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On the Prowl (Monère: Children of the Moon #2.5)

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Alpha and Omega 0.5 by Patricia Briggs
The werewolf Anna finds a new sense of self when the son of the werewolf king comes to town to quell unrest in the Chicago pack- and inspires a power in Anna that she's never felt before.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks
Kai has a secret gift of sensing thoughts and desires. What she senses in her neighbor Nathan could be dangerous. Because he ha
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Berkley
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Diane If you enjoy Anna & Charles, were you aware that books 0.5, 1, 2, & 3 were collected in the SFBC omibus ALPHA & OMEGA: CALL OF THE HUNT…moreIf you enjoy Anna & Charles, were you aware that books 0.5, 1, 2, & 3 were collected in the SFBC omibus ALPHA & OMEGA: CALL OF THE HUNT (with *wonderful* jacket art, BTW)? It's so much better to have this prequel where it belongs!
The Eileen Wilks story is set in her World of the Lupi, but no lupi actually appear in it in person. Kai and Nathan reappear in Night Season as secondary characters, then <spoiler>in the very end of Ritual Magic, and </spoiler> finally take lead roles again in Unbinding.
Karen Chance's two series' (Cassie Palmer & Dorina Basarab) interconnect, and the characters in this story (or at least the female lead) do appear in her books, but I can't recall offhand which ones.
From what other reviews said about "Sunny", I made the decision even before I got my hands on this anthology that I wouldn't be reading anything by her, so I can't help you much there, but I notice that Goodreads does show ON THE PROWL as part of "Monère".(less)
Drsarah You should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes…moreYou should read this one (at least the 'Alpha and Omega' story) before 'Cry Wolf', as 'Cry Wolf' picks up the story from the point this one finishes and parts of the beginning of 'Cry Wolf' are not very clearly explained and don't make much sense unless you've read 'Alpha and Omega'. By the way, you don't have to read the whole 'On the Prowl' book for this - 'Alpha and Omega' is only one story and the other three are unrelated fantasy by different authors. 'Alpha and Omega' can be purchased separately on Kindle.

However, if you haven't done so already, I would recommend reading 'Moon Called' before reading either of them. This introduces the ideas behind the world, and the characters of Bran and Charles, and explains some background. It's also a fantastic book. :)

Hope that helps.(less)
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
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On the Prowl is an anthology containing four urban fantasy novellas. So here's the deal: All four are part of longer urban fantasy series, and I can't really recommend any of them as stand-alone reads. I happen to be into Patricia Briggs' series at the moment, so I picked up this book at the library so I could read Alpha and Omega, but none of the other three stories had much appeal for me, and one of them (Mona Lisa Betwining) was positively off-
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
I've actually read Alpha and Omega twice now. It's such a wonderful story. Very short, but that's okay, because we have two full-length stories with one of my supercouples now. I can't describe how much I love this story. I did write a long review which I added under Alpha and Omega separately. I'll just say that Ms. Briggs did an exemplarly job of writing this story that is full of underlying intensity, but written so simply. Charles and Anna are two characters
Jul 09, 2008 Nadir rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs- this story introduces a new character to the world of Mercy Thompson and elaborates on a off-screen event in or between Blood Bound and Iron Kissed. The character Anna is a lot like Kitty ( Kitty and the Midnight Hour) at first, being at the bottom of the pack. The nature of the short story stops much character development, but I enjoyed the peek into their lives, the plot and interaction drawing the reader along at a quick pace. I look forwards to reading mo ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
In love with Anna and Charles, and learning about pack hierarchy according to werewolves is really interesting.
Patricia Briggs' story was okay. It was nice to see something of the "other son." Though once again, the woman is extra special.

Eileen Wilks' story was interesting, though definitely more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. It's a good start for a series and I'm almost tempted to go out and find that series.

Karen Chance's story was all right. I liked the male protagonist, but I'm not really sure I care for the plot twist.

Sunny's story was not urban fantasy. I'm not sure I'd even qualify
Tilly Slaton
Nov 29, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it really liked it
Although I have not read all of her books as of yet, Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors.

The Mercy Thompson series really appealed to me. I love shape-shifter romance books, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the series continue the relationship between Mercy and Adam.

The Alpha and Omega series is a spin-off of the Mercy Thompson series. This series is based on the relationship between Charles and Anna.

