I’ll Be Your Wolf by Darcy Rose

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As a lone wolf, I’ve been out on my own for a long time.
I keep my distance from humans and stay hidden in the woods, making sure I never get too close.

Until the day I find her lying on the forest floor, beaten, broken, alone.
I never expected my mate to be a human, or so beautiful. Everything about her makes me want to mark her and claim her as mine. But I can’t, I won’t. Not yet.

Things get worse when she tries to escape, and the wolf in me breaks free, revealing the beast beneath. My mate can run, but she can never hide.

This is a short and steamy novella including dark elements. Story ends in a HEA.

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• MY REVIEW •

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As the blurb mentions, this was a short dark romance story. What it doesn’t mention is it contains serious subject matter that may be triggering for some readers, such as kidnapping, sexual abuse (including non-consensual sex), and violence.

I have not read anything by Darcy Rose before. It was the blurb (along with the pretty cover) that had me intrigued with wanting to read this story. But I’m not going to lie, after having read it, there were a lot things I hadn’t expected from the storyline that ultimately made me rate this book the way I did.

Both the main characters; Emma and Cole were likable on some level but a lot of their mindset and reasoning behind their actions didn’t quite make sense or was just off-putting for my taste. I get that this is a fated mates romance but Cole’s human mentality wavered on several occasions throughout that had me cringing. Same went for Emma. There were moments when I thought her feelings were relatable and authentic for the ordeal she’s been forced into but then out of nowhere her actions would contradict it and she’d be okay with what was happening. 🤔

I’ve read plenty of romance novellas but despite their short length still managed to create world-building, set a gripping atmosphere, a flowing storyline, and gradual character growth. Unfortunately I’ll Be Your Wolf fell a little short in my opinion in all those elements. It had a good start, getting you a little curious about Emma and her life— even Emma’s and Cole’s first encounter was interesting… but it quickly headed in a direction I just wasn’t feeling.

I don’t mind captor/ captive romance storylines. I can believe the heroine when she starts developing feelings for her captor without it seeming like a case of Stockholm Syndrome. I think it has a lot to do with how well the author has developed her characters and their journey. In this case, it was difficult to believe any in-depth feelings between Emma and Cole because there wasn’t enough development in their relationship. It didn’t come off genuine despite them being mates.

The overall storytelling was choppy that I had a hard time really sinking into the story and connecting with it all. I do still like the overall premise of it— the push and pull of being in a situation where you’re stuck with a stranger that you never would’ve guessed to be your destined mate. It’s told from dual POVs so I at least was able to get an insight to both Emma’s and Cole’s (along with his wolf’s) thoughts about the situation they both found themselves in with one another.

Emma’s personal story is shared relatively early but I thought Cole’s was delved into a little late, so by the end it all seemed to wrap-up a little too abruptly. Putting the storyline aside there is a lot of lust and steamy scenes, and plenty of chasing. If you’re not too fussed with story development and enjoy an occasional bit of smut/ erotica, then this dark little shifter novella might be right up your alley.

You get a good chunk of the wolf shifter elements in this novella, there’s no lacking in Cole shifting from human to wolf and back again, even seeing how Cole and his wolf co-exist. There were a couple of attention-grabbing moments between Emma and Cole that kept me reading to see where their twisted affair would lead to.

Overall, I thought it was an okay read. Some pros and cons. I do enjoy shifter/ fated-mates type romance stories, but I just wasn’t fond of how this particular story played out (especially with all the non-consensual acts included). Not a bad read, it just didn’t end up being my cup of tea. And it hasn’t put me off from possibly reading any more of Darcy Rose’s work in the future! 🙂

A story you can definitely read in one sitting. If you’re a fan of dark shifter romances and have no issues with triggering content, you might like this one.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank to Darcy Rose and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛

🔔 Interested in reading I’ll Be You Wolf? Grab your copy here: Amazon


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The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

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— MY REVIEW —

I thought I would review all three books in the series into one review. I read them a few months back but with life getting in the way this review is tad late but better late than never! This is going to be a an extra long one so I applaud you if you get through to the end 😀

Shadow and Bone (Book One): 

shadow_and_boneI had high hopes for this series and could not wait to get started. Everyone was raving on about The Darkling and to be honest it was the main reason as to why I wanted to read it. I was hooked from the first chapter. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I instantly fell in love with Mal but I was still very much curious about The Darkling and why he was everyone’s “favourite villain”.

