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Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018


Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018

I think the title of this post needs to be changed to 'Melanie's Fortnight in Review'. I haven't been reading that much recently has I have the worlds worst sinus cold and just can't concentrate on reading so I started downloading NetFlix and Amazon Prime shows and watching them on my way into work. I have been binge watching the re-boots of Dynasty (excellent!), Queer Eye (hmmmm...some episodes are better than others) and Riverdale (getting stupidier) and finally Lucifer. In my defense Neil Gaiman created the characters on Lucifer so I rationalise that it is as good as reading. :-)


Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
What I have read is Patricia Briggs' fifth novel in her Alpha and Omega series, Burn Bright. My fellow reviewer Doreen has already reviewed this book and I agree with her comments. I also enjoyed this instalment and in recent years have started to prefer the pack assassin Charles and his werewolf calming Omega, Anna over the Mercy Thompson series. I think this is the first time that events in both series have come so close together. I did feel there were a couple of 'holes' or parts missing. So what did I do? I re-read the first 4 books of the Alpha and Omega series.

I actually started with the prequel short story to this series and then plowed my way through Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground, Fair Game, and Dead Heat. I did really enjoy the re-read especially the earlier books. I like how Anna doesn't let her tragic past define who she is now. I also appreciate how in these novels Briggs doesn't feel the need to put Anna through the ringer like she does with Mercy Thompson. Anna is perfectly capable of getting into trouble without getting beaten up, attacked, burned, or kidnapped (or at least not as much).

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Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018 Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018

The thing I thought that was missing in Burn Bright was Anna's desire to have children. In book 3 Charles was willing to adopt but by book 5 there was no mention of children. I wasn't sure if this was intentional or not. It felt like it was a plot point that was forgotten rather than left behind. I thought that Burn Bright had some really interesting insights into characters that have been around since book 1. The dynamic between Leah and almost everyone else was quite interesting but I really wondered why Briggs thought it necessary to reveal that Bran sent Mercy away as a teenager for fear of her becoming his mate. That was a bit 'eeewwww' in my view.

I am sure I have told you all about my views of each of these books so I won't put you through that again. What I can say is that I found it really useful to read these books all again and back to back. There aren't that many series where you want to do this but this is one of them.

This is a a short one for me this week. Fingers crossed my cold goes away so I have something new and exciting to tell you about next week. Until then Happy Reading!





Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega Novella
Berkley, October 20, 2008
eBook, 86 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
A companion novella to Cry Wolf—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels.

Reluctant werewolf Anna Latham 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 she’s never felt before…



Cry Wolf
Alpha and Omega 1
Ace, July 29, 2008
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs presents the first Alpha and Omega novel—the start of an extraordinary series set in Mercy Thompson’s world, but with rules of its own…

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.



Hunting Ground
Alpha and Omega 2
Ace, August 25, 2009
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs invites readers to follow her into the seductive realm of the Alpha and Omega series…

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf and was mated to Charles Cornick, the son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves. She didn’t know how dangerous it could be either…

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan—and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all—or risk losing everything…



Fair Game
Alpha and Omega 3
Ace, January 29, 2013
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 6, 2012

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’ third Alpha and Omega novel brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could turn the hunters into the prey…

It is said that opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant Alpha. While Anna, an Omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…



Dead Heat
Alpha and Omega 4
Ace, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Hardcover and eBook, March 3, 2015

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
Praised for having “the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense, and paranormal”*, #1 New York Times bestselling author Patrica Briggs’s Alpha and Omega series now takes readers into the middle of some bad supernatural business…

For once, mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Lantham are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal. Or at least their visit starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The fae have started a cold war with humanity that’s about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the crossfire.

*Rex Robot Reviews



Burn Bright
Alpha and Omega 5
Ace, March 6, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - April 8, 2018
In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

Melanie's Week in Review - March 8, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review  - March 8, 2015


For those of you who read my Week in Review will remember that I had a slightly disappointing week in my selection of books. I tried to be good and not buy or request any more books from NetGalley. I can't say I was entirely successful.....in fact...epic fail! So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review  - March 8, 2015
I was perusing my Amazon recommends....again...and shouldn't have been I came across Trace of Magic (Diamond City Magic 1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Bell Bridge Books, August 29, 2014). I tried to be sensible and downloaded the sample first but ended up buying the book. Trace of Magic is set in a world of magic where criminal factions call Tyets rule the city. Riley is a very powerful tracer who can trace people even when they are dead. She is living below the radar so that she doesn't become a pawn in the battle between the Tyets. Riley uses her very specific and very special powers to save kidnapped children. She is very good at her job and very good at staying in hidden until she meets Tyet cop Detective Clay Price. Price blackmails Riley into helping him solve a missing person's case and it all becomes a bit too personal for the couple as the longer they work together the more they are drawn to one another. Price is everything Riley has avoided her whole life but her freedom may be too high price to pay.

On the whole this book was 'ok'. I say that because I liked Riley and even liked Price as characters. I thought the Tyets made for an interesting backdrop to the plot. Frances explains the society, the evolution of the Tyets' rule and mining of drugs that the Tyets' used to fund their existence in the first few chapters of the book. Unfortunately, the mining and the drugs didn't really factor in the plot so as plot points they didn't really stick in my head. In fact I completely forgot about them. I also thought that Francis introduced the romance a bit too early in the story which, for me, made it lose credibility. Imagine this if you will....you have just be shot and almost die. You have been saved by the hunky cop who represents everything you hate and have been running from your whole life but who you are attracted to. You have been unconscious for 3 days and when you wake up you the hunky cop is by your bedside. Do you:

a) roll over and go back to sleep because getting shot and almost dying is tiring stuff;
b) despite the fact you have been shot and almost die you have sex with the hunky cop who you barely know and belongs to a Tyet;
c) you manage your growing attraction to the hunky cop despite wanting a more physical relationship because you have just been shot and almost died.

I am sure that you can guess what I would have chosen but what option the author decided to go for. Despite this I still thought the action was well balanced and interesting. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Melanie's Week in Review  - March 8, 2015
It was a good week for pre-orders for me as Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Ace, March 3, 2015) appeared on my Kindle. This is the fourth novel in the Alpha and Omega series and is set 3 years after Charles and Anna first get together. In this instalment Charles and Anna travel to Arizona to visit Charles' childhood friend Joseph. Joseph is now an old man and dying from cancer which leads Charles to reminisce about his past and feel the burden of his near immortality while watching his friend slowly die. During their visit a Fae tries to harm Joseph's grandchildren which leads the couple to find and stop the kidnapper. Their investigation opens up a whole can of magical worms as they discover this is not an isolated case and just another step in the escalation of a war that the Fae want to start against humans.

I really enjoyed Dead Heat and I have decided that I prefer this series to Brigg's Mercy Thompson series. Brigg's starts the story with Anna trying to convince Charles that they should have children, something she has been researching with Samuel (Charles' doctor brother). Charles is worried that having a child will harm Anna who he loves and make him and the child vulnerable to his many enemies. This parenthood thread is woven throughout the story not just with the missing children case but also in the dynamic between Joseph, Joseph's werewolf father Hosten and Charles. Hosten is still a healthy man watching his elderly son die from a human disease when he could have been Changed. I found the scenes between Charles and Joseph rather touching and made me wonder whether Briggs had written these from personal experience. This book has everything from a perfect balance of action vs romance, good character development and the subtle development of the series plot arch. In short another great book in this series.

I am in the middle of reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman so I hope to tell you all about this next week. Until then Happy Reading.


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