Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur. With a terrible temper to match her fiery red hair, Mack is extraordinarily useful in a fight, and when her pack alpha is brutally and abruptly murdered, she swears vengeance. Unfortunately, his murder also draws in the Brethren - the leaders of the shapeshifter world - who will slaughter everyone in Mack's small rural pack if they discover her true identity. Unfortunately Corrigan, the green-eyed muscle-bound Lord Alpha of the Brethren, doesn't let much slip by him.
©2013 Helen Harper (P)2014 Tantor
The book summary really didn't do this book justice. I found it an excellent read with a lot more complexity than I was expecting..
It follows the well-trodden path of a magical world separate to the "muggle" world with rules about not letting the non-magical people find out about the reality of magic. However it establishes a good universe through which the story unwinds. The characters are all rich and have a depth to them, and the author doesn't separate them into distinct good/bad groups.
After reading this book I immediately downloaded the next in the series. I rarely do that.
To top it all off, the narrator is brilliant. Her performance significantly enhances the experience and adds an additional dimension to the main character.
She is so good that I would pay to hear her read a telephone directory.
It seems that half of the books I read with a female super power lead have them as either self abusive women, or caught in excessive bad boy mode. Mack is neither of these and refreshing, the other characters and story are also refreshing.
The Mercy Thompson series or Kitty Norville series are other great female lead series. While I generally loved those as well, this story had its own sense of flare and unexpected results and subtle sub stories.
The lead Mack, she was not weak, not into bad boys, she had great depth and convictions right along with her flaws. The internal struggles were great and not over powering the story and she resulted in a very believable character.
yes, and then some.
So far I like the world she created for her story.
Took a chance on this series and I don't regret a second! All the elements that I enjoy - great story, kick-a** strong female lead, alpha guy, action and great narration.
A kick-butt heroine
A smorgasbord of supernatural creatures including many I've never read about before
A slow-building and entirely believable attraction between the heroine and the Brethren's Alpha
An ending that simultaneously satisfied and left me eager for the next book.
Book-loving Brit living in US - trying to give critique more than be a critic - but please bear with me.... ;o)
Great starting story - though a bit heavy-handed with the love interest. The narrator has a nice english accent - either by inheritance or talent but the pronuncication of far too many of the words is inauthentic enough to be thoroughly distracting. Timbre great, but it seems that no effort was put into researching place names, slang, intonation of insults of many infractions. That said, the story and otherwise pleasant voices and characterizations worked fine.
I haven't read the printed versions but I can see the movie playing in my head.
Mac, and the gargoyle.
She has the ability to change her voice to bring out the other Characters.
I like the book Titles as is, but maybe something simple like (Human-Dragons the other paranormal
The stories are coming to few and far between. I need More PLease.
This was really good!
I hadn't realised it was set in the UK!
It was lol at times!
Mac is awesome as snarky and kickass as they come!
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
This book seems to set the stage for the rest of the story. Not a lot of action, just enough to keep it interesting, I definitely like the attitude of the main character and think there is a lot of potential to this story, I hope to see some of that in the next book. :) Narration was Awesomely done.
I liked the way the story developed. But what a downer! I kept waiting for some reprieve - and it never came. Not only that, but the lowest point is at the end. The unsatisfying ending May eventually motivate me to read the next book. But I really wish this one had a self contained arc that is satisfying on some level. The highlight of the book is the narrator. Loved her voice!
This was a good starting point. I will be getting the next book. I still do not filly understand how or in what way she stopped deaths in the pack.
"Light sort of romanticy chiclit with fighting?"
The narration was really good. The characters were fun, the action scenes were thought out.
Good all round.
The Cornwall you never knew existed.
The heroine got a little bit whiny from time to time but it was nice to see her try her best and not need rescuing all the time like so many other heroines in this genre.
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