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Read-to-Review: Unexpected Alpha by Bethany Wicker

27108722Female Alphas are unheard of in werewolf society, and the Sapphire Pack is no different. So when Lena’s father dies, no one is more shocked than she to discover that his Alpha powers have transferred to her. Lena has her hands full protecting her pack from hunters and rogue wolves, while simultaneously facing prejudices and power-hungry males who want to mate with her just to steal her title.

But when the uber-sexy Kane enters the picture, Lena gets a lot more than she bargained for. He irritates her to no end, while giving her butterflies at the same time. With his interference and her new-found power bubbling under her skin, something inside her changes, leaving her confused as to what she truly is. She soon discovers that searching for answers is most difficult when the last person she can trust is the only one who has them.   (From: Goodreads)

Actual rating: 2/5 stars

I’m worried about him not accepting me as what I am: an Alpha. Our mate situation isn’t as strong as others and the only explanation I have is that it’s because I’m not a normal female.

↑↑↑↑↑The above quote sums up the entire book, in my opinion.↑↑↑↑↑

Plot

The story is about a rare female Alpha(like the leader of the wolf pack), Selena, trying to search her identity and embrace new power. And also finding her mate. That’s it, nothing more. If you know me well, then you’ll know I don’t like werewolves at all, and the reason I gave this story a shot simply because I thought the synopsis was very interesting; thus, I held pretty high expectation for it. To my disappointment, I couldn’t persuade myself to enjoy this book as I initially hoped. The plot is rather blend and lacks some heart-wrenching twists. Although I could better relate to what those wolves were thinking/feeling, I hope there was some originality in the basic storyline.

Characters

What I found really, really problematic are the characters and the stereotype. I mean, the main dilemma Selena encountered was whether she could take her responsibility for her unexpected title—the Alpha, whom was supposed to be a male. A strong, fearless, tough enough male. An Alpha male. However, while she was trying to reveal her true self and proved that she had the ability to be a great leader for her pack, the author transferred the attention to other males instead. It seemed to imply that males are undoubtedly superior to females and there’s no way to change it. As a result, Selena wasn’t the sort of heroine I thought she would become. Somehow I guess the author did make an effort to create an alpha female with special features, but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that way. She put too much unnecessary emphasis on the sense of superiority the male wolves should have and consequently shifted the specific purpose she wanted to convey.

What I slightly like

Even though the majority of the story was focused on the whole “female-alpha-issue”, Selena’s mate, Kane, was actually an interesting character. Particularly the last part of the book where he showed his weakness(FINALLY) and was a little emotional when he realized how helpless he was because he didn’t know what to do to help her go through the aching process; he eventually acted like a little girl normal human wolf and I could see some vulnerable sides from at least a male. That’s what I’m looking for in this story in the first place, honestly.

In conclusion

I’m sorry to say this, but I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, unless you’re a huge werewolf lover, nor would I read the rest of this series. However, I might be a bit capricious which means maybe one of those days I’ll decide to continue reading it! Who knows? It’s too hard to make a promise. But still, thanks to the author for providing me with a free ebook copy of this one in exchange for an honest review!

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Hello there! I'm Jasmine and this is my one and only book blog. Reading and reviewing books are my hobbies so I enjoy sharing my passion for them here on my blog. Besides, I mostly read YA, Contemporary, Coming of Age and Dystopian books. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!

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