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Strength To Let Go

(Tales of the Werewolf Tribes #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  35 reviews
After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.

Crippled by grief, Shiki decides to end it all by going into the territory of the Siberian Killers tribe and challenging them to a battle to the death.

His death.

Ganzorig, beta of the Siberian Killers, however, sees the potentially disastrous co
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Published June 24th 2015 by Wayward Ink Publishing
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Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review @Scattered Thoughts And Rogue Words

I had a lot of issues with this book. First of all: Shiki. I did not like him the least bit. He was whiny, annoying and stupid. Yes, he was dumped by his mates, which simply doesn’t happen in werewolf culture. Yes, I know that hurts. But he has two toddlers that need looking after. And what does Shiki do? Well, the sensible thing of course. NOT. Instead of taking care of his children and slowly patching up his life, he leaves his children in the care of
Strength to let go.

This is a new series from the author, it's a MM and PNR read, I personally think these genres go together so well.

Shiki is a beta wolf of his pack, his going through a tough time his two fae mates have upped and left him without explanation, leaving him beyond broken.

He decides life's not worth living to travels to another packs land were he will fight to his death........ Plans don't always work, Ganz a leader from the Siberian Killers decides to save Shiki and helps him thr
Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt,& #Giveaway: Strength to Let Go by Alina Popescu

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Shiki is a friend of mine, then again, so is Blake. These two men I've been observing for almost a year now, I think, so of course I had to read their story. Which has not yet ended, by the way. Shiki is as cool as cool can be, Blake a more quiet enigma. Both men are gorgeous inside and out. If only they had come together sooner, maybe what th
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting, unique, and sexy as hell. It grabbed my attention from the moment I started reading and did not let up until the end. I was engrossed in the story of Shiki and how he moves on from something that would have truly destroyed lesser men.

I loved Shiki. He was an interesting mixture of old world warrior and modern. With his love of fighting and manga he is very likeable and easy to relate to. I felt so bad that his two fae mates decided to just up and leave him. They almost
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-romance, m-m
I met Shiki in the roleplay world and loved his cheekiness and his playfulness. I was overjoyed when I found out his story was being put into book form. I was not disappointed at all! Alina has given one of my favorite characters a beautiful start to his story. The playfulness and fun I love about Shiki are definitely included in the story. However, the book does not begin on a particularly hearts and flowers note.

The first part of the story devastated me. My heart broke for Shiki. While I unde
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
M/M story and paranormal at that – what more to be desired...

I should admit I have never come across a shifter story till now, where the MC is being abandoned by his own mate/s. In all the shifter stories I have run across so far the love between mates was undeniable, instantaneous, and forever-lasting, so you can imagine how astonished I was that here this isn’t the case. And I love it!

I liked the way Shiki overcame the state of devastation he was forced into and how smoothly his friend and fu
Caroline Brand

4.25 Stars

Apart from a small anthology story this is the first thing I have read by Alina Popescu and to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement!

Strength to Let Go moves away from the normal view in stories that I have read that once a shifter, in particular werewolves, have found their mates that that’s it for life. The view that has everyone shouting ‘mine’ and mates that would die to protect what they have found.

Shiki Kirishima had found not one but two mat
Frostina Frostina
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read the book for the first time, I have to say, it gripped me right from the get-go. This was a book which I’m proud to say I edited, also this was one of those books which made me forget what I was supposed to be doing with it. I kept reading on, and then realising later – much later – that I was supposed to be working on it.

All of us that love shifter stories know that wolves mate for life. And Shiki’s grief of being rejected by his mates is compounded by the fact that there are childr
4.5 stars

Shiki Kirishima thought he had the perfect life: two great mates, children and power within his werewolf tribe. He's blindsided when his mates abandon him with no explanation, leaving the werewolf broken and rejected. Unable to deal with the pain of losing his mates, Shiki goes on a suicide mission, all the while his childhood best friend, Blake, worries frantically for person he holds dearest in his life.

I loved this book! Shifter tales aren't always the sub genre I immediately go for,
Melanie S
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Oh how perfectly lovely! Strength To Let Go is a gripping and fiercely poignant chronicle 0f love, loss, and survival set principally in the paranormal world's version of Tokyo.

