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

  • 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!

  • 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

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