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Review: A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves #2) by Maria Vale

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Flora Reviews… A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale. Book 2 in her uniquely original urban fantasy series, The Legend of All Wolves.

Read: 31st July – 3rd August 2018

Format: Kindle

My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
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A Wolf Apart is the second novel (approx 352 pages) in Maria Vale’s unique werewolf series The Legend of all Wolves. Our story is set in the modern world – taking us to New York and the Adirondack Mountains of Northern America – and features the Great North Pack, the werewolves that live, hidden from view. I feel that A Wolf Apart is closer to the urban fantasy genre than a classic paranormal romance due to its grittiness, how it is written and some of the content within its pages.

I write about how the story was told in my reviews rather than the plot itself. Consequently they don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists. Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.

When the Great North Pack is on the verge of falling apart, Pack wolf Elijah Sorensson wants to give up on his successful life in the human world to return home. But the Alpha says no—Elijah must continue to play his role to protect the Pack from those who want to destroy it.

Knowing he needs strength by his side, he seeks out human Thea Villalobos, a woman he’s admired from the moment he met her. He hopes she can help him break through his human shell before the ailing wolf inside him dies, and before the Pack is betrayed again. But can Thea accept who and what Elijah really is?

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ARC Declaration:

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I was given a digital version of this book for free from the publisher (SOURCEBOOKS Cassablanca) after making a request via Netgally.com in exchange for an honest review.

The publication date was 31st July 2018.

Thanks for the advance copy.

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Ms Vale was a début author in 2017 and I have been impressed with her writing style; it feels graceful, powerful and very easy to read. I find her stories intelligent and well researched and I enjoy her prose; the way she weaves known wolf behaviours, Norse mythology and archaic languages into her books is inspiring. A Wolf Apart lived up to my expectations.

I’m enjoying the different perspective that this werewolf series is coming from. They’re born wolf cubs, have to learn how to wear a human “skin” and fit in with the human world. Book 1 – The Last Wolf – focused on life of the Great North Pack and its home territories through the eyes of Quicksilver Nilsdottir. A runt who was struggling to make a life for herself at the bottom of the hierarchy. A Wolf Apart shows us what life is like for Elijah Sorensson, Silver’s complete opposite. He’s an Alpha of his age group who doesn’t live in Homelands but in New York City as an Offlander. Elijah is tasked with serving the Pack’s interests in the human world.

A Wolf Apart (like the previous book, The Last Wolf) is unlike any book I’ve read before. It’s told from a first person point of view by our male protagonist, Elijah Sorensson. He’s Alpha of the 9th Echelon (the age group to which he was born) and a ruthless New York lawyer. I wasn’t sure whether I would like Elijah at first. He seemed to be everything I detest in a man – domineering, slick and ruthless. However as the story unfurled I quickly understood why Ms Vale chose him. Elijah Sorensson became captivating, I enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes and I loved his inner dialogue. My heart ached, I shed a tear or two, I chuckled out loud and growled with frustration at some of his thoughts and actions. Loving how his journey evolved and how he grew during this book.

Stories are more enjoyable for me when the female protagonist is intelligent, resilient and independent. I wasn’t disappointed here. Thea Villalobos earned my respect very quickly and I really liked her. We never hear her inner dialogue. However her actions confirm that she doesn’t suffer fools. She has a cool wit, is loyal, has a big heart and has plenty of spirit. In short, she’s got gumption!

I was so gripped that I couldn’t stop reading last night; midnight came and went! I enjoyed the twists and turns that Ms Vale sprinkled throughout her tale. Liking the fact I wasn’t ever really sure how, or if, she would resolve things. I couldn’t help turning the page to find out to find out what would happen next. I’m happy to confirm that there’s no life-or-death situation type cliffhanger at the end of this book. Woop!Woop! (‘cause you all know how I feel a about cliffhangers). I’m looking forward to finding out where Ms Vale takes us – and the Great North Pack – in book 3.

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No. I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the more harsh aspects of this story that are harder to read, played an important role.

Ms Vale weaves any pertinent information seamlessly into this tale from book 1. However this is a series and jumping straight in you may miss some subtle aspects of A Wolf Apart. For example knowing the existing characters, understanding the dynamics of Pack relationships and hierarchy.

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I really loved this book. A Wolf Apart has everything that I look for in a 5 star book; adventure, some mystery, action, great characters, a little humour and even a sprinkling of romance.

This series has a unique spin on werewolf tales. It feels so much more believable than the majority of paranormal romances on the market. I’m completely invested in the Great North Pack and the characters I’ve met so far. The Legend of all Wolves series is an unexpected find and I can’t recommend the books enough.

Content Warning:

A Wolf Apart contains some darker themes, sexual content and graphic violence. Therefore I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this nature

I’d recommend A Wolf Apart to readers who enjoy urban fantasy adventures centred on relationships – both family and romantic.

Has my review of A WOLF APART (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES #2) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the series and Maria herself.

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Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don’t really need it.

Maria currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants.

No one will let her have a pet.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my review about A Wolf Apart. To read the other stuff I’ve posted about The Legends of All Wolves series, click HERE.

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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