Elena and Clay had their twins!
This couple has come such a long way and I absolutely loved this journey with them! Elena has come to terms with herself being a werewolf, and she actually enjoys it more than she doesn’t now, and Clay is less of a “hovering-spouse” and knows that she needs space.
Sometimes though, as young parents, they need time to themselves. So when Elena is trying to tell a young mutt the danger he is in and he goes to Alaska without hearing it, the two make a trip up there together to find him and warn him. And boy, do the wolves love the snow.
And I don’t just mean werewolves. We run into a lot of regular wolves and weird beast-like wolves in this book which I absolutely loved. They are kindred spirits in a lot more ways than they realize. They even run into a werewolf who lives with the wolves instead of humans. It never crossed my mind that a werewolf would rather live as a wolf than a human. I find that super interesting.
Well anyway, a bunch of mutts from America and Russia are trying to form a pack and take over America. One of them, I kid you not, even looks like this:
Well, that’s what I imagine him as. He takes steroids so his already werewolf-pumped strength will be even bigger and greater. He has a thing for women who don’t consent.. and when he gets a whiff of Elena, you know the only living female werewolf (besides his daughter that is too young for anyone to care about), he sets his instincts before basically anything else.
I love this series so much. I especially like the werewolf books. Not really the one with the zombies, because it wasn’t really up the werewolf alley, but the characters themselves make it enjoyable enough on their own. Even the side characters, like Nick and Antonio, are some of my all-time favorite characters to read about. I wish Nick had his own side-series that I can read about all his adventures.
I’m going to get one part out of the way here: this book does contain rape-like acts and thoughts. It deals with a rape victim (Elena) and her coming face to face with the act itself and her hearing from one of the men (foster fathers) who did the deed. I am saying this because it might have some triggers for people so it might be wise to way reading it or not.
Now, in the werewolf world (because yes, we are finally back for the final werewolf-based book), rape is going to be a big issue and has been since book one. Wolves don’t do the whole “consent” thing, so werewolves, being half wolves, sometimes don’t want to see that as a thing either. We have the pack that are actual great human beings or, er, werewolves and would never do that, and we have mutts who don’t care who you are; they have needs, you can fill them one way or another.
What I do like about this book is Elena deals with her nightmarish past. She has moments when her fear takes over, but she doesn’t let it run her life. So take that as you may. It isn’t too graphic in my own opinion, but it is an adult book and adult words and acts are done here: consent or no.
In conclusion, this book was legit. It’s actually the first book I ever read of Kelley Armstrong (not knowing it was in the middle of a series and being in middle school [which I don’t advise doing (reading it at such a young age or reading it and not the first ten books that is [I’m done])[).
But I love it, anyway.
Sidenote: The audio-book was actually pretty legit for this book. I liked it better than the last three.