Author: Kelley Armstrong
Summary: Elena Michaels knows that being the world's only female werewolf has its advantages - like having her pick of the Otherworld's most desirable males - but it's also a lot of work. There's nothing the werewolf community dislikes more tan calling attention to itself, so when a pair of rouge man-eaters begins hunting humans outside Anchorage. Elena and her husband, Clay, journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous predators. The northern wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of wayward werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly.
Trapped in this savage, untamed winter realm, plagued by ghosts from their past, Elena and Clay learn more than they bargained for about their own beasts within. And their bond will be put to the ultimate test as they follow the bloody trail of gruesome slayings.
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was enjoyable, slightly darker than some of the others in the series, but it was good addition to the series. Elena and Clay are one of my favourite couples in the entire series, and while I think some aspects of their relationship are repetitive throughout the books, I found it to be fun to read nonetheless.
This was a darker book than some of the others, and I enjoyed the setting and some of the other supernatural beings that we meet in the novel. I wished we could have learned more about these shape shifters, as it was an interesting addition to the plot - I hope we see more like them in the series. There were some classic Elena and Clay moments, and the authors humour and voice shine throughout the novel. I also enjoyed the overall plot in this book, it was written more naturally than some previous books and it wasn't too over the top.
I did find that this book had a lot of repetitive interactions and scenes than in previous books. Elements of Clay and Elena's relationship for instance. After awhile, their hunger for food and each other and how it's described can get old. I also found the reoccurring theme of attempted rape to be repetitive and unnecessary to be reused against the characters as much as it was. While it helped move the story along and gave some good development to the characterization, I found it to be overused - and frankly caused me not to want to continue on with the book because of that. Otherwise, I did enjoy the book, and looking forward to the next installment of the series.
Would I recommend it to read: Of course! It, like the rest of the books in the series are well worth reading.
What to read next: Waking the Witch
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge V, Finish That Series, Mount TBR Challenge, Speculative Fiction Challenge