Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: Bitterroot

Pages: 110
Source: Author/Elephantine Publishing
Publication Date: September 20, 2015
Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.
Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father--and the family that's been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will.
Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not what she had in mind.
When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she's befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that's been promised the winner.
Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who "wins" Owen.
Only problem: Charlie's already fallen for him.
Bitterroot is a Young Adult Paranormal with a dose of sibling rivalry... Who will you root for?
Bitterroot is a 3-part novella series by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine
Hello everyone! Welcome back to another review! I know I just said that I was going to post something a little different and here I am with another review, but I promise tomorrow I'll have something new up! All right, let's keep things short and sweet and get into the review~

Charlie has been told since she was little that werewolves were cruel creatures and she and her mother had to constantly be on the run. On the way home from prom, she gets kidnapped by a pack whose alpha claims to be her father. He introduces her to her half sister Regan and drops the bomb on her. Even though Regan has been training to be alpha for years, since Charlie is only a couple months younger, they both have claim to the throne and they must fight each other in a contest. Whoever wins will marry Owen Vossi, the vampire prince whose Regan loathes and blames her mother's death on. 

If I remember correctly, this book is broken up into a three part novella so this first section really just introduced the characters and got the story going. As much as I love werewolves, pack law sounds like it literally sucks. It's like everything in life is dictated by the traditions and decrees of those who have lived before you and you can no say in it. With that being said, I felt so bad for both characters who wanted so different things but were stuck to the same fate.

The little catch phrase is: Who will you root for? I can't make a decision as of right now as I want both girls to have lives that aren't exactly the end goal. Regan should be the Alpha just because she's always trained for it, but she shouldn't have to marry the possible murderer of her mother. Charlie on the other hand literally got thrown into this world and I just want her to go back to being with her mom. Again, pack law is pretty unfair and horrible.

Again we have the werewolf vs. vampire hatred which I get but I wish it wasn't so commonly used. In this story it makes sense since they suspect that the Vossi family murdered Regan's mom and pack Alpha. But this is just so overused to the point where I didn't really care what the other wolves said about the vampires. Owen Vossi...I can already tell he's going to be one of those smart aleck characters who are cocky and annoying, so the verdict on him is still up for grabs. As for that statement in the summary: Charlie's already fallen for him - not exactly true...they did try to kill each other when they first met...

Overall, it's a nice start to a novel. I hope that the next parts are longer since I read this in less than 30 minutes. As an opening it was decent and I'm intrigued to see how the authors develop the story further.

*Huge thanks to Heather Hildenbrand and Elephantine Publishing for providing a copy to review. All thoughts are 100% my own*

3 out of 5 stars

Foreverly Obsessed,

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