

  1. I LOOOOOVE werewolves. I read so much about it I sometimes overdo it so I have to take a break. I've been on a break from weeks now so I'm ready to go back to them. ;-) Mercy Thompson may be the way to make an awesome come back. I've heard they are good and you definitely make this one sounds good. I must have that gene too BTW!

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    1. I literally have no patience for dumb people getting in my way! I definitely recommend Mercy and this spin off series!

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  2. Ah this makes a bit of sense now that I've read Moon Called- with charles going to Chi-land all that. Love the sound of it, I had no idea she branched out to tell the Chicago story!

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    1. I like that this series is not just a copy of Mercy...it looks at the werewolf story from a different angle which continues through the series.

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  3. Anna and Charles are wonderful! I think that this is one of the better novella or short story length pieces out there. Great series!

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    1. I love Charles and Anna but I could elope with Brother Wolf!

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  4. I went through a really big werewolf stage a few years ago (before blogging). In fact, I've always favored them over vampires - go figure!

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    1. I've always loved werewolves because they are human but dangerous, and I enjoy the Pack with diferent personalities. I don't read many new ones now as most are about fur ripping lust and the hot Alpha which is not my kind of read!

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  5. Hmm....I'm thinking I have the anthology Prowl. But I'm not 100% sure. I want to read this series though. :)

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    1. Patricia Briggs just recently published an anthology of short stories which has a couple of stories from the Montana wolves including this one and some about characters from the Mercy Thompson books.

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