Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 26, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Burn Bright

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Series: Alpha and Omega #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace
Released on March 6, 2018
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

Anything by this author is a cancel all appointments, ignore all chores, take the phone off the hook, and settle in for a one-sitting read.  The addiction is real and well-earned.  This was another fabulous outing for Charles and Anna.

Review

Burn Bright is the fifth of the Alpha & Omega series, but also the #15 of the Mercy Thompson world.  Personally, I do not read the two series or think of them as separate, but rather just two sides of the same coin.  And, I think it works best that way as both series have parallel plots.  Burn Bright takes place immediately after the events of the Mercy Thompson, Silence Fallen.  However, it is also versatile in that a reader can probably get away with only reading one series or the other if that is their preference.

Charles has been left in charge of the Aspen Creek Pack while Bran goes to help rescue Mercy.  He is not pleased with this state of affairs and then he takes a distress call from one of his da’s wilding wolves- strangers on their lands and a traitor in their midst.

I enjoyed the action and suspense as Charles and Anna work to figure out what is going on and prevent an insidious plot even while the story highlights just how far they have come as a mated pair and individuals.  Anna is faced with the demons of her past and Charles with letting her be who she is without smothering her and respecting her as his equal partner and not just his mate needing protection.

Another great piece was the spotlight on Bran’s cranky, haughty mate, Leah.  She is given a prominent role and, yes, I’m going to say it, I loved it.  What this book revealed about Leah, and even Bran, was as captivating as the exciting parts.  The dynamics between Leah and Charles as step-family and even a small peek into Leah’s history particularly with Mercy was engaging.

Oh, and Charles and Anna are surrounded by the fabulous cast of recurring color and quirky minor characters in Aspen Creek and some great new ones- Asil the Moor, Tag, Sage, and so many others.  All are one big crazy family and pack.  And yet, it was tension-wrought as someone, known to them all, was a pack traitor and selling them out.

As, with each new story, Patricia Briggs reveals more magic and legend- fae, witch, and werewolf in this case.  That battle Anna and Charles fought to save the wolf was one of the best scenes.  I don’t think I breathed.  There were several exciting moments and the end was a great climax.  A new worthy enemy is revealed and left me eager for what is to come in the series.

Some of the best Urban Fantasy out there and not to be missed by fans of the genre.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #90 UF
Literary Pickers #78 rocking chair
New Release #34

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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LilyElement
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I’m excited, I won book 1 of this series recently, now I need to binge it haha

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes! I’m excited for you. Great book win. 🙂

Barks Book Nonsense
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I really need to get my butt in gear and read this series! Glad it’s still going strong at #5.

Sophia Rose
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You are definitely in for a treat. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!
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So many people love this series. I have to start with the first tho. I really enjoyed your review and LOVE great action scenes and a climax at the ending. YES! Sounds like an amazing book and series. Thanks for your great review!

Sophia Rose
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It’s definitely worthy of all the excitement, Mary. Hope you get the chance to start them soon. 🙂

Angela
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Mercy will always be my favorite, but I do like this couple. I just finished listening to Dead Heat and now I’m finishing up my re-listen to Mercy before diving into Silence Fallen and then picking up Burn Bright. With that aside. Great review. Can’t wait to read!

Sophia Rose
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You are definitely in the candy with getting the last few of both series. I know you’ll love this one, too, Angela. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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LOL the addiction is real. It sure is. I’ve only read book one of this series and then all of the Mercy ones. I really need to get on these. I am curious about the Leah elements. Glad to see it rocked as usual 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Sure is. I can barely let the release date get warm let alone cold before I’m snatching up the new book.

All this time, Leah was portrayed as the ‘mean girl’ type or the bitter wife. This one really fleshed her out. There was a disturbing, well disturbing to me, tidbit about Bran that I’m not sure what to think about it, but it makes Leah’s behavior make more sense.

Look forward to your thoughts on this series. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Ahhh you have me curious about both of them. Leah’s not been my favoritest of beings from what we’ve seen of her in the other series but I’ve always mostly liked Bran. Might have to do these this Fall.

Sophia Rose
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No, she’s made herself rather unlikable. And, that is still mostly true. She doesn’t try that hard to be liked. She gives Anna, Charles and the others grief still while Bran is gone. No excuses for it, but at least I know a bit more about why. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
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I agree that this is a great series. I really loved the time spent with the wildlings. I’m surprised about how much my feelings for Leah have changed. Great review.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
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Same here! I’m glad to see her as more than just the jealous mean girl. I’m very curious about that situation after what was revealed about Bran.