I received a free copy of Bonds of Fenris by S. J. Bell from the author in exchange for an honest review. Talia Thornwood was turned into a werewolf a year ago. For the past year, she has been living with her pack in a rundown house and trying to keep her inner animal inside. She had to cut ties with all of her friends and family in order to keep herself from hurting them. She thinks that this lonely way of life is the only way she can survive until she meets Corwin. He's able to shift back to human form during the full moon and socialize with humans. Talia is determined to have Corwin teach her how to he is able to control the wolf inside. It is a difficult and eye-opening lesson but Talia is up to the challenge.
- I think Bell did a good job of describing the tension of having so many werewolves under one small roof. You could feel the frustration that each of the pack mates felt living in the house.
- The inner turmoil that the werewolves felt were very well described in the writing.
- I felt like there were many parts in the book that were rushed.
- Even though the book was told in Talia's point of view, I still don't feel like I know much about her character. I can't really explain why this is but that's how I felt after I finished reading.
- The other pack mates felt too flat to me. I mean, Bo was the sensitive one, Marlene was the smart one, and Pierce was the angry one. I like my characters to not fit into these little molds.
- I really didn't feel as if much was going on in this book. Even when there was "action" I didn't worry much about the characters or get nervous about what was going to happen next.
Overall, I give this book 2 stars. I don't want to but I have to be honest. The book was just okay for me. I didn't have any strong feelings on either side of the spectrum; I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I do appreciate the different approach to werewolves, though.