My rating: 2 of 5!
Published: the 6th of October 2018
Written by: Yumoyori Wilson
Series: Claiming My Pack
Length: 310 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own.
An Orphan Girl. A Group of Wolves. A Destined Fate for War.
Don’t you ever wish to find where you belong? A place where you can rest your head without worrying about being jumped or your possessions being taken from you? Not like I had much, to say the least.
A pendant, an ancient blade, and a picture of my murdered family were all I had left when I was five years old. Foster homes to homeless shelters, I never found a place of refuge. I simply didn’t belong, and everyone made it their duty to remind me of my predicament. Until I finally came across a place that felt like home.
Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves. I’d stumbled upon the sanctuary when I was near death, but I was miraculously saved.
Since then, I’ve become a Wolf Tamer; the only one who can get close to touching the six rare breeds. When I’m with them, I feel safe and sometimes wish I could be like one of them and escape this cruel world.
But such inhumanity strikes home, a group of hunters shows up, ready to take my wolves to an unknown place or murder them in cold blood. I won’t allow them to kill the only true family I’d ever known.
My name is Harper Blake, and I vow to claim and protect my own.
Wolf Tamer is a new Wolf Shifter Reverse Harem Romance. Recommended for 18+ Audiences.
This is the third series I’m reading by this author, and I have to say, based the other books I’ve read, she’s quickly becoming one of my favourite reverse harem authors. The worlds she create are so enchanting and intriguing. The characters are three dimensional and no matter how big or small a part they play in the grand scheme of things, Yumo always makes sure to not make them fillers! So I was excited to start this new series. But unfortunately this book didn’t live up to my expectations.
I always feel that when authors decide to let the readers follow characters from children to adulthood, they run a big risk. First of all you need to be able to change the writing according to their age, and with in this book the language felt very off when the hero (Ian) and heroine (Harper) are children. They go from something that kind of looks like how children would talk, to talking about the greater good of their world. I don’t have any children to myself, but to me that seem very far from something my nieces, nephews and great cousins would ever think about. Though, the setting is in a paranormal world, and Ian is a wolf shifter, things like that still needs to ring true. As a child Harper is indeed very lovable, kind, caring, humble and just cute! But as soon as puberty sets in, wow does it change!
I guess the other reason Ian was protective was how “attractive” I’d become, according to others. Puberty hit me in the face at 14, and I went from 4’11 to 5’6 with the perfect set of breasts, hips, abs, and a “snatched” waist…I kept my brown hair nice and long, and it seemed to have the perfect shine that always caught the attention of the girls in town as to what shampoo, conditioner, and hair food I used on it daily…Now that I was sweet sixteen, I’d gained another four inches in height, and stood at 6’0. I doubted I’d get any taller at this point but I definitely didn’t look sixteen to most people anymore.
Like that’s not enough, she fancies herself and Ian the perfect couple, and envy of the town, which quickly becomes both obnoxious and tiresome.
Ian spoiled me with clothing that was similar to his. We’d essentially caused a new “trend in town; young couples left and right tried to wear matching outfits and look lovey-dovey.
While these quotes say a lot about Harper, it doesn’t say an awful lot about Ian. That could be because he kind of have the personality of a stick figure. Besides for his love for Harper, I really don’t know what makes him tick or even what kind of person he is. As the story progresses it is confirmed that the only thing that matters to Ian, is the relationship he have with Harper. So when he claims her and mates with her at age 18, he doesn’t tell his Alpha or the rest of his pack until many years later. A pack, by the way, that Harper cares for on a daily basis. And while she knows that Ian is a wolf shifter, she never even considers that the rest of the pack might be. Yeah I’ll admit, I found that really strange! But then on the other hand, how can the pack not know? The wolves keen nose should make it almost impossible for them not to smell Ian all over Harper. And since they wouldn’t be able to smell any other man on her, how can they not already know who her mysterious mate is?
Until about the last 15% – 20% of the book the plot was kind of non-existent. Most of it revolved around Harper and Ian’s relationship at the Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves, and their search for answers about Harper. It’s clear that her “imaginary friend” is really her wolf, but without knowing where Harper came from, why her family was killed or why she was hunted, they’re drawing at blanks as to whether she’ll ever be able to shift. Then towards the end BOOM – all of a sudden a lot of things are revealed, including why this is classed as a reverse harem. However, I find myself wondering whether it’s too little too late. Because with all the focus being on the perfect couple (seriously??), there haven’t been room to get to know any of the other characters. I will still be reading the next book, and hopefully that will be better.
Have you read any books by the author? What’s your take on books where you follow the characters from child to adult? Let’s talk in the comments!