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ARC Review – Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Overview

Overall Enjoyment: 4/5

Characterization: 3.5/5

World building 4/5

Diversity 2.5/5

Personal Summary: The 7th book is The Other series.

Bennett was a town wiped out the Namid’s Teeth and Claws, but it won’t stay that way for long. Humans are returning and with it the terra indigene are taking notice.

Jana wants to be a cop, Virgil has a grudge, and they’re going to have to learn to work together if they want to keep Bennett safe from humans that may have less than friendly intentions.

Note: This book can technically be read alone, but makes a lot more sense if you’ve read books 1-5.

Review

Note: I received Wild Country by Anne Bishop for free from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

First, let me say that I’m in love with the world of the others. It’s an urban fantasy like I haven’t read before and I just love it. There are many different types of werecreatures in this book and there’s so much going on. I must admit that while I did enjoy this book I will say that books 1-5, the original story line, are still very much my favorites.

Let’s start with the characters. There are so many. I loved those that I would consider the main characters. You have Jana whose always wanted to be a cop and has enough spunk to handle Virgil. I wasn’t sure at first if I’d like Virgil, but he definitely grew on me and he’s a big softy at heart. He bark is worse than his bite (usually). I particularly like his voice within the book. It gives a unique perspective that I really enjoy. Tolya, he’s basically the equivalent of a vampire, and he was kinda bland at first. He has a lot of dealings with Jesse though and it really brings out his character when he’s with her. Jesse is really great too. I loved all these characters, but there were also so many more characters. Honestly, too many characters for me. We were introduced to A LOT of characters and I don’t feel like some of them were really necessary unless there’s another book in this particular town (which I don’t believe is the case) and it left me with some questions that I never felt answered.

World building was good for an urban fantasy based novel. It’s based loosely on the world we have now only instead of humans being the dominant species the terre indigene (mostly what I would call werecreatures) are. The terre indigene are what really draws me into the story. Bishop gives them all a unique voice that I find really enjoyable.

The plot was a bit scattered to me. There was a lot going on in this book and again it was almost too much. I won’t say much on that because I don’t want to spoil things, but be ready. This book also has some western book-inspiration that I didn’t think I’d like, but actually enjoyed.

The diversity in this book. I’m unimpressed. Now, there was a gay couple and there was a neurodivergent child so let me explain why I was unimpressed. They felt forced and that they were only there to say the book had diversity. I doubt that was the author’s intent, but the diverse characters are introduced and then just kinda fade away or are in the background and never really given much attention. They had no really point in the book and I found that disappointing.

If you’d like to purchase Wild Country by Anne Bishop it’ll be released on March 5th and you can buy it here.

lists

Top 5 Books Featuring Werecreatures

Hello everyone and welcome to this top five list. I love urban fantasy and I really enjoy when they feature werecreatures. Now, I say werecreatures and not just werewolves because some of these books feature other types of weres like werejaguars! Cool, right? I think so. Take a look below and see what you think! Note: These are adult fiction books and can contain explicit content.

  1. The Change of Heart Series by Mary Calmes. These are the werepanthers! It’s a five part book series and totally worth the read. It is sold as a romance series and it is, but it’s so much more than that. These werepanthers have a whole culture and history all of their own. That become more apparent later in the series.

Diversity Note: This story is based on a gay couple.


2. The Green Creek series by TJ Klune. I’ve already review this series when I first started my blog, but I really can’t recommend it enough. The story contains werewolves and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Diversity Note: This story is based on a gay couple


3. The Others Series by Anne Bishop. This book contains a variety of weres though I use the term loosely here. Crows, coyotes, bears, and wolves are all within this series. This series takes the stereotype of werecreature and turns it on its head. I love the world, the characters, everything about it.

Diversity note: I would consider Meg neurodivergent. She has some sensory issues very unique to her character.


4. The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. I’m not sure if there are many fans of werewolves that haven’t heard of this series. Mercy is a werecoyote mechanic that has a habit of getting herself into trouble.

Diversity note: Mercy is native american.


5. The Thirds Series by Charlie Cochet. This is a series based on people in a specialized police force. This includes werecats. If you like high stakes and some suspense this is a good choice for you.

Diversity note: This features a gay couple.


So, what do you think? Have you read any of these books? What are you favorite books featuring werecreatures?

Reviews

Mindblowing! – A Review: Ravensong by TJ Klune

I thought that Wolfsong was amazing, but Ravensong blows it out of the water. If you like Wolfsong you are going to fall in love with Ravensong no doubts and if you were kinda meh about Wolfsong then you should still read Ravensong, because it’s worth it! If stars are your thing 5/5 and I don’t say that lightly.

