Friday, January 30, 2015

Alpha & Omega Read-a-long Discussion: Alpha & Omega/Cry Wolf


You guys!  Discussion day is upon us.  And I am friggin' excited.  I've never hosted a solo read-a-long which means I've never really had to come up with discussion questions by myself.  So I apologize in advance if they're kind of lacking.  I'm hoping you loved the prequel novella and book 1 enough that you'll overlook my feeble attempt at questions.  *grins*  If you're just tuning in and want to participate I'll have links to the intro post and sign up page below.  Now that that's out of the way let's do the damn thing.


Alpha & Omega Questions

1.  I've never been to Chicago but, Patricia Brigg's (PB from here on out) worldbuilding is nothing to sneeze at.  Have any of you visited the windy city?  Is her depiction up to snuff?

2.  If PB's worldbuilding is awesome, then her characters are on a whole other level.  What were your initial thoughts about Anna and Charles?

3.  Novellas are tough in that you have a limited number of pages to deliver a story interesting enough that'll make the reader want to pick up the actual series.  What are your thoughts on the story as a whole?

4.  What were some of your favorite and/or least favorite characters?

5.  What did you think about the whole Omega angle?


Cry Wolf Questions

1.  Cry Wolf picks up where Alpha & Omega left off.  What did you guys think about Anna's new surroundings?

2.  What did you guys think about PB's take on werewolves?
  
3.  Leah, Bran's mate, is a total bitch.  Every time she came on the scene I wanted to reach into the book and slap her senseless.  What other characters had you wanting to slap them and/or root for them?

4.  I, for one, am not a fan of a couple meeting and 30 seconds later figuring out they're the loves of each others lives.  How did you guys feel about the way Anna and Charles' relationship rolled out?

5.  That ending was like WHOOOAAA!  Thoughts?


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10 comments:

  1. This is my third time trying to add my comment before my iPad crashes. I was so lost starting Cry Wolf with reading Alpha and Omega first. I wish it was all one book. With that said I loved Alpha and Omega and that's rare for me when it comes to short stories. I was ok with how fast Anna Nd Charles were mated. Anna need a knight after all she went thru. I look forward to Hunting Ground. Pardon my typos don't want to piss off my iPad....she's on the rag :p

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    1. Sorry your iPad's acting like it has no sense. =( But I'm happy you were able to get it working long enough to comment. =)

      Same here with regards to novellas. Even though Alpha & Omega was short it felt like a full, well developed story. I didn't mind that their wolves were like, 'Hey! How you doin'?!'. I'm just glad that their human counterparts (namely Anna) had to work through her issues and warm up to the idea.

      I too am looking forward to Hunting Ground. I had to literally talk myself down from picking it up as soon as I finished Cry Wolf.

      Thanks for stopping by and participating!

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  2. I admit my hubby was headed out of town and didn't have a chance to re-read them again. I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs books after all Mercy is my favorite UF girl. That being said I love Anna and Charles they each have a place my heart. I have both books sitting right here with every intention of re-reading them this weekend. I love Charles he's just so perfect for Anna who needs a strong guy to support her. I like that Anna has issues it made her feel more human in essence even if she does have a wolf side however nothing like Brother wolf. I didn't read the novella the first time through. I know fail on my part but going back to it after reading Cry Wolf made it all fit together just a little better.
    This is a great series maybe next discussion our fearless leader Jen should plan a twitter party so we can all chat together =D

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    1. No worries! If you get to them cool and if you don't then you can always just skip over to Hunting Ground. I think the twitter party is definitely a good idea. I've never hosted one but, I don't I should be able not to screw it up too bad. ;-)

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  3. I'm tardy to the party! Apologies, forgot to check in yesterday. So here are my thoughts:

    Alpha & Omega Questions

    1. I've never been to Chicago but, Patricia Brigg's (PB from here on out) worldbuilding is nothing to sneeze at. Have any of you visited the windy city? Is her depiction up to snuff?
    –Me neither! But I’d love to visit! Lol I enjoy PB’s worldbuilding a lot in this series.

    2. If PB's worldbuilding is awesome, then her characters are on a whole other level. What were your initial thoughts about Anna and Charles?
    –I thought that Anna and Charles made an interesting pair. I also liked that it was Brother Wolf that staked claim on Anna first and not the other way around, I thought it made the pairing more interesting and a lot more “carnal”, if that makes any sense LOL I liked how angry he would get on how Anna had been treated, reading about how Anna was abused made me just as angry. Also, how he wanted to keep feeding her hahaha One of my favorite parts is when he changes in her apartment and just curls up on the floor like nothing LOL cutest thing ever.

