A Pack of Blood and Lies

A Pack of Blood and Lies

The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender. Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.Especially Liam Kolane—son of Heath, the crudest...

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Title:A Pack of Blood and Lies
Author:Olivia Wildenstein
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A Pack of Blood and Lies Reviews

  • Olivia Wildenstein

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  • D.M.

    A pack of Blood and lies was soooo good! When I first started reading this story we got off to a bit of a rocky start but a couple of pages in and I was totally hooked! I can’t wait for more! This is a full length story with no cliffhanger but the author has promised more.

    Ness is a pack out law. Her mother was forced to leave with her and start a new life in LA. They were getting by but life was great. At seventeen, Ness’s mums dies and her now guardians turn up to take her back to the life she

    A pack of Blood and lies was soooo good! When I first started reading this story we got off to a bit of a rocky start but a couple of pages in and I was totally hooked! I can’t wait for more! This is a full length story with no cliffhanger but the author has promised more.

    Ness is a pack out law. Her mother was forced to leave with her and start a new life in LA. They were getting by but life was great. At seventeen, Ness’s mums dies and her now guardians turn up to take her back to the life she thought was behind her. While in LA Ness had found her own family and doesn’t want to go back but she has no choice. The old pack leader was an evil wolf and luckily has passed away. Now the pack are wanting a new leader. The son of the old alpha is at the top of the list but Ness doesn’t want the pack to fall into the same routine.

    Liam is the old alpha’s son. He’s gorgeous but Ness can’t forget what his father did. People keep telling her he’s different but she struggles to believe. Ness wants the pack to change for the better and finds herself volunteering as a candidate for alpha. No one is impressed but Ness is strong willed.

    The trials for alpha are not for the weak. A leader will be elected at the end. New friendships will be made, mysteries will unfold and Ness may just get her change. Everything isn’t as it seems and this story has a slow burn romance. I absolutely loved every minute.

    5+ stars out of 5. I want more more more! *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book did not disappoint.

    *This book is available via Netgalley however I was sent this book via YA bound blog tours.

  • Esther

    I was so surprised by this book and also by my own reading-speed. I finished the book in 5 days and it's not a small book. That's also a compliment to the author, because the book is easy and pleasant to read.

    I can't wait to read more from this series! Will definitely follow this author.

    I'm pretty sure that any Fantasy/YA lover will like this book. It's su

    I was so surprised by this book and also by my own reading-speed. I finished the book in 5 days and it's not a small book. That's also a compliment to the author, because the book is easy and pleasant to read.

    I can't wait to read more from this series! Will definitely follow this author.

    I'm pretty sure that any Fantasy/YA lover will like this book. It's such a great start for a series where you have no idea what is going to happen next. It's one of those series that just drags you along and all you're thinking is: "I NEED MORE!"

  • Aisling Zena

    I just love shifter books. Werewolf ones in particular. And this definitely satisfied my need for one. I tend to be a mood reader. I follow that mood where it leads, though sometimes it can be a pain and indecisive as heck. Reading this one however was a pleasure. I don't usually go for YA books, the blurb has to peak an interest in me and this one certainly did that.

    Ness Clark is a few months away from bein

    I just love shifter books. Werewolf ones in particular. And this definitely satisfied my need for one. I tend to be a mood reader. I follow that mood where it leads, though sometimes it can be a pain and indecisive as heck. Reading this one however was a pleasure. I don't usually go for YA books, the blurb has to peak an interest in me and this one certainly did that.

    Ness Clark is a few months away from being eighteen when her uncle forces her to go back to Colorado, following her mum's death. Returning to her deceased father's pack is not a happy occasion. Ness is still hurt by their rejection of her when she needed them, just because she's female.

    Liam Kolane is the son of the Alpha and when his father dies, he is ready to take up the mantle. He already behaves and orders everyone like he is the Alpha anyway. His hot and cold behaviour confuses Ness and she just can't make up her mind about him. Did the apple fall far from the tree or is he just as cruel and mean as his father? Does he even deserve being Alpha?Or will someone finally have the guts to oppose the Kolanes?Could she?

    Ness begins a deadly game with the pack that rejected her. One that could possibly lead to her own death. She makes the pack elders accept her in the trials for becoming Alpha. She's angry and hurt but also she wants to change the misogynistic views and beliefs of this all-male pack.

