Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Prince of Wolves & Blood Rites by Quinn Loftis - Book Reviews

Title: Prince of Wolves (Grey Wolves # 1)
Author: Quinn Loftis
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 2011
Pages: 254
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Won in a Giveaway







Jaque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them? (Goodreads Synopsis)


This book was a mixed bag for me. The story was entertaining enough, if a little predictable, but there were a couple of things that marred the book for me; the main one of these being the repetition of scenes in the first part of the book. Sure, it was nice to hear both Jacque and Fanes' viewpoints, but it was not well executed and the result is the reader gets a long recap of the scene they just read. 

My other problem was believability. Now, I know it's a fantasy story, but I still felt many of the characters reactions (when they found out werewolves exist, for example) were a tad unbelievable and forced and the two best friends are highly annoying.

That said, it was still a pleasant read. Not something I'd go back to again and again, but an okay way to spend a couple of hours if you are a werewolf/paranormal romance fan.





Title: Blood Rites (Grey Wolves # 2)  
Author: Quinn Loftis
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 2011
Pages: 252
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Won in a Giveaway



With the challenge complete and the corrupt Alpha of Coldspring defeated Fane is now free to complete the mate bond with Jacque and perform the Blood Rites. Although the challenge is done, the affects are far reaching. Once it is known that Vasile, one of the strongest Alphas in the world is in America, specifically Coldspring, TX, there is one Alpha who cannot over look the significance of this. An Alpha who happens to share Jacque's DNA, but is this the one she needs to fear?

With her mom driving and her two best friends, Jen and Sally in tow, Jacque sets off for her happily ever after. She will soon realize a plan has been put in motion that will change her course and possibly tear her from Fane's grasp forever. It will take a wolf pack, her mother's love, her two best friend's unrelenting determination, her own will to survive and the undying love of her mate to bring her home. The question remains, if she fights, if she endures, who will she be, what will be left once she is back in her mates arms?
(Goodreads Synopsis)


I enjoyed this book a little more than the first one, mainly because the repetition of scenes did not happen in this instalment. It also played out a little better in terms of believability thanks to the fact most of the big reveals happened in the first book.

The friends are still highly annoying, but overall, the characters were beginning to appear a little more rounded in this book now that the author has settled in to the story.

That said, it is still not a series I would rush to reread and, with the focus at the end of this book shifting to Jen (the most annoying of them all), I doubt I'll rush out to buy the rest of the series, though if the opportunity to read them arises, I won't necessarily say 'no' as they are fine when you want something that is a fast, easy read and die-hard werewolf fans may want to give them a try.


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