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Shadows of the Ancients

(The Ancients #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,513 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The Ancients Series, Vol. 1
No one ever questions the pairings their pack-master chooses for them. No one, except Jessica St. Marks, who can't stand the thought of being bonded for life to Zach Brighton, douchebag extraordinaire.

Jessica plans a night out with her human friend, Ashley, to have a little fun before she's forced to settle for the loser her pack has chosen to be
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Moonlit Dreams Publications
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Peta Miers
This was the first of Christine's books that I have read and I was pulled into the storyline from the start. I have now read all four in this series. I really enjoyed Her descriptive qualities and use of plot. However, the reason I am only rating this a 3star is because the books are not proofread, which drives me nuts. There are not that many mistakes, luckily, because if I find too many in the first few pages then I don't bother to continue reading. Some of them are just silly errors but, for ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This one was a kindle freebie. Honestly, I would have paid good money to read it because it was excellent. About a week ago a made a comment about shifter books creeping me out and this little gem certainly has me eating my words. This book went straight on my favorites list! It's still free on amazon so I suggest EVERYONE go and download it immediately! You will not regret it! ...more
I enjoyed the first half of the book but it started to go downhill about halfway through. The drama felt forced and very immature. Felt like I was reading about teenagers. The more I read about the heroine, the less I liked her. The book itself ends on a cliffhanger with the promise of a love triangle that seemingly comes out of nowhere.
Barbara Gordon
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author! Everything I've read of hers has been amazing! When starting this book, I was thinking, "Oh, another werewolf book... hopefully this won't suck and be the same as so many others"... upon completion "Wait, that was the last page?? What happens next? I need to know more!". The story line was unique, the leading female character was smart and strong, emotionally and physically, and actually stood up for herself. The chemistry between her and her bff was amazing and such a joy to ...more
Heather andrews
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most important thing you need to learn about Evan is you don't mess with what's his, and that includes his woman, "you dared hit the woman I marked as my mate?" His fury was palpable. He turned to Marcus, and it was the first time I'd ever seen the man scared. "You will pay for this." He's considerate, "we were only a few steps in when Evan reached back and grabbed a hold of my hand, pulling me up beside him. He leaned down and whispered in my ear, "you should be right here by my side, not w ...more
Andrea Heltsley
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
LOVED IT! Can't wait to get my hands on sequel! ...more
Katie Jones
This book was instantly addictive. Yes, a little cheesy & perhaps similar to many other shifter series but hey I like it. Jess is kick-ass. Evan is hot. I knew I like Mikael despite how he was introduced to us & I have doubts about Evan so I'm thinking cue angsty love triangle... I love that shit. ...more
Susan N.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OK so this was my second time reading the first book in the series (yes it's that good) Almost beating out my love for Mercy Thompson series. (that alone say a lot if you knew me. As independent books go defiantly gets the #1 spot!I was weary of Even when he first showed his face but the next scene had me hooked on him, (gotta love a man who wont let anyone hurt their mate). I love Ash and Jess's closeness, it reminds me of my lil sis. I'm gotta keep this quick so I can read the next installment ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. I liked how although Evan was an alpha he wasn't all about imposing his will on Jess and seemed to be interested in developing a partnership. Also liked how Jess called him on his dickish behavior when he tried to 'protect' her by ignoring her. I thought her concerns about what his behavior meant long term were reasonable. I did find that she spent way to much time talking about how she looked, what she and her friend were wearing and how sexy they were and that was an ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful debut

I really enjoyed Jess.She is a strong character that has had so much knowledge withheld from her. Now all the secrets are coming out. Evan is an interesting character. At first he seems very arrogant but he soon becomes the dream guy. What makes him interesting is he has some flaws and they could become serious. Mikael is intriguing because he has potential to be the deal breaker. The rest of the Ancients are assets! Cannot wait for book 2.
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I NEED TO SEQUEL TO COME OUT NOW!!!! Like OMG HOLY CRAP WTH!!!! This book has way too many twist and turns that will keep the reader focused and intrigued about what will come next. OMG. Can't even process. ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Evan is hot as hell, then again every important character seems to be ravishing in one way or another. This was drilled into my head every second of the novel with dripping wet scenes, dancing in skimpy outfits scenes, going about in pajamas scenes... And so on. I never thought I would say no to werewolf hotness. But this author managed to make it happen. The descriptions and dialogues were so lacking in emotion and so repetitive that it became unbearable and boring.

