Today's review is on Pack of Lies by Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
I'm a bit conflicted with my opinion of Pack of Lies. On the one hand I actually enjoyed it. But on the other...well, there's a lot of room for growth. There were some inconsistencies that just bug the hell out of me. There were also quite a bit of times where there should have been contractions used. I mean writers should write how "normal" conversation flows right?
The beginning of the story starts out with the heroine, Allison Wright, engaged in a fight at school. While the principal takes the other girl, Allison is to report to the counselor. Seeing that this is her third fight since the beginning of the school year, and it's only October, I can't see her being sent to the counselor in today's times or in the past. Even if she wasn't the one to start the fights.
So what happens in the counselor's office? The counselor tells Allison that this is basically her last chance before being sent to an Alternative Education School. Though she doesn't want to say it, she also offers Allison some advice and life lesson. All the girls at school hate her because “Females can be catty, conniving, evil bitches. And for the most part, we don’t like women who are better looking than we are.” Then she continues by saying, "you are taller, stronger, and more beautiful than any other girl in this school, and let’s face it child, you have a killer body too." Now yes, the first quote is extremely true of high school girls and lets face it, a lot of adult women as well. But what counselor would say that?
Poor Allison is at the end of her rope by this time. She has no friends; while her brother Aiden is Mr. Popular, and she doesn't know why she can't seem to control her anger. But that's about to change. After years of secrecy, their mother tells them that she is a werewolf and that both of them are too. As if that isn't a big enough shocker mom tells them that in order to "help" them deal with this new information the family is moving to Red Ridge to live with their pack.
Blah Blah Blah happens and then Allison experiences her first shift and finds that it not only feels comfortable being a wolf, but that she finally feels like she is home. Then, while running around the estate, she bumps into another wolf whom she instantly falls head over heels for. But this is no ordinary guy. He's the Alpha's son Cade, the soon to be Alpha. Not only that, he's also spoken for.
Kendall Stuart, Cade's girlfriend as well as intended mate, is definitely an Alpha. An Alpha bitch that is, and she will do anything to maintain her status in the pack. When she finds out that Cade and Allison have been "seeing" each other her claws really come out. With the help of a rogue werewolf, Kendall may have her way as well as her revenge.
Here's where the biggest problem of the book lies. This rogue werewolf shows up in the story all mysterious and tough, but then he turns out being a stupid flunky. What happened there? He's suppose to be all badass. He was kicked out of his own pack!! Villain 101: Badass stays Badass.
I'm scheduled to read the next book in this series, Circle of Lies, and I'm hoping that there is some improvement and growth in the writing. Besides that, I have to know what happens next. A book series has to be pretty bad for me not too.
3 of 5 stars
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Book Description: via Amazon
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind.
Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone
who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before
her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes
clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her
brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her
breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red
Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left
behind almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, not everyone in Red
Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts
the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade
Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in
a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with
Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall
Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on
her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the
pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf
with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently,
when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no
one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.