Let’s just say when he finally came onto the scene I could see what people saw in him. He was the strong, powerful, dark, mysterious character. But there wasn’t enough there for me to say “yeah I love the guy”, you know? He seem like a misunderstood character at the beginning until he finally showed his colours and by then I was yelling at my book thinking “people like this guy??”. I thought he was villain. A typical, evil, cruel villain. Plain and simple. If anything I wanted him destroyed. I wanted Alina to wake up and smell the coffee. I wanted Mal to finish him off. But considering this was the first book in the trilogy, I knew that wouldn’t be the case (a girl could dream, right? hehe)

I found this book to be any easy read. It was probably the book I finished the fastest from all three just because I was already loving the fictional world and of course Mal 😉 But I have to say the halfway through the book it took a turn for me. It went from a really addictive read that I couldn’t put down to a slower pace during the second half. I also started finding Alina to be a little annoying just because she was indecisive until it was too late. There was just so much frustration reading this on and I disappointed at how quickly I went from loving this book to just liking it.

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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Siege and Storm (Book Two): 

siege_and_stormAlthough this book introduces Nikolai who’s become one of my favourite characters, he wasn’t enough for me to give it a full rating. From all three books this one took the longest for me to finish just because I felt it dragged on. The pace was really slow and I have to admit the entire book was one big “plan” to go into war with the Darkling. I needed more action in the storyline. There was a lot of planning and taking the steps to make sure they were prepared (which they still weren’t) but there was no real battle. I was actually expecting this to be the book that had the big major war (or at least the beginning of it) but there was nothing like that. It was every underwhelming. 😞

I will say that the introduction of Nikolai in this book saved it for me. He was the sexy, flirty, funny privateer (almost like Captain Jack Sparrow or Carswell Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles)..you know the type. The little triangle between Alina, Mal and himself had me smirking all throughout. I wish I could explain in words why I found the storyline lacklustre. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. Usually people say the second book almost always tops the first but in this case (in opinion), Shadow and Bone was a lot more appealing.

RATING: ♥♥♥

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Ruin and Rising (Book Three): 

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The 3rd and final book in the series. I had high hopes this book would turns things around and finish with a bang!

So, did it?

Sigh.

Nope.

I figured the big battle between Alina and The Darkling that I thought would come in Siege and Storm would of course be in this book but I guess I blinked and missed it because one minute I was reading beasts flying around attacking people and darkness everywhere then the next The Darkling was stabbed and Alina holding onto him and comforting him in a way. It was all anti-climatic for me. It was one giant sigh but the end of that scene. I was seriously questioning if that was it?? By the end of it I realized this entire series was all about the Grisha themselves and what they could do and what they were capable of doing with their powers if there were no rules – not necessarily about The Darkling or Alina being their savior. This was just a starting off point for this world.

For those who don’t know Leigh Bardugo wrote Six of Crows which takes place in the same fictional world and I can’t help but think this trilogy has almost become a prequel? or a backstory of the world. It gives the readers an insight to it and to the people that live there. Well, that’s how I am seeing it now that I’ve read Six of Crows too.

It’s nice that the trilogy did finish off the story completely by telling us what happened to Alina and Mal and to Nikolai and what was left of the Grisha army. I love that it was all wrapped up and no questions needed to be answered. I don’t necessarily like the fact that Mal and Alina moved away from it all and decided to live a quiet life. It literally sounds nice after what they’ve gone through to finally be together but I just couldn’t picture them (especially) Alina walking away when she could’ve helped rebuild Ravka.

But hey… I’m just happy Mal lived on. Hehe.