    Personally, I never understood why men think they are better just by virtue of an appendage hanging from between their legs. This toxic patriarchal behaviour infuriates me in real life and reading about it in fiction makes me just as mad apparently. I wanted Ness to confront them and shame them. I wanted her to tell them they aren't men or wolves. Because even wolves in the wild protect their females. She didn't but she sure showed them.

    Ness is a quintessential teenager. She thinks she's invincible and knows everything. But where I would usually find that behaviour annoying, I didn't here. It fit her character and what she went through as well as her age. Olivia Wildenstein's writing really pulled me in her world and at some point I noticed my heart was pounding just as Ness's was. I was rooting for her with my heart in my mouth. Will she make it?Wont she?Will Liam turn out like his father? Read it and find out!

    The book is all from Ness's POV, has several twists and it does not end in a cliffhanger though some loose ends set up the next one quite nicely. Also no actual sexy times here but for once I didn't mind that at all. I'd recommend this to anyone that loves shifter books.

    And thank you once again to Olivia Wildenstein for the ARC, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Carrie

    A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein is the first book of the new The Boulder Wolves series. This is the beginning of a young adult romantic paranormal fantasy series of which is probably obvious by the title and series names features Werewolves.

    Right before her eighteenth birthday Ness has to return to Colorado and her pack which she had run from years before. The Boulder Wolves were an all-male pack with the exception of Ness. Being the only female born to the pack in years Ness was

    A Pack of Blood and Lies by Olivia Wildenstein is the first book of the new The Boulder Wolves series. This is the beginning of a young adult romantic paranormal fantasy series of which is probably obvious by the title and series names features Werewolves.

    Right before her eighteenth birthday Ness has to return to Colorado and her pack which she had run from years before. The Boulder Wolves were an all-male pack with the exception of Ness. Being the only female born to the pack in years Ness was not exactly welcomed and really still wants nothing to do with those she left.

    However, now that The Boulder Wolves need a new Alpha Ness sees this as her chance for a bit of revenge by challenging Liam Kolane for the title. Liam’s father had been the pack’s alpha for years and was as mean as they come so to keep the pack out from under another Kolane would be all he incentive Ness needs to win the challenges.

    I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with werewolf books but having read other series by Olivia Wildenstein and enjoying them I had to give this one a try. Thankfully I was right and this was a much better wolf story than the adult versions of “your my mate let’s hop into bed”. A Pack of Blood and Lies centers around pack politics and the mysteries of previous deaths in the pack along with the secrets and lies being uncovered within the pack. While I wouldn’t say it’s overly original in content it was a fun read and I’d be interested in seeing what the next book brings.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Alaina

    was such a good book. It did, however, take a bit to get into. I'd like to blame the characters because they just kept making me flip flop throughout the book. I did have a ship though, Ness and Liam. It took forever for them to actually become that thought. Mostly because Liam was a little man whore.. and Ness was just adorable and feisty.

    This book definitely delivered a bunch of good twists and turns.

    was such a good book. It did, however, take a bit to get into. I'd like to blame the characters because they just kept making me flip flop throughout the book. I did have a ship though, Ness and Liam. It took forever for them to actually become that thought. Mostly because Liam was a little man whore.. and Ness was just adorable and feisty.

    This book definitely delivered a bunch of good twists and turns. I had no idea who was betraying who the entire time. Which is probably why I loved reading this book so much. Now I did mention that characters were annoying me in this book. I wouldn't say it was the MC's the entire time. Nope, it was this fucking pack that did it for me. The way they treated Ness throughout the book just pissed me off to no end. I didn't care if and when Liam would stand up for her.. because it didn't outweigh everything else that was happening.

    That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it either, because again - I shipped these two. It just took forever for that to actually happen. I saw the chemistry and the sexual frustration between the two after they first met. However, the secrets between these two just needed to be aired out ASAP. Once that happened, it definitely brought these two much closer than they were before. It eventually started to win the entire pack over.

    Overall, I loved Ness and Liam. I loved the twists and turns and I'm still shook to the core over who betrayed them all. I'm trying to wrap my mind around it still and it's hard. I need the next book of this series stat!

