by Kelley Armstrong
In a book about werewolves I found a soul mate - go figure I'm
usually a cat person. Kelley Armstrong reignites werewolf lore.
Her characters are flesh and blood, people you feel like you just
met, whose story unravells to you in the midst of a throat ripping
The main character Elena, a female werewolf, has a history. She
is powerful, unique, and being a werewolf almost but under it all
she's has a complicated human heart complete with all weaknesses
and desires. You’re not reading to experience her becoming
a werewolf you’re reading to know what being one means and
might cost. She's finding a murderer but also deciding her own fate
and hoping to not get reckless and killed along the way.
I did not find the plot particularly riveting - it was fun but
I so enjoyed the characters that I could not put it down –
you could say I devoured the book. OK the the blood, sex, hunting,
shape shifting, and on top of it all CANADIAN setting kept my interest.
I admit it, maybe I'm a bit bias – I lived near Toronto,
I never fully 'belonged' in the run of the mill world, and I identify
with the feelings of a foster kid – (thank the gods my experience
turned out way better than hers). I’m betting the writer is
foster kid or an adoptee to express through subtle yet with pinpoint
accuracy the longing for belonging and yet need for independence
and strength that her character searches for. (Aren't we all?!)
Somehow this “horror” book lead me to understand these
needs better than I had before. Of course, this is no self help
book - there's plenty of snapping bones and ripped out throats -
neither of which I do on a regular basis.
You won't always agree with the choices, and no not all the characters
are one's you want as your best friend but in this way the book
engulfs you into believing that you could really know these people.
They get under your skin.
Inside this horror book I found a woman inside the wolf, and a
wolf inside the woman. Ultimately both Elena and I realized that
you gotta take life by the throat and get a little messy. Yum.
Reviewed by Trinity