Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Published: July 29, 2008 by Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country is about to recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.
I had really high hopes for Cry Wolf based on the prequel, Alpha and Omega, which I really loved but this just didn’t live up to my expectations. The biggest problem I had with the story is that Anna just seemed to fade into the background and after the small glimpses of her spunk and fire we saw in Alpha and Omega I wanted more of that. While Anna has every reason to be timid and cautious after being brutalized by her previous pack, I just felt like she wasn’t a significant character in her own story. Had Briggs removed Anna from the story completely, not much would have changed. She doesn’t really provide much impact to the overall plot other than her ability to “tame” Walter’s wolf when she meets him.
While Anna’s character was severely lacking, I felt like we learned a lot about Charles and I enjoyed this development. He’s so much more than his father’s killer but because of his status he’s often feared by everyone who knows his reputation. He’s not used to letting people in but he makes an exception for Anna because his wolf has accepted her as his mate. The chemistry was a tad lacking between Anna and Charles mostly because they spend so much time hunting the rogue wolf. My other issue in regards to characters is that we get so much history on Bran, Charles’s father, and Asil, another wolf in their pack. Instead of enhancing, I felt that the history overtook the story in some places and instead of reading about Charles and Anna, I was reading about other characters that I didn’t particularly like.
I’m undecided on whether or not I’ll continue with this series because the more I think about Cry Wolf, the less motivation I have to read more.
**Reader Safety: Heroine has been turned into a werewolf against her will and has been beaten and raped repeatedly (referenced, off page)
2 stars – it was ok
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