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Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  64,938 Ratings  ·  2,608 Reviews
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins

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. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize he
Paperback, 307 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Orbit (first published July 29th 2008)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I'm not sure how to write this review without excessive gushing. Gushing hurts my credibility as a reader. Well, I think it's clear that I'm not above a little gushing if I love a book. But I do try to be objective. However, sometimes a good book deserves gushing, and lots of it. Such is the case with Cry Wolf. My tastes are somewhat simple when it comes to a book. I want to be involved and entertained. When I read a book that takes me to that next level of pure emotional enjoyment, catching me ...more
4 Omega stars

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I am a huge Patricia Briggs fan. Before I started reading a lot of romance and indie reads, Urban Fantasy/PNR was my genre of choice. I started reading her Mercy Thompson series in 2006 when I was still in college and I was hooked. I’m not sure what took me so long to read this spin off series, but I’ve really enjoyed the first book!

If you’ve read the Mercy books, you’ve met Charles. He’s the only ‘born’ werewolf, brother of Samuel, and son of the Marrok. Charles is also known as
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life."

There’s a few things that making reading life a little glum, and one of those things is being excited to read a well-loved book by the genre community only to find out that, for irritating reasons, you have absolutely no idea where the other readers are coming from with their devotion.

That’s what happened to me with Cry Wolf, the first book in the Alpha & Omega series. I’ve been reading the Mercy Thomp
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5/5 stars


Anna is a very rare Omega wolf, this means that she has a calming effect on other wolves as long as she is calm. Omega wolves are to be cherished and protected above all others because they keep the pack sane. Apparently though her last pack didn't get the memo. Anna was changed against her will, was beaten and passed around the pack at the orders of her previous Alpha. Three years later came her salvation, a salvation named Charles.

Now after what was done to her it is logical tha
Aug 13, 2012 Dija rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels
Recommended to Dija by: Group read for The Dark Side
"I'm not threatening to kill myself. But you need to know this about me because—if you want to be my mate—I won't be like Leo. I won't let you sleep around with anyone else. I won't be forced either. I've had enough. If that makes me a dog in the manger, so be it. But if I am yours, then you damned well are going to be mine." - Quote from Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf

This series is urban fantasy done right. I can't remember the last time I was so engrossed in a UF, nor the
Alex is The Romance Fox
Cry Wolf is the 1st book in Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega Series, which concentrates on Charles Conrick, who we met previously in the her Mercy Thompson Series.

This also is the start of Charles, the only true born werewolf and son of the Marok and Anna Latham, turned werewolf against her will… photo alpha-couples-6-anna-charles_zpsjwknaczl.jpg
Whilst on a mission for his father to track down a rogue wolf, he’s asked to find Anna and bring her back to their pack.
Anna Latham has suffered physical and mental abuse by the members and the leader of
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
As much as I love Mercy Thompson and her world, I absolutely love the change to third person! I think it suits Briggs much more and the fact that she has more romance in this series makes it all the more better! I really enjoyed reading from Anna and Charles’ perspective. It gives us a look into a newly developed bond and there are just so many precious moments between the two! The romantic aspects of the story really lured me in. I couldn’t get enough of them when they’re together!

Anna is such
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Before you say anything, I KNOW. Any werewolf nut worth their salt should be up to date on all things Patricia Briggs. Well, this is me fixing it, ok? The delay actually worked out in my favour because I tackled the SHIFTING SHADOWS anthology prior to this audiobook, and it contained this series’ prequel which really helped to put this story into context, and as a result I avoided the whole lost feeling that many readers experienced. That point aside, I’m still kicking m
Aug 04, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy "romance" fans
Recommended to Rebecca by: Amazon
Shelves: fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. I'm still grumpy about the fact that you need to go dig up a Briggs novella, Alpha and Omega, in a separately published book, On the Prowl, to read the (pretty much necessary) first part of this story. I would be even grumpier if my library hadn't happened to have a copy of On the Prowl.

I also got a little impatient with Anna, our main character and an "Omega werewolf," although you need to cut her some slack because of the events in the Alpha and Omega novella. But the overall story
Apr 13, 2010 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first introduced to Briggs' writing with the story Alpha & Omega in the anthology On the Prowl. The story is a prequel to this book in which we get to meet Anna, a reluctant member of the Chicago Pack werewolves. Three years ago, she was turned against her will and since then went through emotional, physical and sexual abuse by her Pack. This was done to 'break her' as Anna didn't automatically act submissive around more dominant wolves. Anna is special: she is an Omega, which means sh ...more
Nov 03, 2010 AH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Werewolf lovers
Before you read this book, it is highly recommended that you read the short story Alpha & Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf or On the Prowl. Otherwise, it will feel like three chapters are missing at the beginning of the book.

I think I am in love with Patricia Briggs’ world of werewolves. Ms. Briggs not only gives us original werewolf lore but she also puts the reader inside their minds. We get a glimpse of the constant battle for control over the animal instincts of the wolf. The autho
Jul 11, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
My second helping of this wonderful book. I still love it. Indeed, it is my favorite urban fantasy series involving werewolves. I enjoyed Cry Wolf for the plot, the primary H/h relationship development (but it does begin with almost instant soul-mate recognition), the secondary characters, and the grim-dark spookiness.

Werewolves tackle the wicked wicked witch. Bloodlust and madness is about to descend on the icy mountains of Montana. An age-old berserker rage threatens to rip the world apart,
Kat Kennedy
I don't know how popular completos is in America, only that nobody has heard of it here in Australia except those of us who are tight with the ever-growing Chile population.

Basically, Completos is madness in a bun.

