Shifter Wars: Supernatural Battle (Werewolf Dens, Book 1) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When Mum died, I inherited a lot more than a pack of lies.
I landed a $410,000 debt.
Discovered her previous surname.
And her real place of birth.
Desperate to uncover the truth, I drive to a tiny dot on the map called Deception Valley.
Coincidental name? Nope.
There, I find her secret family - because she had one of those, too.
How many lies are we at? Honestly, I’ve lost count, but local gossip captures my attention. Apparently, Mum’s other family play laser tag every Wednesday. Not even joking. Laser tag.
What the hell is this place?
In hindsight, the massive guy with honey irises was my first major clue. Unusual eyes for a human, right?
Perfect eyes for a werewolf.
But sexy supernaturals, thongs, and mounting financial strain aside, Mum’s past is buried somewhere in this valley, and I need to dig up the truth or find a way to live with her lies.
What do you do when neither option will leave you unscathed?
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This book contains sexual scenes, language, and violence.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 35 minutes|
|Author||Kelly St. Clare|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 04, 2021|
|Publisher||Kelly St. Clare|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,909 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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But that doesn't change the fact that he is still mine and you can't have him. Telling you anything about him would having you longing for someone you can't have. I should just buy out all copies of this book and save you all the heartache.
What I liked:
The characters are very well-developed. There are parts of them that I LOVE as well as super cringy parts, but that’s why they’re relatable. I am invested in their stories, their pain, their struggles, and their HEA. Bring it on. Andie and Sascha are brilliantly matched. Their attraction toward one another is believable on more levels than just physical, and their banter and wit give it the perfect spark. Plus, they're a little steamy. I dig steamy.
The mystery. The story arc took a minute to get me interested, but when the mystery began to unfold I was hooked. It has the perfect amount of guessability to be believable and engaging, with just enough W T F to keep you surprised.
Always a big positive for me is that grammar, dialogue, and overall writing skills are excellent, as usual.
What nagged me:
First, I know that the author likes to use an overarching game between the protagonist and antagonist as a plot device, and it usually adds an interesting and unique twist. Unfortunately, the conflict in this story, which leads the two families to duel weekly is just not believable. It’s like asking the reader to believe that two rival Mafia factions or street gangs are willing to meet weekly over a rousing game of Monopoly to settle their turf war. 😬
Secondly, and this is hard to explain... It’s also why I sat on this review for a while before writing it. There are a few scenes that are - for lack of a better theory- over-edited. What I'm referring to are small instances where events happened with too few details that left me confused. A bit more prose (at times) would have helped with the flow and continuity. I had to re-read a couple of sections to catch events that were glossed over, and then referred back to with a heavier interest.
Regardless of my two complaints, I am foaming at the mouth for the next book in this series.
NOPE! Devoured it in one night and howled for more at the end.
Andie begins the book in mourning. Grieving for a mother who suffered horribly from bone cancer. She's a practical girl dealing with the fallout of a gambling mother and a childhood/life she has yet to live. The mystery of who her mom really is lies in Deception Valley (perfect naming for the sh*tshow to come) and so, spontaneously, she packs up, buys a used car, and heads to her mother's old home.
Once there a connection to the land, it's beauty, hits her and she begins, for the first time in life, to feel home. Who Andie is, who her family is, is part of the mystery. It's not a deep mystery but it's an emotional one. Then we meet Alarick. Their meeting is funny, confrontational, and hilarious thanks to Andie's internal monologue. As with many of St. Claire's protagonists, they start their courtship dance on deception, dancing around each other while attraction (and ignorance) burns hotter.
Like the Vampire battle, Andie begins the book with ignorance at the battle, the life around her, and the people she knows. And also like the vampires, this protagonist works hard to catch up while balancing major life altering issues. Andie is ALMOST a little too... settled in the coldness of her emotions. Until she's not. When the dam breaks, Andie begins to see another side of Alarick.
This book was a great start to what is going to be a fun trilogy. I cannot wait for the rest of the ride St. Claire will take me on. I highly recommend this book.
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Andie, as the lead character was one that I liked straight away. She was down to earth and natural. I loved that she played the Saxophone and I felt I was there listening to her play in each scene she played it in. There was actually quite a focus on music in this book and I did actually find myself googling some of the songs I didn't know to read the lyrics. I'm not going to say anything about the main male character as I feel it may be spoilerish, however I will say he is *swoonsome* and there were some points I was wishing I was in Andie's place!
I thought that the whole story was really well built and there were some side characters whom I particularly loved. I also loved the intracicies of the game they are playing too (in case you aren't aware this is part of the Supernatural Battle World of which the author has written another series in, you don't need to have read those books to read this though as it's completely separate from this one but I recommend those too).
Overall this book definitely gets five stars from me. I loved and enjoyed every part of it and read it all in pretty much one sitting (sadly I did have other people interrupting me and this is one of those books where I just wanted to shut myself away and read it). I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one.
The main character (Andie) moves to the town where the book is based after her Mum passes away and whilst she's going through her Mums things finds a link to the town she grew up in. With nothing to lose the Andie impulsively buys a car and goes to see what she can learn about her Mum.
She ends up getting a job in a bar working for Alarick (my new book boyfriend) and as she finds her family get sucked into the battle but not without getting more involved with Alarick.
I loved how her cousin Rhona is introduced to us with others saying she's a bit prickly and bitchy but then Andie and her get on like a house on fire after a bumpy start.
Genuinely spat my coffee out laughing when one of the characters Wade says "Chimp tits"
It ends like all of Kelly St Clare's books do... Leaving me begging for more! I can't wait until the next one is out.
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There are some grammatical and editorial errors but they don't kill the book. Some of the sentence structure is a little odd at times and I had to re-read again to try to understand properly but there are at least two occasions when I totally failed to grasp what the author was attempting to say.
There are no sex scenes, although the act is referred to frequently and there is quite a bit of swearing.
The characterisation isn't the strongest, although the book starts with both lead characters being strong it quickly fades amongst all the angst.
The plotline isn't tight, with a meandering storyline that skips all over the place. There is a huge amount of scene setting with no real revelation provided.
I do understand that getting the background up and running for the reader is crucial, but so much of it is superfluous to moving the story forward.
I also found the reason behind the Shifter War quite weak and airy fairy with no substantial qualifier regarding the continued animosity.
I don't think I will be purchasing the next book in the series.
For fans of the genre the book is probably ideal but personally I don't think it's for me. I would probably aim the book at a YA target audience.
Main character is Andie and we come to know her when she is dealing with her mum's passing.
Crippled with her mums left behind gambling debts Andie is left with selling the family home and decides to make the journey to where her mum originally came from a place called Deception Valley.
Once there she feels an instant connection and come across family she never knew about her mums Brother and his Daughter Rhona who looks so much like Andie that she gets mistaken for alot.
Strangely once a week the family play Laser Tag against another family battling for territory. Andie is quickly drawn in into working for the other family where things don't seem quite right and has cought the attention of Alarick the owner of The Dens where Andie is working.
Its full of twists and turns... attraction and deception!