Series: The Dire Wolves Chronicles #1
Publisher: Self Published on September 15, 2014
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Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.
It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love?
I have read and enjoyed various novels written by Alyssa Rose Ivy, so when I saw that she had a new series, taking place in the same world as The Crescent and Empire Chronicles, I was curious as to where the story would lead.
Dire wasn’t a bad book. It wasn’t, however, as enjoyable as some of Ivy’s other novels. Dire focuses on a girl named Mary Ann who takes a road trip with her long-time crush, Gage, back home. They, however, end up stranded, and are essentially kidnapped by a pack of Dire wolves. And their leader, Hunter, wants to take Mary Ann as his mate.
Dire was interesting, to say the least. I felt as if there were a few fuzzy areas within the plot, which I hope will be clarified in the next novel. The pacing was good, and there weren’t many slow spots once Mary Ann and Gage met the wolves. There were a lot of things going on in this book, and I am interested to see how the plot thickens in the second installment.
Mary Ann was an okay female protagonist, but she wasn’t my favorite. At moments, I found myself disliking her because I just felt like she wasn’t the brightest of characters. Also, she seemed a bit one dimensional to me. Regardless of that, she was a very caring character. She was also pretty brave, braver than I thought she would be when introduced to her character. She will be dealing with a lot of things in book two if the ending of book one was any indication, and I am dying to see how she reacts and grows as a character over the course of the series.
There were two main male characters in this book, Hunter and Gage. I liked Hunter more, even though he gave off a slightly creepy vibe. He is the alpha of the back, and had a very alpha-like personality. He was also caring in his own way, but it would appear as though he was a bit socially awkward so it came of feeling kind of weird. But nonetheless, I liked him a thousand times more than Gage. Gage was a character that I couldn’t make myself like no matter what. He all of the sudden was interested in Mary Ann and was really protective about it, and it made me kind of uncomfortable. It was like he was putting her into a box. I’m not sure exactly what about him made me angry, but hopefully it will be better in book two.
As one would think, there is definitely a weird love triangle premise to this book. You have Hunter who wants to take Mary Ann as his mate and won’t take no for an answer, Mary Ann who has been crushing on Gage for years, and Gage who is all of the sudden interested in Mary Ann. The romance between Mary Ann and Gage seemed very rushed, but at the same time, the romance between Hunter and Mary Ann seemed a bit forced (because of Gage). I am definitely team Hunter at this point, and I hope that it stops feeling so unnatural between the two. But this love triangle made for some interesting plot twists.
There wasn’t quite as much world building in this novel as I was hoping for. However, it seemed as though at the end of the novel, we got more of a glimpse into what was happening with the Dire wolves, and I hope that that trend continues into the beginning of book two. There are so many things that I would like to learn about the world that I think would definitely make the book more enjoyable. At this point, the constant wondering, I felt, took away from the reading experience.
As I mentioned, Dire was not a bad book at all. I think that it was a workable premise to what will be a fantastic series, once some plot holes are filled in and some characters’ personalities are deepened.