ARC Review: The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

Posted March 17, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 14 Comments

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ARC Review: The Last Wolf by Maria Vale
The Last Wolf
by Maria Vale

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 6th 2018
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
 

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“This is down as one of the best books I have read so far this year…”
~ Under the Covers

Silver Nilsdottir is the runt of the pack, she’s smaller than all the other wolves and has a bad leg, this puts her right at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems inevitable that she will end up as the indentured servant of the alpha pair. Until Tiberius Leveraux stumbles on to their land half dead and asking for sanctuary.

I love it when taking a chance pays off. I decided to read this mainly because I liked the cover and I wanted a new PNR to get my teeth into. I didn’t really hold out much hope that I would love it. So, when I started reading and realised this wasn’t quite what I expected and so much more I was thrilled. I loved it.

When I started reading I thought it would be a light fluffy PNR where the hero lets the heroine find her self worth even though she is perceived as weaker by those around her blah blah blah. However, Vale gave us a much grittier and complicated story than that. If you are a fan of Anne Bishop’s The Others series, The Last Wolf has a similar feel. The wolves in this really are wolves, they just happen to be able to shift to a human shape and you really get the sense of otherness when you are reading it. At first, this made it a little hard to connect with Silver and some of the characters surrounding her, they just think so differently. But Silver’s personality, her strange innocence and determination and love for her Pack come through really strongly and she quickly became a heroine I adored.

Then there’s Tiberius, he’s the “normal” one, the character that it is easier to identify with as he has been brought up in a human world. Watching him acclimatising to the ways of the Pack, with the help and guidance of Silver, especially as we view his “human” ways from Silver’s POV had me glued to the page. The romance between them grew with the book and again it is viewed through the lens of the Pack, which was at times hilarious, which just made the whole things more interesting. However, the differing cultures did not take away from the chemistry between them.

This was a fantastic read and what I loved most about it was the world that Vale created. This is down as one of the best books I have read so far this year and I fully intend to recommend it to everyone and grab the next book in the series as soon as I can.

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About Maria Vale

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. She 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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I was really taken with the cover as well. I just added this to my tbr so thank you!

Elizabeth
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I was really taken with the cover as well. I just added this to my tbr so thank you!

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Darynda Jones

Now I’m excited about this! Thanks for the review!

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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! Love this cover!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Monique D

Thanks for your awesome review! I seriously disliked the book. It’s all a matter of taste, but the wolves grossed me out, it was too animalistic and gory to my taste. I thought the writing rather uneven, and the writing style didn’t work for me. On the other hand, the worldbuilding is unique and quite interesting.

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I can see this book might not be everyone. The wolves did take some getting used to, they weren’t your usual shifters!

Suzanne

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Now I’m excited about this! Thanks for the review!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review suzanne!! Love this cover!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Monique D
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Monique D

Thanks for your awesome review! I seriously disliked the book. It’s all a matter of taste, but the wolves grossed me out, it was too animalistic and gory to my taste. I thought the writing rather uneven, and the writing style didn’t work for me. On the other hand, the worldbuilding is unique and quite interesting.

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I can see this book might not be everyone. The wolves did take some getting used to, they weren’t your usual shifters!

Suzanne

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, going to ask my library to purchase.

Timitra
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Timitra

Great review Suzanne

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, going to ask my library to purchase.

Timitra
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Timitra

Great review Suzanne