Friday, February 22, 2013

Alpha & Omega: L’origine by Patricia Briggs

Alpha & Omega: L’origine by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher : MILADY
Language: French
Release date: 18 mars 2011

Series: Alpha & Omega 0,5

Source: Library

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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,On the Prowl 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...

Anna has been ill treated like no other for the past 3 years, starting with her changing into a werewolf against her will. Trusting anyone – especially a male – is completely out of question, but when young men go missing and the authorities notices, Anna has no choice but to seek help. Charles has been sent to re-establish order in Anna’s pack, little did he know that it would turn his world upside down. 

Alpha and Omega is a shot story originally published in On The Prowl anthology and takes place before Cry Wolf, book #1 of the Alpha and Omega series. Imagine my dismay when I read Cry Wolf without having read its prequel… And so I backtracked and read this story, and thank goodness, everything makes a lot more sense now!

Alpha & Omega introduced Anna and Charles the two main characters in the series, as they meet. Anna has been abused and even though she’s scared of her own shadow, she’s not broken. This strength really charms Charles the stone-cold lone wolf and he is done for the moment he meets her.

I love this series (I already read books 1 & 2) and I really appreciated witnessing their shaky beginning as a couple. It’s a really short novel, so I can’t say much without spilling the beans but even though the main plot line is about righting a wrong, the book is really centered around the romance and Anna’s abilities as an Omega – a wolf that doesn’t really have a place in wolf hierarchy. She comes off as submissive, but not even an alpha has power over her and her very presence calms everyone down. 

Patricia Briggs is amongst my favourite authors and I urge you to read both the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series (both of which are set in the same world). For your own sake though, make sure you read this prequel before you read Cry Wolf because you’ll be as confused as I was if you don’t!

Read an excerpt

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Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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  1. I actually got On the Prowl from the library and fell in love with their story. I very rarely enjoy short stories but so far this is my #1 fave. I was instantly sucked into their world and fell in love with the two characters. I will admit that the stories after haven't been as good as their introduction. I just may have to re-read now. LoL

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    1. I think this short story is so great because it reads like a novel!

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  2. I love this spin off series - so awesome! Of course I love everything she has ever written. I agree that seeing the shakey beginning was so important for me to connect more with the two of them.
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

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    1. I have other books from other series at home and I really need to read them :)

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  3. I was fortunate enough to read something about On the Prowl (maybe from Briggs' site) before I read the A & O series. I'm like you, I am an evangelist for Patricia Briggs. Great stuff!

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  4. I didn't realize that you read French UF! I can't do it because I find something gets lost in the translation... I haven't read many of Briggs' books. Yet. But they are definitely on my list!

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    1. I also prefer reading in English but my library only had it in French and I didnt want to buy the anthology for 1 story

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  5. I loved this novella. It was a great start to the series. I love Anna and Charles.

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  6. You don't have to urge me on, I have already read everything there is in both those series. Can't wait for the new book.

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    1. Will there be more book after Fair Game?

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  7. I loved this book. I read it before the Mercy Thompson series so I was a little confused when I started the first one. It's kind of out of order. I have the limited edition print and artwork is so gorgeous.

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    1. Oh I didn't know there was a LE!

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