Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Small Town Book #1
Thank you, Jessica Edwards, for giving me this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
One night, everything changes for eighteen year old Alice.
When the full moon invades Small Town, where a young innocent Alice Smith is ending her shift at the diner, she comes face to face with a big terrifying wolf.
When the wolf attacks Alice and runs away, leaving only a single bite, she has no idea what troubles lie ahead of her.
Could it have been that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time or the opposite?
When the school’s most frightening gang becomes interested in her, they will do anything to find out the truth behind Alice, especially their leader, Ryder King.
Alice wants nothing to do with Ryder but when the time comes, Ryder could be the only one who can help her survive….
Warning: Spoilers Beyond this Point
I have always been a big fan of paranormal romance, especially if it has werewolves. This book was no exception. I loved Ryder and Alice’s relationship. I felt it was done really well. It didn’t feel too rushed and I really liked them together.
I also really liked Alice as a main character. She didn’t let anyone give her hell and she didn’t just give in when Ryder tried to intimidate her or sexually provoke her. I was afraid that there was going to be suggestions of Ryder doing stuff against her will. Not necessarily rape but I have never really like when the male love interest doesn’t listen to the female character and still kisses her or touches even when she clearly says no. (Even if “her mouth says no but her body/eyes says yes” I can’t stand that.) But Jessica Edwards does this romance really well.
I also really love Sam. She is such a kick-ass best friend that is there for Alice even when she finds out that Alice is a werewolf. She even stands up to Ryder and his group who are supposedly really scary and intimidating. When she sees Bane naked and decides she loves him is really funny. When Bane hurts her feelings and Alice finds her crying in the bathroom really shows that there are more layers to Sam and makes her feel more real.
I really hated Silver. I hope she gets whats coming to her in future books. I also was not a fan of Max. I felt it was blatantly obvious that there was something suspicious going on with him. This isn’t resolved in this book though so I seriously hope we get some questions answered in the next book. I also hope he doesn’t turn out to be evil but things like that never turn out in my favor.
The thing I had the most problems with were some continuity issues. I felt that Alice came to terms with her new “condition” too quickly. Also, I don’t care how good friends we are. If you tell me you were bitten by a werewolf and I am going to turn into one, I’m not going to immediately believe you and be okay with it. Even if I did choose to believe you, I would still freak out a little.
There were also some instances that stood out to me but of course for the life of me, I can’t remember the specifics. Sometimes one of the characters would know something that they have no way of knowing. For example, Ryder is mad at Alice for fighting the first turn and he tells Sam that she could die the next time because of it. Sam responds like she knew that was a possibility when there was no evidence of it ever being mentioned to her. This happens a few times throughout the book which confused me a little but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment.
Overall it was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next installment in this series.