Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review: Alpha & Omega #2: Hunting Ground

Title: Alpha & Omega #2: Hunting Ground

Author: Patricia Briggs

Date of Publication: August 25, 2009

Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book

Buy This Book: Amazon

Synopsis: Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything...

My Review:

As anyone who follows my blog knows I am a HUGE fan of Patricia Briggs. I've yet to read a book by her I didn't like and Hunting Ground was another great addition to the wonderful universe Briggs's has created. With wonderful characters, lots of romance, and a great murder mystery Hunting Ground was impossible to put down!

Even though I loved this novel I will admit it was one my least favorites by Briggs (which pretty much means it was amazing compared to other books, but not as good as Briggs's other work). I didn't really like the Seattle setting, I understand that there is only so much that can happen in Aspen Creek but I preferred the Montana setting of the first novel over the Seattle setting of this one. I also missed having Bran and Samuel nearby and the chance to see them through a different perspective.

Charles and Anna are absolutely adorable. I just love their relationship and their interactions with each other always make me smile. Hunting Ground is a little less centered on romance than the first novel but the plot definitely takes the back seat to their relationship, which is totally fine by me!  I loved watching Charles and Anna become more comfortable with each other as their relationship developed and start opening up to each other.

One of the downsides to having such a relationship oriented story is that the action always takes second place and sometimes isn't as good as it could have been. Hunting Ground definitely had the potential to have a lot of really exciting moments but I felt like they were downplayed a bit. I really love the idea of the Alpha & Omega series being a murder mystery series and Briggs does a wonderful job integrating the murders into the story, they just need a bit more action.

Overall I really loved Hunting Ground and highly recommend the series to fans of paranormal romance. Even though the Mercy Thompson series is a little bit better those looking for a shorter series definitely need to check this one out!


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