Ripples of Threat Review ~ Interesting Story … 9 out of 10!

Angel Hills Pack – Book 2

Author:  Rebecca James

Release Date: September 30, 2017                                                                  Price: $5.99

Reviewed by Elaine

36259764Cover Art:  A single shirtless man is standing in front of what appears to be a snowy landscape with a black wolf howling in the background.  The book title and author’s name are bold, big in size and very easy to read.

Synopsis: The blurb sufficiently draws a reader into the story, but really only if they have read the previous book.  Which, to be fair, Ripples of Threat is not a standalone title.  However, I feel that it could be worded differently to be more enticing to someone who has not started the series yet.  The book also contains an adult audience warning for readers.

Main Characters:  Rebecca’s writing style is different; as the series progresses we do not lose touch with our previous main characters, but instead she blends them into the Angel Hills community as a whole.  The book is not about just one set of main characters.  In this novel, our focus is on:

Gabriel, Grey, Ian and their son Finny (mated)

Christopher and Xavier (not mated)

Roanan and his sons Lake, Landon and Josh

Vincent, Kale, Craig and their children Ryan and Jasper (not fully mated)

It must have taken an amazing amount of time and effort to establish a new pack of wolves.  We don’t get just an overview of each family, we are immersed in their intermingled lives.  It feels as if I am opening the door to the omega den myself; going inside and joining in on the cuddles.

Another thing that I love in this world is that betas are not just background noise.  Most shifter worlds contain betas, but the focus is almost always on the alpha/omega trope.  Not here, and it really adds an interesting dynamic.

Secondary Characters:   We have many secondary characters who are involved in their own small ways.  These characters are not just mentioned, we are also kept up with the news in their lives as well.  The constant interaction between the pack members reminds us that they are still there and solidifies the sense of community.  This includes the mentions of the other packs in this particular world that have their own series.

 

Plot:  This is a tough one to describe.  There is no dragon to slay, no evil enemies to slaughter.  It’s day to day life…the blending of the families in the pack.  And it’s interesting!  This is MPreg the way I like it to be written.  How it’s lived, day to day.  Not just a quick mention of pregnancy and birth, we live it with our Omegas – the physical changes, the fears, the illnesses.  Each family has their own sub-plot with its personal conflict and climax.  The angst is light.

Writing Style:  Written in third person, alternating perspectives.  There are multiple points of view – eight if I counted correctly.

 

Flow/Continuity:  The flow is there, and it works, but it’s a lot.  Based on the author’s writing style, it is not a quick read in my mind.  It takes me a moment to breathe in the chapter I just read and then shift gears to someone else’s viewpoint.  The writer has a way of making you fall in love with her characters, with only a couple of exceptions anyway.

Conflict and Climax:  Light on the angst, each family unit had a different personal crisis that had to be dealt with.  There are also secondary characters with their own individual turmoils building up that makes me think we might see some of them in the next book.

Editing:  The book was edited reasonably well, there were less than a handful of minor errors that I saw.  Nothing that made me run screaming for a red pen, but noticeable nonetheless.

Formatting:  The formatting was ok, with indentations and each chapter labeled with the corresponding character.  The only thing I did not like was the spacing between paragraphs.  It seems compressed and mushes it together somehow.  It just bothered me a slight bit, nothing critical.

Conclusion:  I am captivated by the Angel Hills Pack Series.  This is an excellent example of what I like my series and MPreg novels to be.  The blending of the characters into one large family is just the start.  No one has a book and then is forgotten about.  They grow to be family to the readers, we see them grow and develop over the years.  This is the type of writing and emotional investment that will have me rereading this book time after time.

A very satisfied 9 out of 10!

 

 

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