RELEASED: April 18, 2019
PUBLISHER: Twig Publishing
GENRE: YA Fantasy
GOODREADS RATING: 4.17
TRIGGERS: Mention of rape, mention of suicide, misogyny
REPS: Small LGBTQIA+ rep
The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender.
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.
Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?
When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him.
Thus begins a treacherous game.
The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.
It’s been a while since I read Harshville by Olivia Wildenstein – which is still bound to be published since posting my review due to adjustments having to be made – but I remembered really enjoying all the fluff! And that was a contemporary, so you can see why I got curious about A Pack of Blood and Lies since it’s a fantasy with werewolves.
Yes, you read that correctly. Werewolves! Teenage me starting dancing the moment I found out because those are and always will be one of my weaknesses in books – that and vampires because doh. In any case, the werewolves weren’t overly present but they didn’t have to be. I loved the way they were there and part of the plot without being all-important.
Speaking of plot.. There was a lot going on! Several sub-plots mixing with the general one to the point of me losing track of everything at some point. Although I have to say.. I quite liked that? It made things more unpredictable than they would’ve been otherwise. There was also a vague-ish love-triangle like thing going on but.. I still don’t really get what that was all about. So of course that makes me overly curious and I need the sequel already, haha.
Definitely a shout-out to our main character, Ness, coming up for female rights. As the sole female werewolf in her pack-but-not-pack, she fights to officially join. Seeing how she puts that much effort in, while most male members are against it, is truly admirable. So, yup, a splurge of feminism right there!
People often hated what they didn’t understand.
There are only two small things I’d love to see differently. One is the more action-packed scenes feeling a bit all over the place at times. Although I can admit that might be me and my mom-brain, I do think you should be able to picture those scenes in your head without them not feeling right, you know?
The second one is how I didn’t really like the main character, Ness. I connected with her at first, but at some point I lost that connection due to her somewhat losing her.. motivations for doing certain things? I don’t know. Felt to me like she started making decisions based off of nothing which was weird. It’s hard to explain, really..
Even though there are two minor “bad” aspects, I still really enjoyed A Pack of Blood and Lies and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. I’m even going to buy myself a physical copy of this one, so that’s saying something, right?!
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