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I liked the different shifter groups and the interesting way the alpha designation is realized. I didn't like that we kept hearing about how tough Kailin supposedly was, and yet she kept getting her ass handed to her on a regular basis. Ooooh, a scary strong alpha.. who keeps ending up at the mercy of the bad guys. Whaa?
There is quite a backstory to the characters, and more time was spent on character building than world building. Plus the story ends with quite the cliffhanger. (And the preview for book 2 at the end did nothing to resolve it!! Rotten Teases.) Overall I liked the story, and though I'm not in a huge hurry to jump into book 2, I have added it to my list to watch for. I gave this book 3 stars.
The book has several perilous situations which the heroine (Kailin) has to deal with. However, the way the plot and subplots are tied together is a little weak: there are too many villains to focus on. I thought the main danger would constantly come from the "wraiths", but the focus shifted a few times. Also unfortunate was the (deus ex machina) toward the end: i.e., the "cavalry" showed to help the lone Alpha female in her quest to chase down the most dangerous characters in another dimension. But the "cavalry" was someone unexpected who someone who really shouldn't suddenly shown up at the 11th hour (maybe not at all, in fact). It was a bit of a "sell out" tactic.
I loved the strength of character in the "Alpha" panther shifter, Kailin. She came across as quite self assured She was not easily intimidated, and had a strong enough personality to keep all of the male shifters from pushing her around. She wouldn't allow herself to be treated like a second class citizen because she's not the usual male alpha. But her constant last minute decisions not to shift were terribly frustrating! She was consequently was beaten up more times than she was able able to vanquish the villains. (SPOILER) She only braved one full shift ("in all her glory"), at the end of the book. She always needed to, but always had an excuse not to, when she shouldn't have held back. She could "kick butt", but didn't always do so at the precise moment she could have. It was like watching a jet plane just leaving the runway, but falling back down to the ground, and never really take off.
That being said, I kept reading the story, and it held my interest, and I enjoyed the rhythm of the story, which compelled me to complete the book. All in all, the shifting failures could have been a hurdle I didn't want to jump, but the author's basic story telling abilities, and fast paced action, locked me into completing the book rapidly. There's much to be said for that kind of charisma. I only wish the lead character (Kailin) had been a more balanced alpha, so she would have fully shifted several more times and given readers that satisfaction. Otherwise, there's not much reason to use a skin walker for the heroine in the first place.
All things considered, this was an entertaining read, and I'd recommend it, but I hope a follow up book comes out, just to show a little bet more finesse to Kailin's shifting abilities. -Ozmatoo
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