A Lion's Pride is Alyssa Rae's debut novel and it shows Rae to be a writer of great promise in the YA genre. If you like a good story with characters you can understand and root for, then this is a story you will enjoy. While many readers may not have much experience with small towns and the rivalries that can spring up between biker gangs, Rae's portrayal of the young-heroine caught in the middle of this dangerous feud between rival gangs is riveting. In the end this is a simple story about evil and good, and the characters caught up and fighting for survival in this battle of opposing primal forces, is why we care.
When two rival motorcycle clubs exist in the same area, it does seem very much like two competing prides of lions in a life-or-death struggle over territory. The winner survives and the loser will not. The protagonist in this story is a young-woman named Alex Murphy who is the daughter of the leader of one of the motorcycle gangs. The story begins after her parent's murder when the rival motorcycle gang makes the decision to kidnap Alex. Alex is a beautiful and strong young-woman in a difficult situation and as a reader I was immediately drawn into her predicament by the threat she faced.
The book is one that almost any age of reader can enjoy and it is definitely a story that will keep you engaged and turning the page so you can find out what happens next. The author, Alyssa Rae, has a knack for what I call direct and concise narrative. She is able to convey this young-woman's story in a simple and straightforward way, and because of her skill as a writer, you are carried along and lose yourself in the story.
One of my joys as a reader is to find new authors that are just becoming known. Alyssa Rae is certainly an emerging writer to watch.
Alyssa Rae writes in a clear narrative that while uncomplicated serves her story well, and while it can be said that the story of A Lion's Pride is a black and white tale of good and evil, every aspect of her writing serves that end. In other words, it works, and it's just a matter of taste if a reader doesn't like it. I happened to be a reader that enjoys a story where good is good and evil is evil. Not that this story is without complications or characters that are multi-dimensional.
The story is about two biker clubs, one the Fu-Lions, the good guys, and the other the Reaper's Sons, the bad guys who deal drugs and take over towns. The story centers around Alex who is the daughter of the deceased leader of the Fu-Lions club, and the Reaper's want to kidnap her. That's the basics. Characters like Jason, who while a good guy isn't above smacking around someone who desperately needs it, lends the story depth and credibility.
So it's a novel where suspension of disbelief comes easily in a black and white world, and that's a trick not so easy to pull off.
A good book. Well written. A great read if interested in suspenseful situations with a bit of a love story intertwined. Despite being a shorter book, it was an easy read that took you on an adventure the whole time.