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Pride's Run (A Wolf's Pride novel, book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : Cat Kalen (October 31, 2011)
- Publication date : October 31, 2011
- Print length : 312 pages
- ASIN : B0062O0B3E
- File size : 1274 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #689,199 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pride is a tracker. It sounds like an inborn ability, not a trained skill, but there's nothing said as to what makes her such a good tracker. If she has been in captivity all the while, how did the master discover her tracking skills? It is also unclear exactly what is keeping the Luphers from mounting an attack against the master once their collars are released. They are, after all, stronger and faster than the human 'handlers'. They are so cowed, yet I couldn't really see a good reason for it.
The story is written in first person from Pride's POV. She didn't have a unique or engaging voice and I didn't feel her emotions jumping off the page. The narration felt flat and detached, like Pride is just telling us what's happening to her but isn't personally involved. There is a sort of love triangle and although the story doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it feels unfinished. I wasn't feeling the romance, there was zero chemistry between Pride and Logan. They are just pushed together because they're on the run and only have each other to rely on. She had more chemistry and connection with Stone, the other Lupher at the compound she had escaped from. From what I can see, there are at least two more books in this series, priced at $3.82 and $4.99 respectively. Based on what I read here, I don't intend to read the sequels, especially at those prices.
Due to the reviews on the front page, I hadn't been expecting much romance, but now that I've actually read the book myself I'm wondering if those reviewers actually read the same book... I mean, I wouldn't label this straight "romance," (more like YA UF) but the romance was definitely a major part of the plot in this book--in fact, it's pretty much central to it...
So why only 3 stars? I knocked off one because throughout this book, I found the first person present tense narration distracting. I've never been a big fan of this type of narration, but usually, once I get into a book I stop noticing it. That didn't happen here. It felt like there was too much telling and not enough showing (description), as every sentence was like: I did this, I did that, he looked at me like this, etc. Still, it didn't ruin the book for me and depending on what you're used to, you might not even notice it.
Another thing is, I would've given this book 4 stars if not for the ending. It seemed very rushed and almost anticlimactic (not to mention hokey). It also seemed to highlight the lack of development--which I hadn't really noticed or cared about up until that point. Maybe it's all being saved for the sequel? I dunno, and the thing is, I'm no longer sure that I want to do that one, as everything felt like it had gone all one-dimensional by the end of this one.
Anyways, if you're a YA cruising for more cheap kindle werewolf reads maybe check out Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1) in addition to this one. I thought Pride's Run was way better (way less melodramatic), but plenty of people seem to like that one too (it kinda reminded me of Nightshade: Book 1 .
The material is dark, but likely not anywhere we haven't been before. Shifters being enslaved, forced to work for their owners to whatever nefarious purposes said owner may put them. Still, the author handles it fairly well (in my opinion). I enjoyed it, enjoyed watching the main character struggle with her brainwashing after the inevitable escape (because there wouldn't be much story without one).
The author has written a strong female lead. A woman who, despite the massive trauma of her upbringing, is not relying on anyone or anything to pull her out of her own personal hell. I can appreciate that, especially in a world full of shifter romance where the guy (usually an alpha) rescues and heals the woman and suddenly everything is magically ok.
Well, guess what. Things are not magically ok. Trust issues abound. There is romance, but it feels muted. Mainly because of those massive trust issues. So it's not the 'instalove' we so commonly see. Points to the author once more. We get to watch the main character struggle and grow in ways that are often quite painful.
The book has a very satisfying resolution and at the same time leads nicely into the next book. I'm definitely picking up book two. I hope it's as good as this one was. Truly an enjoyable, quick read.