Title: Hunting Ground
Author: Patricia Briggs
Page Count: 320
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Copy for review compliments of the public library
50 words or less: Anna and Charles continue to grow together as they try to navigate the wacky world of werewolves. Charles is in charge of getting others on board with his dad's plan to out the weres to the world; Anna is in charge of Anna and is a force to be reckoned with indeed.
I read and reviewed Cry Wolf, the first book in the Alpha and Omega series, not too long ago, and was really excited when I found this, the second book in the series, while on a random library excursion. I bring this up because I have a confession to make: this book made me commit a library sin. I am so ashamed. Don't worry, I'm hanging my head right now.
I speak, of course, of the sin of keeping books past their due date when there are holds on them because I AM NOT DONE READING, DAMNIT. Someone else wants to read Hunting Ground, and they just had to hold their horses, because I was reading it and enjoying it and wanted to know how it ended.
Hunting Ground gives the reader more of what there was to love in Cry Wolf- a sweet romance between Charles and Anna, a heroine who is kickass in her own right but is still learning the ropes of her world, supernatural shenanigans and goings-on, and enough other plot lines, supporting characters, and threads of intrigue to make this an interesting, engaging, and well thought out book.
Anna begins to truly come into her own in this book. She starts to probe at her past and her reactions to it, and certainly is not willing to let the bad choices of people she's known have a hold on her anymore. She rises to challenges that come up as being the mate of a powerful guy that tends to make others crap their pants, and she figures out plots and ploys all on her own, with minimal interference from others.
Charles continues to be his strong, serious, brooding self, but seeing how sweet and loving he is towards Anna is enjoyable. The author does a good job of making the characters multifaceted and respond to situations in a realistic way. Charles is constantly surprised that Anna is choosing willingly to be with him, but he feels blessed and never tries to push her away, which is refreshing.
The overlying story of the book, which centers around a werewolf summit where the powers that be from packs all over the world can come and voice their concerns over Bran's plan to make the existence of weres public knowledge, is engaging as well. I wanted to know what was going on with the different powers and I found the resolution of the story at the end very satisfying. I like how there are still elements we don't know, but nothing feels left over; everything is resolved and taken care of in a believeable way. And hey, cliffhangers just make me want to read the next book.
If you like romances that simmer and good mysteries with a deep vein of the paranormal, I think you'll really enjoy this series. I still haven't started the Mercy Thompson books but I have high hopes for those as well.
Overall Grade: A
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