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Shifter: City of Wolves

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She's an elite. He's a wolf and an outcast. Their forbidden passion will move worlds.

Everyone knows that wolves love with a passion that can be dangerous. They imprint on a woman and never let her go. From the moment they love their female, they will kill for her, and die for her.

Lyla is more than rich. She's one of The Elite, a paranormal class that rules society with an
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Paperback, 456 pages
Published (first published August 3rd 2015)
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Donita Luz
"What if they lost each other? It would ruin them. He knew instinctively that life without a fated mate would be almost unlivable. "
I always felt awful everytime I give book a 1 star rating. It bothers me to no end. So this is the first time, as far as I can remember, that I haven't felt bad at all when I gave this low rating. In fact, I even thought that giving it a 1 star rating is being generous. I would've given this a negative star if I could. Reading Shifter is a fucking waste of time.
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Meaghan Taaffe
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Actual rating: 1.5/5

A few weeks back I signed up to get a free copy of this book for my Kindle and I'm looking at all the other reviews for this book and I'm thinking, did we really read the same book? It's a shame that I didn't enjoy this book the way everyone else seemed to because I felt like there was so much potential for the story line and the characters but it was all just so wrong.

To start with, what the hell Edith Stanton? What the hell? If there was a book on the World's Worst Mother
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Isabel
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me of titanic for some reason lol!
Alicia
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Shifter: City of Wolves is a paranormal romance set in a dystopian world. It was told in third person, most chapters shifting to follow another character.

This book reads as young adult until about two thirds through, when entirely graphic and overly-metaphorical, cringe-inducing, clichéd sex scenes are added in. It wasn’t just the sex scenes themselves either; their placements were bizarre. (view spoiler)
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Cassandra
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

The cover grabs my attention with the wolf and its stunning blue eyes :)

This is Avery’s first book in the Shifter series. And I really liked it!! It is a unique world full of complexities that I didn’t see coming. I really liked both Lyla and Zac. I did find a few parts slow, but this is normal when building a new world especially one as complex as this one is. Of course, I wanted more an
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Cassandra
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review

The cover grabs my attention with the wolf and its stunning blue eyes :)

This is Avery’s first book in the Shifter series. And I really liked it!! It is a unique world full of complexities that I didn’t see coming. I really liked both Lyla and Zac. I did find a few parts slow, but this is normal when building a new world especially one as complex as this one is. Of course, I wanted more an
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zaheerah
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
Oh man, I’m so disappointed with this. I was currently in a slump and I was hoping this could pull me out of it. But it didn’t. It was terrible.

Shifter is paranormal dystopian novel which revolves around Lyla, an elite class member which rules over Manhattan, and Zac, an outcast orphan looking for an adventure, who is also a wolf and is always on his guard from the elite regime. When they meet, the fight over the barriers from their society, but not without terrible consequences.

I felt really b
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Sue Green
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I'll start by saying I enjoyed this book and will read the next in the series.
Zac and Lyla are in love. She's an Elite and he's a Shifter. The Elites and their Enforcers hunt, torture and kill the Shifters and generally run rough shod over the Normals that make up the remainder of society. Lyla is promised to her Uncle who is of high standing with the Elites and has aspirations to lead. The story centres around the relationship between Lyla a
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Sharon Lipman
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not 100% sure what I thought of this. I didn't dislike it but I wasn't bowled over either. The author did a great job with the villains because I really despised Oswald and the Edith. I think my problem was that I wasn't completely in love with Zac or Lyla. Bizarrely, I couldn't tell you what either of them really looks like. There's nothing particularly stand-out about them and their timing for romantic/animalistic interludes makes no sense whatsoever and could be seen as gratuitous. I comp ...more
Cheryl Graham Petit
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
City of Wolves a very lovely story about an imperfect love that despite all the obstacles, it could lead to the most amazing things. It is a story of two young broken, flawed people who live in different worlds; the heroine from a privilege life, the hero from poverty. Full of suspense, action, fantasy, passion, secrets, lies, drama, deception, corruption, cruelty, scorching love scenes, love and of course... a HEA.

