Monday, January 6, 2014

Book Review: Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens Series, #1) by Tina Smith

Forbidden: Discover the Legend  (Wolf Sirens #1)
Author: Tina Smith
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Synopsis: The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure ... of Hunter & Prey

Misunderstood seventeen year old Lila Crain unwillingly moves to the foreboding town of Shade, prepared to face her punishment - Shade High. But she can't begin to anticipate the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. 

The dark and charismatic Reid has a wolfish grin and amber eyes that would make any girl blush and he has his sights set on the new girl in school. 
Reid's stunning friends - including icy top dog Sam - invite Lila into their clique. Suspicious, yet flattered by their attention she answers the intriguing call like a moth to a flame.

Thrillingly introduced to the local nightlife by the enigmatic group, Lila finally feels like she belongs. But her newly found friendships threaten to turn sour when she unwittingly develops feelings for the leader's off-limits boyfriend, Sky. 
Tensions rise further when a quirky local named Cresida warns Lila to stay away from the clique at all costs.

Undeterred, she is irresistibly drawn to uncover the truth behind their mysterious lifestyle.
Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events that will forever alter fate for both hunter and hunted as she learns they have been waiting for her...

Inspired by the legend of the femme fatale goddess, Artemis, Wolf Sirens is a compelling gothic masterpiece of paranormal romance. 

Forbidden, Fever, Night Fall and the soon to be released Dusk in Shade - all continue the tale of Lila Crain, the heroine with the chip on her shoulder, on an epic paranormal journey in which forbidden love threatens to destroy the underworld.
Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin
Note: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review: Forbidden starts off pretty basic: Girl unwittingly moves to the backwoods of Nowhere, girl is awestruck by the clique of beautifully perfect locals, girl stresses over why said locals won't give her the time of day, finally girl catches their attention and is invited to join some dance team, girl gets warned by the creepy recluse to stay away from her new friends, girl doesn't listen and . . . well, you get the point.
Now, by the synopsis-which was the best part of the whole book-I was really hoping for a rich, dark, and gritty werewolf story. I was horribly disappointed. Like, seriously, if I had bought this book I would have been demanding my money back.
Lila, the new girl in school just wants to fit in and has a pretty rough first week because no one will give her a second look. Then the most popular girl in school and her groupies invite her to hang out with them. Lila is self absorbed and petty, so it's a match made in heaven. Then all of the sudden the weird girl Cresida gives her a firm warning and even shows Lila video evidence that her new friends aren't all that they seem, but Lila doesn't care, nope, not her. She needs more proof. Then when the truth smacks her right in the face(like, literally) she's like, oh, how exciting! Umm . . . okay . . . ?
Then one of Samantha's (the most popular girl ever a.k.a alpha she wolf)  friend Reid wants to date Lila and she's all for it, but wait! She's in lust with his best mate Sky! Dum dum duuuuum. But she doesn’t make a move for Sky, because he's in a kinda relationship with Samantha and then there's this whole thing about Sky being a werewolf and Lila not thinking she's good enough for him because she's human (But she's just low enough for Reid) and blah blah. So what is a girl to do in a situation like this? Well, in Lila's case, she dates Reid in hopes that she can convince him that she's the lurve of his life and change her into a werewolf so she can finally be with Sky. And if you're thinking: 'awe poor Lila, she has to date the ugly best friend.' Don't worry, she's adaptable.
The cast of characters weren't anything noteworthy. You have Sky and Reid, best friends turned enemies because Lila unwittingly starts off a chain of events and now they hate each other. Then there are Samantha's lackeys, who I honestly can't remember the names of, who were one-note and just as annoying as Lila. Samantha, the leader of the pack, who turns humans she wants into werwolves and has some stupid mind compulsion, that she can use if your weak minded, but can't use if your weak minded but aware of what she's doing?? It's not explained really well and completely thrown in from left field. Don't over think it guys, it will just give you a headache.
Then there's stuff in this book surrounding Greek mythology and Artemis that seemed pretty okay and attention grabbing, but honestly, it's so scattered and hard to understand that I didn't even pay close attention to it. Maybe if this story wasn't told in the perspective of a seventeen year old self absorbed, drama queen I could have understood it enough to actually care. But it is, so I don't.
Overall, I think this book is the poster child for false advertisement. It is nothing like the synopsis claims and I loathed it. If it wasn't for the fact that this was a Netgalley book, I would have DNF'd it after the first 40-ish pages. And if you're thinking I'm being a little harsh, trust me, after reading this book and being subjected to Lila and her ridiculousness you would be a little harsh too. 

About the Author: Tina Smith lives in Adelaide South Australia. Having spent most of her life as an un-diagnosed introvert in country N.S.W. She is the Author of four books in the award nominated paranormal series, Wolf Sirens. She is a poet and a qualified Naturopath and Herbalist. She has a broad range of qualifications, including Iridology and Massage. But her main passion in life has always been writing. 
Tina inspires, entertains and examines life. She writes award nominated poetry and paranormal, romantic and suspense fueled tales about cursed wolves. She learnt to shoot for Wolf Sirens and she is currently obsessed with her writing.
Night is the time her creative juices flow and she loves exploring the lives of her protagonist's within the paranormal genre under the light of the moon. 
She is driven to write and connect with readers through her mad-capped imagination - you could say it's a calling...
Where You Can Stalk Tina!

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