Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review for How the Wolf Lost Her Heart by Sarah Brownlee - 4 out of 5


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.


This was cute and unique. Skye lives in London, but it is 200 years in the future, so there is a bit of a dystopian feel to this story, and Skye happens to be a Morpher, which means she turns into some type of animal, in Skye's case she turns into a wolf. Morphers are pretty much accepted by the populace and in some instances they are looked up to, but Skye's experiences haven't been that favorable. There aren't too many Morphers, so it isn't very often that Morphers come across each other, but Skye ends up meeting, Raphael, when he helps her with a situation involving some thugs, and Raphael happens to be a Morpher that changes into a tiger. Raphael and Skye feel happy to meet another Morpher; well more Raphael than Skye, so they begin a tentative friendship, but Skye doesn't exactly have the highest self-esteem and has a short fuse, so things don't exactly go smoothly. Normally, I wouldn't really like how Skye overreacts, but it didn't really bother me too much, and I get that she was just a bit awkward and scared, so I actually really liked her, and Raphael was wonderful and charming, so I had zero problems with him and the man is a saint! Skye and Raphael are cute together, and I loved the scenes where they go running. So, as Skye and Raphael are trying to find their way with their relationship, they also have to deal with a group of very horrible thugs rampaging the city, and the leader of the gang has it out for Raphael, so there is an edge of danger. I would pretty much say this book leans towards the YA genre, but there are definitely pops of some older subject matter, and it is also told in sort of a 3rd person POV, which isn't my favorite, but I thought the author did a good job with it. There is somewhat of a cliffhanger, so I would like there to be another book because I really enjoyed this book, and I hope it sticks with the same characters because I would love to see how they grow.

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