Lucas Brown is the youngest of his pack, and at 18, he's more or less learned to live with the fact that he's never going to measure up to the size and strength of his brothers. So, when a university calls with a giant scholarship for him, his parents do the only thing you can with a scrawny werewolf and send him away to get a higher education.
As a wolf who never expected to leave his pack, let alone his home state of Oklahoma, Lucas dejectedly travels to Massachusetts to attend Salem State University. But he quickly learns that packs don't end with blood, as he meets a lonely girl who can talk to ghosts and an aggressive alpha who wants this little wolf as more than just a friend.
Swept up in the games of Human versus Zombies and dorm life, Lucas has to learn how to blend in without wolfing out.
Disclaimer: This book contains sexually explicit content that is intended for a mature audience only.
©2015 Noah Harris (P)2015 Marini Publishing
Yes, it was short, but a fun story of a werewolf leaving home for college and dealing with people and situations he was sheltered from, having grown up on a farm.
Gus did all the voices very well and kept the pace going forward.
Made me laugh in a few places.
Planning to listen to the next 3 in the series.
I enjoyed Gus Klondike's narration. He had distinctive voices for each character and gave expression to even the dullest prose. I will definitely look for more of his audiobooks.
But I won't be continuing with the HVZ series. Here's why.
If you are expecting a novel when you get this book, you will be quite disappointed. It's a novella-length work that cuts off abruptly in order to force you to buy the next book if you want to find out what happens next.
Fortunately for me, I don't care what happens next. The actual plot of the story barely just begins by the end of Chapter 15, and the next "chapter" is titled "Epilogue."
Just to give you an idea of how slowly the story moves, we go through five chapters without even learning that the main character has been a werewolf since birth. This is a strange revelation, given that the entire story is written from his point of view, and it isn't exactly a secret to him that he's a werewolf. Why this knowledge should have been hidden from the reader, I don't know.
But the big problem with this book is a there is no narrative tension. The character just moves from one scene to another. There are tedious descriptions of what orientation week is like on college campuses, with lots of details that are completely irrelevant to the rest of the story. Do I need to read the first day's schedule along with the main character? Do I need know about the a cappella group that opened one assembly? Does the dull anti-drinking lecture given to the students have any bearing on this story at all, considering that we never see the characters drinking or considering drinking? Do I need the details of two cafeteria layouts and the pricing of each meal to understand anything about the story or characters? Do I need to meet a roommate that barely comes up in the story again? I'd say no to all of these.
As for the romance/erotica, there is no romance, just two werewolves who seem not to like each other at first for no good reason (again, no tension), and then suddenly cannot resist to their sexual attraction to each other. There is one sex scene and two suggestive ones where the alpha wolf shows his dominance. Hate-to-love can be an enjoyable trope, but these characters just jumped from one to the other without much conflict. I didn't care about them disliking each other, and I didn't care about them liking each other. Sigh.
I very much enjoyed listening to HvZ because while the story is entertaining (a young werewolf facing his first experience away from home and pack), the narration flows really smoothly, keeping the intrigue through changes in pitch which hint the reader at what to expect next. I love the way the different characters have their own voice inflections, making it very difficult to get lost: I always knew who was speaking and how they were feeling.
I cannot think about anything I would like to change... Maybe I would introduced Dean earlier in the story.
I haven't listened to any of Gus Klondike's narrations before so I cannot compare, but I certainly enjoyed this one.
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review
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It is a fun book, however, the description and all makes it seem more of a thriller; it is not. Although it is a fun book.
Most and least is how much they spent playing Humans vs Zombies or simply tag. They make it seem fun but it drags for a moment.
In the beginning i couldn't stand him. He grows quickly, but cannot do the best female voice.
The title. Really. it cannot just be HvZ: All Out.... why add the (M/M Gay Sports Shifter Romance)
While they may have a swear word or two. There is not really adult nature. Also, it takes over half of this book to really get going. To be truthful Lucas comes off, in the first chapters, as wimpy and not likable. That does change quickly. Overall it is a good book. The only reason the Story got 3 stars is because, based on the description, I expected a little more of an adult thriller.
Probably not. For a "sports shifter romance" it didn't have much that could be considered "shifter-y", I'd probably call HvZ a game rather than sports and it had very minimal romance.
Why have I been asked the same question?? O.o
Gus narrated the book very well. He whined and growled his way through the story as it was portrayed, which unfortunately highlighted everything that was wrong with the story.
I could see it happening but wouldn't watch it myself. I have no idea who the stars would be as I'm not aware who the latest teen sensations are (wow...I gave my age away on THAT one!)
* I received this audio from the narrator for review
"Not what i expected"
Yes I would, although it's not what I initially expected (not actually what I expected) when I actually got into the story I was pleasantly impressed.
I was seriously getting into the story then it was over!
Good thing I purchased the whole series so was able to start book two straight away.
Lucas, as one of the main characters, I did love how his character developed through the story
This book had me laughing on more than one occasion, as I tend to listen while i'm on th bus, train etc, I do get some funny looks when I start smiling or laughing randomly.
Good book and a really good series, i'm currently on the 3rd book in this series and to be honest i'm a tad sad that there is only one more book to go after that.
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