Thursday, December 19, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Dark Wolf

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books,Pocket Books, and currently is writing forBerkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.

She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Bookscan, B. Daltons, Amazon,Barnes and Nobles, Waldenbooks, Ingrams, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club,Washington Post, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA. She has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover ofRomantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers’ conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences.

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Dark Wolf, CARPATHIANS Book #25
   by Christine Feehan

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In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Devilish Diva – Shawnie:
*eARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I am not honestly sure where to start with this review. I had high hopes for this book, since I have been a total fan of the series since I found it in 2009.

I guess since reading the way most of the books have been written, I though Feehan was going to go a different route with this book, sort a like the rest of them, but she surprised me - and not in a good way. While the book is good, it's not great. I wouldn't put it in my top anything and that sucks because I did like the book.

Skyler knew she was Dimitri's lifemate since she was sixteen. Back then she was a scared and still struggling with her nightmares, so she let her step parents, coddle her. But fast-forward some years and she has become a brilliant, beautiful, never take no for an answer nineteen year old semi woman. She's been in constant communication (mentally) with Dimitri since that fateful night, and he's been her rock, her anchor, her lifemate without the claim. But something is definitely wrong. Its been two weeks since Dimitri went missing and nobody will tell Skyler anything. You can imagine how she took that, right. Yeah, not well at all. With her best friends Paul and Josef, she sets out to find her missing mate, because all she knows is that he is missing and in some major sweet mother of all things crazy pain.

I honestly didn't know how to take it all in, because when the book first starts its all Skyler. Her thoughts, interaction with the boys and other people and how she was feeling. There is no background information, no real explanations of any kind. Feehan just throws us into the beginning of a rescue mission. Now the mission is actually believable, which helped because I would expect nothing less than a lifemate going after the other. What also made it believable was the fact that she had Josef and Paul with her. Sky's got powers no one is sure about and her connection to Dimitri is so powerful it spans great distances. Josef is a warrior and a genius, despite what the other Carpathian males think of him and Paul is brother-in-law too the most dangerous Carpathians ever born the De La Cruz brothers. Between the three of them they have it all figured out, and Dimitri has come to terms with the fact that his lifemate is putting herself in danger to save him, so he is helping also.

Its not an easy pill for the bad-ass warrior to swallow, knowing his mate is in danger and her can't do anything about it, except give her confidence and draw her silly. Because he is suffering, being slowly tortured by the ones he gas protected his entire long life and she refuses to leave him like that. It goes against everything he stands for to have Skyler in danger but there is no other way, no other choice because if she does go, he will die.

There was no relationship struggle or anything like that. It was disconcerting to say the least, because there is always relationship struggles in Feehan's books. I guess she figured they had enough time to get past that, and by having Skyler talk about the years since they found out they were fated that gave the reader more understanding. It still wasn't enough for me, but maybe I just like the struggle to get to the HEA.

There was a confrontation scene though, two actually, which gave us a better understanding of how well Dimitro and Skyler are suited for one another. It also gives us a look at Josef's feelings and beliefs as far as how his family sees him. But its also anti-climatic, in my opinion, not over too soon, but the focus is taken off of the confrontation due to other problems happening. (No spoilers).

All in all it was a good book, it did give you all the elements of a really great HEA, but it just didn't do it for me. Honest rating on the book from 4 1/2 skulls. Honest rating as far as my opinion 3 skulls.

Still read the book, because remember NO TWO READERS, READ THE SAME BOOK.

Happy Reading.

Dark Wolf

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