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Burn Bright

(Alpha & Omega #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  22,425 ratings  ·  2,144 reviews
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 ca
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Ace
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T I'm with you....I love the A&O series better than the MT books. In reality I think that I had already read the first three A&O books twice before I st…moreI'm with you....I love the A&O series better than the MT books. In reality I think that I had already read the first three A&O books twice before I started reading the MT books. I get that Pbriggs struggles writing A&O a bit more, but it kind of bugs me that her publishing groups last contract had her writing 2 MT books, and one A&O book when she had expressed interest in writer about other characters as well. I mean, I would think her publisher would recognize that her fans would probably buy her books regardless of who the main characters are.(less)
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K Just this one scene nearly ruined the whole series for me

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Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
(ETA5: More character inconsistencies)
(ETA4: Update to rating, in light of "the conversation")
(ETA3: One more, very telling, quote from Silence Fallen regarding "the conversation")
(ETA2: Adding to the spoiler section. Some quotes from characters (who I would also expect to know) in other books regarding the subject of that spoiler conversation)
(ETA: Rating this was hard. I greatly enjoyed the book, but the spoiler section - no matter how small and insignificant it is to the book itself - took aw
Me trying to figure shit out: Well, okay, I thought it was an okayish book, except for that one conversation that I highlighted because What the Fuck???? So, if I just ignore that conversation....... ugh, I can't! Because if Charles KNEW.... and said others KNEW... it changes the entire Mercy Thompson/Alpha Omega world.

So, I'm frustrated! Not only do I HAVE to 1-star this book, but I HAVE to write a serious review as to why. You guys know how much I hate having to be serious! I'm against it 99.9
I'm not as crazy about Anna & Charles as I am about Mercy & Co., but I always look forward to the Alpha & Omega titles because they show the flip side of what's happening in Mercy's world. Plus, Brigg's is just a fantastic writer.


Now, unlike the twist in Silence Fallen, I actually managed to figure this one out. So the ending wasn't all...


It was still good, though. And there were several people that I now see in a different light.
Leah? (view spoiler)
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors, uf
When you are following characters through the course of several books and you are emotionally invested in their fate, there is a reasonable expectation, even wish for the author to has some end game for them planned and a satisfying conclusion fleshed out, right? I am like this with Kate Daniels and Dresden. I want them to end on a good note.
But this isn't the case for me when it comes to Patty Briggs.
I want her to keep writing books in her shared universe as long as she has stories to tell; I w
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
On sale now, as of March 6, 2018! A solid and enthusiastic four stars. Full review first posted on Fantasy Literature.

Burn Bright is the fifth and latest novel in Patricia Briggs’ ALPHA AND OMEGA urban fantasy series … actually, it’s more mountainous wilderness fantasy, but it does involve werewolves and witches living amongst humans. Burn Bright, though it has different main characters, also intertwines nicely with the main MERCY THOMPSON series.

Bran, the grand-Alpha or Marrok of most of the we
Aisling Zena

Expected publication 2018. 2018!! Three years from the last book! THREE YEARS!!






P.S. This was published 6 months before Mrs Briggs husband passed away. This was published with a tongue-in-cheek intention for the delays of our favourite books. Obviously after Mrs. Briggs loss I don't expect her to be whipping up books. My condolences and love and hope she has the support she needs to get over this difficult time.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

HOO boy.

DEAD HEAT, the last book from the Anna and Charles portion of the MERCY THOMPSON universe, is probably my least favorite book in the combined series, so despite my slight preference for the ALPHA & OMEGA characters, I was a bit leery of BURN BRIGHT . . .

And by "leery" I mean that I hesitated for a whole five seconds before accepting an ARC.

I love Bran. I love everything about the concept of the Marrock. I love the tiny middle-of-nowhere town for misfit werewolve
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Fire is a powerful thing. It cleanses as it destroys- and it brings light to darkness. (c)
“You cannot look at a person, and say, ‘If I could change this or that, if I could pick what I want and discard other things, I could love this one.’ Such a love is pale and weak—and doomed to failure.” (c) Righty-right! you get the whole package or not at all!
It’s bad to have an enemy with the kinds of resources these people apparently have—but it is infinitely worse to have crazy people as enemies.”
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Anna and Charles are back in the fifth 'Alpha and Omega' novel. I first started reading these books because they were set in the Mercy Thompson world, but I grew to love them on their own. Charles and Anna have a special spot for me. I love their relationship so much.
“Ours”, said Brother Wolf. “She is perfect, our soul mate, our anchor, the reason we were created. So that we could be hers.”

In Burn Bright, Bran is out of town and Charles is in charge of the pack. It's a big r
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5/5 stars] As Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite urban fantasy writers, I love that I have a new release from her to look forward to every year. Reading her books always feels like cuddling up with a warm fuzzy blanket when it’s snowing outside. Burn Bright was a nice installment in the Alpha & Omega series. Perhaps not quite as strong as the last couple of books, but still loads of fun all the same.

The positives were abundant: an interesting mystery to solve (one which I’m sure we’ll see
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Spoilers for those who have not read previous books in Alpha and Omega and the Mercy Thompson series to this point.

So I thought about this one all night long and realized that I honestly can't give this story in the Alpha & Omega series more than 1 star. The main reasons was the total retcon regarding Bran and Mercy that had me looking at the whole series in a new light (not in a good way), the information dumps galore we get regarding the Wildings, and the fact that we did not get enough one o

Re-read April 4th 2021 by audio! So good and sets things up well for the next one. Still remember the shock of finding out the identity of the traitor and a few tidbits on Bran!

Re-read by audio October 7th 2018-Even better the 2nd time around!

