Book Review of Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Posted September 4, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Publisher: Ace
Release Date: July 29th, 2008
Pages: 294
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adut
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
*I own a physical copy of this book

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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 will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

Review:

This is not my first foray into urban fantasy, and it definitely will not be my last. That being said, there were parts of Cry Wolf I really enjoyed, and other parts I didn’t really enjoy much at all.

Each new book I begin, for me, is a new adventure. I have new characters to meet and get to know, a new setting to get immersed in, a new plot and new conflicts to figure out how to solve. It seems like Patricia Briggs knows this, because she is a very strong and solid writer. Her settings were lush. Her conflicts were difficult and fascinating to watch unfold. These are the parts of the book that I really enjoyed.

There are places, however, where she needs work. Her characters for example. They had a ton of problems to solve, but then why did I feel like they weren’t very deep or developed? I didn’t feel like Anna had much of a personality at all. And I felt the same way about Charles. These are the two main characters in the series, and that is a huge problem! If I only care about what happens to them a little bit, then your work as a writer is not done. It was very frustrating to me as a reader, because I really wanted to lose myself in the book, but I couldn’t because I really didn’t care about the characters all that much.

And then there were the issues with pacing. It was a bit slow. It wasn’t a major problem and didn’t make the book unreadable or anything like that, but I felt there were places where the plot could have been tightened up a bit. Places where nothing happened. Places where you were waiting for something good to happen, because you felt like it should, but nothing did.

Despite my complaints though, I can see why Patricia Briggs has a lot of fans, and why she is one of the most popular UF writers. She’s a very solid writer and her world-building is unique and fun. I just didn’t care for this book as much as I thought I should. But I have heard her Mercy Thompson series is wonderful. So maybe I will move onto that next.

Order Cry Wolf from Amazon here: Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega, Book 1)

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