Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Charming the Alpha by Liliana Rhodes [Review]
Charming the Alpha (The Crane Curse #1) by Liliana Rhodes
Format: ebook
Source: provided for an honest review as part of the Fated Mates bundle
Date read: March 20, 2014

The Crane Curse
1. Charming the Alpha - Kindle
2. Resisting the Alpha

Liliana Rhodes
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Hannah Crane just graduated college, lives at home with her mom, and has no idea what to do with her life. One night while visiting her grandmother, she's startled by a wolf and everything changes.

In the forest investigating a recent rash of murders and missing shifters, werewolf Alpha Caleb Overstreet doesn't expect to run into a human, let alone a witch. Especially not one whose scent tells him she is his other half…or is she?

As the secrets of her ancestry are revealed, Caleb and Hannah are unable to stay away from each other and Hannah finds herself in danger. A rival pack believes her to be at the center of a curse that would enable them to control other shifters. But is Hannah the wolf charmer they believe her to be? Or is she really Caleb's fated mate?
Thoughts on Charming the Alpha: I didn't hate this book by any means, but I also didn't love it. I had moments while reading it where I felt like something had happened that wasn't sufficiently explained, followed by moments that were over explained. Frankly, the whole Jersey Devil idea threw me for a loop whenever it was mentioned. While I know what the Jersey Devil is, its connection to the characters was tossed in without much explanation and I kept wondering how it all connected. (This was explained eventually, mind you, but not until the end.)

I'm not a huge fan of game changing secrets being kept from main characters. Especially when it's "for their own good" or any variation on that theme. Hannah's grandmother acted unpardonably, in my opinion, and Hannah's mother keeping who her father was a secret seemed borderline ridiculous considering what Hannah could potentially become.

I really don't know what to think of this book. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't for me. Parts of it were over the top (Hannah's grandmother harping on her hair started to grate after, I don't know, the first time it was mentioned) and I can't figure out how Hannah's best friend fits into the grand scheme of things.

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