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Cry Wolf

(Alpha & Omega #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  86,360 ratings  ·  3,847 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 29th 2008 by Ace
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Kevin POTENTIAL SPOILERS, I tried to be as non-spoilery as possible. A couple of the Mercy books (The series that this one spun off from) have brief and pre…morePOTENTIAL SPOILERS, I tried to be as non-spoilery as possible. A couple of the Mercy books (The series that this one spun off from) have brief and pretty tasteful sex scenes. As I recall, all but one occur between a married couple. Also, one book has a rape scene. Without going into spoilers, it is not graphic and the author spends a lot of time in later books dealing with the aftermath in an authentic and respectful manner. (less)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1), Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs (born 1965) is an American writer of fantasy since 1993, and author of the Alpha and Omega series. Set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series but starts in at an earlier time. Starting with "Cry Wolf", which is set right after the events of "Moon Called", the series run parallel.

Cry Wolf (2008): Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bott
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Love all of her books! 🖤🐺
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Friendly warning: if you love this series in general, and this instalment in particular, you might want to consider stepping back a bit. This is going to hurt. But hey, I'm kind-hearted and compassionate and understanding and stuff, so I promise to try and make this as painless as possible. What? Don't believe me? Oh, good.

Just so you know: if it hadn't been for the Freaking MacHalo TBR Cleaning Challenge of Doom and Destruction (FMTCCoDaD™), I would have DNFed the shrimp out of this one before
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Paula by: Jonetta
What a great new fun fantasy series!

I’m a big fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Alpha & Omega is another of her werewolf fantasy series that I hadn’t read till now. What a pleasure to see many of the same characters in Cry Wolf. It’s great to get some background on Charles Cornick and his father, the leader of the North American werewolves community.

I read a lot of serious books, but really enjoy tapping into fantasy on occasion for some good fluff. Couldn’t put this book down. I wi
Maria V. Snyder
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book - it read like a second book in a series, but I checked online and it said "Book 1" but as I kept reading I knew I was missing something so I looked a bit deeper - there is a short story titled "Alpha and Omegas" that is really the first story of this series. It's in the book "On the Prowl" by a number of authors. After I read the short story, I returned to the book.

On the Prowl (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs

I liked seeing more of the world Patricia Briggs created with her Mercy Thompson series - she fo
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Sometimes I have the urge to conquer large parts of Europe. ...
Usually he only said it when my brother or I were being particularly horrible. (c)
I hope this means you'll quit asking me to kill you. It gives me indigestion. (c)
The wind in the trees...And there are some birds that stay year-round. Sometimes when the wind is still and the cold is upon us, the quiet is so deep you can feel it in your bones. (c)
Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make i
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 Thompson
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Before reading Cry Wolf, PLEASE make sure to read the novella Alpha & Omega! It functions as #0.5 in this series and is absolutely crucial to the beginning of the series.

“Tis the gift to be gentle, ’tis the gift to be fair,
’Tis the gift to wake and breathe the morning air,
To walk every day in the path that we choose,
Is the gift that we pray we will never never lose.”

After reading a couple of novels, a few novellas, and a graphic novel by Patricia Briggs, Cry Wolf was what sealed the deal
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Audio reread 2019

Enjoyed this much more after having read the prequel novel, the plot makes more sense. I had a hard time following it the first time around but it made more sense this time. Rating upgraded from 3 to 4 stars.

So, this was wonderful until about halfway through to Chapter 9 where it just went all over the place. I still liked it, but Briggs has produced much better work than this one. I ended up skimming a lot in t
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
Re-read February 14th 2018. Even better the 2nd time around!

4.5 Stars
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
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 t
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
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: urban fantasy "romance" fans
Recommended to Rebecca by: Amazon
Shelves: fantasy
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Kat Kennedy
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Richard Derus
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
DNF @ p116

Real Rating: 2.5* of five

I just can't. I don't like reading about straight people having sex. So that's why I don't wanna go on...I know your sensitivity to this unpleasant reality is likely to be different, but this issue increasingly makes a book unreadable to me. I am not straight, I didn't like straight sex very much when I was having it, and I am just not willing to compromise my remaining reading time with overlooking stuff not aimed at my pleasure centers.
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!
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 last
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,
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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 she's ...more
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 author al
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 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

I wanted to read this book for a long time and now I finally took the time and did it. I love reading PNR books with plots that have action, romance and are overall just pure magic to read about. It's just something about the fictional worlds that can make you forget about the stressful daily life. So when I finished this one, I don't know if I had too high hopes or maybe it was something else, but I expected more from it. I always say simple is best and that also applies to this writin
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 as
Mada Linx
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice, nice. Very nice.
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
The first book I’ve read by Patricia Briggs, was Moon Called and I was not impressed. I don’t know why I didn’t enjoyed it, probably it wasn’t what I needed at that time, but because of that I was hesitant in reading more by PB.
I decided to give this author another chance and I’m pleased to say that she won me over with his book.
And I’m totally having a crush on Charles.

I doubt I’ll ever read Mercy Thompson series but I’ll definite
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.
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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 n

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