Interesting take on the werewolf/vampire genre
I really enjoyed this story, and I’m curious of where it will go. I haven’t read that many werewolf stories to begin with, but in my knowledge the alpha is this masculine, tough and dominant character. Asher, one of the main characters as well as the alpha, is not that. He’s quite the opposite, but you can occasionally see the remnants of this stronger man. It’s quite early understood that Asher hasn’t always been like this, and there’s a reason for why he’s much more “subdued”. Doing this breaks a bit of the stereotype of what an alpha usually is. And I love that! It really catches your attention. I also think you can sympathize with Asher and his situation a lot more by writing him the way Taylor has.
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On the other hand, Rose is definitely a more dominant character, which I also like. It creates this contrast between them, one that makes their chemistry stronger.
I think Taylor writes dialogue very well, it flows very nicely and feels natural and well-written. I like the characters, they’re very interesting. I’d also like to learn more about the side characters, I feel like there’s a lot that’s not being explored fully there.
As for the lore, it sounds very interesting, but I also like to learn more about it. I can see there’s lore behind the story and this universe, but I feel like it’s not showing up quite as much as it could be. Sometimes lore is mentioned, but I feel like it’s in a quite shallow way that doesn’t show the entire picture. It’s like we get a little taste of it but not quite enough. I think the author could go a bit deeper into it, so we’d know more and have a better understanding of the lore and background of the world they’re in. I also like to see some more side or minor characters, as it can sometimes feel a bit “empty” with the five main ones.
I’ve really enjoyed this book and I recommend you read it, specially if you like a different twist on the werewolf/vampire stories.
Great work, Taylor!