I have a mini review for you today! A mini review is my short and sweet analysis of a book. You'll know in 350-ish words or less if this is a book I recommend.
Release Date: First published August 7, 2007
Format: Audio MP3 (Penguin Audio, Released February 5, 2013)
Pages: 61 (Kindle Ed.) / Audio Length: Approx 2.5 hours
Narrator: Holter Graham
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: September 9, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson — but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega," the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...
Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.
Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...
This novella was originally published in the anthology, On the Prowl.
The audiobook narrator, Holter Graham, did a pretty good job. Listening to male voice was a fun change. His speech is a nasal sounding when he speaks for Charles, but I got used to it. Personally I think that he was more comfortable reading as Anna, which isn't a bad thing. He did a nice job.
In true Briggs fashion, she packs a lot of story into this novella. It's a gift to be able to give the reader a full experience without any extra words. Every word, sentence, paragraph, and chapter are with a purpose. I adore that about her writing style, it's lean yet not rushed and the story is fleshed out.
This was an excellent starting point for the series and I thought it was nice to see how Charles and Anna began. I enjoyed reading about an Omega wolf. This is the first time an Omega wolf has been mentioned in a Briggs series, so I'm excited to read more about it. I like Anna, and I feel that she will be a force to be reckoned with! Of course Charles and Anna's wolves are mated very quickly, but because Anna comes from a troubled pack and had a very hard time since becoming a wolf, there wasn't any sex. I was relieved that there wasn't considering the circumstances. I can tell that their blooming human relationship will be a steady progression, void of the dreaded insta-love (despite their wolves mating).
I recommend this series in a heartbeat. If you haven't read the Mercy Thompson series, it's not required to read this series because the time frame starts a little sooner. I've already started Cry Wolf, and I can see how the stories will cross over into the original series, but if you're a new reader to Briggs, you won't feel like you're missing anything.
Happy Reading & Listening,