Book recommendations are a great way to discover new books, but sometimes they don’t make the cut. Patricia Brigg’s Cry Wolf was mentioned to me by a friend and I was pretty pumped for it considering it has one of my favourite supernatural creatures—werewolves. I even heard about its short story prequel Alpha & Omega, which I decided to read first.
The story revolves around Anna who is attacked one night, changed into a werewolf against her will, and then for the next three years her own pack mates abuse her emotionally, physically, and sexually. The prequel helps readers understand her plight and how she eventually meets Charles, a true born wolf who explains that they are destined to be mates. Also, he reveals to her that she is an Omega with a powerful presence that calms the wolves around her. In Cry Wolf, Anna goes with Charles to see his home and meet his pack. They learn about a rogue werewolf who is bound to dark magic that could threaten all of the pack, so they go hunting for it before it causes too much damage.
I really wanted to love, even like this book, but I gave up on it after a few chapters in. Ever since the short story, I hated the concept that the main character was raped. It made my reading experience uncomfortable and not enjoyable. It was very cringe-worthy every time it was brought up, reminding the reader why Anna was so weak and submissive. It seemed like rape is how Anna was defined, and I had no interest in being reminded about it every few pages.
The narrative was unbearably slow. I’m the kind of reader that loves action and fast-paced stories. However, this novel goes back and forth between narrators: Anna and Charles, sharing their perspectives and feelings for one another. It made the story’s progression run at a snail’s pace. I tried to at least read the first hundred pages. When nothing significant or remarkable happened, I decided to give up on the novel completely.
There were some positives I took from the novel though. I appreciated the integration of aboriginal culture and stories. I’ve been in search of more stories with mythologies from other cultures. Aside from the normal hierarchy of a pack, it was interesting to read about a leader who oversees packs within districts. This was one of the few stories that mentioned omegas too. Of course, it was a little predictable that the main character would be special in some way, but I liked that magic was included somehow.
I wished I liked the story more, but sometimes books are simply a hit and miss. A lot of people love this series, but this one isn’t for me.