Pack by Jeaniene Frost is a one shot werewolf story, and I know werewolves have been done to death, but I don’t read much on them so this is all new and exciting for me.

We are swiftly introduced to Marlee, a hiker lost in the woods days after her companions left her and returned home. She is set upon by wolves’ intent on killing her and only lives through the timing of her rescuer Daniel.

Very quickly it is revealed that the wolves and Daniel are werewolves, part of a pack living in a resort town in Yellowstone National Park and they give her the spiel that she’s been bitten and they’ll find out if she’s one of them at the next full moon in two weeks.

Now here is my biggest issue with this story. In the beginning, everyone is basically saying her choices are live with them or be killed.  If she turns, she’s part of the pack whether she likes it or not.  If she doesn’t turn, they can’t risk her going off at the mouth about their existence.  And then when it turns out she is now a werewolf herself, all of a sudden it’s ‘oh you don’t need to stay here FOREVER, just a few months’.

Like…what?

I assume if she did not turn she would still be held there so they could protect themselves, but this turn about doesn’t lead full credence to that idea now. Like would they seriously hold her for the rest of her life?  Or just a few months until they trust each other enough to let her go home?  They live in a freaking RESORT town for crying out loud.  The humans who are part of their pack are there willingly, else they would be raising hell every tourist season in an attempt to escape.

Aside from changing their tune halfway through the song, I enjoyed it. And now aside from the Broken Destiny trilogy I’ve read pretty much everything else she has written so go me!

Now as promised previously we’re turning our attention back to Mr. Brandon Sanderson. First up of his is Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, a Cosmere novella.  My first look at the Cosmere world!  So exciting!

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: “Don’t kindle flame, don’t shed the blood of another, don’t run at night. These things draw shades.”

Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

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