“Into The Unknown” by Bethany Shaw

 photo bethany-shaw-eb_zps54861471.jpgAfter the devastating loss of his father, Gene Harris has become the alpha of his werewolf pack. He has been training for this his entire life. But nothing could have prepared him for the brewing war, or the beautiful alpha female, Talia. Gene is instantly drawn to the mesmerizing she-wolf. He wants to trust Talia, but it’s hard to trust anyone–especially when they are related to your adversary. Enemies are everywhere, and Gene must fight to protect his pack. 

Natalia ‘Talia’ Alvarez grew up away from the pack. Talia’s first encounter with werewolves was when she was abducted and taken prisoner by her grandfather. This experience leaves her weary of her werewolf heritage and unable to trust her rescuers. As a new mother protecting her son is her first priority. Talia knows her only chance at freedom is to team up with Gene. Talia finds herself falling for the alpha as they begin to work together. The thought of trusting Gene terrifies her, and she can’t help but wonder if he will betray her too. 

I received this book from the author, Bethany Shaw, as part of a book tour, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

This is the second book in the Werewolf Wars Series and it was just as good, if not better than the first one! Read the “Out Of The Shadows” Review HERE.

“Into the Unknown” picks up right where “Out of the Shadows” left off. It doesn’t skip a beat.  We met Talia and Gene in book 1, but they’re the stars of this book, although amazing enough, the author manages to make Lark and Devon stars in this book as well, without it overshadowing Gene and Talia’s story.  Bethany Shaw is a talented seamstress of storytelling.  She’s able to weave so many characters into her stories, helping us become really acquainted with them and their roles, without it becoming overwhelming or congested.  It really makes going from one book to another, a smooth and easy transition.  It also allows more time for the actual continuation of the story instead of having to introduce new characters with each book.

I have similar thoughts about this book as I did the first one, so if I repeat, forgive me, but it is a testament to the fact the wonderful formula the author is using is consistent.  I was late getting to work(again) with this book too! I also lost sleep and I couldn’t stop thinking about it the entire time I WASN’T reading it!  The characters come to life and you fall into their world/story so very easily.  When you’re not in it, you’re anxious to get back.

Gene has taken his rightful place as the Alpha and leader of his pack.  Part of his duties is to protect his pack members, but his protective instincts towards Talia goes much deeper than typical obligation.  She’s his equal in ever single way.  Even when she’s fragile, she’s strong.

Talia has been through so much and she’s the feminine version of Devon in the sense that she has trust issues.  But as any woman can tell you, it’s much harder for a man to gain the trust of a woman, than it is for a woman to gain that of a man, so Gene has his work really cut out for him! But if anyone can break through Talia’s walls, it’s Gene.  He’s patient, loyal and kind.  Something Talia hasn’t experienced since she was torn from her home and thrust into the werewolf way of life.

There is a war going on though and her father, grandfather and brother are on the opposing side. Will she fight for family or love? Will she learn to trust or betray Gene’s trust?

My Final Thoughts: Bethany Shaw is officially one of my favorite authors of the Werewolf/Paranormal genre. I don’t give many people a spot on my list and she’s definitely on it! My only critique is the typos again.  It’s not excessive, but it IS holding me back from giving the books in this series a perfect score.  But again, and this is coming from a grammar nazi, it’s not significant enough to take away from the exceptional writing and story.

That being said, I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out so I can read Daniel’s story!

~Robin Malone

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 9: I only docked a point because of a few typos.
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 49

Rating –5 Stars!