Review: How The Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah Brownlee

Genre: YA
Release Date: September 17th 2014
Book Length: 216 pages
Source: eBook from author (Thanks Sarah!!), Goodreads 
Review: 3/5 *Full Review Below.


"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

Set against the backdrop of a dystopian London where thugs and criminals run rife, Skye Archer possesses a rare gift, the ability to transform into her spirit animal at will. Widely regarding her morphing ability as a curse, Skye's aim is to keep it a secret at all costs. But one day she meets the intriguing and affluent, Raphael Renzo, who soon proves to have a secret of his own, one that could heal the downtrodden city and affect Skye in ways she never thought possible...

This debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance novel from Sarah Brownlee is a compelling and gripping read, taking the reader into a world where both the heart of a city and the heart of a girl are simultaneously pierced by one man.

I think the blurb pretty much covers the summary of this book. In short Skye Archer is a ‘Morpher’, which means she has the ability to transform into her spirit animal; a white Wolf. Living in London, which is basically ruled by thugs and gangs who have the authorities in their pockets so they are able to beat, torture and commit terrible crimes whenever they like with no consequences. Skye keeps a low profile and never reveals her true identity but then she meets Raphael, with his fierce ambition to save lives and to not sit idly by, he shows her there's a life worth fighting for.

This book was really, really good, I’m so impressed that this was a self-published novel, way to go! So for starters I sort loved and hated this new creepy dystopian London, completely overran by crime, where you must be careful going out at night and people live in constant fear. We’re not giving much background as to how it became this way but I really didn’t mind this, sometimes a lot of info dumping about the past frankly bores me, so this was great to just be thrown into a world and focus on the present.

I have to say being a Zoology student and a huge animal lover, being introduced to Skye Archer who wants to go work with wild Bengal Tigers? Hello Soul Sister! I loved it, not many protagonists love animals or have pets so this was great to read about. Although Skye isn’t without her faults, she’s fiery tempered, stubborn and a bit rough around the edges, however I would expect no lees from a Wolf! I like a heroine who’s a little abrasive, she did annoy me at times but I would still rather this than some innocent Mary Sue.

The romance between Skye and Raphael is slow, maybe a little to slow for me as I mean Raphael spirit animal is a Tiger, I was totally expecting some hot moments but the romance was much more YA and sweet. I felt that Skye fell to Raphael slightly too fast but I still really enjoyed their relationship.

I would have loved to see more action in this book as it mainly evolves around the slow gradual romance between the MC’s, because of this the potential war between the criminals and the so-called protectors was left in the background. This caused the middle of the book to become a bit slow and felt like nothing was happening, a little bit of action of adventure would have been perfect. Although the way the book ended it looks like we will be seeing a lot more action and we finally got some romance so I will definitely be picking up the next book!

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  2. This book actually sounds pretty good. I need to read it.

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

    1. Definitely give it a try Carrie, it's really great! :)


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