Werewolf Shiki, warrior beta of his pack, is abandoned by his two Fae mates. Devastated by the pain of remaining unmated for life, Shiki ventures into a hostile pack's territory, bent on suicide by battle. Instead, Ganzorig, the rival pack's beta, saves him and violates pack law to return Shiki to his best friend Blake's
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shiki has been abandoned by his mates, he can't go anywhere without it reminding him of them, as he struggles with his grief, he decides to end it all by going to the Siberian Killers tribe and taking as many of them out as possible.

Shiki doesn't expect Ganz to interfer and stop his pack from killing him. They make a deal that Shiki must try and survive for two months and if he still wants to die, Ganz won't stop him. What he doesn't expect over those two months is to start to heal. Ganz has dea
caroline wilson
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Just couldn't get on with this book and just flicked. I didn't like the self pitying of the main character yes his mates left him but he has two young children and is going to leave them and die which he knows how that will feel from his childhood with his own parents. Also he wanted to die and instead of just involving himself he had to fight and take on some other werewolves to die honourable and killed many which I didn't much like. This book was not for me.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes, Book One) by Alina Popescu: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Aimee Brissay
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
As usual, Alina is an innovator. She takes a rather conservative genre and makes it intriguing. I love the world she created and Shiki is one hot werewolf! To my surprise, the story didn't go where I expected it to, and that makes it even better.

The beginning is a bit slow, though.
Nicki Markus
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-lgbt
Strength to Let Go is a most enjoyable MM PNR tale of werewolves. If you like your MM with plenty of action and yet some in-depth soul searching and teary moments, this is the book for you.

Disclaimer: I was involved in the editing of this book.
Kristy Maitz
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Okay, that is one of those writing stiles I done like at all.

Let me clarified it; for those who care:
- story plot is bullshit,
- writing stile is passive,
- very little is actually happening.

All, in all my time spend on that book was wasted.
Pat Nelson
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is an awesomely fantastic start in a new series. Alina has written a story that is definitely not your average, run-of-the-mill shifter tale. I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book to everyone!
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Roller coaster of emotions from beginning to end! Very well written and worth the wait, I can't wait for book 2!!!!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
I enjoyed meeting Shiki's family - brother, mates-in-law, children - and other friends and associates - Sensei, Blake, Ganz. I was confused about Keiran and Kayden. Were they 2 people in 1 body who became 2 people in 2 bodies? Why did they marry Shiki in the first place? After being alive for thousands of years, why did the marry him a month after meeting? Why did the 3 of them gather wolf-shifter children within a few months?

Shiki seemed weak, needy, and changeable to me. He was the least appea
Diane Dannenfeldt
This was a great read and I can't wait for the next book in the series. His so called "mates" were bastards and they had the audacity to be mad at him? Really????
Tissues, I needed tissues for this one. Although, I wasn't ugly sobbing there was definitely some eye leakage. *sniff*

For the most part an enjoyable read... well maybe enjoyable is the wrong word because I was hurting for a lot of it. Hurting right along with the MCs. There was an attempt to fit a lot of information into this read but a lot of the elements were too brief for adequate world building. A lot of questions left unanswered but I assume those will be addressed in the later books.

Love t
World of Diversity Fiction
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Strength to Let Go (Tales of the Werewolf Tribes, #1)
Author: Alina Popescu
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer: Covers by Design
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Paranormal
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: 3 Stars
Book Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review


After being abandoned by his mates, Shiki Kirishima, beta of the Dragons of the Fang werewolf tribe, returns to his home in Tokyo.

Crippled by grief,
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
It was ok I guess, but for a first of the series it felt more like i was in the middle of one. Lots of things are left unresolved and I would have like the point of view of Shiki s former husbands. I was expecting more from the summary and was left dissapointed. From some reviews talking about the characters being from roleplaying something it would explain the middle of it feeling. It should be warned of explain somewhere so we don't end up buying a book we can barely understand. ...more
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Anne Marie Heller Cox

Unusual setting and world building for a shifter book. I enjoyed the Aisian settings, and the language added a richness to a well written love they loss story.
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