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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It’s a nice series overall. I would still recommend it to YA fantasy fiction fans. I know a ton of readers who loved this series so it’s really all about preference. You’ll never know if you don’t give it a read 😊 I do love the world. It’s definitely different from any other fantasy fictional worlds I’ve read about.

OVERALL TRILOGY RATING: ♥♥♥½

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Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I know I’m posting this review a little late. But here it is nevertheless. This was my last read for April. Hope you guys enjoy! 😊

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Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

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— MY REVIEW —

This series just gets better and better!! 😄 This book was worth reading over sleeping any day! I must admit, it started a little slow for me before I started getting into the story but I tell you what… after I was sucked back in..it was downhill from there. The momentum just kept picking up speed and I couldn’t put the book down.

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I can’t say I have a favourite book in the series. I just think it’s one long continuous story (which it is, duh) broken into several books. But Heir of Fire is definitely deep into the story now and a lot of things are happening which I find makes the book really action-packed. I didn’t find it at all boring or tedious, in fact it’s another highly recommended read! 😊😊 This series has become one of my favourite fantasy fiction series of all time!

Now if you haven’t read the book, I advise you stop reading from this point onwards. I don’t want to spoil it for you because it really needs to be read and experienced first hand.

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This book had a few stories going on so I thought I’d give you guys little reviews for each one…

Let’s start off with Dorian and his new love interest; Sorscha: I knew when Sorscha came into the scene that something was bound to happen between them. And I’m kind of glad it did because I like Dorian. I may not have said it before because I only had eyes for Chaol but I’ve always liked Dorian too. He’s sweet but I knew he wasn’t meant for Celaena. I’m so glad he’s disposition hadn’t changed much from the first two books to now. He’s still very much caring and not at all like his father. Which I feared he would turn into after the developments between him, Celaena and Chaol. I thought maybe he would become mean but nope. Not at all. Sorscha was good for him! Which makes it all the more sadder that they won’t get to be together til the end. During a particular shocking scene, I was so stupefied at what I had read. In one hand I kind of saw it coming but in the other I was seriously thinking ‘Everything is fine. It’s going to okay’. It just wasn’t sinking in. Not my favourite part of the book at all. No, no.

Next up: Chaol. He, unfortunately was not the leading man in this book and I’ll admit I was not really loving him here either. In all honesty… every time it was Chaol’s part in the book, I just felt bad for the guy. He’s stuck in a mess and torn between so many people. He really needs friends. That’s all I could think of… he just needed friends. I hope it gets better for him in the upcoming books.

The whole deal with the Witch Clan War: This was probably my least favourite parts of the book just because it was hard getting through which clan was which. I mean, there was the Blackbeak, the Bluebloods and Yellowlegs and not to mention the names of each character from whichever clan. I’ll probably have to reread the book again just for this storyline alone. I can’t help feeling I should’ve liked it a lot more. But I will say this – I love Abraxos; that hard-headed brat. 😜 And I love his relationship with Manon! ❤

Finally, Celaena (aka Aelin) and Rowan…

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Omg Rowan! How have you managed to worm your way into my heart you big meanie! 😉 *sigh* But I’m seriously not surprised anymore… I’ve read enough Sarah J Maas books to know she does this all the time. Giving us a yummy, sexy character who’s all broody with a bad boy exterior when really he’s just the most sweetest, caring and protective person everrrrr!! 😁 I didn’t think I could love anyone more than Chaol for Celaena but I think I was wrong. Rowan and Celaena just seem to fit perfectly. Two peas in a pod! To me they seem like soulmates. But the way Sarah J. Maas wrote Heir of Fire, it seems like they might just end up being the closest of friends, bonded by their similar experiences in life and nothing more. I really hope there are further developments between them in the next book or so, because I don’t think I can be content with how the book ended with these two! #reallywishing

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

I highly, highly, highly, hiiiiiiiiiighly recommend you pick up this book and read it!!

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Two: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Novellas: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Book Four: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Book Five: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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