Blog Tour: My Wolf And Me & Giveaway

cover225x225My Wolf And Me by India R. Adams

Series: Standalone

Published by India’s Productions on April 26, 2016

Genres: ARC & Review Copies | Contemporary | Fantasy | Love & Romance | Paranormal |Young Adult

Pages: 260

Format: ecopy from publisher

Rating: ★.25

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SYNOPSIS:

Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.

When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.

Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.

This love story will haunt you well after you finally set this book down.

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RATINGS:

Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: ★.5

Overall Rating: ★.25

Plot: Medium Paced | Heartwarming | Change Of Pace | Kind Of Cliched | Fairytale Vibes

Characters: Sweet & Loveable | Multi Dimensional | Childhood Besties | Adults Are Properly Portrayed | Character Development

World Building: Good Contrast Between Paranormal & Real World | Fairly Well Described | Some Questions Left Unanswered | A Bit Confusing

Writing: 1st Person POV | Nothing Special | Fitting For The Story | Meaningful

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*I received a free copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   

MY REVIEW: 

I have always had a deep fascination with wolves. Something about their smooth, slick movements to their soul piercing eyes intrigues me in a way that no other animals do. With this fact in mind, you probably wouldn’t be surprised that I am 99.9% more likely to pick up a book that features wolves than one without, with the more details, the better. My Wolf And Me is a book that quite pleasantly surprised me with it’s heartwarming and childlike innocence, though I would be caught lying if I didn’t mention it’s few, but nevertheless problematic flaws.

The story revolves around our main character Marlena, from the time she was a very young girl to her late teenage years. Like most four year olds, Marlena has a wild imagination. But unlike the majority of children her age, she takes a step further during play time, creating an imaginary world for herself and her friends who happen to be wolves. The catch is, the wolves aren’t imaginary… They’re real. One day, the two wolves bring their newborn pup who Marlena excitedly names Romy. Together, Marlena and Romy are inseparable, building a connection of love and trust that nothing, even the fact that Romy can transform into a human is able to break.

“You’re…a gift to me. Your friendship as Romy has fulfilled my life in measures I will not pretend to be able to judge. And now? I think that’s the beauty of it. Who knows?”

By far my favourite aspect of The Wolf And Me were the characters. All of them was fully developed, multi dimensional and extremely loveable. Marlena as our main character was head strong, reliable, independent and showed continuous growth in maturity through the years. Romy / Sebastian was a fairly well thought out character with a good, kind heart and a strong sense of protectiveness over his loved ones, especially Marlena. Trevor and Jimmy (aka T and Hound) were two of my favourite characters who added some light humour into the story and best of all, the adult characters that appeared throughout the novel were fully explored and consistently mentioned at all the appropriate times. 

Childhood romances are indeed my weakness and this one was no exception. From Marlena and Trevor to later Marlena and Romy, both relationships were realistic and emotional without being overburdening with angst. While it’s definitely true that I would opt for the latter as it was a much healthier option for Marlena, her relationship with Trevor wasn’t something that Adams just added on for additional drama, it was actually necessary to keep the plot going. As for Marlena and Romy, they were of course the absolute cutest! Romy’s fierce nature when it came to making sure Marlena was safe warmed my heart and the fact that both of them were willing to risk so much for one another made me ache with joy. I was cheering on for them the whole way through and even when they didn’t realize their feelings, I was still desperately hoping for a happy ending.

“Marley, I believe moments like this…emotions like this…they’re what God wants for all of us, all his creatures. I thought your kisses were magic. But now I know it’s you: It’s you, Marley. You are magic to me.”

All of this was good so far and My Wolf And Me was leaning towards the 4 stars rating until… the last third of the story came around. Though I was satisfied up to this point, unfortunately the plot took a turn that I was not at all a fan of. Suddenly, the unique characters were long since gone and in place were some new faces filled with unwanted tropes and typical cliched personalities. There was a shaky conflict thrown in near the end of the book with obvious loop holes for solutions, and what do you know? The characters took them with much unneeded hesitation. Additionally, the character who you might call the antagonist of the book was flat, boring and oh so cardboard cut villiany. His story wasn’t developed properly and the reasons behind his actions were not fully justified. As for the ending, while it did make me fairly happy, there were multiple areas that felt rushed and randomly wrapped up. If more time had been spent resolving the conflict, I feel as if the story would have had a much more solid conclusion.

Overall, My Wolf And Me was a short, fun read filled with the magical memories of being a young, innocent child. Though it had it’s fair share of problems, the general storyline of the book was easy to follow and many important elements of life; including family, love, trust, loyalty and courage were touched upon. If you are an animal lover (or even better, a wolf lover) who doesn’t mind a couple of cliches thrown into the mix, I’m pretty sure that you would love this book with your whole heart and cherish it for years to come.

“People should follow children’s examples and live without worry, love and appreciate everything around them, and most of all, accept what has transpired and move forward.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

india2br-2badamsIndia R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.

India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).

Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theatre background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”

Another cause India feels needs change, is sexual slavery. She has joined forces with jewellers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humour, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.

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GIVEAWAY (US ONLY)

2 set of organic bar soap and body oil (lavender and pachouli scent) from the Mystic Forest product line made by Blue Moon Elise & a CD from spotlight artist Chasing Jonah from the author’s Tainted Waters series and the upcoming Rain.

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Have you read My Wolf And Me or are you planning to? Do you have any books featuring animals that you would like to recommend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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