Friday, March 2, 2018

Review - Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage @AceRocBooks

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #5
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Date Read: December 13, 2017
Length:  320 pages
Source: NetGalley

In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs "spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well" (USATODAY.com). Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...

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...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30687916-silence-fallen?from_search=true
My Review

This book was amazingly good!  I honestly loved every page of this story.  It should probably come as no surprise to anyone who follows my reviews that I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs.  I was incredibly excited to get my hands on this book and went into it with really high expectations.  This book exceeded every one of those expectations.

Charles and Anna are back at home with the Marrock's pack but this time Bran is away.  Charles has taken on some additional responsibilities with Bran's absence and he is working hard to keep the peace with Leah.  When a call comes in from the mate of a wolf that lives in the wilderness on the outskirts of the pack, they are pulled into a much deeper mystery.

I loved so many things about things about this book but the characters are really at the top of the list.  Charles, Anna, and Brother Wolf are some of my favorite characters.  I really liked getting to see the bond between Charles, Anna, and Brother Wolf.  Yes, Brother Wolf is the wolf side of Charles but he really does see things differently at times and is a distinctly different character.  I love how Briggs is able to define these parts of Charles so seamlessly.

The secondary characters were also great.  Asil has been a character that I really enjoy and he played a very large role in this book.  He was so strong in this book and I love the way that he watches over and protects Anna.  Leah has always been a character that I loved to hate.  She has always seemed more difficult than anything else in previous installments and she still has her moments in this book.  I feel like I understand Leah a lot more after reading this book and now that I know why she acts as she does it is a bit more forgivable.  I also thought that the wildlings that live on the outskirts of Bran's pack were very interesting and added a nice touch to the book.

The mystery in this book was very solid and kept me guessing.  There were more than a few surprises along the way and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  There were quite few action scenes and there were a few moments that I was worried about how things would work out.  It really was an exciting story filled with much loved characters.  I did miss Bran at times but I do think that his absence let others take a turn in the spotlight.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  This is the fifth book in the Alpha and Omega series and works best when read in order.  This series takes place in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series with a lot of overlapping characters.  This was a very solid installment in the series that I found to be incredibly entertaining.  I cannot wait to read more from Patricia Briggs very soon.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

About the Author

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels Silence Fallen, Fire Touched, and Night Broken, among others. Her Alpha and Omega novels include Burn Bright, Dead Heat, Fair Game, Hunting Ground, and Cry Wolf. She lives in Washington State with her family and a small herd of horses.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. I didn't connect as much to the 2 first books, or at last not as much as the Mercy one but I have another novel, I need to try again

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    1. There is a novella that actually comes before the first book and really does get things started. If you haven't had the chance to read the novella, Alpha & Omega, you might want to start there.

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  2. I totally LOVE Brother Wolf! I can't wait to get my paws on this one!

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    1. I love that Brother Wolf and Charles have 2 distinct personalities. Brother Wolf is awesome!

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  3. It doesn't surprise me that you loved this one at all! I know how well you get along with Briggs books, and it sounds like this one swallowed you up and sucked you into the story :D Added the series to my TBR!

    My recent review: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/02/shatter-me-book-review/

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  4. I HAVE to read this series. I think this is my favorite book of all. Wow, you are really churning out the reviews!

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    1. I did read this one back in December. This book is great and I do think you would like the series, Barb!

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  5. I read the first book and it was an ok read to me, but it didn't wow me . . . Nevertheless, I'll try more to see if my connection with the characters gets better. Glad you loved this instalment so much, though :)

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    1. Did you read the novella that comes before the first book? I do recommend starting with Alpha & Omega for this series. I think it makes a big difference.

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  6. I've heard really good things about this one.

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  7. Oh man, soon, I get to read it soon. :)

    So glad you loved the latest, Carole!

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    1. It was such an amazing book, Sophia Rose. I can't wait to read it again :)

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  8. promised myself i'll try this series again this year, hopefully I remember book 1 well enough

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    1. I have really enjoyed this series, Lily. I hope you have a good time with it.

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  9. I love this series too. Charles and Anna are my favorite. I agree that Mercy and A&O need to be read in order to get the best out of both series. I was very surprised by this story. It was so good. I really enjoyed my time with the Wildlings.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. The Wildlings were so interesting and I really enjoyed how they were worked into this book.

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  10. Why haven't I started this series yet?! It sounds so good!

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    1. I really think you would enjoy this one, Wendy!

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  11. *sigh* She really is an awesome author isn't she? I've only read book one of this series (I keep up with her mercy ones) and need to get back to them. They do sound good. Plus...an Anna. lol

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    1. I just love Briggs! I love Anna in this book :)

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