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Monday, 7 April 2014

The Child Thief by Melissa Snark

Title: The Child Thief
Author: Melissa Snark
Series: Loki's Werewolves - Book 1
Type of read: eARC
Stars:  Star Star Star Star

You can find the book on Amazon US, Amazon UK and B&N
You can find more about Melissa on her website and blog

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Valkyrie Victoria Storm has werewolf hunters hell bent on revenge trying to kill her. She can barely keep her own downtrodden pack alive, let alone respond to the pleas of a murdered mother.  Can she set aside her differences and work with her sworn enemy to save a little boy from a Christmas nightmare?

I received a free copy of this short story in return for an unbiased review.

This book has a great hook from the first page, a bit creepy with a smatter of world building in the mix. I did feel in the next few that various mythology and supernatural terms were thrown at me a bit fast while I was still trying to get my feet with the relationship between the characters. This smoothes out as the book progresses however and I got a comfortable feel for the supernatural involved.

I felt the protagonist was relatable, despite reeling from recent loss and the emotions that come with it she keeps away from emo and looks after her pack as well as herself. It was refreshing to see a character that didn't hit one extreme or the other but was able to move between them. I also liked her reactions to different ages within the pack, both having to act as a mum and a little sister.

In places the writing quality dipped, particularly during fighting, with redundant words or phrases. The rest of the time the quality was high and made me want to keep reading.

A nice quick read, I look forward to reading more.

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