  • Athena Elizabeth

    Thank you to NetGalley and Twig Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

    The world and story:

    The world is modern day Colorado and Wildenstein did a good job describing pack history throughout the book. This is my first werewolf/changeling book and I still had some questions about their motivations, but I was satisfied with the amount of background for now. I read the whole thing in about two sittings, the story definitely kept me going. The little murder mystery aspect was as in

    Thank you to NetGalley and Twig Publishing for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

    The world and story:

    The world is modern day Colorado and Wildenstein did a good job describing pack history throughout the book. This is my first werewolf/changeling book and I still had some questions about their motivations, but I was satisfied with the amount of background for now. I read the whole thing in about two sittings, the story definitely kept me going. The little murder mystery aspect was as interesting as the competition, but I also had no problem staying involved when she was describing the friend outings or building relationships.

    The writing:

    Solid writing! The book flows well in first person and is well edited. Even when writing text messages from phones, it flows smoothly enough and I can always tell who is talking. There are a lot of flowery examples at first but I like the point of view when I feel like I am there.

    The characters:

    I really liked Ness. Main characters that are passive drive me nuts. She doesn't let the boys intimidate her, doesn't back down from the competition despite being taunted, waylaid, and eventually blackmailed. A true strong female lead! Liam is everything an alpha should be, and has a soft spot for Ness. He doesn't let her preconceived notions of him stop him from being a decent guy, and he saves her life at least twice. These two have a slightly cringe worthy hate - to - ?love? relationship, but for half of the book I was saying "just get together already!" Typical young adult angsty miscommunication nonsense!

    The other main characters are Liam's friends in the pack, a generally decent group of guys even though they come across as pigs sometimes. I liked the "bromance" element. Sarah was a wildcard, as were some of the other characters mentioned, but most of them ended up being pretty generally good people. A few of them seemed to act out of character at times, like Matt towards the end, it all worked out though.

    Overall:

    It was overally appropriate for young adult. I would probably let 15+ read it, as the warning states. It really was hard to put down, kept me interested, and makes me want to read more books by Olivia Wildenstein, because this is my first by her and I like her style! Recommended for fans of YA, werewolves, with a romance bit. 4/5 stars and looking forward to the next release!

  • Sophie

    4 "I missed shifter stories" stars

    It mixed legends, thriller, small town and fantasy. The author really created a gothic atmosphere. Her characters were mysterious and in all shades of grey.

    When Olivia Wildenstein messaged me to ask if I would be interested in getting a copy of A Pack of Blood and Lies I read the blurb and I was on board immediately!

    She has been very patient with me as it took me months before I had an openin

    4 "I missed shifter stories" stars

    It mixed legends, thriller, small town and fantasy. The author really created a gothic atmosphere. Her characters were mysterious and in all shades of grey.

    When Olivia Wildenstein messaged me to ask if I would be interested in getting a copy of A Pack of Blood and Lies I read the blurb and I was on board immediately!

    She has been very patient with me as it took me months before I had an opening in my reading schedule! But when I began the story...I couldn’t stop reading.

    This is one of these fast, effortless reads backed by a good cast of characters and plot filled with secrets and surprises.

    Ness has just lost her mom when her late father's family blackmail her in going back to Colorado, home of the Pine Pack.

    She is not happy at all as the pack kicked her out years ago, never accepting that the sole female wolf could join them and train like men.

    The pack's former Alpha was not the alpha you often read about protecting all pack members. No Heath did not hesitate to rape females.

    Now that he died (there is a secret to unearth there) a new Alpha must be selected.

    When Ness learns that the only one running for the title is Liam, Heath's son she asks to enter the competition because like father like son right?

    She is not the undefeated stereotypical badass. But she is cunning, courageous and proud.

    Add to this:

    - heavy tension between her and Liam where you did not know if it was antagonism or attraction;

    -an older friend obviously feeling more than brotherly towards Ness ( my bet is on unfinished business there in the next instalment);

    - secrets plural about her father's death, Heath's death, the lack of female werewolves, the designs of the rival pack's Alpha suddenly very chummy with Ness;

    -competitions to win

    Do you love shifter stories? Have you read Olivia's stories before?

    Thanks for reading!

    Sophie

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    At first I was going to give this 2 stars or dnf, but I kept going and I'm glad. I think it was my mood and not feeling the story at first, because I'm a HUGE werewolf fan. I mean I have always wanted to be one so........

