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Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs is the fourth in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega and continues the edge-of-your-seat awesomeness that is adventuring with Anna and Charles! This urban fantasy series basically defines what I consider a perfect urban fantasy: creepy and compelling mysteries, unique twists on a very cool world, a leading heroine who is tough, and a romance that doesn’t hog the spotlight but adds to the strength of the characters. If you haven’t started the Alpha and Omega series, check out Cry Wolf and be warned about some minor spoilers below (though really not too many).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Dead Heat from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs eARC {4.5 Stars}

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #4)
Published by Ace on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal--or at least it starts out that way...
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • I decided to start Dead Heat on a Saturday morning while eating breakfast and then was going to go study. Bad idea. Right from the opening prologue, Dead Heat was startlingly compelling and I literally had trouble setting it down to go get more caffeine >.>. I also didn’t study much that weekend…. Good thing the exam was easy!
  • I love my fae creepy and Briggs has made sure the fae in her world are REALLY DAMN CREEPY. Part of what kept me from turning away was the need to know more to try to overcome that horror that comes from your own imagination making up the worst possible scenario. The real thing wasn’t much better though….
  • Fortunately, Anna and Charles shine a bright and loving light in an otherwise really dark situation! THEY ARE SO CUTE! They are both pretty broken and are helping each other piece themselves back together and I just love them so much. They are the kind of people that I would really love to be friend with in real life and not just because having a werewolf as a friend sounds like a good plan, ha.
  • As all little girls, I loved horses and rode them for a while so the horse ranch setting of Dead Heat was so much fun. I rode western and competed with a half-Arab beauty named Frostina, haha. Therefore, the Arab breeding stable and competition brought back really awesome memories and Briggs definitely knows her stuff. I found myself laughing at those Arab prods that are so hilariously true ;-).
  • Briggs really knows how to write children! It is often a challenge for authors to pull off believable children since they are odd creatures, let’s be honest. But Dead Heat centers around a couple of kids that have grown up way too fast and Briggs does a great job of writing banter between Anna and the little girl who wants Anna to come monster hunting with her :D.
  • I thought the end of Fair Game made it clear that MAJOR THINGS ARE BREWING, but Dead Heat goes beyond. We are finally seeing just how dangerous the fae are and what a bad idea it was for the human population to piss them off. I’m worried for the world and foresee a lot of death before this war is over….

Weaknesses:

  • You might have noticed that I said the fae get really scary in Dead Heat and there is a focus on children who grew up too fast…. Yeah, Dead Heat is going to be a hard one for parents to read. There are dead children at one point so you need to be able to handle that.
  • Dead Heat introduces a lot of secondary characters around the horse ranch and I had a hard time keeping them straight. I’m pretty sure they won’t be relevant in the subsequent books since the setting will change, but that didn’t make remembering who was who’s mother and sister and who was a werewolf any easier D:.

Summary:

Dead Heat is an amazing addition to the Alpha and Omega series and makes it all the more clear that this is not a series to miss for urban fantasy fans! Briggs is using this extra space in the spin-off to build a world, history and magic system that rivals many epic fantasies and things are clearly going to get very big before it’s over. I don’t break out the all caps for just any book after all ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. Barbara Z Johnson says:

    I often stop by here to see what has garnered a 5 Flames rating … or nearly so ….. whenever I am looking for a new book to read. Dead Heat definitely rated 4.5 stars – and I had a hard time keeping track of the new characters at the ranch – possibly because of the challenge of remembering that a human child of a werewolf will seem much older than his or her parent.

    But on the whole – LOVED IT and your review was spot on!!!

    • I totally had the same problem with remembering who was the parent of whom because the ages didn’t make sense, haha! Thanks :D

  2. I wish I’d had room to mention Hosteen in my review. Because a werewolf Alpha who knits? Yeah. I loved that. And all of DEAD HEAT.

  3. I like your description at the top, but haven’t read any Brigg’s books. Is it OK to start with Cry Wolf? Or is there a better starting point?
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  4. How cool that you rode horses. I’ve always been slightly scared of them because they’re so big. I’m looking forward to giving Patricia Briggs a shot, I’ve heard absolutely fabulous things :D The way you describe it reminds me of the Kate Daniels books

    • Awww but they just want scritches! And they smell like hay :D Briggs is very much the next author to read when you run out of Kate books! Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels are my go to, drop everything to read series, haha

  5. Squee! I’m so thrilled about the fae – knew it was headed that direction, but yay!!! Though my stomach is a bit in knots about the kids – I’m still gonna read it because LOVE this series, but that’s gonna be really hard…
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