    3. Novellas are tough in that you have a limited number of pages to deliver a story interesting enough that'll make the reader want to pick up the actual series. What are your thoughts on the story as a whole?
    –This was such a great read and it felt like a full-fledged book even though it was only 60 pages. I have no idea how PB did that, but she managed to give us just enough detail and action in less than 100 pages, that’s amazing!

    4. What were some of your favorite and/or least favorite characters?
    –I hated Anna’s pack, ALL of them. And especially Justin and Leo, Isabella too. I wanted to destroy them as much as Brother Wolf and Charles did. On the flipside, I LOVE Bran!! His premonition about Anna and just in the way he spoke to her so calmly on the phone. And of course Charles! The epitome of a knight in shining armor. I also really liked Anna’s neighbor, I don’t recall her name but the way she was so protective of her made me happy that at least Anna had her in her life before Charles showed up.

    5. What did you think about the whole Omega angle?
    –I like the author's take on the omega's role in a wolf pack, from what I've read about IRL wolf omegas they really aren't all that important. I like that Anna is important, and that not everything is revealed all at once. The whole mystery of it kept me really engrossed in it.

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    1. Giiiiirl! Better late than never!

      1. If you ever end up planning a trip, count me in. So do I. It's so good I was practically freezing my ass off while Charles and Anna where hiking through the mountains.

      2. Totally makes sense and I agree. OMG yes! I got all giggly any time he ends up snuggled up at her feet while in wolf form. And at the end when Bran, Asil and Charles dogpiled (no pun intended *snort*) around her I swear I had the stupidest grin on my face.

      3. Magic. There's no other way I can explain how she's able to do it.

      4. Every. Last. One. Of. Them. I personally think he should've wiped out the ENTIRE pack. What?! They deserved it. Ummm...I believe her neighbor's name was Kara. I really liked her too. OMG and her cat Mouser was funny as hell. Granted he was only in that one chapter but I thought his reaction to Anna was funny. I'm kind of an Asil fan. I like that he messes with Charles. It takes a big brass set to do that.

      5. Same here. I think this is the only series I've read that involves an Omega and I kind of like that there's someone who can balance out the Alpha. Not that I'd go up against Bran or anything but it's nice that she's got the option.

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  4. Cry Wolf Questions

    1. Cry Wolf picks up where Alpha & Omega left off. What did you guys think about Anna's new surroundings?
    –Well it was definitely an upgrade for Anna! A private jet and Charles’ digs sounded amazing. Montana seemed very cold but the landscape was amazing with lots and lots of snow! It sounded like a winter wonderland. (Well except for the murders and assassin witches and all that.)


    2. What did you guys think about PB's take on werewolves?
    –In reading other werewolf series where their “change” was all graceful and smooth, I always felt that the whole werewolf “change” needed to be painful and ungraceful and ugly. I mean what’s so pleasant about your body morphing into something else. That’s can’t be pretty. I like that PB shows us just that, that it ain’t pretty. And I like that Charles’ change is more magical. One of my favorite parts of this series is learning about the dynamic of the wolf-pack, the whole mating/pairing thing, and about each wolves' color, size, height, etc. and of their personality.

    3. Leah, Bran's mate, is a total bitch. Every time she came on the scene I wanted to reach into the book and slap her senseless. What other characters had you wanting to slap them and/or root for them?
    –For a while there I wanted not only to slap the crap out of Leah but also out of Asil (it faded towards Asil at the end though). Also that witch b*tch can kiss my butt!!! UGH! I was really rooting for Walter, was looking forward to him joining the pack. *sad face*

    4. I, for one, am not a fan of a couple meeting and 30 seconds later figuring out they're the loves of each others lives. How did you guys feel about the way Anna and Charles' relationship rolled out?
    –I agree, at least when it comes to regular romance novels, that whole “love at first sight” thing will have me rolling my eyes and throwing the book across the room. But with werewolves, and some other mythical animal/creatures the whole “imprint” thing isn’t that hard a concept for me to accept since it exists IRL in some forms within the animal kingdom. The mating between A and C did happen a little too quickly for me and it made me lose interest in the story some. But what kept me interested in that they still have issues to work through and they are still learning about each other, so there are still challenges to overcome.

