I'm not even overly into Romans or Celts or Werewolves, but reading the synopsis of this book, I was like 'I MUST OWN YOU.' I am so glad I followed my...moreI'm not even overly into Romans or Celts or Werewolves, but reading the synopsis of this book, I was like 'I MUST OWN YOU.' I am so glad I followed my gut. This was brilliant and has instantly made it's way into my favourites. From page one, I was sucked into this and I never wanted to stop.
For all you Katniss lovers out there, I think you'll adore Trista like I did. She was an amazing heroine. She's a trained warrior, so of course she's a bad ass. Similarly to Katniss, survival is her number one goal, so you don't have to worry about any whining from her. She starts off a little cold, as she's used to just killing and looking after herself, but that changes when Morcant comes into the story. Now, this isn't some love at first sight story. She doesn't see him and start gushing. Instead, she sticks with Morcant simply so they can help each other survive. As the book progresses, she realises she enjoys his company. It's a lovely, slow burning romance, so subtle it's hard to label a romance. It's more like a bond that develops. Trista also encounters some other great people on her journey, and though they're not in the book too long, they open up Trista's heart even more and show her what it's like to be cared about. Yes, of course, I got a little teary at times. It was just so sweet, okay? Morcant was great as well. He's more unsure than Trista, and when he's in human form he relies on Trista quite a bit. When he's in his wolf form, however, he often comes to Trista's aid. It was great having a partnership where they help each other out equally, rather than one being totally dependant on the other.
The story is told from both Trista and Morcant's POVs, but the majority in Trista's POV. Sometimes I wanted a little more Morcant, but on the whole, I was happy with the divide. Without getting too spoilery, Morcant spends quite a bit of time in Wolf form as well, which meant not as much interaction with Trista as I'd have maybe liked, but it wasn't a big deal. I thought the writing was really good. Very atmospheric and I really felt like I was there with Trista. My only real complaint would be that the book was too short! I wanted more, damn you! I'm hoping there's a sequel or I might go crazy.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes strong heroines, historical stories with a twist of paranormal, and romance that isn't totally in your face. I give it a 5/5.(less)
Sighhhhhhhhh. This book. I think I'm in love with it. I sort of picked this up on a whim. The blurb was cute, and I wanted something fluffy as a break...moreSighhhhhhhhh. This book. I think I'm in love with it. I sort of picked this up on a whim. The blurb was cute, and I wanted something fluffy as a break between reading 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. This was not fluff. Sometimes you read a book, and it's like it came it at the perfect time in your life. This was one of those times.
Lincoln, who narrates the book, is amazing and beautiful and the fact he doesn't exist makes me want to cry. He's 28 and lives with his mum, frequently plays Dungeons & Dragons and hasn't dated in years. These are supposed to be unattractive traits I guess, but not to me. Add in the fact he has a heart of gold and doesn't realise how cute he is and yeah, I'm head over heels. You can all keep your alpha-male heroes. I'll be chilling over here with Lincoln playing D&D.
A reason this book is already so special to me and going straight on my favourites shelf is how much I can relate to him. It might sound a bit weird, but I do. I don't wanna get all sob story up in here, but I'll just say I know how it feels to be incredibly insecure, socially awkward and stuck in a rut. Seeing Lincoln open himself up to people and change his life really inspired me and makes me feel like I can do it too. I sound so cheesy but I don't care.
Add this beautiful, slightly delayed coming-of-age story to the often funny, often poignant friendship between two women AND a sigh inducing romance and you have this book. I wouldn't change a thing about it. This is one of those books I'll read again and again and probably get teary eyed even after the 100th time. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy unconventional romance and anyone who's ever felt not good enough. I give it 5/5.(less)