My Personal Summary: Gordo, the witch with a grudge. Gordo paid for his place in the pack with blood, but though he suffered that wasn’t enough to make the pack stay. He was abandoned and left to keep the territory safe. Now, years later the pack is back and with them Mark, the one who truly broke his heart. While the pack worked together to defeat a shared enemy that isn’t enough for Gordo to forgive and forget. There’s something coming for the pack though and when push comes to shove Gordo has a choice to make. A choice that will affect them all.

This book!!!! I was on the edge of my set the whole read and I struggled to put it down. Now, if you know anything about TJ Klune you know he’s not above making you cry and while I didn’t cry it was a near thing. This book is packed with emotion and when I say emotion I mean you will be drowning in the feels. We get a more detailed version of Gordo’s back story which really starts to make you understand why he’s kinda grouchy all the time. It also really adds to some of our previous characters. Wolfsong painted a picture of all the characters in one way and Ravensong really makes you question whether any one character is all good or all bad. It’s that depth, that grey in the characters that makes me really love them so much. Life is hard and while we might want to think that we can all be good all the time we’re human and we can’t be and neither can Klune’s characters. They do the best they can and then they will deal with the consequences whether good or bad. They’re complex.

A note on diversity. It’s still pretty basic, but there are a few tiny moves. There’s more female representation and we do learn that there is an asexual character which was nice.

Now, the plot. There’s a lot going on in this book. We meet some enemies that we knew were coming and were introduced to a new character we didn’t expect. There’s so much action, so much. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t really go into it, but the Mark story line is really just a fraction of all that is going on though I would still say it’s the focal point. Oh, and we find out what went on in those three years that He, Joe, Carter, and Kelly were gone for. Now, I was worried about this part taking up too much of the story when I first started reading it, but it’s just enough to really explain what happened to form them into such a tight group. Klune makes you fall even more in love with all these character and don’t worry Joe and Ox along with the rest of the family and friends are still in there too!

The ending, be prepared. TJ Klune always knows how to get you when you least expect it. He leaves you wanting more and I can’t wait for the third book, Heartsong, to come out this fall! Put it on your want-to-read shelf if you’re a Goodreads fan or just save that knowledge in your brain. You won’t want to miss it. Go read Ravensong here!

Reviews

The First Review-Wolfsong by TJ Klune. Amazing!

I bought this book from Dreamspinner Press on a whim thinking it’d be an okay werewolf story which I could enjoy over winter break. Well, I was in for quite the surprise, because this book wasn’t just okay it was so wonderful, so real, and worth every penny (honestly worth more in my opinion). While I’m not a huge fan of the star rating system if that’s your thing I’d say definitely 4/5. If you want a more in-depth review continue below!

My Personal Summary: Ox started life with a father that didn’t believe in him and a mother struggling to make things work.  It didn’t help when his father left and he was alone with just his mother. Things weren’t looking too good until he met a boy. A boy that just clung to him like glue and that’s when a beautiful friendship was born. But, while things start looking up a murder came to town and destroyed what happiness Ox had created. The boy left, running after the monster, and leaving Ox behind. It took three years for the boy to return and when he did he wanted to pick up where they left off. But, three years is a long time to wait and Ox has done what he needed to do to survive. Will they ever be able to reconnect or are they to be forever apart?

Now, I know the summary might not be superb, but don’t let deter you! This book as I mentioned is wonderful! This is a paranormal novel centered on werewolves and TJ Klune does a marvelous job.

Let start off with the characters. Ox, wonderful beautiful Ox. I must admit when I read Dreamspinner’s summary I wondered if maybe this character wasn’t very bright, but no no no. Ox is the lifeblood of this story and it didn’t take long for me to absolutely fall in love with him. TJ Klune does a really fantastic job of giving us insight and understanding into Ox’s life and why he is the way he is. I don’t want to give too much away so let’s talk about Gordo, the witch.  We don’t know a lot about him, but he has a soft spot for Ox and definitely has a major beef with the werewolves. What I enjoy most about this character is that there’s obviously a past there, and a painful one. Klune is giving us a very real person with Gordo and I can’t wait to read more about him (he’s the focus of book 2, Ravensong.) Now the werewolves.

The werewolves while your typically moon-pulled creatures have their own unique ritual that really gives them an enjoyable new spin that sets them apart from werewolves in other stories. The werewolves aren’t the only thing given a spin in this novel and you can be prepared for some fun twists in the book that keep you on your toes.

Now, one of the goals of this blog is to talk about diversity within books and I’d say this book definitely has some basic diversity in it. Many characters in the book are gay which is expected given the nature of the book and there is a tiny bit of racial diversity, but nothing too major.

While there might not be a ton of diversity in this book I still couldn’t recommend it enough as a great piece of paranormal fiction. Be prepared to fall in love, cry, and scream (both with joy and other feelings) as you read this story. So, go my bookworms and read it! You can get it here.