Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review Blitz: Pack of Lies by Staci Weber and Sara Dailey

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So, as a part of the Review Blitz Blog Tour, today I get to share my review of Pack of Lies.  

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The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.

Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.

Genre:  YA Fantasy (definitely older YA)
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating:  *  *  *  

My Review:
So... my thoughts....  Pack of Lies is an entertaining read that I gobbled up in two days.  Yup, nose in kindle big time.  I really appreciate the "voice of the book."   It's descriptive, helping the reader feel the mc's experiences,  yet doesn't get bogged down with extraneous details (I especially loved Allison's first change).  And there's great humor (the way Allison is told that she is a werewolf is priceless)!

The story line is pretty solid, quick-paced and interesting, but the suspense and mystery could have been built up quite a bit more (the blurb gives too much away, telling you pretty much everything).  It's a good story, but had the potential to be a great one.

I liked both Allison and Cade.  But I didn't love either of them, which hurt the book for me.  I had a hard time with them not being more bothered by the sneaking around.  I get the whole irresistible pull of the bond, but the situation showed Allison to have little self-respect and Cade to be cowardly.  I'm a big fan of significant character growth in the books I read, but not enough attention was given to the change of heart our mcs would have to have had in order for this to feel right for me.

 I like Kendall as an antagonist.  I appreciate an antagonist with a good back story.  Her actions made sense for the most part.  I was, however, confused by our mystery bad-guy wolf.  One moment he's getting his kicks my frightening Allison, but then when he has her captured, he doesn't pay her a lick of attention.  He's totally alpha one minute and then totally at ease with Kendall's leadership the next, not a well written character.

So bottom line, this is totally worth the read.  I enjoyed my time with the Red Ridge Pack and look forward to reading more of this series.

Cover Art:
I like the fog and the wolf in the background and monochromatic with red is always a good color choice.  Outside of that I'm not a huge fan of the cover.  This cover does not help the book as it is, but with some minor adjustments and a change of font, there's great potential here.

Favorite Quotes:
"I had only thought I had a heightened sense of smell before.  The scents in the air were comforting, like earth, nature, life ... like home.  It was as if I belonged; as if I had finally discovered where I was meant to be."

"I didn't know where I was going, but I didn't care.  The freedom of dashing through the woods was all I needed.  I finally felt comfortable in my own skin, which didn't make a lick of sense being that it was all so new to me."


  1. I loved this book too, I can't wait for the next book!

  2. Thanks for the honest review :) Staci and I hope you give book 2 a shot!

  3. I do agree about the blurb part. I haven't got a chance to read the book but I'm intrigued by the way Allison is told that she is a werewolf. You mentioned it was priceless! Thanks for sharing your honest review for this book. :)