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Lord of the Wolfyn (Harlequin Nocturne)

Lord of the Wolfyn - Jessica Andersen 3.5 out of 5 Review Copy from NetGalleyThis review is going to be a little different. My mind is all over the place on this book so I figure the best way to sum up my thoughts without spoilers is to list what I did and didn’t like. Likes: A) I absolutely love the premise of the book. Imagine a kingdom being overrun and a king and queen who would do anything to save not only the people of the land but also their own children. Throw in some magic, sorcery, vampires, werewolves, unusual creatures and you have the makings of a fascinating tale. A+B) Never having read any of Jessica Andersen other novels, I find her voice interesting, easy to read, not too intrusive, and overall very descriptive. The world-building in this book was outstanding. For the most part, I felt that I was in the Wolfyn realm with Reda. Experiencing her world spinning out of control as much as she did. The pacing was decent and there was plenty of action, never a dull moment unless we were in Reda’s head over thinking.C) The theme of “Little Red Riding Hood” fit well into the story. It was very believable and cleverly worked alongside the magical elements and other mystical creatures. It was a delightful twist on an old fairytale and readers should have fun discovering all the little twists and turns that Andersen takes.D) Love scenes in Lord of the Wolfyn were fantastic. There were only a few, but in actuality with the threat against a kingdom that’s all the book really needed. The few scenes we did get (check the shower), were delectable and oh so yummy. Dislikes: A) Well it was a very short read. I feel as though as soon as I started getting invested in the characters, oh about page 100 or so, I was finished with the book without really having known too much about either of them.B) I would have loved more background on Reda’s end. We get hints about her mother, a few hints about her father, a quick glimpse into her current life, and then we are transported to another world. I would like to more about a certain book that is often mentioned, more about her mother, and more about what she truly is. Maybe this was all explained in Book #1 or #2 in the series, and if so then my point here in null and void. If not I really think this would have added to the story and maybe given readers a little more insight to her character.C) Another thing I didn’t particularly like about Reda was her internal dialog for the first half of the book. At times she came off wimpy, whiney, indecisive, and unsure of herself and everything around her. I really didn’t start liking Reda until she started to get some fire in her blood and speaking her mind. She was not a complete waste of space as a character, but as a main character she did fall kind of flat. I’m thinking that if we were given more back-story then this would not even be an issue. Seeing as this review is short and to the point, I should express that having read the series out of order, I now wish I had started with the first book. In my mind there are still several unanswered questions and since the book was so short (under 300 pages), it’s leaving me longing for more. Guess I will be picking up Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, #4) to calm the rumbling in me to see how the saga concludes. Don’t get me wrong, Lord of the Wolfyn can work as a standalone title but I must warn you once you get to the end you will want to know what happens in the final battle. For More Reviews visit: Mother/Gamer/Writer