    I love how we see Anna start to grow as a person and as a wolf, you can begin to see the subtle changes in her confidence, and proves just how much of a bad ass she is at the end of the book. I love her and Charles' relationship, and how delicate and careful he is with her even though he could snap her neck in two seconds flat. I love hearing about Charles' magic and his abilities and skills.

    5. That ending was like WHOOOAAA! Thoughts?
    –Yeah, WHOA is right! Anna swoops in to save the day and in THAT way, WTH?! Didn’t see that coming! Well look who isn’t a helpless werewolf after all?? TAKE THAT STUPID OLD PACK!


    Additional Notes: I know this is a spin-off series, but I had never read the Mercy books. Jess suggested that I read them concurrently and after Cry Wolf I read the first one in the Mercy series. The timeline is actually pretty close together with the events occurring in AO and CW, so I was pleasantly surprised. This is my first time reading PB and I really do love her writing style. I can’t decide whether I like the Mercy series more than AO, but maybe I’ll just think of it as one big ole’ series! Lol

    -L

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    1. 1. LOL! Yeah...the assassin witch kind of put a damper on things but, it really does sound like a cool place to visit....if you get to do it in a nice and toasty log cabin. Brrrr.....

      2. I couldn't agree more. I know werewolves don't exist and all (or do they...) but, let's keep the whole change thing at least a little realistic. Cool points go to Charles for being able to change back to human with friggin' clothes. I also like reading about the pack dynamic. It's interesting to see power struggles play out. One of the other things I like is how PB tries to put a realistic spin on having to live for 200, 400 or 600 years. In theory it sounds cool but, in reality it's kind of depressing and I like how to touches on that through Anna's observations.

      3. LOL! I kind of liked Asil from the start. I liked that he got under Charles' skin. It made me chuckle. Damn it woman I had just gotten over Walter. *sigh* I had forgotten that part of the story and it pissed me off all over again when I read it the second time around. R.I.P. Walter. You were a little off your rocker but you had a heart of gold. Gotta say, I like that you have a violent streak in you. I think you and I are going to make swell friends. ;-)

      4. I liked that aspect about their relationship. Yeah, their wolves were sweet on each other but, it's going to take work on the human's part. Makes their relationship seem a bit more realistic. I think Anna's character development is what sealed the deal with me and PB. Obviously Charles didn't hurt but, it was definitely the way she wrote Anna that always keeps me coming back.

      5. LOL! Yeah! Take that you stupid idiots!

      Hmm....I think I started the Mercy series first. Possibly made it to book 3 (maybe 4...can't remember...it's been a while since I read them) and then read the A&O series. I didn't realize that A&O/CW was almost on the same timeline as Moon Called. Looks like I'll have to do a re-read of that series too. Not that I'd mind. I like it probably as much as I like A&O. Let me know if you decide to keep reading the series. I'll read it along with you. =)

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  5. I'm not usually a fan of the instant mating thing but I like that neither of them were fully on bored with being mated with the other. Charles is scared he's going to frighten her with every move he makes. It's always calculated with Anna in mind. Anna is afraid of her own shadow and with the way she's been passed around, isn't looking for a mate. I love that their human halves have to play catch up to their wolves. The whole Omega thing is a new concept to me. You don't really hear too much about it in shifter books. It's always the Alpha and Beta. So it's interesting to see that the perceived weakest wolf is actually the most precious wolf there is. I'm not usually a novella person since the story always feels rushed, cut off, or too short. However, this one really works for me. Nothing feels rushed, you get everything you would in a normal length novel but in 100 pages.


    I'm gonna have to pop in later with my Cry Wolf thoughts. I requested it from the library when I signed up, I'm sitting pretty at number one on the queue. I own the next two books, so I'm all set with those. I'm thinking I may just buy a used copy online. With how long I've been waiting, it may arrive sooner than the libraries copy. Plus, I kinda need it to complete my set anyways.

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    1. Same here on the playing catch up. I think had it not been done that way I wouldn't have kept reading the series. It was the first and I think the only time I've read about an Omega (at least in UF/PNR). It was definitely a nice change to see the tables switched around.

      Damn! I hate when that happens. Might be that someone else has it and hasn't turned it in yet. Inconsiderate bastard. LOL! Might as well, right?

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