Saturday, April 4, 2015

Review: Heart of the Unknown Alpha by Rae Scott


About Heart of the Unknown Alpha:

After losing her father and fiance at the same time Aryana is just trying to heal and move on. She never thought one night helping a stranger would turn her world upside down and expose secrets about her family she never knew existed. 

Darian just wants to be left alone. He doesn't want to be Supreme Alpha but if the current Supreme Alpha and his father have their way, he will be. That is until he accidently and quite literally crashes into Aryana's world. 

With someone trying to kill him the last thing Darian wants is for Aryana to get hurt. Aryana isn't entirely convinced she is ready to be with Darian. Toss in family pressure, an ancient prophecy, a meddlesome fae, and a whole lot of wolfie secrets and well, lets just say Aryana needs to woman up, or is that wolf up? 

Fast! 

Book Information:

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
Publish Date: January 10, 2015
ISBN-10: 1505830109

Kindle File Size: 1115 KB
Print Length: 248 pages
Publisher: Rae Scott Studio (January 15, 2015)
ASIN: B00RJQ2B78

Sapphyria's Review:

Heart of the Unknown Alpha takes a different look at what can happen inside a wolf pack when someone breaks the rules.

Aryana's life is destroyed when her fiance calls off their wedding because, in his words, she's selfishly putting her sick father's needs ahead of his.  Aryana sinks into herself after the death of her father and she takes solace in the familiar swimming hole she frequently drives to for relaxation.  After one such trip, she finds a seriously injured man naked in the road.  It is after she nurses him through the night that her life will be forever changed.

Darian isn't sure why another wolf has it out for him.  His identity in the new pack isn't supposed to be known but it seems someone is aware and wants to take him out.  Landing himself in the middle of the road and found by a human is a two-edged sword.  The beauty that found him most likely saved him from certain death from the wolf chasing him but she also awakened his inner wolf who wants to keep her for himself.

What neither Aryana or Darian knows is that there are secrets within the wolf society that will change their fates and not exactly as either are prepared to accept.

The story that the author weaves on the pages is engaging and brings a different theme to shifter stories.  Once I started the book, I was hooked.  I read the entire thing in one sitting, staying up until 1:30am.  I just had to know how Aryana fit into the werewolf story line, if she did at all.  

Aryana's connection to Darian is strong and undeniable - for both parties.  For as loud as Darian's wolf cries for her, Aryana's heart beat's just as loud and fast for him.  It's against the rules to mate with a human that produces a child, and because of Darian's role in the hierarchy in the pack world, it's frowned for him to even socialize.  This could potentially end in the deaths of both Aryana and Darian.  The risk they take to be together is great except Aryana doesn't understand exactly what price she could be paying....Until the wolf after Darian set his sights on her.

There are misunderstandings, dangerous events, and the ending is explosive.  I may have been able to figure out the ending but the way the author went about it was interesting.  I enjoyed learning about the wolves and their world through the eyes of the author.  Some of the dialogue between the characters seemed forced or uncomfortable but, for the most part, the writing was done well.

One thing I need to mention is that the book needs an editor.  I don't base my ratings on editing anymore (I used to but stopped a couple years ago) because I review a lot of ARCs (advanced readers copies).  It would be unfair to readers not to mention the problems, though.  There are formatting, grammar, and punctuation issues.  If you will be unable to grasp the unique concept behind this novel because you can't get over the lack of editing services, then I would suggest you move on and purchase a different book.  If you are able to move beyond these issues then you are in for a treat.  

Paperback review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Sapphyria's Rating:

3.5 Stars




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