A Pack of Blood and Lies
Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.
Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest ...more
Anyhoo, this is a story about Ness who/whom was shunned when she was a little girl and forced out of town with her mother. Things happen and when Ness is a teen the pack drags her back home to Colorado. <-- Not literally
I love Ness as a character; she's loving and kind but a ba ...more
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Review posted 1/2/19
I just love shifter books. Werewolf ones in particular. And this definitely satisfied my need for one. I tend to be a mood reader. I follow that mood where it leads, though sometimes it can be a pain and indecisive as heck. Reading this one however was a pleasure. I don't usually go for YA books, the blurb has to peak an interest in me and this one certainly did that.
Ness Clark is a few months away from bei ...more
Right before her eighteenth birthday Ness has to return to Colorado and her pack which she had run from years before. The Boulder Wolves were an all-male pack with the exception of Ness. Being the only female born to the pack in years Ness was ...more
Years ago I read Rose Petal Graves and was really taken by that story. It mixed legends, thriller, small town and fantasy. The author really created a gothic atmosphere. Her characters were mysterious and in all shades of grey.
When Olivia Wildenstein messaged me to ask if I would be interested in getting a copy of A Pack of Blood and Lies I read the blurb and I was on board immediately!
She has been very patient with me as it took me months before I had an openin ...more
A Pack of Blood and Lies was such a good book. It did, however, take a bit to get into. I'd like to blame the characters because they just kept making me flip flop throughout the book. I did have a ship though, Ness and Liam. It took forever for them to actually become that thought. Mostly because Liam was a little man whore.. and Ness was just adorable and feisty.
This book definitely delivered a bunch of good twists and turns. ...more
TW: Rape (mentioned), Suicide (attempt), Abusive Relationship disguised as Protectiveness, Misogyny, Bad Language
Bechdel Test: Passes
2019 is the year that I’m saying no to toxic and unhealthy romances (in fiction and real life).
Ness is a werewolf who was chased out of her home, Boulder, and her pack, The Boulder Wolves, at age 11. Though they’re not tec ...more
Ness is a pack out law. Her mother was forced to leave with her and start a new life in LA. They were getting by but life was great. At seventeen, Ness’s mums dies and her now guardians turn up to take her back to the life she ...more
The world and story:
The world is modern day Colorado and Wildenstein did a good job describing pack history throughout the book. This is my first werewolf/changeling book and I still had some questions about their motivations, but I was satisfied with the amount of background for now. I read the whole thing in about two sittings, the story definitely kept me going. The little murder mystery aspect was as in ...more
The protagonist, Ness is a female wolf, not belonging to any pack and exiled from her home and what should have been her pack. The Boulder Wolves were steeped in miso ...more
In A Pack of Blood and Lies, we follow Ness, a wolf-shifter girl that was banished from her pack in her childhood and now, at almost eighteen she is forced to come back to her old town by her family.
I thought the concept was good. Ness is the only female shifter born in the pack and I enjoyed that she tried to fight her way into being part of the group. I had no problems as how it started although it was a ...more
At the same time I was just 'missing something', mostly regarding the in depth development of the characters in general I think? It just remains a bit too superficial for my taste, in combination with quite some standard elements being present.
The book/this story has a ...more
I was so surprised by this book and also by my own reading-speed. I finished the book in 5 days and it's not a small book. That's also a compliment to the author, because the book is easy and pleasant to read.
I can't wait to read more from this series! Will definitely follow this author.
A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books
I'm pretty sure that any Fantasy/YA lover will like this book. It's su ...more
Rape (Vaguely mentioned but multiple times)
I saw this on netgalley but never requested. But PNR with werewolves are my favorite genre to read, so once I found that this is on kindle-unlimited, I decided to give it a go.
I haven't read much female werewolves, maybe just one in Night Create series and she became my absolute favorite. No one can top Elise as she-wolf. But I had to adjust my expectation because while Elise is full grown adult, Ness ...more
Right before I started the book, I thought to myself - hey, I haven't read a werewolf book in a long time, and while this does mention alpha males, let's see how it goes. And reader, barely a quarter into the book and I remembered WHY I haven't picked up werewolf books recently. It has ...more
The title A Pack of Blood and Lies fits this story well. It was the title and the cover that grabbed my attention.
The story is about a 17 year old girl named Ness who is forced to move back to Boulder and her old pack after her mother's death. There she meets up with childhood pack mates and is thrown back into pack drama.
Olivia Wildenstein spins a tale full of mystery and lies. I was captivated as the pages flew by. There were several surprises along t...more
As for the characters, I loved all of them. They seemed complete and it was clear what each character stands for.
***I got my copy via NetGalley. ...more
Speaking of plot.. There was a lot going on! Several sub-plots mixing with the general one to the point of me losing track of everything at some point. Although I have to say.. ...more
I can't freaking breathe! Oh my gah!!! This book was so good! Usually, I'm not a fan of wolf/werewolf books (other than Quinn Loftis books) but I shouldn't be shocked that I loved this book just as much!
Olivia never fails to capture a readers attention! Of all the books of hers I have read, none have ever let me down! My only regret was that I waited so long to read this book!! I'm ashamed of myself for that. Lol
Oh man this book was so full of tension! Thro ...more
But anyway, this one. I loved Ness, who tried to come off as this strong, sarcastic wolf, but was really this insecure teenager that just wants to be accepted.
The book wasn't perfect in some of the execution (some details weren't clear to me), but I loved the evolution of Ness and Liam's story and relationship. ...more
I don't want to spoil too much so I won't, but the only thing that absolutely needs to be said about this book is how great it was! To say I loved it would be a complete understatement. I engulfed it in one sitting, and wish I h ...more
I really wanted to like Ness, but I just didn’t like her as a main character. She really gets in her own way. I’m all for a woman challenging the patriar ...more
My first book by Olivia and it certainly won't be the last (I've already 1-clicked the next in the series). Great characters, amazing plot line and brilliant writing!
One reader said something about Tamlin and Rhys from the Acotar and now I want to know what that's got to do with Liam and August!!
You can also read my review here
“Just because your muscles aren’t as big doesn’t mean you’re weak, Ness.”
Ness was the only she-wolf in Boulder pack. They treated her differently because of her gender until one day, she has to move away. An occasion made her go with her uncle and aunt to live her previous life close to the pack. She hated it at first but then she found a purpos ...more
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