Flora Reviews… A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale. Book 2 in her uniquely original urban fantasy series, The Legend of All Wolves. My thanks to the publisher – Sourcebooks Casablanca – for sending me a pre-publication copy to review.
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Title: A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 31 July, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Roger Wayne
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes
No. of Pages: 343
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018
Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?
Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying...
Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he's forced to endure. He's Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained...
She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding. "Thea Villalobos," she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back. Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: eBook
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Read: 31st July – 3rd August 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book has graphic violence and explicit sex as well as some darker themes. Therefore, I’d only recommend this book to adults who are OK reading material 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.
The Legend Of All Wolves Series by Maria Vale
This unique werewolf series is set in the modern world. The beautifully, wild Adirondack Mountains of Northern America to be precise. The Great North Pack live there, hidden from humans, but it’s not just people that they have to be wary of.
Books in the Series
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- The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #1) (2018)
- A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves #2) (2018)
- Forever Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #3) (2019)
- Season of the Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves #4) (Due 25th August 2020)
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