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Calla Tor is the alpha of her teen Guardian (werewolf) pack. She knows the rules and she enforces them. So why does she break them multiple times in one day by saving a normal teenage boy and letting him see her shift? And why are her masters, the Keepers, so interested in this same guy?
Oh, I’m torn on rating this one! On the one hand, I tore through it, eagerly waiting to see what was going to happen with Calla, Shay, and Ren. On the other hand, I’m tired of teenage love triangles, and I’m really, really sick of cliffhangers.
I liked Calla as a protagonist, but I can’t say that I bought her as an alpha personality. We’re told that she’s an alpha, but we only see her at a time when she’s starting to question everything she knows about her life. That leaves her a little insecure. Maybe I’m just thinking that alpha=bitch (Hee hee! It should in a werewolf!), but she doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of control over her pack. She’s pretty clueless about what they get up to. Her younger brother knows more about their lives than she does. That’s not the sign of a great leader.
Shay and Ren were great, but they were almost interchangeable to me. Calla lusted after them both, they both lusted after her, they both constantly challenged her, but I didn’t see her offering a whole lot of challenge in return. They were both able to convince her to do what they wanted pretty easily. I liked them both, so I can’t come out as Team Ren or Team Shay. I’m kind of left thinking that if she feels so similarly about both of them, neither of them should be the guy for her.
I got really tired of being confused about what was going on with the wolves, the Keepers, and the Searchers. We finally read about the hierarchy and history as Shay learns what’s going on, which I guess is kind of the point, but that’s over 100 pages into the book! I don’t have a lot of patience for that kind of deliberate confusion. Meanwhile, there’s some supernatural stuff going on, but mostly it’s just kind of typical teen dynamics in their high school, and that’s not really my thing. I avoid realistic YA for a reason.
And then there’s the ending. Just when things start to click together, in a way that I had seen coming from pretty far away, and the real action starts to happen, the book just…stops. Just like that. There’s no resolution to anything at all. I feel manipulated into picking up the next book, and I’m a little tired of it. I can’t help but feel like this book could have been tightened up a lot (there’s only so much of the jealousy/rivalry between Ren and Shay that I need to see) and some sort of conclusion could have been reached. But no.
I’m being, much, much harder on this than I really intend to be. It’s definitely going to find a huge audience, and I probably will get to the sequels one day. I am curious about what’s going on and which boy Calla chooses, but I just feel like there was a lot of potential in the storyline that wasn’t quite met.