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Omega (War of the Alphas #1)

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Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can't shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she's supposed to be. She's definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can't force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack — a vulne
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published April 2nd 2015 by Red Iris Books
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 Better Than Expected Stars

Deindre Tombs isn't your usual shifter, that is, she doesn't shift. Her only indication she has that she is a shifter are several shifter abilities, but when it comes to her animal? Nada. That has always made her an outcast, someone her own kind rejected and made her a pariah for almost everyone else.

When an unexpected resistence to compulsion makes Deindre important to the werewolf Alpha she will have to choose whether or not she is willing to put her life on the lin
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Fact #1: I'm still waiting for Reine to write a series/standalone/whatever as gloriously awesome as Descent was. I'm in no hurry, but I'm not getting any younger, either. So please get to it, Sara.

Fact #2: Deirdre is has not reached kick-ass heroine status yet, but potential there is. It would help if she was 30 instead of 20, but she isn't, so it doesn't.

Fact #3: Woe is Me Pity Party Gage (WisMPPG™) is annoying as hell. A character can be royally fished up without whining and feeling sor
Vicky (the Blowtorch-Wielding OotCDCB™)
~ I was provided this e-arc by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~

This was the first book I ever read by S.M. Reine, but it certainly won’t be the last.

Omega started out strong from the very beginning. The sense of urgency and thriller-like quality of the first chapter caught my interest and it didn't let go until the end. Even as I was thrown into a new world with little explanations, I never felt lost or confused. The author managed to set the story without resorting to info-dumping
This is out today! (Can one of you guys read this book please so I have someone to talk to about it?! :D)

I really enjoyed this one! It grabbed my attention right from Chapter 1 and I flew through the pages all the way till the end.

So this is the first book in a new UF series called War of the Alphas, the war being between Rylie Gresham (the “good” Alpha) and Everton Stark (the “bad” Alpha). Our MC is Deirdre, who goes undercover at the behest of Rylie and joins Stark’s rebellion to gather infor
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebie
Very good read. This is my first time reading Reine, and she has mad storytelling skills. My only complaint about the wordbuilding is that even though this is the first book of the series, I kept reading things that I didn't understand, but felt I was supposed to. Either things will be explained more as the series progresses, or this series is not as autonomous from her other series as I had been led to believe.

Regardless, this is a series I anticipate keeping up with. I won't recap the story,
Thea Atkinson
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had plenty of action and a heroine who made no apologies for being who she was. Nicely done.
Marta Cox
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the first in a new series by this author but her fans may well recognise certain aspects of the world that is created here. Ms Reine has an amazing gift of writing urban fantasy that is truly appealing . It's very easy to be swept away by her world building although if you haven't read some of her other books you might find initially that this book seems to start without a true beginning. I did feel that certain explanations needed to be fleshed out if honest but the story that followed ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I've recently found some reviews I wrote a few months ago and I don't know why I never posted them. Hum, it's time to change that.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

It was a good start for this series and the plot was fine.

The main character, Deirdre, wasn’t annoying, which is sometimes something hard to find in books, and she knows how to protect herself. She’s strong and doesn’t trust anyone easily. And I have to mention that I liked what happens at the end because I wasn’t expecting it at all.

E.G. Manetti
I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars on this. On the plus side, it is fast-moving and action packed with an appealing reluctant heroine at the center. In this version of the post-apocalypse, billions die, but most return. Many as supernatural creatures. A shifter who cannot shift, Deidre Tombs is shunted from foster home to foster home, learning to use weapons in violent confrontations where other supes can rely on supernatural abilities. An outside, she is caught between two superna ...more
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Ugh, I wrote a whole review for this, but goodreads found that exact moment to crash and I lost all of it *fumes*

I'm not in the mood anymore and I'm way too angry to write another, so review to come.
Diana Francis
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley.

Okay, so here's the thing. How come I've never read Sara Reine before? Because seriously? I loved the book. As in stayed up stupidly late to finish it. It's the first in a new series, but it's an offshoot of another series. Totally didn't matter. I didn't feel like I was at a loss at all.

I really liked the concept of the world with Genesis and the fae and the way it worked out. I thought the political stuff was fascinating, and I'd like to see more of the lar
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I started reading this and was really looking forward to getting into it unfortunately i havent finished it. It hasnt been able to keep my interest and i didnt really enjoy the characters.

I will try and pick this up in a few months but for the moment ill not be picking this up.
So, I Read This Book Today
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sara outdoes herself! We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. – Nelson Mandela
I stood up as best I could to their disgusting stupidity and brutality, but I did not, of course, manage to beat them at their own game. It was a fight to the bitter end, one in which I was not defending ideals or beliefs but simply my own self. – George Grosz
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for

At the beginning, I had trouble entering this world : it's a #1 in a new series but I felt I was walking into a pre-existent universe. After hunting for some info, it's the case : this series is a spin-off from Seasons of the Moon, the Cain Chronicles and the Ascension series. However, after the earlier discomfort, I quickly jumped along and it didn't bother me any more. If I had known it was a spin-off, I wouldn't have read it and I would have r
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A version of a dystopian world that is new and different? Hard to imagine with so many to be had. This author’s imagining was such an original concept, but not so different that it took away from the characters. Because the characters were pretty great. From what I can tell, it’s a spin-off of The Ascension Series, which I haven’t read, and while I could tell that it probably had been a series, it didn’t take anything away from the read for me. In fact, I am intrigued enough that I may go back a ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This is classic example of a pretty cover drawing me in to a less-than-stellar story.

