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A Pack of Blood and Lies ~ Olivia Wildenstein 

January 3, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Twig Publishing

ISBN: 9781948463157

292 pages

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

“You’ve set your expectations on an unreasonable goal. Women don’t lead packs of men; it’s emasculating.”

No one has quite as much baggage as 17 year old Ness. Her family issues straddle the line of dysfunctional humans and even less stable werewolves.

Pack of Blood and Lies was a lot grittier and nuanced than I anticipated from a coming of age werewolf story. It was far more Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver than anything Stephanie Meyers’s Twilight ever cooked up.

With a strong feminist backbone and a lot of intense focus on twisted family dynamics, the story quickly nestled its way into my heart from the beginning.

It’s far from a run of the mill, campy werewolf story, carrying its fair share of domestic violence, sexual assault, and toxic masculinity fueled bloodshed.

However, those darker elements are dealt with through a thoughtful and honest lens, making what would otherwise be difficult to read topics real and relatable.

There is a lot of plot and character development laid out in a fairly short book but knowing that this was the first in a longer series allowed me to sit back and enjoy the initial building, knowing that there would be more to come. I’m definitely excited for the rest of the series and glad I was able to read this one, early.

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