Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Book: Avoiding Alpha by Aileen Erin

Title: Avoiding Alpha
Series: Alpha Girl (#2)
Author: Aileen Erin
From: Netgalley
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: 13th May 2014
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since becoming a werewolf, Tessa has come to terms with a lot of things; except her wolf itself. When her best friend, Meredith, becomes sick, Tessa is determined that she will fix the curse placed on her by the head of the coven that Tessa should have been the leader of. Forced to come to terms with both the Bruja side of herself and the wolf side of herself, Tessa learns more about herself than she ever imagined.

Alot happened in Avoiding Alpha which is crazy when I realised that the events of the book only take place over a couple of days. The pacing of the book really works and this is one of those that I read in one sitting (which is probably due to the fact I had the time to as well!) but I was really feeling it! Which I'm happy about considering I was a little nervous about the series to begin with!

The romance in Avoiding Alpha was interesting to say the least. It was actually only a side plot to the main one, partly because Tessa and Dastien's relationship was already somewhat established. I liked that the author didn't feel the need to focus solely on their relationship, and I also liked how the author made the pair feel like equals. Even Tessa and Dastien don't know if one of them is stronger than the other.

The main focus of the book is on Tessa's determination to help her friend, Meredith, and the lengths she would go to to save her. There was also more interaction with the bruja (witch) side of Tessa's family in conjunction with this, which was both interesting and felt like stage setting for the next step. There now feels to be a nemesis for Tessa and a personal reason was added to the mix, which very much goes to help explaining Tessa's motives past, present and future.

The other main theme was that of Tessa totally accepting herself. Understandably, Tessa hadn't been totally okay with the wolf side of her in the last book, and at the beginning of this one (as most people probably would be funny about after only 2 months) and she only truely discovered her Bruja heritage around the same time. I felt like Tessa taking this time to come to terms with herself was reasonable and felt right.

I really enjoyed Avoiding Alpha, I'm looking forward to more in the series!