Published: the 7th of April 2019
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 ARC read this book, and received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. However, please note that all opinions and views are my own and I purchased the book myself after it was released.
Three Chosen Paths. One Destined Future. A Finale Only She Can Face.
After a traumatic accident, amnesiac Harper Blake wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings and being tended to by a stranger — an important stranger she should have met long ago. Her new friend helps provide answers, but as a foreign side of her power awakens, even more questions unfold.
As she’s introduced to new allies and a different way of life, she must face the difficult task of rediscovering who she really is as quickly as possible, for her people are on the brink of war. One thing is clear: she is a leader, and with the help of her mate, she’ll do anything to stop the pack of wolves trying to upset the balance among the supernatural race.
There’s only one small problem: a feeling of hopelessness that Harper has lost something — or someone — vital. She has no idea how to quell the dread inside, but she senses that if she doesn’t hurry and find out where she came from, and more importantly, where she belongs, it may be a problem that cannever be fixed.
The final chapters are coming to a close and Harper’s love, power, and desire for unity will be tested. Will she be able to bring peace to the shifters and find out who she is before time runs out?
Or will she lose crucial parts of herself forever?
Writing reviews can be a funny experience! When I finish a book and my thoughts are all over the place, I usually just write everything I’m thinking on a blank post and go from there. When I go back, and read what I wrote, this often sway the rating I thought I’d give the book in the first place. This is exactly what happened with this review. At first I thought it was a clear five heart rating, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised how disappointed I was.
Harper has amnesia and the pack doesn’t know where she and Muffin are. Carter is dead and Ian is nowhere to be found. The rest of the pack are in emotional turmoil and don’t know what to do with themselves, now that all their alpha’s are missing. They saw Carter die, saw Harper being hurled off a cliff – but no one can find her, so she’s presumed dead too, Ian left so they assume he’s out there being a coward and hiding from reality. And that’s exactly what Ian was doing! When he couldn’t come to grips with the consequences of him directly disobeying Carter and Harper’s orders, he ran off in an attempt to find Harper, instead of being there for his pack. The fact that he then got kidnapped and tortured did little to sway my opinion of him. Of course I feel bad for what he’s been put through, but I still think he’s the worst for abandoning everyone around him.
Harper and Muffin are being cared for by Izu, who turns out to be yet another of Harper’s Royal Mates. Like with Carter and Ian, Harper met Izu when she was a child. And like with the other two, she forgot and was led to him by the Moon. To me Izu’s personality and powers are a welcome edition to the pack, but his status and bond to Harper isn’t. This is the first reverse harem series I’ve read, where the feelings and connections aren’t equal behind the men. And honestly, I don’t like it! I don’t see a need for The other wolves, when everything seems to revolve around Harper and her Royal Mates. Now if they got rid of Ian the hopeless, and let Izu take his place… well that I would actually be very okay with!!
For the rest of my thoughts on this book, I think it should be hidden as it does contain spoilers.
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So the epilogue… I don’t even know what to think about that. A fifth Royal Mate… I don’t know, to me that’s just too damn much! Why can’t all the men just be equal? Why couldn’t there be a twist to make the others Royal Mates instead of just boyfriends? It makes no sense. And to me it was most certainly NOT a positive thing.
Even worse is the fact, that the series ends on such a disappointing note. When a series ends I expect it to wrap up the problems, mysteries, wars etc. That’s not even close to the case here. Yes, the gang rescue Ian from captivity (unfortunately), and then go back home. Woohoo! But the war that Christopher has started is not dealt with. Instead it will continue in the next series “Proclaiming My Pack”. Personally, I’d preferred that the author added a few more books to this series, and finish it properly – instead of pushing it into a new series. So yes, this reader is disappointed.
The only reason that this book still gets a three-and-a-half heart rating, is because of the writing. While I might not like the plot very much, I am loving Yumoyori’s writing. And I will of course be reading the next series, so I can see what comes next.
How do you feel about authors who doesn’t finish the plot in one series, but instead takes it into a new series? Does that make you want to continue? Or even start the series? Let’s chat in the comments!