Sunday, 19 August 2012

Outsider - Micalea Smeltzer - Review

"This novel shifts from wolves to humanity and back again with a cast of characters who are truly remarkable; all entwined in a love story which will have you swooning and shifting in your seats." - EponaReviews

A self-published novel, miraculously completed within 4 weeks by 18 year old, Micalea Smeltzer. 

The first in a trilogy of shifters, love and power.

All little girls dream of being a princess. They dream of a prince. A fairy tale of their own.They've all watched Snow White, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast; but none ever dreamt they'd be the beast...

Sophie's world is turned upside down when she discovers the truth about her life. About what she is. She's scared but she's not alone. She may not have her prince but she certainly has her Alpha and he's all hers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found myself occasionally laughing throughout the story. There's action, friendship, betrayal, secrets, romance and, of course, wolves.

The story is written in first person, past tense, from the POV of 17 year old, Sophie. The only downside to this novel (perhaps down to being self-published) was the lack of editing, both grammatical and developmental, but despite this it was a fabulous novel.

This is a romance story and so much more and despite not containing vampires or werewolves (the wolves in this novel are known as 'shifters') I would probably recommend this novel to fans of Twilight as the Williams wolf pack reminds me so much of the Cullens family. And for once, there's not a love triangle!

I picked up this novel after devouring Maggie Stiefvater's "The wolves of mercy falls" trilogy and found myself craving more. Outsider did not quench my thirst but in fact gave me a taste for something new. 

Micalea adds her own twist on a typical shifter novel.

YA - romance - fantasy/paranormal? ***" 3.5 stars

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