Friday, January 25, 2013

Series Review:The Wolf Within by Amy Lee Burgess




Title: Beneath The Skin 
Author: Amy Lee Burgess
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher










If you could shift into a wolf, what would you discover about yourself? Two years after the deaths of her bond mates, Constance Newcastle is ready to start over. The problem? The rest of the Great Pack, gathered in Paris to shift into wolves together, is not so sure she deserves the chance. Although the Great Council ruled the car crash an accident, even Constance blames herself. She was driving, after all. Treated like a pariah by those she longs to rejoin, Constance reunites with an old lover. Everything looks promising until he mysteriously dies. Accused of his murder and desperate to clear her name, Constance joins forces with handsome, confident Liam Murphy, a former Alpha pack leader with a past as tragic and troubled as her own. Guided by the mysterious Councilor Jason Allerton, Constance and Liam discover they are not alone-- throughout the Great Pack, people are dying. Can all the deaths be accidents, or is something more sinister going on.

I'm not sure why, but I didn't expect to love this one as much as I did. I was immediately drawn into story and had it read in one sitting. The pain that Constance and Liam felt was heartbreaking to me. Constance's bond mates have been dead for two years, and to try to rebuild her life and find news she goes to the pack gathering. Once there though, things go wrong. Every one there is aware that she was cast out of her pack and thinks she is responsible for the deaths of her bond mates.  Liam is also suffering and looking for a new beginning. 

I loved watching all the loose ends of Constance and Liam tie together at the end of the book and watching them grow to like each other. The two are stubborn, and there is a battle of wills being fought between them throughout the book. Normally when both characters are headstrong and stubborn and unwilling to bend, it annoys me. However, in this book, it just works. The chemistry was great, and I loved how the romance was slow to build. Beneath the Skin was just a refreshing paranormal romance read. 

Title: Scratch The Surface
Series: Wolf Within #2 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Number of pages: 215
Publisher: Lyrical 
Source: Publisher
 










 Something's rotten in the Riverglow pack.Still learning more about each other as bond mates and adjusting to  their new roles as Advisors to a Councilor, Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy must deal with the ghosts of their past.A quiet weekend in Boston is anything but that, when Constance comes face to face with the betrayal of those she considered the closest to her. Everyone has secrets, and wherever Constance goes, she has a knack for uncovering them. The only problem is that some secrets are deadly.WARNING: Strong language, sexual  situations, and a lot of graphic shoe description.                                                                                                            

 
What I enjoyed most about this was that the relationship between Constance and Liam continued to grow.  This book had a lot of action, and I loved watching Constance figure out what it was while dealing with her own problems.  There really was a lot of graphic shoe description in this book, but I found it cute-especially when Constance would buy shoes for Liam. I liked how this had all of the action of an urban fantasy, but with the romance of a paranormal romance. It was a great mix between the two genres.  I also liked how something is wrong with Stanzie's (Constance's nickname) wolf, but we still don't know why but I love how Liam works with her to figure it out.

 
Title: Hidden In Plain Sight
Author: Amy Lee Burgess 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Wolf Within #3
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Number of Pages: 231
Source: Publisher   







   
As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.
Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle--Stanzie--and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling. Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam...and her life.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the mystery of Bethany Dillion. For me this book still had a lot of elements of paranormal romance, but changed from a paranormal romance to an urban fantasy. The romance with Liam was still there, but it wasn't the entire storyline.  Everyone is still giving Stanzie a hard time about her wolf, and I loved that even though she has issues with it, this problem wasn't immediately solved in the first book.

 These books are exhausting because Stanzie goes through so much in each book emotionally and physically and twists and turns I didn't seem coming just never stop.  In this book though, I thought she was kind of an idiot with how upset she was with Liam over something big that happened.  I get why she was upset, but I just wanted to shake some sense into the girl! 




 Title: Inside Out
Author: Amy Lee Burgess 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Series: Wolf Within #4
Publisher: Lyrical Press 
Number of Pages: 217
Source: Publisher







 
For Stanzie, being herself is more dangerous than ever. There's no place like home...or is there? When Stanzie is asked to investigate her birth pack- Mayflower--she isn't prepared for what she finds. No one respects the Alphas and the newest adult member of the pack is being encouraged to leave. Why?
To make matters worse, the men are dangerously intent on mating and shifting with her. How far will the pack she thought she knew go to get what they want? Without her bond-mate, Liam, Stanzie must face this alone and, barely ahead of threat of violence, must solve the mysteries, and fast. WARNING: Vulgar language, sexual situations, group sex, violence.



This book just about broke my heart. I was so upset with Liam over certain events that took place in the very beginning that I just was distracted to notice that this series totally veered from being paranormal romance to Urban Fantasy. For me, part of what made this series stand out was the ongoing romance between Liam and Stanzie. They were two broken souls who needed each other, so when Stanzie was by herself for most of this book, I was just unprepared for, especially since the other books leaned more towards paranormal romance then Urban Fantasy. 

Maybe it was because I read this series back to back (I couldn't get enough of this story!) but by this book, I thought that Stanzie's constant pointing out what kind of clothes people bought (if they were designer or not) and what stores they came from got very old this book. While I loved the ongoing story of her broken wolf, the woe-is-me storyline also got a little old. However, I did like the mystery of this book a lot once I got over what happened in the beginning. I honestly wasn't prepared for what was revealed, and loved that this series never goes in the direction I thought it would. Even though there were quirks in each book that annoyed me, all in all I adored this series and hope there are more books to come.  

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, not unnecessary clothing descriptions. Nooooooooooo!

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    1. lol, I really don't think it would have bothered me so much had I not read all four books back to back.

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