DNF omg such a DNF I can't DNF this quick enough. look. I'll forgive then instalust just add mate angle. I'll forgive he was an alpha hole "for her owDNF omg such a DNF I can't DNF this quick enough. look. I'll forgive then instalust just add mate angle. I'll forgive he was an alpha hole "for her own good" malarkey.
But to have the one chick be like "you're straight despite all the visual evidence to the contrary" discussion with the MC just no. She's young, but not THAT young and she didn't say it to be cruel. She was genuinely flabbergasted that Fen was straight despite apparently looking like the most lesbian chick ever.
Which brings me to a different point - Fen spends an inordinate amount of time (silently) praising Ginger's assets and being confused when every male outside their pack is not salivating over her (well namely Hunter). I thought, based on Fen's reactions to Ginger's nudity and general sense of casual sexuality, that Fen was at least POSSIBLY confused by her feelings towards Ginger. But her denial and tentative "Why would my actions make you think that?" was as rude as Ginger assuming Fen was lesbian based on her appearance. COMMUNICATION.
Gonna put my further thoughts under spoiler tag, cause...yeah. Spoilers if you care. (view spoiler)[ Further thoughts: -- double standard; Fen goes by her gut instincts on thing dealing with Hunter and Quill, but when Lia (the youngest member of their pack and the one they all feel VERY protective of) voices an opinion based on her instincts about Quill it becomes "she's young and doesn't understand". Except she's in touch with her Wolf while Fen keeps shoving hers down like unwanted detritus, so I'd trust Lia more.
-- her overuse of her nicknames for Ginger ("trouble twin") and Hunter ("uber-alpha"). Even when neither is acting like their nicknames, she calls them that. It comes to the point where I'm pretty sure she uses their nicknames more than their actual names in most chapters.
-- her inability to communicate; not uncommon in these sorts, but Fen is so busy certain she's the most useless piece of halfie ever (but she WILL PROVE HERSELF DAMMIT!!) good advice goes straight over her head. Well good advice and common pack protocol.
-- Nothing. At. All. Makes. Sense. in regards to how Hunter handled the abused kid case with Fen's old pack (are you seriously trying to tell me that a guy who feels INSTANTLY protective of Lia and every stray wolf kind kid they find would BE OK with handing a physically abused kid back to his parent just because he followed the letter of the law? No I mean it, explain to me how that makes sense. Even if it was an elaborate ploy to get Fen to leave her safe haven of a pack so "she'd grow stronger", it was stupid at best and dangerous at worst.).
-- Also I'm sorry, but can someone explain to me the biological factor? Ginger and Lia are both considered "Pack Princesses" - I gather that this is explained somewhat in more depth in Easterling's previous books (which this series seems to have been spun off of?), but seems to mean that every unmated "Outpack" male in their vicinity instantly starts craving them to the point where apparently they will devolve into salivating animals intent on rutting with them consensually or not?
Fen mentions pheromones at one point, but let me get this straight. Hunter "helpfully" gets Fen ousted from her pack, Wolfie (Fen's former Alpha, who apparently was SUPER SUPER STRONG but not as strong as Hunter) grants her a measure of his Alpha-magic and let four of his younger pack members to leave with her if they wanted (including two "pack Princesses" and apparently a strong Beta) and NO ONE THOUGHT THIS THROUGH CLEARLY?
No one said to themselves "They're going into Outpack territory where women are considered chattel and oh they have two young ripe Pack Princesses who drive unmated Outpack males insane with lust. This may be an issue." Not a single person. Not Hunter "overly protective uber-Alpha". Not Wolfie "Mr. considerate powerful alpha". Not Fen "I think of all the worst scenarios". Not. One. Of. Them. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I quite enjoyed this book, but I couldn't put my finger on WHY. Kat vacillated between being really on point about her concerns in a clear manner andI quite enjoyed this book, but I couldn't put my finger on WHY. Kat vacillated between being really on point about her concerns in a clear manner and dragging down the plot with her whining. Alex though...he was possibly one of the most rational, pragmatic and otherwise useful adventure sidekick (there isn't a romance to speak of, though there is attraction, so maybe?). Their conversations in the beginning were like this:
Kat: I nearly got killed! Alex: I told you everything I knew about the situation, as well as everything you would need to know to survive. You chose to ignore that advice. Kat: But you left me! Alex: I told you I was going to. You insisted that was fine. Kat: But its not what I meant! Alex: And this is why you nearly died.
Alex really gave no chucks and was happily content to tell Kat she was not acting in her best interests. Which happened more often in the beginning then later on.
The story itself is a basic sort of "orphan finds out their part of a magical empire" tale, though what originally attracted me to it was that Kat is a gamer so that added an interesting angle to see how she would react to being in a real fantasy adventure quest.
Overall though, I enjoyed this enough to purchase it once I was done with my Kindle Unlimited copy. I want to see where this goes and I'm looking forward to seeing more of Alex :ahem: in the next installment....more