Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring.

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  Title: The Mystic Wolves.

  Author: Belinda Boring: website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

  Series: The Mystic Wolves #1.

  Publisher: Moonstruck Media.

  Publication date: January 19th, 2012.

  Source: Bought from Kobo (and Amazon) for free.

  Format: e-book.

  Date read: July 20th, 2012.

  Rating: 3 stars.

  Get the e-book/book from: Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?
Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.
**This is the full length novel version of Without Mercy, Cherished, and Blood Oath*

From Goodreads.

The cover:

I find the cover suiting for the book and the storyline, although I completely refuse to think that the girl is Darcy. Because if she is, then I have no idea why Mason is swooning over her… no offence.

The storyline:

What can I say…

This is the first book I read about werewolves, and I almost swore it would be the last one. If I wasn’t supposed to finish it because I’m in the blog tour for the sequel Forget Me Not, I would’ve stopped reading it from chapter 2!! With this being said, I’m glad I finished it. It ended perfectly ^__^.

With no further delay, let me get straight to the point:

What I disliked (because they are far more than what I liked):

- The beginning. It was the worst beginning I’ve ever read. All of a sudden, we’re with Darcy, Mason, Jasmine, Daniel and someone else playing football and then Darcy talks about the Mystic Wolves and shifting…. Just what in the world? No introduction? I spent four chapters just trying to figure out who was who and did what! Enough said in here.

- The characters. I disliked all of them at the beginning because of the following reason. But once the story started developing, I respected the main characters (Mason still in the danger zone…).

- The storyline was so cheesy and somewhat erotic.

- The writing style. I have no idea if this is a YA or Adult book, but from what I found online it’s mainly categorized as YA, which is madness. If all werewolf books were like this one, I’d keep on not reading them. There were times when I questioned why I was reading this book, it is full of nonsense romance and touching and kissing and cheesy talking. Oh God, I’ll stop at this point.

- Making fun of Twilight?? huh? Even though I’m not a huge fan of the Saga but I didn’t like the fact that it was made fun at. Not cool.

What I liked:

Oh, finally, starting chapter eleven, I was rewarded with what I’ve been anticipating since the beginning: action and true storyline with serious twists and werewolf talk. Although it might have gotten better because finally vampires are in the house! ;).

- Starting chapter eleven, the writing became much better, I lost myself in the book.

- The storyline got a total different turn with many twists and actions and less crazy romance.

- The characters became more familiar and more dependable on.

- I loved how we could finally see and understand each relationship whether it was friendship, family one or a love interest. It was so unnerving.

- The end left me speechless that I started the second one without realizing it!! It was that good at the end!

 

The characters:

Mason: The Alpha in the pack and Darcy’s supposed mate. His character is very good mostly, I just hate it when he acts in a cheesy way saying cheesy lines. But overall, he reached my expectations for a werewolf and a leader. I respect him a lot.

Darcy: She almost made me insane at first. She kept acting like a teenager and whining and always turned on whenever and wherever Mason showed up without mentioning how much she tries making everything sound funny. However, when things became serious, I saw what he saw in her, a strong and powerful female with a goal to protect her friends, loved ones and pack from any danger ahead. At the end, I also respected her, not as much as Mason but better than before.

Jasmine: Really??? This might be spoiling but I didn’t like the fact that the author killed her in the very first chapters! Anyways, Jasmine is Mason’s only younger sister and Darcy’s best friend. She gets killed which makes a huge impact on all “supernatural” creatures.

Daniel: Mason’s second in command and the main characters’ best friend. He’s always smiling and at the same time serious and ready for being called by the Alpha.

Devlin: An Enforcer and a vampire who plays a great role at the end. A trusted friend of the Alpha’s and Darcy’s. He is very honorable and trust worthy.

 

Favorite quotes:

“Why am I the only one wearing a helmet?” I reached up to adjust the strap so it didn’t dig into my chin.   

“Because I’m a vampire, and invincible,” he retorted.   

“Well, I’m a werewolf, and being supernatural isn’t going to protect your head from being smashed open like an egg on the asphalt.” I knocked my knuckles against his head. “Although, you are pretty hard headed and may bounce a little at first. --- Chapter 18.

 

Conclusion:

Oh my God, what a journey. Despite of what I said above, I’m kind of glad I read the book. It helped me have an idea on werewolves and an insight on what werewolf books are like.

Would I recommend this book? If you love steamy, romance filled books and werewolves than yes. If not, I still think you should read it because at the end, you won’t be disappointed :).

3

Randa