Avery Burch has written a a supremely well-written story about love with no limit
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Meleka Taylor
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted to thank the author for giving me the privilege of reading her first book for an honest review. I enjoy reading books by up and coming authors. However, this book was not my cup of tea. The story was boring for me. It was blah and did not spark my imagination. But I wanted to read this book till the end.

"Their story was the same as the stories of a million other lovers. They came from different worlds, they were forbidden to love each other, but all true love came at a price." These sen
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Bambi Unbridled
This is a dystopian paranormal... I'm not sure exactly when it takes place, but its after large scale purges of the Shifter population by the "Elite" of society. The Elite live in New York City, and the Normals and Shifters are living on the fringes of society. The Elite are snobby, prejudiced, power-hungry asshats. Some of the Elite are out to eliminate all the Shifters, even though they share similar paranormal powers, and they also want to take out the Normals for some reason. There wasn't re ...more
Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
Ok where to start. Well there were parts of this book I really loved and parts that had my eyebrows kissing and saying hi to my hairline.

Foremost, the world building/creating - SPOT ON. Really well crafted and believable Dystopian world they live in.

Secondly, the evilness, wow, Avery got them SPOT ON too! Oswald and Lex, oh my word! And the teacher... so very easy to have intense dislike to them.

Overall effect of the Zac and Lyla's romance, very good. Considering it's pretty much instalove, it's
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Amber
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shifter: City of Wolves is absolutely phenomenal and undeniably outstanding! This is a beautifully intriguing and thoroughly entertaining story that is fully fleshed out with amazing characters and an intense storyline. You will find your heart and soul completely captivated as you take the ride of a lifetime. Whatever you do, don’t assume anything as what you think you know, you will find that you don’t know at all.

Lyla is a prisoner in her gilded cage. She has wealth, prestige, and a life fil
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Eva Millien
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
They know their love is hopeless, but together Zac and Lyla will learn that true love can overcome obstacles but now without dire consequences in this exciting paranormal romance.

Zac is a shifter which means he is an outcast and Lyla is an elite preparing to be an enforcer and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as circumstances put Zac and Lyla on opposite sides but a fated love changes their course. The chemistry strikes hard with a single glance and has this sizzling attracti
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Kim
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you go into this book thinking it's just a shifter story you will miss out on a whole other dimension to this book. This was more dystopian/shifter. I think one of the hardest genres has to be dystopian. The writer has to build an entire world and bring the reader into that world and then have a story line that's appealing and draws the readers attention while explaining this different world. That's a lot to accomplish in one book but Avery Burch does this quite successfully. The world that s ...more
Shiran
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, I love paranormal romance and I love discovering new authors, but this book just disappointed me. The storyline felt like it was Titanic fan fiction with shifters and the writing was juvenile. The POV kept changing to random characters and the dialogue was annoying and unrealistic.

I didn't connect with the characters at all, in fact I found them to be very one dimensional and lacking emotion. I didn't like Zac or Lyla, in fact, Lyla's pervy uncle and horrible m
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❤️ Paulette
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Shifter Book 1: City of Wolves

by Avery Burch

I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review
The Elites and their Enforcers hunt, torture and kill the Shifters and generally run heavy hand over the Normals that make up the remainder of society. This is set in a futuristic version of New York shifters are not only different classes but have distinctions within the law and government. The plot of Shifter: City of Wolves revolves around the forbidden romance between Lyla and Zac. Lyla is an eli
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Denise Van plew
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one will get it for being different in the setting and the type of background. I actually got mad a few times even because of the class barriers that were so ever present and the ruthlessness. The characters themselves are young but are up against a age old thing encountered forbidden love. Lily is living in a very tight structured life while Zac is the opposite. He is also because of what he is a forbidden and his kind must be so smart to survive. She will have a sympathizer though from he ...more
Kristy
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS, I've just finished reading Avery's first book... Shifter: City of Wolves & I'm feeling sooo many emotions. Such an intense read from start to finish, I couldn't put it down, I was drawn into the emotions, the story, the people, the history, the divide. I was CAPTIVATED!

