BOOK: BITTERROOT – PART 1
AUTHORS: SM REINE and HEATHER HILDENBRAND
GENRE: PARANORMAL/YOUNG ADULT
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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 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.
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.
Living a nomadic life with her mom for as long as she can remember, 17-year-old Charlie doesn’t know what it’s like to ‘fit in’; she never made friends. Mom spoke little of her father, so she learned to let it be.
Her mom taught her how to shift into her wolf form at will since she was young, but always warned her that if she sensed any other shifters – turn and run; they’re just bad. That’s all she told her. Charlie splurges on a wolf run going home from a school dance, and senses something ‘off’ when she gets there. She sneaks in to the house and finds her mother in her room, in tears. All she can say is, ‘I’m so, so sorry’, before the blackness hits.
Charlie wakes up confused, angry, scared, and in a strange place. The next thing she knows, she is introduced to her father, and Regan Vuk, her step-sister. Before the girls can become acquainted and begin to bond, they’re told they must fight for the seat as pack alpha. Charlie’s spent her entire life among humans. Can she do this?
Charlie decides to run away, even if they bring her back over and over. During her run, she meets and is almost tackled by vampire Owen Rossi in the forest. There’s something about him…
If I go on any more I’ll be giving away spoilers, and I don’t do that. I really enjoyed this first installment. The story flowed really well and the characters were nicely fleshed out. I like the various plots intermingled in the story; it raises my anticipation for the next book in the series. I did notice a minimal number of spelling errors, but nothing that would take away from the story.
Overall, this is a great Paranormal / Young Adult read, and I recommend it anyone who likes werewolves/vampire stories.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
**NOTE: I RECEIVED A COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW**
Bitterroot is a Young Adult Paranormal with a dose of sibling rivalry… Who will you root for?