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. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.
It is recommended you read the prequel "Alpha & Omega" before reading Cry Wolf.
Audio, Unabridged - Digital Download, 10 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Penguin Audio
Four stars: A great werewolf book with a good romance, an evil witch and a nice reintroduction to characters you know and love from the Mercy Thompson Series.
Anna is doing her best not to bolt. A couple of days ago, she was an abused werewolf, deemed the lowest of the low in her pack. She was turned against her will and barely surviving. Everything changed once Charles Cornick, the son of Bran, The Marrock, who leads all the wolves in North America. Charles rescued her from an abusive pack and then informed her that his wolf had chosen her as his mate, and that she is an Omega, a rare and valued wolf. Now Anna, finds herself in the snowy wilderness of Montana, amongst Bran's pack. Before she even has a chance to settle in and explore their cautious new relationship, danger comes calling, forcing Charles to leave, taking Anna with him. The two are sent out into the backcountry in winter, searching for a rogue werewolf who is attacking humans. Will Anna and Charles find the werewolf and figure out their relationship?
What I Liked:
- I am glad that I finally took the plunge and checked out Cry Wolf. If you are a fan of the Mercy Thompson Series, you must read this book. For me, it was a chance to finally get a better understanding of Bran, Charles and Samuel who make frequent appearances in the Mercy books. I loved getting to know these three better as they are favorites of mine, especially Samuel. Not to mention, I liked exploring the romance between Anna and Charles.
- The romance between Anna and Charles is not your traditional type of romance. In fact, it is a bit of insta love, but don't worry it works. From the moment they meet, Charles' wolf declares Anna is his mate. Even though the wolves have chosen, it takes the humans time to catch up. What follows is a slow and somewhat awkward dance as the human sides of Anna and Charles take time to learn and discover what their wolves already know. Even though the romance is different, it is still cautious and nice, and without drama. I liked that it was mature and that it didn't have angst and unnecessary stumbles.
- The conflict that the wolves face is scary and deadly. Charles and Anna find themselves face to face with a cruel and powerful witch. This witch is a nasty piece of work. A great villain.
- It was interesting to explore some of the different relationships and get to know members of the pack. I always thought that Bran ruled the Pack with an iron fist, but that isn't exactly so. Bran has some vulnerabilities, and it was fascinating to see his underside. I am curious to understand his mate relationship better. I also enjoyed getting to know Asil, and I hope that he will be present in future books.
- The ending is excellent. No cliffhangers or unanswered questions. I love when I get a complete story.
- I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Holt Graham. Graham does a good job with the voices, even the female characters. I look forward to listening to more books narrated by him.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though this is the first book in the series, you really can't read this without having read the prequel novella that is included in the On the Prowl Anthology. I started this one without reading the prequel, and I was a bit lost, so I went back and read Alpha and Omega. As a reader I hate when you have to track down a novella to get the full story. It is a pain in the rear.
- As I mentioned, the witch is one nasty piece of work. I struggled a bit with the fact that she was more powerful than the ancient wolves. It strained believability for me.
- I was disappointed in Walter's fate. I wanted so much more for him.
- This is me being persnickety, but I have to say that the picture of Anna on the cover does not at all fit her character. Anna is not fierce and bold nor does she dress like this. The cover is so misleading, and in all honesty, it is one of the reasons I have put off reading this for so long.
Cry Wolf was a terrific read. I loved the characters and the romance. For me, it was finally nice to get a better understanding of characters that I have known for years reading the Mercy Thompson Series. If you are like me, and you have not picked up this series get after it.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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