Inside this almost dark story, is a romance so intense it feels real, as for the darkness there are some scenes quite un-nerving. But without them the story wouldn't be what it is, I think the added darkness i
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Susan Davis
spoiler alert ( is this titanic with shifters?)

ok i gave this book two stars not because its a horrible book (though a little more character depth, and at times the "love" scenes felt a little sterile) the main reason I'm giving this book two stars is its uncanny resemblance to TITANIC. I'm sorry i can't help but make this connection. boy from the wrong side of the tracks, upper-class engaged girl out of his league , his day pass into the district is to similar to jacks day pass on the upper-cla
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Danielle
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Nadine Bookaholic
I had higher expectations for this book. It was an OK read, not something I would read again and even though I am interested in the secondary characters I don't think I will continue this series.
This is a paranormal book set in a dystopian world which started to read as more of a YA but then about halfway through the sex scenes started and they kept going and going and going...seriously I love a good erotic romance but staying in a burning building to have a quicky just isn't hot which is what I
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Jessica Mitchell
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Avery does it again!
Can't wait for the second book!
War.
Shifters/normals versus the Elites
Good versus Evil
Layla has it all... Or so she thinks, she knows she wants to be free and marry who she wishes but for her being an elite that will not happen. She is suppose to marry her uncle.. Yuck! And become a enforcer of the shifters all the while doing as what she is told to do.
Zac raised on the other side of tracks. He is a shifter on a mission to find his "sister" but she is really a step since he wa
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Garcelle
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely and completely adored this. While I am happy that I only have to wait 3 months for the next installment, I wish I didn't have to wait at all. Despite a few typos, the story flowed really well and to me, it was very believable (in a world where Shifters exist). The discrimination and prejudice that the Shifters endure is very reflective of the same treatment people get in the world today. The hypocrisy of the "Elites" is another thing that can relate to society today. I can't thank A ...more
Heather
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have to admit I'm not sure whether I liked this book or not. Obviously I didn't hate it because I finished it, but there were some things I took issue with while there were others I liked. I think what I disliked most was the timing of the sex scenes. While the city is burning around them, and people are being killed by the hundred, hey let's do it now seemed a bit wrong. Fortunately, there were other parts that redeemed the story and kept me reading. Not at all sure what the next book will be ...more
Kira
It wasn't awful. There are still a lot of improvements needed. Like the world building and so many loose ends

The characters weren't developed much either, like I finished the book and I feel like I barley know them

There was erotica and to be honest it happens at the stupidest times. Like hell, they're in the middle of a purge. But they do the deed.

While in an elevator.
While they're supposed to be running for their lives.

I'll give it 4 stars because with a little bit of tweaking it could be a
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Jo Smith
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a truly amazing story which will evoke every emotion. Intelligently written, this is a new concept that I haven't read before. It's fresh, has plenty of depth, the twists & turns just keep coming. The story centres around Zac and Lyla from both ends of the social spectrum. They find each other with a rare glimpse and the tale continues through their struggles. This is a must read book of high calibre !!!
Laura DeSimone
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: avery-burch
I received this free read and it is a great story. The two main characters in this book are Zachary and Lyla. Lyla is from a prestigious family, and Zachary is a wolf shifter. Zachary and Lyla have many obstacles before them, one being her Uncle Oswald. Oswald is the next new villain you can't help but hate, and hate you will. I look forward to the next book in the Shifter series.
Tish Delanoy
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Although a little different than what I was expecting, I really enjoyed this book. I like that it didn't follow the norm. It was emotional and exciting.....and difficult to put down.
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