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Sweet, sweet madness...

It's a hotdog with guacamole, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard and sauerkraut.

See what I mean? Madness! But a good, delicious kind of madness.

Well, Cry Wolf is kind of like Completos only not quite as awesome.

It's a good book, enjoyable, interesting, nice
Dec 21, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 3.75. ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks!

A very pleasant read in the world of Mercy Thompson. While I was reading this book it actually reminded me of the native American storytelling meets around the fire I used to go to with friends in the Summers... It had the feel and even the melody of those stories, which was exactly what the author meant to express, I am guessing...

It starts with Anna from the horrible Chicago pack moving to the mountains of Montana to live with her potential m
Aug 23, 2015 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4 Stars] I don't love Anna as much as I love Mercy, but this was a pretty good first book! I definitely think you need to read the novella Alpha and Omega first, so make sure you do that before jumping into this one. I admit, the beginning of this book had me a little wary of Charles and Anna's relationship. Charles is pretty possessive, but that definitely let up in the second half of the book substantially. I actually loved the second half of the book, particularly everything we got to know a ...more
4.5 Stars
Cry Wolf is the first book in Patricia Briggs' "Alpha & Omega" series, and it picks up the day after the prequel novella Alpha and Omega. I, quite simply, loved this book. What's there not to love? Charles, Bran, Anna, Bran, Samuel, Bran? Well, okay, there's Leah not to love, but that's not the point. The point is that this book is fantastic, fantasmic, if you will. I loved the story; it didn't feel contrived and used up at all.

I loved the characters so much, too. Even more than in the prequ
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

My first book by Patricia Briggs and I adored it. Really great urban fantasy combined with one of my favorite narrators (Holter Graham)= match made in heaven! Though I didn't read the prequel novella and I've never read the Mercy Thompson series, I had no problem following along with this book. Fab audiobook and a very promising start to a series.
I enjoyed this book but WARNING: Get the novella before you read this. Only reason I gave it 3 stars is because it's VERY CONFUSING and not satisfying to not have read the novella first. Believe me, I did it. Bad idea, shoulda added it to the book I think. Enjoyed it though, the character was very unlike Mercy but still I enjoyed!
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

Continuing on almost straight away from the novella Alpha & Omega in the On the Prowl anthology, it shows Anna Latham, a rare and valuable Omega wolf following Charles Cornick the Marrocks (King of the Werewolves) youngest son to Montana to start a new life. Being an Omega means she can calm down the wolfside of a werewolf, giving peace to a species of volatile monsters, she in invaluable. But it is difficult to throw off three years of brutalization and fear and the new start isn't
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 30, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
Happy dance commencing. I should start out by saying I'm a fan of Patricia Briggs' books since "Moon Called", the first Mercedes Thompson book. So I was anxious to get my hands on "Cry Wolf" which is set in Mercy's world, but isn't about Mercy per se.

I really like the fact that the heroine in this book is Anna. In the last Mercedes book, Anna was introduced as the horribly brutalized, forcibly turned Omega. In "Cry Wolf" Anna is finding her strength, both by herself and with the help of her mate
Story: 4.5 Stars
Narration: 2 Stars

Just a quick note about the narration - the issues that I had with the novella Alpha & Omega are mostly resolved here. The weird pauses the narrator reads with are greatly reduced (or maybe I just got used to them?), and the male voices are pretty good - with the exception of Charles (so disappointing). Overall, I can deal with it and enjoy the story.

My problem is that I got impatient and had to switch to my Kindle to actually read the book. I think this is
Aug 01, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patricia Briggs completists only
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This story begins almost exactly where the prequel ends as Anna prepares to accompany Charles to Montana, leaving Chicago for good.

I loved how so much focus was on Anna and Charles trying to adjust to a new relationship. Additionally, her woeful wolf education had her often confused in understanding his nature. This isn’t an insta-love, no matter what Charles’ “Brother Wolf” says:) Her being an Omega also keeps Charles a bit off balance.

The situation with the rogue wolf was pretty exciting, espe
Aly is so frigging bored
I can't put this down! They are more then addicting, like great black chocolate: you say only one more small piece and then you end up with all of it eaten! 24~25 July 2012

15~26 August 2012
If it's possible, I love the book even more the 2nd time around!

July 2014
Buddy read with Jo

4th Read 28-29 December 2015
Buddy read with Maru
I still love it :)
Mar 10, 2016 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, read-in-2016

Alpha & Omega continues the story of Charles and Anna, right after the events of the short story that can be found on the On The Prowl anthology. If you haven't read that, and you're interested in starting this series, I strongly recommend that you do.

In the first part of this book, Anna follows Charles back to his home in Montana, as his mate, and they both have alot to learn about the mating business and about each other. Charles treads carefully, considering that Anna had suffered severe
Like the Mercy Thompson books, I had tried to read this years ago when it first came out. I wasn't impressed. Thank the stars I tried again. Loved it. Loved, loved, loved it. Especially the additional background on Bran (is it sad that he's kinda my favourite character?). Of course, I adore Charles and Anna is a wonderful character.

Fangurl squeeing aside, this seemed to be a more...coherent isn't the right word. Concise story? Than the Mercy Thompson books. Not sure if it's because the story is
It's hard to review a book in a series that's become a favorite. Even while re-reading this book I couldn't help but think of the overall series, and world. Implications, and realities that are learned.

The first 1/3 is definitely slower than I'm used to in PB books, I think that's partly due to the fact of the beginning really starting in Alpha & Omega (the novella). I really enjoyed some of the conversations that took place there, and I like the way that Charles and Anna's relationship dev
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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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