I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on August 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Dystopian
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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She's an elite. He's a wolf and an outcast. Their forbidden passion will move worlds.
Everyone knows that wolves love with a passion that can be dangerous. They imprint on a woman and never let her go. From the moment they love their female, they will kill for her, and die for her.
Lyla is more than rich. She's one of The Elite, a paranormal class that rules society with an iron fist. She arrives in Manhattan to begin training as an enforcer.
Zac is an orphan, an outcast, and a shifter. Turning into a wolf is an unforgivable crime in the elite regime. Enforcers hunt down and kill anyone who can shift.
When Zac and Lyla meet, they know love is hopeless, but their powerful attraction is simply too great. Fighting to overcome the ruthlessness of their society, Zac and Lyla learn that true love can overcome any obstacle, but not without dire consequences.
Shifter: City of Wolves is the first book in a paranormal romance series that features passionate romance, intensely real emotion, supernatural powers, and forbidden shifter love.
When I first read the synopsis of Avery Burch’s paranormal romance City of Wolves, I thought it sounded really interesting, and couldn’t wait to read it. Imagine my disappointment when I realized I had picked a dud. As someone who loves to write, there’s nothing I hate more than giving a bad review. Writers spend a lot of time writing their books. They have to create the world their characters live in, develop the characters, and set up the plot so the reader gets sucked into the story and becomes invested in the characters. Trashing someone’s work feels like I’m discounting all of their hard work. I admit this, because I’m about to do the thing I hate.
The idea of two young people from different worlds falling in love is a classic. Adding werewolves, a dystopian society, and class struggles also is becoming a standard in young adult and new adult literature. However, having characters behave in ways that are unrealistic no matter the genre is a big no-no.
City of Wolves read like a regurgitation of films I’ve already seen, and books I’ve already read. There was the special, rich girl destined for greatness. The young, sensitive guy (who also happened to be a werewolf) that lived off the land, and provided for himself. A villain/fiance that had nothing better to do than thwart the main romance, make threats, and just be evil. His henchman. The cold mother who wanted to force her daughter into a marriage of convenience, despite any abuse she suffers at the hands of her future mate. There was even the wealthy woman who befriended the young drifter, and tried to show him the ropes when he hobnobbed with the wealthy. Sound familiar? That’s because Titanic came out in 1997, and we’ve all seen it.
City of Wolves is a supernatural re-telling of Titanic. Just take the script, throw in magic and werewolves, a dystopian society, and porn. That’s it. That’s all. If this isn’t bad enough, there were two instances where dialogue read as if it was actually lifted from the film. Most notably from the dinner scene in which “Jack” (Leonardo DiCaprio) dined with “Rose” (Kate Winslet) and her crowd. To say I cringed when Zac actually says a line similar to one I distinctly remember DiCaprio utter in a pivotal scene from the movie is a huge understatement.
“It’s got its moments. One minute I can be watching the most beautiful sunset of my life, the next I’m running from a security guard or scrounging for my next meal or a place to sleep. Last night I didn’t know what I was going to eat. Tonight, I’m here at this banquet with you good people, eating the fanciest food in the world.”
Excerpt From: Avery Burch. “Shifter: City of Wolves.” iBooks.
Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while know I’m a huge fan of paranormal fiction, New Adult, Romance, and dystopian fantasy. However, even though this book contains those elements, I’m not a fan of this. This was sloppy writing, and I expected more. If I want mustache twirling villains, confused familial ties, and inappropriate sexual situations (i.e. having sex in the middle of a gun fight), then I’ll watch the latest telenovela. At least I’d know it was well done. City of Wolves is a pass. A hard pass. Don’t waste your time.