I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Maria Vale
Released: August 7th 2018
Series: The Legend of All Wolves #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
“…it’s a paranormal romance with the grit of an urban fantasy. ”
~ Under the Covers
Elijah Sorensson is the Alpha of his echelon, however, rather than being able to stay with the Pack he has to live in the human world, only returning back home for the Iron Moon each month. It’s eating at his soul. Immersing himself in the trappings of human wealth in his job as a successful lawyer, he can feel the Wild in him slowly dying. Until he meets her. Thea Villalobos, a woman who chooses to life apart from others, but can she accept his Wild?
The first book in this series, The Last Wolf, has been one of my favourite reads for this year. I went into reading it with very low expectations but secretly hoping to find a good paranormal shifter romance. What I got was so much more. Vale has created a unique world in her The Legend of All Wolves series; it’s a paranormal romance with the grit of an urban fantasy. The combination of a no-frills romance and a twist on what it means to be a shifter really makes this series stand out in the genre. Which means, when I opened up A Wolf Apart I had high expectations.
Were those expectations met? Yes and no. There were some aspects that I really loved and Vale did a great job with, however, there were other aspects of the book which I found lacking. What first caught my attention with The Last Wolf was the way Vale has crafted her Wolves. They weren’t your typical shifters, they were more wolf than human and that showed in how their society was constructed and how the characters thought. At times it could make the book difficult to access, however, the pay off was worth it. Vale further expands on her world building and her characterisation of Wolves in Elijah’s character.
Elijah, although he lived in the human world, was completely removed from it. You could see he never connected with anyone around him, he had a script to use with humans and he stuck to it. Which, just made his longing to go home all the more poignant and jarring in juxtaposition to his emotional detachment from his environment. Vale really managed to capture his homesickness and fear of the Wild within him dying.
I’m an exile. A disappointment. An Alpha without a Pack. A leader no one wants to follow. A flashy vessel hiding something unspeakable sacred and undeniably fragile. I am a monster; neither one thing, nor the other, belonging nowhere.
However, this is a paranormal romance and it was noticeable lacking in romance. Although we are told that Elijah is instantly smitten with Thea their relationship lacked any depth. Which, is a shame in a series where the depth of the world and the characters is one of its strengths. In The Last Wolf although the romance between Silver and Tiberius isn’t flowers and hearts their mutual struggle for acceptance brings them close together and they fall in love. In A Wolf Apart you’re told they love each other without them ever seeming to get to know one another. And as the reader, I never really got a good sense of Thea as she wasn’t really physically present that often. This book would have benefited from some scenes from Thea’s point of view and with more scenes with Thea and Elijah together.
Although this wasn’t as good as the first book in regards to the romance, I still think this did a great job of expanding the readers understanding of the world and characters that Vale has created. I recommend you give this book a try, however, I would view this less of a romance and more like an urban fantasy.
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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?