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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review, Pride Unleashed by Cat Kalen

Title: Pride Unleashed (A Wolf's Pride #2)
Author: Cat Kalen
Published: February 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, YA
Format: Ebook provided by author for review

Seeking revenge, Pride is headed back to the compound where she was once nearly broken to the will of an evil master. She’ll stop at nothing to free the enslaved wolves still caged in the estate’s underground prison. Knowing there is only one way back inside the fortified mansion, Pride allows herself to be captured.

Armed with a plan, she finds herself back in her cage but when things begin to unravel, she once again finds herself at the mercy of her former master. This time, however, she knows she has two wolves on her side, Logan and Stone—powerful alphas who will both fight to the death to free her.

Except the compound hides secrets that threaten both her heart and her identity and when bonds are tested and bloodlines are revealed, Pride realizes if she completes her mission she’ll be releasing her pack into a world where no one, least of all Pride, is safe.

Pride's Run - Review
Cat Kalen - Interview 

Wow, I am really loving this trilogy.  Pride Unleashed is book two in the A Wolf’s Pride series.   In the first book we saw Pride escape her Master’s clutches and the compound and go on the run with Logan, the rogue wolf she was tracking.  Pride Unleashed takes place three weeks later, with Pride and Logan, and some of his pack back at the compound with a plan for rescue and release of the other wolves.

Oh, Pride, if only it were that easy. *sigh*.  Ok, I love Pride.  She is such a good role model for teen girls…heck, for everyone.  She has flaws, she has doubts, and she has very real fears.  But she presses on because she knows what’s right is right, and the things that are wrong she tries to make right.  Pride had freedom in her paws; she was out and in Canada with her mate.  She could have lived her life out and had some beautiful little puppies and no one could really fault her.  But she knew The Master was still abusing and neglecting wolves at the compound.  She had to go back.

For those who may not have yet picked up on Cat Kalen’s wolves, they are very much more wolf than human.  When they are in their human form they are constantly in touch with their wolf, and the wolf inevitably wants to show themselves and take control of every and all situations.  When you read her books you don’t feel like this is the story of a hot girl and a hot guy who happen to change in to wolves.  Nope, you really feel these are wolves that happen to change into human form.  I really love that.  There’s a very natural and real feel to all of the wolves in this series.

At the end of Pride’s Run, Stone lead the Paranormal Task Force away from Pride so that she can escape.  In book two she is ecstatic to find out he is alive – and saddened to see he is in the compound.  I totally understand this.  I flip flop between Logan and Stone, I want her to clone herself so each version of her can have each of these guys.  I did see another review that said something about wanting to see more history on Stone.  I totally agree!  He is such an awesome character, there is such a story behind all of his actions, and we are just not getting it in the Pride series.  Cat – when you see this, let me tell you the people are asking for a spin off series!  Ha-ha J  Nothing like pressure, right?

So Pride is back at the compound and just nothing is going the way it was planned.  And there is an addition of a new type of shifter that I find incredibly interesting, and I would love a second spin off series about them.  But I am not telling you who they are, that would be a spoiler (wink).  Cat, I think you are going to be very busy!!

The first book was about freedom and realizing her true potential.  This book is more about her history, and what has been kept and hidden from her.  There are some huge secrets in this book that come out, some things I totally did not see coming.  And I also loved the edge-of-your-seat moments.  There were definitely moments where I was ready to curse the written word if this or that happened ha-ha.  The bottom line is this book has several really great characters that are rich with personality and history, and you can’t help but want to get to know them all.  May I also suggest a third spin-off series of Logan’s pack here?  I can’t help it! I want to know more!  Cat Kalen’s style of writing really clicks with me, and I love the flow.  There was no point where I got bored or felt like skimming pages. I was interested and invested in this story right from the first page.

So if my gushing hasn’t convinced you yet, let me be blunt – start reading this series.  It’s a great blend of Paranormal and YA, on top of a great mystery and just a lot of fun to read. 

***Stalk Cat***

Also, Pride’s Run just got 4.5 stars TOP PICK from Romantic Times Magazine!!

Pride's Pursuit comes out later this summer - so make sure you add it to your TBR!