Sunday, February 12, 2012

Early Review & Giveaway: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs

Book: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs
Release Date: 6 Mar 2012
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Faeries
Summary: Patricia Briggs, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, "New York Times" bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey...
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...
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Source: Please note that I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive monetary compensation for my review and receiving this book in no way affected my opinion or how it was expressed in my review.


Review: This review is beyond bias considering that Patricia Briggs is my absolute favorite author other than JK Rowling. She could write a collection of essays on laxatives and I'd give it five stars, that's how far my love goes. One of the reasons I love this particular series so much (and Mercy's, of course) is that Briggs is able to wreak havoc on my emotions so easily and I actually don't mind. I like that it would totally destroy me if a character were to be killed off because often times I don't feel involved enough when it comes to urban fantasy. I love the genre but no other author is able to immerse me like Briggs does. The first chapter of Fair Game was so emotional and conflicting for me which was a dream come true. It's been ages since I've read about Anna and Charles (and Bran, eep!) so I was a little worried that I might not connect with them as well as I used to. The beginning of the book totally broke my heart. That is my true measure of an author's ability.

The storyline, characters, world... everything is so unbelievably well developed. I love knowing characters so well that I can anticipate certain reactions. For example Anna teases Charles to lighten his mood; even without her being an omega you can always count on Anna to look out for others in her own special way. Briggs is also constantly surprising me. Just when I think I have a firm grasp, something completely unexpected will happen but it always fits so perfectly. I read over and over again Bran's line where he uses the word 'bejeebers'.

The Alpha and Omega series has a wonderful quality of emotion driven stories, usually ones where a character is breaking and needs Anna's tranquility. Fair Game is my favorite thus far because it's Charles who needs fixing. I loved how their dynamic changes yet didn't because both Anna and Charles are too strong to let something like that overcome them. Charles' issue was so perfectly melded into the plot; I never knew which I was furiously nibbling at my fingernails for. Was I beyond anxious because I needed for one of my favorite werewolves to get better or was I freaking out over what was quite possibly the most intense plot Briggs has written thus far? I don't know but I loved every page of it.

He should close his bond with her, again. He didn't think any of his ghosts could cross and touch her, but he wasn't certain. He couldn't bear it if he caused her harm.
Equally, Charles couldn't bear to be separated from her again.

"But they did it wrong and they didn't get it all, did they? They left all this lovely magic behind instead of eating it."
"Precious," Anna murmured.
The witch tilted her head. "What did you say?"
"You forgot the 'my precious'," Anna said dryly. "If you want to act like a freaking nutcase, you have to do it right."


Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)










Penguin has gerenously offered a *signed* copy of On the Prowl which includes the short story that started the Alpha & Omega series.

Summary: Alpha and Omega 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 has a secret gift, too, and it's about to be let loose.
Buying Trouble by Karen Chance -- In a New York auction house, a Lord of the Fey crosses paths with a fiery redheaded mage named Claire. But in this strange underground society, the rarity up for sale is Claire herself.
Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny -- Among the children of the moon, Mona Lisa is of Mixed Blood- part Monere, part human, and destined to be alone. Then she meets a man who could be her salvation- or her downfall.

Giveaway Details

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  • Giveaway ends February 18th at midnight
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26 comments:

  1. Oh this books sounds so nice! I have the second in french in my TBR pile but I confess I didn't take the time to read it yet but I really need to! The third looks awesome I can't wait to get into it.

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    1. Definitely make the time to read the series! I seriously love these books. Anything by Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost are automatic reads and buys for me. Each time one of them releases a new book I suddenly have a new favorite.

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  2. I have heard of this author many times before but never read any of her books. I am not sure why but I am going to the library this weekend and may have to check some of them out. Thank you for such a wonderful review. :)

    - Beckie

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    1. Oh my gosh! I love her books, I hope you enjoy any that you end up getting. Briggs' Mercy Thompson series was the series that got me into urban fantasy and paranormal romance. If you can, try to read the books in order that they were published. The series (Mercy Thompson and this one, Alpha & Omega) have some linking elements, only minor things though.

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  3. I am currently obsessed with the Mercy Thompson series! I have on book five now I believe, have been reading them for the past week one after another. I hadn't read much about the other series but I might have to pick them up after I finish this series!

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    1. I can reread both of these series a million times and still not get enough of them. One of my favorite lines ever is when Adam threatens to eat Mercy's cat; I love them so much, too cute. Anna and Charles are just as well done. Plus this series includes more of Bran who I freakin' adore. Adam and Sam make a few appearances in Alpha & Omega, I believe. I think Mercy is only mentioned though.

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  4. I found your comments on the character development were very helpful! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Character development is always important, books just aren't the same without it :) Thanks for entering my giveaway!

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  5. I enjoyed your review about the overall series and characters. The books sound very good.

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    1. Thank you :) I hope you enjoy the books if you end up reading!

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  6. I've always loved the Mercy Thompson series! So awesome! Thanks so much for this giveaway!

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    1. Yay, another Mercy lover! Thanks for entering :)

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  7. What a great review. I haven't read this one yet. It sounds fantastic.

    Mary

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    1. Hope you enjoy it if you do give it a read! Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors and I love pushing her on to other readers every chance I get.

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  8. Love Patricia. I can't wait till I get to meet her at her book signing in a few weeks.

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    1. I adore her and plan on going to a signing too! I'm a little annoyed with my local bookstore though. They aren't advertising the signing at all. I just happened to stumble across the info on her website.

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  9. Thank you for such a fantastic post that was really insightful. I am definately going to have to check out this series, as it looks and sounds increadible! Thank you so much.

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  10. The quality was superb. The book shipped in a timely manner. And I have enjoyed reading it thus far... I was pleasantly surprised to find my purchase came from England, though. :)

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