Charles and Anna are holding down the fort in Aspen Creek, while Bran, the Marrok is off on vacation. The story takes off quickly when one of the “wildling’s” (old wolves that are no longer safe to associate around Pack on a regular basis) mate calls for he
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 stars

“You cannot look at a person, and say, ‘If I could change this or that, if I could pick what I want and discard other things, I could love this one.’ Such a love is pale and weak—and doomed to failure.”

When Bran leaves on a mysterious trip to Africa, Charles is left to run the pack in Montana. One day he gets a distress call from one of the Wildlings, pack members who live in the woods and don’t have much control. When Charles and Anna investigate, they discover one of their wolv
I've put off writing this review for weeks because every time I think about this book I get mad all over again. I honestly don't think I've ever been so disappointed in the direction an author has decided to take  a story and while I totally get that it is Patricia Briggs' right to do whatever she chooses with her characters and her world I don't have to continue investing my time and money in her series. I suppose I should probably point out that before Burn Bright I would have considered mysel ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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
Julia ♡ Sarcasm and Romance Addict ♡
I'm so pumped! I could read a 100 book series dedicated to these two as long as there's no more mention of horses. ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. She consistently produces top-notch books, both in her Mercy Thompson series and in this one, the Alpha & Omega series, which is a spinoff of Mercy's stories and intertwines back and forth.

This novel picks up right around the events of the most recent Mercy book, Silence Fallen, and follows Charles and Anna as they handle some events surrounding the wildlin
I'll put this as nicely as I can: WTF!? I will never be able to look at Bran the same way again. This new revelation which is abhorrent made me think even more about his character. He may be physically strong, have lots of magic, and be a good leader, but he's a pathetic man. The thing Anna alluded to about him and (view spoiler) is wrong on so many levels. More importantly it makes no sense in context with the rest of the series. (view spoiler) ...more

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Bran has left the pack to Charles while he heads to Europe to deal with an emergency with Mercy. Once that emergency is over Bran extends his absence from the pack by stating he is going to visit Samuel leaving Charles and his mate, Anna, to deal with an emerg
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This spin off series is not as "fun" as the Mercy-centric series (because Mercy is the best), but I still find myself reading these. Partially because they sometimes give us more insight into Bran, who has always piqued my interest. And man, did this book deliver on the Bran front even though he barely even directly appears in this book. When you get to the part where Anna reveals a very interesting insight she has about Bran, you'll know what I mean! It was a jaw dropping moment for me.

Ok addin
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of urban fantasy, but I do read everything that Patricia Briggs writes. After I read the first book in the Alpha and Omega series I was hooked, and Patricia Briggs became one of my favorite authors. Each of her books are a treat to read and enjoy. As soon as a new book comes out I make sure that the kids are in bed and I have no plans for the next day. Because I know I will be up all night until I read that last page…

The Alpha and Omega series is about two werewolves (a mated
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to add to my first review. The famous conversation came out of the blue and did not sit well with the rest of the story. So I am really looking forward to finding out if this topic will get a lot more coverage in the next Mercy novel coming out this month. Why else even stick it in there, as it was never mentioned in any of the many previous books.
This time around I did not know who the bad guy was and really only clocked on in the last moment. The story didn‘t keep me up at night, but
Charles and Anna are left as heads of the pack while Bran is off on a vacation to Africa, without this mate. Yeh it something is weird, but I'll not tell you what. So Charles if left with his mate and Leah. with all their issues and snipping at each other. Talk about a rock and a hard place, ouch. I know you're thinking poor Charles, hah ! those were the easy times. There are some wolves who live on the edge, the windings, bare sane if at all, there are under the pack protection, aka his. One ve ...more
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3 stars

Though I enjoyed the BB story, a particular 'revelation' felt like it came out of nowhere, impacted my overall view of both the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series, and knocked me on my now unhappy and deeply disappointed ass.

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There are some great ideas in this book.
There are some great characters in this book.

Unfortunately they take a back seat to Charles and Anna.

Don't get me wrong, I like Charles and Anna. They're great characters. I've enjoyed their story. But maybe it's time to move on. Explore some different characters.

If this book centred on Leah, Bran's wife / mate and the wildlings, I'm pretty sure it would have been a 5 Star book.
Beanbag Love
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wavering between 3 and 4 stars. I thought it would be lower in light of some of the things I learned before reading, but after reading, I have to say I enjoyed it.

First I want to address the The Conversation (as it seems to be known). If what they're saying is true then, yes, it's a 180 on everything we've been led to believe and, really, everything that makes sense. It's also incredibly lazy writing because not every man has to be in love with the female lead. That happens in these urban fantas
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fantastic book, enthralling and captivating from beginning to end.

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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Stars!

Oh how I have missed Charles and Anna!

I love this series and the very fact that it coincides with my beloved Mercy Thompson series just makes it all the better.

I loved being immersed back into this world and more importantly getting to see Charles and Anna together again. The bond and relationship they have it amazing and the love and understanding between them even more so. I love that they make each other stronger and while they want to protect each other, they also don't smother or
Lisa Wolf
Original review 4/2018: I love this series so much! Burn Bright was a good addition to the story, but not as strong as some of the previous books. Still, I love these characters and don't think I'll ever get tired of them. After a somewhat slow beginning, Burn Bright wraps up with lots of drama and danger, and left me wanting more.

Re-read (audio) update 4/2019: What was I thinking, giving this book only 4 stars? Five stars all the way! I loved it a lot more the 2nd time around, and the audiobook
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I had so many issues. So, so many. I'm disappointed with everyone. With some more than others. I'm actually really angry.

I should have known. That cover looks too pretty.

2.5 stars
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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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Alpha & Omega (6 books)
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