Charles is a very dominant werewolf. He was born a werewolf, the only of his kin
Sep 30, 2008 MelissaB rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: paranormal romance/werewolf fans
Recommended to MelissaB by: Denni
This review is only for Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Alpha and Omega series. The book is set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series but follows Anna, an Omega wolf who has been abused by her Chicago pack for three years, and Charles, Bran's son who we met in Moon Called. I really enjoyed reading this story in third person because I knew what Charles was thinking (the Mercy Thompson series is in first-person, so it's harder to know what Adam re
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
**only reading Patricia Brigg's Alpha and Omega**

This was a really sweet and short story on how Charles and Anna met. I am definitely looking forward to the courtship in the next book. I had been told that Anna had been abused ~ and she was but thankfully not as bad as my imagination lead me to think.

I enjoyed getting to know Anna and Charles especially since it's been awhile since I read the first Mercy book. I'm really liking Anna and I hope that continues. Charles is very interesting and I j
Cathy (cathepsut)
Finally caved in and got the precursor to the Alpha & Omega novels. My excuse is that I wanted to try out my new eReader. And as expected I really liked the first story, although I already roughly knew what to expect from it. I guess that is the nice thing about book series. You make freinds and it's familiar and nice to meet them again.

The second story by Eileen Wilks was pretty good as well. Interesting idea of the borders between realms breaking down and talents emerging. The heroine sho
Beanbag Love
Jun 04, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only bought this for the Briggs story which is a prequel to her Alpha and Omega series.

I'd give it five stars, but I've read reviews of the other stories and it seems the PB story is really the best and the others fall quite short. So I can't, in good conscience, give the whole book a five.

But, if you're into Patricia Briggs, this is a really great novella about what happened during Moon Called when Charles (the marrock's other son) went to Chicago to check things out.

I can't wait to get sta
Carolyn F.
AMENDED 02/12/11 I'm re-reading this because I'm going to listen to the Alpha & Omega series and the first story about them meeting is not in an audiobook. Note to publisher: Please make this an audiobook! This is one of my favorite anthologies.

2nd read. Loved the Patricia Briggs and Eileen Wilks stories. Karen Chance's Claire (2nd story I've read with this character) is okay. She's an okay character. Sunny's story is good, but you have to read the other stories in order to understand this
Jun 29, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Ok i only got this book for Alpha and Omega so thats the only story im reviewing :D

In Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs, we meet Anna, a recently turned werewolf, whom everyone believes to be a true submissive wolf. But when Charles Cornick arrives, son of the Marrok werewolf (or king as we humans understand better), arrives to investigate some problems in the Chicago pack, he knows immediately that Anna is more than anyone thinks, and is one very special female he could easily fall for.

This w
Aug 06, 2014 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the short story "Alpha & Omega" by Patricia Briggs, the precursor to the Alpha & Omega series that takes place in Mercy Thompson's world and runs concurrently with that series. So I guess I'll be switching back and forth according to the "best reading order" post that Sonia sent me. :)
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs was the prequel for the Alpha & Omega series that focuses on the relationship of Charles and Anna. In this short, we see how Anna and Charles first met and really get a feel for what Anna's life had been like before she met Charles. Really an excellent short, definitely recommend reading it before Cry Wolf that way you won't miss anything. Action packed, emotional, and just a little darker than the Mercy Thompson series but overall just a great short-stor ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Tracey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who aren't sure about Patricia Briggs - just DON'T READ THE LAST NOVELLA
I picked this up solely for Patricia Briggs. I find it a little odd that a Briggs story is part of this collection; the other three contributors seem to be firmly in the sex-soaked PNR category, and Briggs … isn't. At least, the Mercy Thompson books aren't, despite what their covers look like; it's a hard sell when someone, particularly a male someone, has understandable difficulty looking past the tramp-stamped Mercy doppelgängers that scream "hot werewolf sex". Not, of course, as loudly as the ...more

"Alpha and Omega" by Patricia Briggs - 4 stars (read August 4, 2011)
I loved this short prequel to the "Alpha & Omega" series, which is also a spin-off of the "Mercy Thompson" series. A&O features Charles Cornick, son to Bran the Marrok and brother to Samuel, and Anna. It takes place around the time of Mercy book on, Moon Called, after Bran is made aware of the situation in Chicago.

I liked Charles a lot in the Mercy books,
One of these things is not like the others...

