I received this ARC free for review from XPRESSO Book Tours. I was not paid and all thoughts are my own!
Now that all the legal stuff is out of the way we can get into talking about this book and the giveaway attached to it!
Born from a curse that allows her kind to shift from human to wolf, Kalysia won the genetic lottery. She is the offspring of an original, born to lead and bound by her duty to produce an heir to continue their bloodline she must leave the only life she has ever known to take part in The Lunam Ceremony. This ancient ritual will solidify her place in the pack and determine who she will love for the rest of her life. There’s just one problem – Kalysia doesn’t believe in love.
That changes when she falls into the hands of Dillan Dukes. The attraction is undeniable. The connection unbreakable. He is everything love at first site is supposed to be, suddenly her future doesn’t look that bad.
Unwilling to give up hope on going to college and having the life her and Dillan fantasize about outside the pack, she reluctantly takes on the role as pack leader. When an unexpected proposal is made that will grant both Dillan and Kalysia their freedom she is willing to put her ego, and her heart aside, to make her dream come true.
One act of selflessness.
For the life she’s always dreamt about.
Only things are not what they seem.
Can Kalysia and Dillan find happily ever after with the consequences of that night haunting them forever?
Will one fateful night destroy Kalysia’s future along with the future of the pack?
When I first started reading this book I was apprehensive. I wasn’t expecting Kalysia to be a sheltered girl forced into a lifestyle but as the novel progressed I realized that there was so much more. Kalysia is a fiercely strong character who wants to make a change. She’s wonderfully human, she makes mistakes big and small and then tackles the consequences. There is something so appealing about her. I’m interested to see where this series is going.
Understand this is a New Adult book so some material is not suitable for younger audiences. There isn’t any gratuitous sex scenes but it’s mentioned a lot.
Overall I would give this 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Alright. Let me sum up what is going on right now for anyone out of the loop or slightly confused. Author Dan Brown is releasing a new version of his best selling novel The Da Vinci Code specifically designed for Young Adult readers. This version will ultimately be a shortened version of his book but will “maintain Brown’s original plot” according to his publisher.
Now onto the issues at hand.
I would like to speak on the behalf of most teen readers because I was once one. I read The Da Vinci code at 14 and understood it perfectly. I devoured that book and his others and now to imply I didn’t understand what I was reading is frankly offensive. By saying teen readers need an easier version of a book is immensely condescending to both YA readers and YA authors. This makes it seem like authors who write books considered YA are not as talented writers that cannot be complex. This simply isn’t the case because of how diverse the YA market has become. It is YA because many of the characters are young adults so young adults can identify with the feelings and struggles they are going through. So unless you’re making Robert Langdon a teenager solving these mysteries, there really isn’t a point in adapting it. If you were adapting this book for young readers around the 7 to 8 year range, it would make sense to maybe cut out certain scenes that would be viewed as “too adult.” Dumbing down the material isn’t the way to go.
This is going to sound very asinine but Dan Brown needs to stop making himself seem better than he actually is. His books are entertaining and interesting but they really aren’t all that complicated. The teenagers he is attempting to talk down to are ones that are studying Shakespeare and Dickens in class. If they can figure out classical authors who wrote in a style of the English language they aren’t familiar with, I can guarantee that they can also figure out his books.
Basically what I’m saying is I don’t support the assumption that YA readers are not as intelligent. So if you’re a parent reading this, don’t get your kid the abridged version. Buy them the real deal and don’t insult their intelligence. Worse comes to worse, they don’t understand some things and they have to look it up to gain more knowledge, which isn’t at all a bad thing. Allow readers to grow and don’t belittle the work of others because you have a bit of an ego.
I love Shakespeare and his characters but I love Iago the most. I became obsessed with the character my senior year of high school when we read Othello in my AP English class. There was and still is something so fascinating about this villain Shakespeare created. He is petty and ambitious, conniving and intelligent, and just evil. Perhaps the evil that stems from no real reason is why he is so appealing. We can place our own stories or reasonings on him. This brings me to my new favorite book I, Iago.
It is the story of Iago’s life as the fifth son of a merchant forced to go into the military and finds he flourishes. This book is so humanizing and doesn’t feel forced in the portrayal of a good and truly honest Iago that lets his ambition get the better of him. I appreciated how Nicole Galland actively included exact quotes from Othello into the dialogue. It helped keep the book focused when the plot got crazy. It would remind me where the story was based off the play.
The love story between Iago and Emilia was honestly beautiful and I was charmed utterly by it. This book just swept me away and I’m so happy it is in existence. This is in my reread pile for sure.