Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review: Bitterroot (Part 1) by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine

Bitterroot (part 1)
by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine
Format: Ebook,
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Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret.

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father--and the family that's been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will. Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not she Charlie had in mind.

When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she's befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that's been promised the winner.

Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who "wins" Owen.

Only problem: Charlie's already fallen for him.

Bitterroot is a Young Adult Paranormal with a dose of sibling rivalry... Who will you root for?

I won't bother you with any unnecessary fangirling throughout my review, I'll give it to you straight and simple - there's a reason why I've always been a fan of Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine.

I reviewed titles by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine in my early blogging days, prior to my long hiatus, and I always recommended their titles to all of my readers (eg. Six Moon Summer and Dirty Blood - absolute musts). With their latest release, Bitterroot part 1, I can honestly say that readers who enjoy the paranormal young adult genre will absolutely fall in love with SM Reine and Heather Hildenbrand's characters.

"High school dances were overrated. Sweaty perfume, crepe paper, and a whole lot of trying too hard all in the same room. What was the point?" - Bitterroot

Bitterroot starts off with the introduction of Charlie, an ordinary supernatural teen girl who's lived most of her life moving from one city to another with her mother.  The reason: her mother doesn't want her daughter to face the harsh reality of being part of a werewolf pack. Regardless of her mother's wishes, Charlie is kidnapped on her way home from prom and is introduced to a father and sister she's never met. Furthermore, she's told that she must compete against her sister for the title of Alpha and that the winner will be promised in marriage to a vampire prince.

I absolutely adored Regan and Charlie. They were two half sisters who completed each other wonderfully in alternating perspectives. Although Bitterroot part 1 doesn't give the reader much depth about their personalities or histories as of yet, I'm optimistic that Regan and Charlie will grow more on me as the series progresses. Furthermore, the vampire prince in question, the hot and smoldering Prince Owen, is for the most part an enigma in Bitterroot part 1. He was instantly enticing but there's so much more I want to learn about him. To word it simply - I need more Bitterroot and I'm anxious to get my hands on part two.

I love that the philosophy of Alpha's being female is convention in Bitterroot. As a big reader of paranormal and supernatural titles, always coming across only male Alphas and Betas becomes nauseatingly repetitive. I love that SM Reine and Heather Hildenbrand made it a point to include this, although the two authors are already well known for writing powerful and inspiring heroines.

Teens and adults will surely fall in love with Bitterroot's characters, plot, and expression. Perfect for a reader new to the genre and/or new to these two incredible authors.

So, when can I get my hands on part two?

Rating: 5/5 Cupcakes - Highly Recommended

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  1. looks like a good series :)

  2. Wonderful to hear you enjoyed Bitteroot Wendy. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Mwah! Much love for you!