2011 Reading Challenge

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Friday, September 9

Cry Wolf- The Alpha and Omega Series

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked Charles in the Mercy books, but in this series that revolves around him and his Omega mate, it was clinched, I'm in love. We only get glimpses of him and his stoic Alpha personality in the Mercy books and all that does is build up the mystery. Same with Bran. In this book we get a lot more of an insight in Bran the Marrok and Bran the man and Father. I even liked the info we get with on his mate Leah.

This is a really quick read. It's still sweet and romantic if that's what ur in the mood for, which I was. Ana and Charles are still getting comfortable with each other while trying to cement their mate bond and her bond with the pack. There is some rouge drawing attention to himself in the backwoods of the Marrok's territory and he sends Chales and Ana to take care of it. The threat is not just a rouge, it's a girl and a wolf with a tie to Asil. It takes everything they have to survive and defeat this threat before it takes over all the wolves in North America.

On to book 2...

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Tuesday, September 6

Yay...book 40 celebrated by being a book I actually loved <3

Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, Prequel)Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading through a lot of un-edited self published books that are less than stellar, it is good to curl up with a favorite author and familiar characters you love. <3

This was originally part of an anthology On The Prowl in which Briggs collaborated in 2007. It belongs in the Mercy Thompson Universe and definitely includes some familiar characters, while introducing a new main character for the Alpha And Omega Series.

Back in the beginning Mercy Books, a young boy was turned and sold by the Alpha of the Chicago Pack, Leo, to crazies who were trying to develop potent drugs for werewolves. This is a side story that explains why Leo tempted the Marrok's wrath.

His son, Charles is sent to Chicago to get answers and execute justice on behalf of the Marrok, the leader of all the Alphas and all weres in the USA. He meets Anna, a wolf in Leo's pack who is an Omega. A wolf not dominant and not submissive, but outside Pack hierarchy. Omegas are rare, like very very rare and normally get protected and treated as the gifts they are to a pack. Anna unfortunately was turned into a werewolf against her knowledge or will and has been raped, abused, beaten and almost broken for the last three years.

Something is VERY wrong with Leo's pack and it's up to Charles to figure it out and help Anna. Complicating matters is the fact that Charles's wolf has claimed Anna as his mate dragging Charles and Anna along for the ride.

This is a very quick read (probably because it is well written and flows well at a good pace...and is exciting), but it is also a sweet story that breaks my heart and is a wonderful surprise all in one go. I liken it to a good chick flick you curl up with somedays when you just feel like crud and need something u know you love to make u believe in love and people again.

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Monday, September 5

Self publishing, both a blessing and a curse...

There is a fine line I never respected and appreciated until now that exists in Urban Fantasy. Yes, the plots and story lines are fiction and unrealistic (ie Furred, Fanged, or Fey) but at the same time the story has to be realistic (characters, thoughts, actions, outcomes). I love that more people are putting stories out there, and I respect them for it and envy their courage, but at the same time, now EVERY ING IS FANFICTION. Yes, there are some gems and some really good authors that have the opportunity to be discovered, but to find those gems there is a lot of crap u have to sift through.

I appreciate book editors now and they have my love and support. Someone else has to do all the crap digging for me and has to help fix books that have a lot of potential. If ur book has the sentence...."before he waked her".... that is basic grammar and English u r killing. At the very least get a Beta to edit for u. Fan fiction is great and I love both reading and writing it, but one good idea on it's own, does not a good book make.

Reading this Grey Wolves book I got. I purchased it because it was about wolves and had multiple 5 star ratings. I don't know if I just need a break from books or if this book really is that bad.

First off, the main characters names are Jacque and Fane. Already I'm annoyed....it's just ur average small town girl in butt-ville USA Cinderella story. I knew that when I got it, but you can't have it both ways. You cannot have a "down to earth" Sally USA story and give ur characters names like Jacque and Fane. Maybe the Romanian Wolf boy, foreign exchange student can work as a Fane, but with other characters like Jen, Sally, Trent...etc Out of nowhere...Jacque. A small detail, but a huge pet peeve. Like having her meet and be the mate of an Alpha werewolf doesn't make her special enough?

There is also a ridiculous amount of Romanian in the book. It doesn't add to the story and it doesn't help the plot. Has the feel of it being there just because the author can. It was painfully distracting and again, in no way added to the story. A little would have been fine and does help define Fane's character, but having it in almost every single page makes for more a distraction than anything else. I appreciate it, but I didn't sign up to learn Romanian and still don't want to, thanks.

The beginning is incredibly slow in moving the plot. Yes the "action" starts right away with Fane moving in across the street and the whole mind reading thing and other wolves in the area, but so many pages were just random Drabble. There is a lot of describing cute quips and inside jokes that again, seem like they should add to the characters, but don't. It also made me want to rip out my eyeballs to have something like the first 5 chapters be the EXACT SAME THING over and over and over again. Something happens and we read about it, and next chapter is the exact same event through someone else's perspective, and Lord Help Me, but then Jacque has to relay events to her two besties so then we have to hear about it again.... I don't know how I haven't ripped out my hair from sheer frustration.

The characters are flat and one dimensional. A good story has full bodied characters even in the ones that aren't the protagonist. Each character should have his or her own voice and flavor, each one after all has their own story. With the exception of the main characters, everyone else was a bland attempt at supporting cast that comes across more like movie extras or back-up doo woppers to the Fane-Jacque experience. Her friends drop everything they are doing to sleep over at her house...she is upset at her mom so one of them walks her back to her room and pops in her favorite Evanescence CD for her...His host dad has no life so he is ready and available to take Fane to get a motorcycle at his whim, and the license and helmet too...His host parents tell him that he basically doesn't have to tell them where he goes and what he does because he is practically a grown man and it's not their business (cop out).

There is so much potential and at it's kernel, I think there is a small flame of good idea and story, but there needs to be someone to fan the flame and control it, not letting it burn down the forest in the process.