Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

I used to take part in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I’ve decided to begin participating again, but with Can’t-Wait Wednesday hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings since the Breaking the Spine blog is no longer active.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that aren’t released yet. I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I want to read . . .

. . . Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs because I love the two related series set in the same world that she writes–the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.

burn-bright-by-patricia-briggsBurn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha & Omega #5

Published by Orbit

Publishing date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…

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Charles and Anna are great characters and I want to see what has happened with them since the last book. I like the direction Patricia Briggs has taken this series with humans finding out just how scary the fae are as well as humans finding out about more of the supernatural world. This book sounds like there will be more about damaged and dangerous werewolves as well as scary witches.

Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

dead-heatDead Heat
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2015
E-book, purchased
336 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

She’d learned to argue from her father, a very good lawyer. “Let them argue themselves into your court if you can manage it,” he’d told her. “They’ll do a better job of convincing themselves than you ever could.”

and

“But that is the dual gift of love, isn’t it? The joy of greeting and the sorrow of goodbye.”

Cheers

  • I enjoyed this latest installment about Charles and Anna. It deals with love, family, friendship, aging, death.
  • I like how the relationship is growing stronger and stronger between Charles and Anna.
  • The Fae continue to play a big part in the series–more so now that they have withdrawn from human society.
  • We see more and more just how scary and alien the Fae are.
  • I like the way Ms. Briggs uses Charles’ age in this series. He has lived a long time even though he still appears young. He’s seen many friends die and it’s very hard for him to see another friend who is old and sick. He wants to ignore that part of life. But when he’s faced with this he also is strong and knows he can’t interfere with death and a friend’s wishes.
  • I loved seeing the horses in the story. I grew up around Quarter horses not Arabians, but I’ve always been fascinated with Arabians. And what a wonderful birthday present for Anna that Charles wants to buy an Arabian for her!
  • The U.S. government is involved with werewolves now that they are public knowledge. The Fae lived on reservations for quite some time and it was easy to underestimate them, but now the government is learning that was an error. There is, of course, lots of politics involved in the interactions with the paranormal creatures and the government.

Jeers

  • None!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I love these two urban fantasy series and am always sad when I’m caught up with the series and have to wait for the next book. . . LOL.
  • I think I enjoy the Mercy Thompson series a little more, but really it’s more of a dead heat(!)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children and horses. She began her writing career writing traditional fantasy (which is also very good) before switching to urban fantasy in 2006.
  • She is now writing two urban fantasy series which take place in the same world, but with slightly different though sometimes overlapping characters. The Mercy Thompson series takes place mostly in Washington State; the Alpha & Omega series mostly in Montana. Events in both series are causing more overlap in the two series which is great!

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

WoW: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Waiting-on-WednesdayWednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

 

The book I’m excited about this week:

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Series: Alpha & Omega #4

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire. 

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What made me pick this book:

  • Patricia Briggs’ books are some of my favorites.
  • I just finished and reviewed Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. This makes me especially eager to read Dead Heat.
  • I’m eager to learn what is happening in the Mercy Thompson world, but this time with Charles and Anna as the protagonists.
  • I like the way the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series are set in the same time now and each takes the overall story arc further.

Review: Fair Game and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

I read both of these books in March and they are by the same author so I’m going to review them together.

Fair Game
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega, Book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Ace, 2012
E-book, purchased
304 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: It is said that opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant Alpha. While Anna, an Omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

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frost_burned_bigFrost Burned
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson, Book 7
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Ace, 2013
E-book, purchased
352 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

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These books both take place in the same world, but with different main characters. With both these books we are well into this world and these series and these characters. I’m not going to talk too much about the stories because if you haven’t read these series you need to begin at the beginning…mainly because you’re in for a real treat and have lots of great stories to read. But also these stories have an overall story arc as well as a complete story in each book.

Fair Game: The Alpha & Omega series is the newer series and features the werewolves Anna and Charles who are mates. This is the third book in the series and my favorite in this series so far. Anna and Charles travel to Boston to assist the FBI in finding a serial killer. The story is a good one and the relationship between Anna and Charles feels so real. Anna keeps Charles grounded, but he has shut her out emotionally because he’s his father’s enforcer. Every time he has to enforce the werewolf laws (sometimes having to kill a werewolf) he shuts down a little more.

This book is about finding the serial killer, interactions between the federal agents and the supernatural world, and Anna and Charles finding their way in their relationship. Helping the FBI in Boston seems like it will be a break from Charles’s usual work. However, this serial killer is targeting the preternatural. This isn’t exactly a vacation for Anna and Charles! This book also moves the story arc in the series in some surprising ways.

Frost Burned: These two stories are connected. This book (book 7 in the Mercy Thompson series) takes place several months after Fair Game ends and there have been a number of ramifications from the events which occurred in Fair Game.

While she’s shopping with her stepdaughter Jesse, Mercy realizes through their mating bond that Adam is angry and in pain. Mercy has to figure out what has happened to Adam and the pack. Again, the relationship between the main characters Mercy and Adam is very special. They love each other, Jesse and the werewolf pack. They are friends and they compliment each other. They help each other and their friends. Each are hurt in different ways, but they save each other. Mercy is a tough, competent woman and though she’s been through a lot both in this book and previous books she endures and comes back stronger. But she doesn’t do it alone. She has friends and loved ones who care about her just as she cares about them. That’s one of the things I enjoy about both these series–the relationships between the characters.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite author or series, but Patricia Briggs is certainly in my top 5!