    Anyhoo, this is a story about Ness who/whom was shunned when she was a little girl and forced out of town with her mother. Things happen and when Ness is a teen the pack drags her back home to Colorado. <-- Not literally

    I love Ness as a character; she's loving and kind but a

    At first I was going to give this 2 stars or dnf, but I kept going and I'm glad. I think it was my mood and not feeling the story at first, because I'm a HUGE werewolf fan. I mean I have always wanted to be one so........

    Anyhoo, this is a story about Ness who/whom was shunned when she was a little girl and forced out of town with her mother. Things happen and when Ness is a teen the pack drags her back home to Colorado. <-- Not literally

    I love Ness as a character; she's loving and kind but a bad ass when she has to be and she certainly has to be in this book.

    The old evil Alpha is gone and Ness decides to go up against Liam because she thinks he's evil like his father. Turns out there are different evil peeps in the book you wouldn't have seen coming.

    But Ness is strong and she fights for what she believes in and doesn't back down when it comes to the ones she loves.

    Some of the characters I loved to hate but some of my favorite are Liam, Ness and Evelyn. The book even brought a bit of a tear to my eye with some happiness that ensues. Get over it, I cry when I'm happy and sad =)

    I'm very happy with the ending of this book and look forward to the next book!

    *Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for a digital copy of this book.*

    Mel

  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!).

    In A Pack of Blood and Lies, we follow Ness, a wolf-shifter girl that was banished from her pack in her childhood and now, at almost eighteen she is forced to come back to her old town by her family.

    I thought the concept was good. Ness is the only female shifter born in the pack and I enjoyed that she tried to fight her way into being part of the group. I had no problems as how it started although it was a

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!).

    In A Pack of Blood and Lies, we follow Ness, a wolf-shifter girl that was banished from her pack in her childhood and now, at almost eighteen she is forced to come back to her old town by her family.

    I thought the concept was good. Ness is the only female shifter born in the pack and I enjoyed that she tried to fight her way into being part of the group. I had no problems as how it started although it was an immature view of things: she only wanted to provoke Liam Kolane, the son of her worst enemy: she had no experience or knowledge whatsoever about the pack or about her own strength. However, I also enjoyed watching her slowly change her perspectives about what it really means to be the leader of a pack and I really liked the fact that she was never intimidated by them. Also, I would like to see a proper explanation about why Ness' pack Elders were misogynists (Was it because of Heath? Was it only just because Females were physically weaker?).

    The writing style was very Young-Adult but ultimately this is a New Adult book with some potential triggers that are most likely found in Adult Paranormal Fiction (aka mention of rape and sexual assault).

    However, there were some things that disappointed me:

    I would have no problems with Ness "part-time" job as an Escort, had she been an adult. However, she was not yet an adult and regardless of her "revenge", she had an awesome adoptive mother, Evelyn to whom she could have asked for help and advice. Her relationship with Evelyn was one of the best and healthier relationships in the book.

    Another issue for me was Liam. I understand that he was different from his father and I loved that he was not made into a villain too. I greatly appreciated that he wanted to do good and be a fair ruler. However, his stalker and possessive tendencies over Ness were a bit overwhelming. Whenever Liam came into action, she became a Damsel in distress.

    While I appreciated she did not fall for him instantly, Liam did have insta-lust for her and it wasn't really explained how the "rules of attraction" worked. It wasn't explained if it was because of the Ness' constant rejections or if it was because of she was the only female shifter or any other reason to explain why they fell in love so quickly.

    I did not understand why Ness was so into August at first and then discarded him so easily.

    August was one of the best characters, he was loyal, respectful, and considerate to Ness. My major issue was that he was missing in the majority of the book.

    My favorite character was Matt, hands down. He was the sweetest ray of sunshine and I wouldn't mind reading a spin-off of him because he's that great. He is was even better than August because he really was considerate to ALL female characters, not just the one he was interested in.

    I also really liked Everest. I feel there's an underlying complexity in him that is yet to be explored and I crave for that complexity.

    The other characters did not have much of an impact on me.

    I hated Lucas, and Sarah came in too late for me to have proper opinions about her character, but Lucas and Sarah's bickering was one of the best things in the end.

    So, in conclusion, it was an easy, enjoyable read, with a flowing writing style. There were some tropes I did not like, like "I hate her because she is a pretty girl" but I really liked the new female friendships Ness developed.

    I will probably pick the next book because I see a potential for more interesting relationships and perhaps, more diversity.

    If you enjoy Paranormal Romance you'll probably enjoy this.

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