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The Werewolf Saga by Paisley Black

Twin sisters, Madison and Morgan have been through a lot in their life, but nothing prepares them for the night they run away from home. The night they come up against something they never believed existed – werewolves.

Madison is killed by the werewolves but before Morgan meets the same fate she is saved by a fantastic female warrior who takes her to Valanork, a mystical world, where she grows up and trains to be a Valkyrie warrior. The powerful women of Valanork, teach her everything they know and she excels.

Ten years after her first encounter with the werewolves, Morgan learns that the werewolves’ alpha, Serban Balin, is planning on attacking her new family and laying waste to Valanork. They must unite to take out this threat but Morgan is torn between her duties as a warrior and Jason, the man she has fallen in love with.

Will Morgan choose love over war? Will the werewolves take over Valanork? If Morgan chooses war will she succeed or join her sister on the other side?

Phew. This was rough. All of the action was told, not shown – even things that the main character couldn’t have known are just blatantly handed to the reader instead of letting us figure things out through Morgan’s eyes. It was impossible to connect with the characters, and the plot fell flat.

The Werewolf Saga is a neat concept – it just needs some more work. For now, though, skip it.

The Nitty Gritty

This book is free on Amazon as of September 20, 2017.

Length: 104 pages

Published: June 15, 2017

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Warrior Cats: The Storm by Tiyana Angel

Zoe and her sister Saffron are secret were-panthers. Adopted, and forced to hide their true natures, they struggle to balance their human and feline natures. But when a sinister werewolf scents them and makes them his prey, it is up to Zoe to save her sister and herself.

Unfortunately, this novella reads more like the outline of an unfinished novel. While the premise is solid YA fare, the bland, matter-of-fact narration lets it down. Zoe and Saffron’s backstory is summarily told to the reader instead of letting it unfold throughout the first few chapters. Their emotions are stated instead of shown, leaving the plot with no tension – and no reason to keep reading.

The world, the characters, and the conflict all need a lot more building up. I’d love to see The Storm revised and expanded, but as it stands now, I can’t get invested at all.

The Nitty Gritty

This book is free on Amazon as of September 14, 2017.

Length: 65 pages

Published: October 17, 2016 by Guardian Angel Press

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The Wolf You Feed by Angela Stevens

Tore Vargr finds his world turned upside down when he is forced to choose between the love of his life and the life he loves.

He chooses Annike, disrespects his brother, Erik, and sets off a chain of events that shape his life in a way he could never have imagined.

Outlawed from his clan, Tore embraces his new responsibilities of father and protector as he carves out a new life in a human world. But a jealous brother has a long memory and Erik is nothing if not patient when it comes to exacting revenge. When Tore’s past catches up with his present, he has to learn to pull from an inner strength.

The Wolf You Feed is one revision away from being a great read for Lycan lovers, but I couldn’t get past the one-dimensional characters.

Essentially, we don’t have characters; we have tropes. The main character, Tore, is a Strong Dutiful Man™. His mate Annike is a Devoted Girlfriend™. Tore’s father and brother are a pair of Big Bads™. That’s all they bring to the table – no depth of personality, no deep dark desires and fears, just face-value adjectives instead of more realistic shades of gray.

The plot is suspenseful and romantic, and with more fleshed-out characters, The Wolf You Feed would be hard to put down. For now, though, I have to pass.

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This book is free on Amazon as of September 13, 2017.

Length: 250 pages

Published: March 17, 2017 by Cat’s Pyjamas

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