I really enjoyed the first three stories in this anthology, all of which were on the paranormal romance side of urban fantasy, just where I like it. I was familiar with the worlds already established in Briggs' and Wilks' stories but think it would have been fine if I hadn't been; Chance's world was new to me, but stood alone perfectly well. Good characters, good conflicts; I actually feel inspired to continue with Wilks' Lupis series, which had prev
Dec 27, 2015 Marulett rated it really liked it
Super promising start :)
Jun 19, 2015 chucklesthescot rated it really liked it
I picked up this anthology years ago to read the Alpha and Omega short story. I had just got into the Mercy Thompson series and decided to read the start of the spin off series. I didn't like it as I didn't know the characters and I lost interest in the entire series. This week, many years later, I decided to give it a second chance. The reason? Well, having read all the Mercy books so far, I now know a lot more about Bran's pack and figured that I'd now be more interested in reading about them. ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Glamdring rated it liked it

This novella has a good length and is a very good beginning to this series.
Nov 18, 2015 Jamila rated it really liked it
Really liked it
Shera (Book Whispers)
On the Prowl Anthology
Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, book 0.5) by Patricia Briggs

Wow!! I had forgotten how good this short was. It's set in the same world as Mercy Thompson's. Presenting a new character, Anna, and an old one, Charles. Charles is kind of old, but he's a blank slate. Readers first meet him in Moon Called and gets smatterings of mentions in Mercy's books. He's the son of the Marrok so it's bound to happen. He's also the executioner for the pack and a key in keeping it runni
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After reading the first 3 and feeling a little meh about the content--I was hopeful about Sunny's contribution. The Mona Lisa series is one of my favorites, but I was not impressed with this novella. Since I have read the Mona Lisa series, I definitely thought it was the best of the 4, but I can see how it could be confusing if you were new to the series. It would not have been a series starter for me.

Monere short story gets 2 stars (and this is one of my favorite series)--do yourself a favor an
Kelley Anne
Mar 05, 2010 Kelley Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: patricia-briggs, 2010
On the Prowl
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I have loved this short story since the first time I read it. On the Prowl is the only anthology I've ever bought because of this story! But, I do think that you really need to read Moon Called first or else you just wont understand what in the world Charles is doing in Chicago. But this is a great beginning to Brigg's spin-off series. Love it, love it, love it! And always something great to pick up for a quick re-read.

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks -
Dec 20, 2010 Ally rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, 2010
On the Prowl is a paranormal romance anthology from today's 'hottest authors'. On the Prowl features: a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

I only bought On The Prowl because of Susi! She told me I'd really need to read it if I wanted to read Patricia Briggs other Urban Fantasy series Alpha and Omega book Cry Wolf as the anth
Shannon C.
Apr 17, 2010 Shannon C. rated it really liked it
I would have given this book 5 stars except for the story by Sunny pulled it down to 4.

Patricia Biggs story was an excellent intro to the Alpha and Omega series. I read the first two books in the series before knowing about this short story. The story definitely does a great job of filling in some holes and background that you don't get from the books. I loved the entire series.

The Eileen Wilks story was a good read but a bit off the norm for what I've read in her World of Lupi series (which I
Laura the Highland Hussy
Nov 07, 2009 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
The "Alpha and Omega" story by Patricia Briggs was 5 stars!! Definitely a prequel, and definitely made me want to read more.

The "Inhuman" story was really good as well, so far, it's the first anthology I've ever read where I loved all 4 stories, not just 1 or 2.

The Karen Chance story "BuyingTrouble" was excellent. 5 stars.

The Monere story by Sunny says it is Monere #3, and in Over the Moon, I read Monere #2, but there is a huge gap of action. There is very little action at all in the novellas, s
Mar 30, 2015 Krystal rated it it was amazing
I only pick this book up because I wanted to start reading the Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. Briggs did her thing, that short story was a great intro to the Alpha and Omega series. I love Briggs writing style and I really enjoyed read the Mercy Thompson series and it was awesome to learn more about the werewolves that Mercy grows up with. Anna and Charles are two great characters and I am so looking forward to learning more about them. I didn’t reading any of the other stories in the book ...more
Kyla Hanson
Feb 27, 2015 Kyla Hanson rated it it was ok
I couldn't really get into this. So.. it wasn't that entertaining at all.
Tasha Turner
ALPHA AND OMEGA by PATRICIA BRIGGS - really enjoyed this short & the start to the omega side. Was a page turner. Good characters, story, even the abuse was done in an ok manner

INHUMAN by EILEEN WILKS - interesting take on hellhounds, spellbinding story, loved it, I really need to find more work of hers to read

BUYING TROUBLE by KAREN CHANCE - kept my interest, world-building was hard to follow. I laughed a few times

MONA LISA BETWINIG by SUNNY - not my cuppa tea
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Monère: Children of the Moon (5 books)
  • Mona Lisa Awakening (Monère: Children of the Moon, #1)
  • Mona Lisa Blossoming (Monère: Children of the Moon, #2)
  • Mona Lisa Craving (Monère: Children of the Moon, #3)
  • Mona Lisa Darkening (Monère: Children of the Moon, #4)
  • Mona Lisa Eclipsing  (Monère: Children of the Moon, #5)

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