The writing style was choppy
Matilde Damkier
Meh. I'm not to sure about this one.
I definitely liked the premise way more than the execution.
The book was a lot of talk, talk, talk. A lot of fake drama and overly long monologues.
Seriously, everybody in this book was way too verbose. Nobody in real life explains things as thoroughly, or tells things as thoroughly as they did here.
It took a lot away from the action, too. A lot of the action were explained in conversation instead of being written out in scenes. It made the whole thing somewhat
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the plot of this story but it definitely could have benefited from an editor or at the very least a proofreader. It kept me interested enough to finish it and buy the next one. There were a few places where I wish the author would have done things a little different or built suspense a little more for relationships and plot devices to be believable. I felt like the characters were much younger than they were and told the reader everything through their dialogue.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifter
I loved this story and the writing was amazing.
Jessi got me hooked right from the start with her no bullshit attitude.
Because I´m not very fond of love triangles the end was a little bit shocking. I´m not entirely sure if I like it or not. But I can´t wait to read the next book and see how this plays out.
John Piper
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Great beginning to the series! Can't wait to read more! ...more
Gwynneth Ott
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome werewolves meet humans world

I enjoyed the wild shifters and how they have a community and hierarchy all their own. Family and friends matter, so keep them close!
Iva DiLoreto
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Definitely need to buy the rest of the series. Love the new adult feel. Quickly becoming a favorite of !ine. One of my top authors
Alissa Cagle
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved the book until the end

I loved the characters how Evan and Jessica drew me in. I thought it was a good story but I did dislike the end.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very sassy. Loved it!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly enjoyed this book. It was one that I could not put down when I was done. I was in the mood for a wolf shifter type book and I am really glad that I found this one. It was really good one.

Overall, Great book!
I have had this novel on my Kindle for a while now and the other day I decided to see what it was about. I would say that I was impressed with the idea of the story since, despite it being one of many werewolf books, it differs from the others. The author brought her own twist into the mix and it turned out well. However, I was disappointed in other aspects of the novel.

The Goodies
So to begin with the good stuff, I will say that I did enjoy the characters. In some areas they were lacking,
I haven't read anything from this author before so didn't know what to expect but I loved it. so much so that I immediately downloaded the rest as soon as I finished it.

Jess is a werewolf who has been paired to the Alpha's nephew, a decision she is most unhappy about. To forget about her troubles for a while she goes out with her best friend Ashley to a local club to drown her sorrows. Unusually for werewolves, Ashley is human and many in Jess' pack frown upon their friendship but Jess can be qu
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial reaction

Hmm, a book about werewolves and hot guys...lemme see-


The story was a nice treat. I thought the storyline was interesting. Usually, it would be something with a human and a werewolf, and they are in love, yada yada, but in this case, being a 'Lesser' (not from a pure bloodline; turned to a were or mated with human) meant you couldn't imagine of standing on the same ground as an 'Ancient' (pure bloodline). It's a plot that I've seen before, but upon reading it, it had surpri
Reesa Real
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shadows of the Ancients
Falling into the White
Christine Butler
5 Bookgasums!
Wow! Just finished and can’t stop smiling and have ‘happy’ tears running down my face.
Normally this book would have only gotten a 4 due to a few proof reading problems but the story itself just really deserves a 5+.
The coming of the Great White Wolf ruler who hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years. The writer shows the growth of a girl into the greatest of Alphas, first love found and lost, true soul bonding, and even t
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story has potential, but the author dropped the ball. At times I felt I was reading something written by a high school student. The editing/proofreading was horrendous, way too many errors/misspellings/etc in a published work. The story itself has a split personality, it seems to be intended for Y/A for the most part, but the foul language & sexual encounters speak adult, character personalities all speak angst driven high schoolers as well. The heroine comes across as wishy-washy, one minu ...more
Kristyn Smith
My rating is more of a 2.5 stars. To start off, I'm going to be completely honest and say that I truly cannot stand love triangles. It's my opinion and it does have impact on how much I like a book. For the most part, once a triangle comes into the story I put the book down and don't finish it- and this is not possible for me since even when I find a story lacking or slow I still finish it which goes to show how much I dislike triangles.There have only been very few triangles I can manage to rea ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, wolves
Though this is the second longest of the four books in this series, Shadows of the Ancients is still a very short, fast, and entertaining read. It goes a little too fast for my tastes at times, but overall I believe that Christine did a great job in fitting an entire plot into less than 300 pages worth of reading material.

Jessica was an enchanting little thing, sassy and sexy and innocent all at once. I especially adored the banter between she and Ashley. I cried, I laughed so hard! With Ash an
Jess is a great strong female character, and I absolutely love her best friend Ashley!! Whenever Ashley opens her mouth, or even sends a text to Jess, it is almost 100% guaranteed to make you smile or even laugh out loud! So, not only does the book have that going for it, but it also has some pretty great eye candy, which is always a plus in my book!

Butler does a FANTASTIC job of throwing in surprises and keeping lots of humor in a story filled with looming danger and consequences. Right after I
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Christine M. Butler writes paranormal fantasy books. She also writes contemporary romance books under the name Christine Michelle. She does so from her fabulous home tucked away near the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains on the North Carolina / Georgia border. That means she sees a lot of rainy days to help her focus on writing, but when the sun comes out she’s usually playing in the woods ...more

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