The world-building in this leaves much to be desired. So basically, "Genesis" happened (with no real explanation of what Genesis is) and everyone died, but some people came back and they aren't fully human. Although there are full humans too. (See what I mean?) Our heroine is an Omega but she has no idea what her spirit animal is. She can resist being compelled by an Alpha but that's pretty much all she has goi
Tabby Shiflett
A new Reine series that overlaps the Seasons of the Moon, Cain Chronicles, and the Ascension series. Although you could get through this novel without reading these series, I don't recommend it. There is so much backstory and world-building, that you should read at least one of the above-mentioned series to truly appreciate this book. I like that this book is set in the future and I enjoyed the mystery of the MC's shifting dilemma. Stark and Gage are intriguing as well. The cliffhanger ending wi ...more
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. The novel is well written and holds all the things that are expected from a Reine novel. It was the level of angst and the level of reaching a ceiling of credibility versus incredibility in both emotional responses and deeds. It pushes the bell curve for me into thinking 'mmm, is this that bit too much?'. Still not sure.
Andrea Heltsley
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a fun urban fantasy. I liked the concept and the development of characters. It was a great shifter book and start to the series. Four glittery stars!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars.

This was a little strange to read because I am well aware that it's a continuation/ spin-off of at least one previous series. As a result I always had the vague feeling that I should already know stuff that I didn't, and though it never got to a point where I couldn't follow the plot I think that I'd definitely have been more emotionally connected if I'd read those preceding books.

Despite my slight disconnect from the rest of the story I did like the main character of Deirdre. I can re
kariny v
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

When Deidre was a kid, darkness-demons covered the planet and everyone died. And they revived but with the ability to shift into animals. Deidre however has come back but she can't shift into any animal. Rylie is an alpha and lives in the sanctuary with her pack but the problem is, only a few are allowed into the safety of the sanctuary. As a kid, Deidre, wasn't awarded such privileges. Due to her inability to change into an animal, she has been shuffled from home to home until
A little ditty to sum up my thoughts of this book…

Urban Fantasy is my addiction, it’s my drug of choice,
When I see a new series, I jump around, dance and rejoice.

When Omega came across my NetGalley feed,
In an instant I knew, it was one I must read.

Words like “shape shifter” and “War” baited the hook,
So I put all my laundry aside and started the book.

Deirdre is different, an Omega is what most people see,
Because she has no idea, as to what her shifter side might be.

Always alone, with a heart full
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have come to expect an intriquing premise and solid writing from S.M. Reine. Omega was no exception.

Deirdre Tombs has struggled since her rebirth as a shifter who can't shift. She is called an Omega which is the lowest position in the pack. Deirdre is considered a danger since her animal is unknown. She has been tossed around for ten years since her rebirth. The Alpha of the werewolf pack, Rylie Gresham, needs Deirdre's help to i
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The beginning of OMEGA wasn't easy to get through. I was pretty lost until things started to be explained and the world started becoming a little more clear. If I had known that some of the characters were shared with a previous series of S.M. Reine's I probably would have read that series to catch up on the world building that I thought was missing in OMEGA.

I loved the mystery that was Deirdre. She nor anyone else knows what type of shifter she is and I spent the whole book waiting for her to s
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I say this every S.M. Reine book I read. EVERY ONE. And I'm going to say it this time. There comes a point in every one of her books where I have to quietly put the book down and walk away because WTF, MAN! WHY YOU KILLING ME LIKE THIS?!?!

*gives everyone the crazy eyes*

Soooo... Deirdre has a few issues. Not being able to shift really seems like the least of her worries at the moment. She has a nightmare on her tail, a power hungry alpha with the ability to compel giving her a second look, and fr
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiodick
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Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
h hell, that was heartbreakingly brilliant.

That ending! I need book 2 now.

Loved the characters, world building and storyline.

Edge of the seat entertainment, just when I think I have it sussed, boom a curve ball hits me straight in the face and Knicks me side wards.

Brilliant stuff. Unputdownable.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, own-ebook
I don't know if I will finish this series. :-(
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I skimmed the last half, just to see how it ended. I found that the world building was lacking, important events and the situation at large were left unexplained. Most of all, I was annoyed with how hateful the main character was. Hate hate hate. Oh and rain. Hate that too (as was mentioned oh so many times). It was so obviously out of context, I'm guessing it's meant as an allusion to her shift. Everything and everyone was somehow worth hating. Sure, she had a tough childhood/young adulthood a ...more
Stacey Brutger
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Al
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