Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: Alphas and Aggression by A. Star

Title: Alphas and Aggression
Author: A. Star
Series: Wesley Werewolves #1

Publication: June 5th 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Rating: 3.5/5

A millennium ago, an Igbo god fathered three sons–a jackal, a coyote…and a wolf.


As the new alpha of his wolf pack, Xavier Wesley wants nothing more than to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and make his elders, and the great guardian, proud. But his family and a rival alpha seem to have other plans for him, and as his world slowly starts to crumble around him, the werewolf king informs Xavier that their realm is under attack by the Lion Head–a sinister creature controlled only by the one who summoned it.

The king needs a hero and he’s chosen the reluctant alpha to save the kingdom.

But just as the conflict with Xavier’s rival heats up, a beautiful human named Karis Mickelson comes to Mirage and complicates every relationship in his life. Danger isn’t far behind and after his pack is ambushed by the black spirits who serve the Lion Head, Xavier realizes he has no choice but to submit to his king’s wishes. But Xavier’s growing connection to Karis threatens to upend his entire world, coming between him, his pack, and his duty to the kingdom. If he can’t manage to take control of his feelings and honor his true purpose, then the darkness just might win.

And everyone will die.

As I'm writing this review, I just finished reading Alphas and Aggression and I have so many thoughts swirling through my head about the book and I'm not sure where to start. First of all, I liked this book for sure. I can't say it's my favorite story ever and it took me a while to really get into the story as well. It wasn't quite a 4 star read but better than a 3 star one. Other than that I thought it was a good book and had such a blast reading it.

It's been a while since I read a proper story about werewolves like this one. And I love werewolves, I really do. The werewolves in this story were different from what I've read so far about them, which I thought was so great. I really loved the Wesley wolf pack. All wolves were so different from one another. There are several characters that I also really want backstories from. But most of all I loved the alpha Xavier, who's one of the main characters along with Karis, who's a human. 

I've got to say that I laughed out loud a lot during this book. There were quite a few hilarious moments. Even know remembering some scenes it's making me all smile. I gotta admit that the first half was hard for me to get through but after that I felt like I knew the characters better and could appreciate them more. I also felt like that's when more exciting things started happening. And as for Xavier and Karis? Gah I just love them. And I really hope things will work out for them in the end because they are meant to be. *sigh*

Overall, Alphas and Aggression was a new and unique type of werewolf book. One that I definitely enjoyed reading. In fact, once I reach the last half of the book I had a hard time putting the book down again. There was no shortage of action and several unexpected twists that left me speechless, especially the ending! 

About the author:
Diantha Jones/A. Star loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She's the author of the Wesley Werewolves series, Oracle of Delphi series, and the Djinn Order series. When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.
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  1. I've felt that way about some books too. Glad you ended up liking it and that it made you laugh. I often give the 1st book in an UF series a little more of a pass because they have started out like that many times for me and then turned into a favorite.

  2. Like Vampires, I find werewolves are those sorts of characters that can be hard for authors to make feel new so I like that this is a new type of werewolf book for you!

  3. The Candid Cover YA book bloggJuly 4, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    I remember the first time that you featured this one because it has such a striking cover! I am sorry that it didn't quite live up to what you had hoped for. I am often finding myself in that place when I try to rate a book as well. :)

  4. This sounds like a fun read! I haven't read an urban fantasy book in ages, I miss it!

  5. I really love werewolves too but actually struggle to find great or even good werewolf books sometimes... so maybe I will check this one out. I am glad it could entertain you enough for laughter!


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