BOOK REVIEW: City of Wolves: Fated Mates (Shifter Book 1) by Avery Burch

you can find the book at:

Barnes and Noble
Author Website

Barnes & Noble summary:

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.

[…] 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.

my review:

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

~ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review~

Oh man, I’m so disappointed with this. I was currently in a reading slump and I was hoping this could pull me out of it. But it didn’t. It was terrible.

Shifter is paranormal dystopian novel which revolves around Lyla, an elite class member which rules over Manhattan, and Zac, an outcast orphan looking for an adventure, who is also a wolf and is always on his guard from the elite regime. When they meet, the fight over the barriers from their society, but not without terrible consequences.

I felt really bad for Lyla however she was such a TSTL character and that really irritated me because I wanted her to be so good! I wanted her to become such a strong character, but she was such a doormat and she need much better development than what was given to her. Zac was also very one dimensional, and I couldn’t connect with anyone them, at all. Even the side characters were irritating. Lyla’s mother, her uncle (and betrothed… I know. Ew.) Zac also comes to NY with a friend, who was barely there, considering their close relationship, and only makes a bigger appearance at the end when the whole rebellion kicks off.

So many things irritated me, and here’s a few example: (spoilers)

Zac is supposed to be looking for his sister, Lyla – daughter of his adoptive father and Edith. He literally meets her the second he enters the city, but it never once trigger the thought that she MAYBE THE LYLA HIS FATHER SAID IN HIS LETTER.  Also, the sex scenes were actually a joke. I laughed so hard, and here I was thinking 50sog had it bad. They’ve known each other what? A couple of days? Oh perfect, let’s sleep together TWICE and I’ll give you a blowjob all in the space of a day, while a war rages on outside and the building we are in is burning down.

Overall, this story began really exciting, and had the potential but unfortunately the lack of detail, terrible character development and a storyline that literally crash and burns through the novel.


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