Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf

Book - 2008
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After years at the bottom of the pack, Anna has learned never to trust dominant males, until Charles Cornick, the enforcer and leader of the North American werewolves, declares her his mate, revealing her destiny as an Omega wolf.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2008
Edition: Ace mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780441016150
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 18 cm


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May 28, 2019

I like a book that delivers exactly what it promises- and Cry Wolf does that very well. It's a paranormal romance set in Montana, dealing with werewolves and witches. The rules of the world are laid out well enough in this first novel in the Alpha and Omega series that you get a grasp of the important aspects- the alpha and his powers, the omega and her powers, the rules of changing, what can harm them and what can't, etc. The thing I didn't like is that I had to do homework going into this novel. I began reading it and it felt like the first several chapters were simply missing from the book. I did some searching and discovered that those chapters are actually in a paranormal bind-up of short stories called On The Prowl. Why would you do such a thing to your readers? Charles is suffering from a confrontation in the beginning of this book that happens IN THE SHORT STORY. They touch on it, but in order to really understand how he was hurt and the reasons it occurred and to see Charles and Anna's first meeting, you NEED to read this short story, in a separate volume of work. That seems a little dishonest and ridiculous to me, and part of the reason for my lower rating. The writing itself was fine, better in fact than several other paranormal romances that I've read in the past. I enjoyed the way we could see from both Anna and Charles' perspective, to know exactly what they were thinking and feeling. I appreciated that Anna wasn't entirely "saved" by Charles, and she was able to make her own decisions and determine her own actions and future. I was rather bummed to not be able to see Charles' full potential here, since he was injured for the entire novel.
All in all, this was enjoyable. Not ground-breaking, certainly, but there's some good things here, and I'll definitely be continuing with the series.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Oct 05, 2017

Just a note, this book is not the first of the series! I love Patricia Briggs, but good heavens, her mix of series and short stories is confusing! If you go to her website, she has a "Mercyverse" timeline that is very helpful. Before reading this one, read "Moon Called" and then "Alpha and Omega" the short story, which can be found in the book titled "Shifting Shadows."

I was halfway through the Mercy Thompson series and was thinking, gee, I feel like I missed something! There were major events happening between novels that impacted the stories in a big way but only got a minor mention at the beginning of the book. Turns out there's this WHOLE OTHER SERIES running parallel to that one! Well, I finally caught up, and I'm so glad I did. The Mercy Thompson series feels more full knowing more about Bran's history, Charles, and his mate Anna. I think Anna's characterization is not nearly as strong and consistent as Mercy's or Charles', but it's still a great series and I love it's fast-paced combo of fantasy adventure, mystery, romance, and humor.

Aug 14, 2017

This series is a tangent to the Mercy Thompson series, and should probably be read after Moon Called as the characters from that book are mentioned here, and the characters here were more carefully introduced in that story. I didn't read On the Prowl, so I am sure I missed something from that, too. Even is this is your first choice to begin reading Briggs, you will enjoy the romp across the frozen wilds of Montana with a newly in love couple of werewolves--one made, one born, both fascinating.

Mar 03, 2017

This is a fabulous series, the main characters really grab your empathy.

Aug 27, 2014

Best part of the book was the begining, dragged on from there.

Monikan21 Jul 29, 2014

Book 1 of the Alpha and Omega series, but it was preceded by a must read short novella in the book On the Prowl. This story is a continuation of what happens after the Anna and Charles arrive in Montana. This book is exciting but if you are looking for a true romance - this is not it, as it does not have much sexual context. Enjoyable read, followed by Anna's and Charles' next story Hunting Ground.

May 10, 2012

Continuation of short story in "On the Prowl". Starts to develop relationship between Charles and Anna. Fills in details about Charles' role in the pack.

Aug 29, 2011

anna and charlie

May 14, 2011

Generally entertaining. A wee bit of a drag near the end.

Apr 06, 2011

This is a great book for those who have read the Mercy Thompson books, as it builds on some of the characters mentioned. I would also recommend it for those who read the Twilight series but wished for a character with more depth. Anna is a werewolf that was abused from the time she was turned until when Charles came to her rescue and killed the Chicago Alpha wolf. She falls for him and is swept off to Montana, where she has no connections other than him. Her strong moral sense as well as her insecurities about who she is makes her a complex character who is struggling to find her place. The secondary characters also have depth, whether it is a haunting past or a painful future. One of them is Asil, whose past returns to haunt him, making for a gripping plotline.

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foolie4195 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 30

May 08, 2010

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Feb 23, 2010

Anna is moving in with Charles and learning what having a real pack is like. The mating bond just isn't connecting between her and Charles though because of what her old pack leader did to her. (rape and abuse) Since she's an Omega (basically a werewolf who transcends the dominant/submissive code as well as having the ability to soothe the inner wolf on others) the abuse hit her harder. There's also a rouge wolf on the loose and a sinister witch from a pack member's past.

The plot is a little slower in the beginning but picks up right away after that. The tone of the book is more subdued and nervous but that's perfect for Anna's story.


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