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I absolutely LOVED this book. I knew starting this book that it was going to be the first in a series, so I expected the world building and character building, but I didn't find it to be all that tedious. One of the things that I really like about this author is her sense of humor. She tends to inject funny little blurbs into her writing that I find myself laughing out loud at. I also like that there is an overarching story to the whole series, as well as the story of the two main characters.
I bought and read this book months ago, and am about 80% through the second book, Dire Wants. I find I am enjoying the second book as much as, if not more than, this book. This is definitely a series I will stick with till the end.
Finally, I also like that I didn't find a lot of formatting or spelling errors. That tends to distract me from a good book, but this was not the case here. Well done!
Dire Needs is a very good novel. I have read lots of descriptions about any book and the reviews. No one talks about the entire book and that the story itself is from the imagination of the author. Instead of a retelling of a book synopsis, what I like to do is review the author each book at a time. If the author is a good writer then the book will be good. That is what I like to base a review on. This author, Stephanie Tyler is a good writer. Her books are good. Her cast of characters is well defined. The price of the book is well within accepted limits for this book. Thank you Ms. Stephanie for the entertainment of Dire Needs! Cannot wait till I read Dire Wants!!
This was not Ms. Tyler's best work. It was alright, the writing well done for the most part and the story was well built and though out.
BUT...by the end of the book if I'd read another reference to "the big bad wolf", "huffing and puffing", or Gwen "being down the rabbit hole" I' might've thrown my kindle across the room. All of these phrases were ridiculously over-used and they weren't even that great the first time! Frankly, the author gave very brief descriptions of that main characters in the beginning of the book and that was it - I found my the middle of the book I had forgotten what color the h's hair color was! I knew more about her body parts than anything else which was a little off-putting.
I am not always a huge paranormal fan but there are a few that I love, The Black Dagger Brotherhood being one of them. I found the similarities a little annoying - the "brothers" all having names like "Vice", "Jinx", "Rogue", the never ending wealth and fancy houses and cars. At one point (SPOILER) the H says that their house can't be seen by humans to which the h responds "I did"....DUH! H basically whacks his forehead and says "had I thought of that"...yada yada yada! Seriously? It seemed like the author needed a way to get around something towards the end of book and just threw that in there. It made no sense in the context of the rest of the story.
There was also never ending talk about Gwen's blood being a danger to all the direworlves. It had the power to kill them. How you ask? They aren't really sure. That's it. No explanation, nothing. They don't know.
I hope the rest in this series are a little more well crafted because I will read them (at least the next one). There was a lot of story to build in this first book (I didn't read the novella) and it was a lot to process.
I hadn't read any Stephanie Tyler works before but she is now on my favourites list of authors. Yes it is similar to so many others in this genre but I loved the action & the different take on the hierarchy of wolves. I read this one first but have now read all of this series so far & I can say that they were worth the read. I'm waiting for the next in the series to come out.
I did finally manage to finish this book, the plot was basically quite good but so many characters and so many story lines going on that I read it with a perpetual frown trying hard to concentrate.Hope any sequels are a lot more clarifying.