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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Review: Pack Challenge

Pack Challenge: Magnus Pack, Book 1Title: Pack Challenge
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Page Count: 216 pages (print length)
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Zach Sheridan rolls up on his motorcycle with the rest of his Pack to track down the daughter of a Packmate who was murdered years ago.  When they find her, Zach ultimately realizes two things: one, that she's his mate, and two, that she drives him absolutely, irrevocably, teeth-grindingly crazy.

Have you ever sat down with a bag of chips and then, several hours later, the bag is empty and you have no idea how that happened?  That is what reading Pack Challenge is like.  I sat down with my Kindle to read this book, thinking, oh this will be fun, I've heard good things about this book, and then I looked up and the afternoon was gone and the book was over.  I don't think an alien invasion would have torn me away from this book.

The most unique thing about this series is easily the tone of the story.  These people have opinions and they are not afraid to share them, and if you attempt to leave before they are done talking they will cheerfully staple your butt to the chair to help you pay attention.  Sara, the leading lady of the book, and her two best friends, Miki and Angelina, are a trip.  The profanity abounds, the slap fighting is nonstop, and bad, bad things will happen if you let these women anywhere near an open bar.  Just don't do it.

Into the melee rides wolf shifter Zach Sheridan and his Pack.  Turns out, Sara is the daughter of one of their Packmates who was killed, and now that her psycho grandmother is dead, they can approach her and welcome her into the shifter world.  This is a good thing, because the debilitating and disfiguring injuries that Sara suffered in the attack that killed her father have pretty much defined her life ever since, and she's looking to move beyond them.

Sara's journey down the path of finding out about the supernatural world and her place in it is something that you'll have to read for yourself to fully appreciate, but I will say that my favorite thing about this book was definitely the tone of the relationship between Sara and Zach.  Sara is not a standard heroine in the sense that she is, for the most part, totally average- average looking except for being really tall and solid, has physical issues that need to be dealt with, not super rich or super well connected or anything, just extremely loyal to people she calls her own.  Zach on the other hand is easy on the eyes but definitely a loner who enjoys bossing people around.  He will also cheerfully crush the larynx of anyone who so much as thinks a disparaging thought about Sara in any capacity, as in his eyes she's the most beautiful thing on the planet and always will be.  The added element of neither of them ever wanting children is a unique facet as we all know how common the "they lived happily ever after with a little bundle of joy on the way" ending is.

This story, and this whole series really, is the kind of story I can see myself reading over and over again, and coming back to when I've had a stressful day or need to take my mind off things.  The price is also totally excellent- you have to love great books for $3.59!

Overall Grade: A
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