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A Young Adult Tale written by a Young Adult
on 7 August 2011
My review title reflects the reason for my two star rating. I bought this via my Kindle expecting an Adult Urban Fantasy and got Teen Fantasy written by a young, fairly new writer (I think). The reviews were all five stars. At no point did I notice anything that flagged the book as Young Adult, and the first few pages which set the scene by telling the history of were's, vamps, faerie, magicks in the context of the long ago forgotten Gods and Goddesses of Greek mythology looked promising.
Sadly, for me, the premise faded fast and quickly became a teen fantasy drama wherin the seventeen year old heroine exhibits angst, immaturity and burgeoning hormones as she integrates into a lycanthrope community she had been kept apart from for ten years, and the 27 year old hero, who has recently become Alpha and therefore is supposedly the biggest, baddest, coolest, never-to-be-contradicted leader of all, gets it all wrong when dealing with his life-mate. When their coupling happened (I couldn't really call it sex, mating or lovemaking) it felt so wrong for me because I felt the way the heroine had been written to that point she was far too immature to be having sex and the male, if he was 27 and an Alpha and the 'adult' in the relationship, should have known that and demonstrated his Alpha control. Or perhaps this is more a reflection of youth today and I'm a bit to old fashioned to get it.
The character development is challenging. The writer presents a host of characters and tries really hard to develop personalities in them. The central plot gets lost in all of it and then there's the romantic sub-plot... I was left skipping pages trying to latch back into the storyline. The baddie in all of it reminded me so much of the cartoon character Dick Dastardly that I found myself snickering like Mutley every time he made an appearance.
Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid reader and read Young Adult books as well as the mainstream grown up stuff - Kelley Armstrong's Darkness Rising series of books is excellent - but this was far too disjointed and naiive for me. It will satisfy young teens.