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Initial Thoughts: “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, the big bad wolf, the big bad wolf.” I began to sing in my head when I saw the title of this novel. I began to think of the old Disney cartoon of The Three Little Pigs. I was excited to read a novel where all of the main characters are werewolves. Werewolves and forbidden love? Sign me up!

*I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Big Bad WolfThe Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn’t mean she’ll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don’t include an arranged marriage!

Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it’s a stigma he can’t escape. So when his neighbor Kensey–the girl of his dreams and his nightmares–proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.

Kensey and Slade aren’t only from opposite sides of the tracks, they’re from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their ‘relationship’, they might just make it out of this with their freedom.

You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn’t turn into more…

The Review

Kensey Denton is tired of having her future decided for her just because she is the daughter of an Alpha pack leader. When Kensey’s father tries to force her into an arranged marriage to ensure her bloodline, Kensey decides to take matters into her own hands. She makes a deal with Slade McAllister, a notorious bad boy werewolf from another clan. If they can convince everyone they are dating, Kensey’s father will have no choice but to free Kensey from her obligation to marry, and Slade will get what he wants most, freedom. But, faking being madly in love is not that simple….

When I first began reading the novel, I was really surprised how strong of a character Kensey is. Instead of being a calm and quiet wallflower to oppose Slade’s bad boy image, Kensey is a fiercely independent and rebellious character. She completely rejects her status as an elite werewolf princess, and prefers to live life her own way.  Slade, on the other hand, is your run of the mill bad boy werewolf with a complex. On the outside he appears to be a womanizer without any feelings with an animalistic ferocity. While on the inside, he suffers under the tyranny of his father, and fears that one day, he will become just as much of a monster.

It is rare that I have come across a novel where both of the romantic leads are supernatural creatures. Usually, there is an inequality in the romantic leads because one of them is an all-powerful supernatural being. Both Kensey and Slade are werewolves with werewolf families, and friends. Because everyone is a werewolf, I began to forget that this novel is actually about two werewolves falling in love instead of two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks.

The plotline was relatively straightforward and predictable. There are really no surprises when you reach the ending. I ended up finding myself a bit bored by the lack of originality in the plotline. Although the characters were engaging, especially in the alternate points of view, I found this novel to be just “okay.”

I would recommend this novel to those who prefer werewolf romances over vampire romances.

*The Big Bad Wolf by: Jus Accardo will be released on March 5, 2018*

Final Rating:

C okay

About the Book

Title: The Big Bad Wolf
Author: Jus Accardo
Year Published: March 5, 2018
Genres & Subjects: fiction, young adult, werewolves, romance, paranormal, fantasy

Where to buy…

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Until Next Time,

-Alice

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