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March 16, 2018

Review: The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo #Giveaway

by MK French

Kensey Deaton is the daughter of one of the werewolf leaders and considered a pampered princess. She has no intention of being handed off to the son of one of her father's allies and instead chooses Slade McAllister, her onetime friend and the son of the worst werewolf in town. It doesn't help that Slade has a bad reputation all of his own, but she is determined not to simply fall in line with tradition.
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The Big Bad Wolf
March 2018; Entangled Teen; 978-1985647275
ebook, print (220 pages); fantasy
Werewolf stories sometimes bother me when it plays up the alpha/beta/omega dynamics because it often seems an excuse to have characters be terrible and abusive toward one another, especially female characters. There are certainly hints of that in this story, but it isn't to a terrible extent. The text explicitly states that Kensey has power in the pack dynamics, and she certainly defends herself when under threat. There are also characters that seem to be one-note sociopaths just because they can be.

The Big Bad Wolf plays up more of the 'society girl and boy from the wrong side of the tracks' dynamic and reminds me of some Regency and Victorian romances in the way that their werewolf society is run. It's very rigid and structured around gender and class roles, focusing on tradition and not straying from expectations. Werewolf shifting is rather secondary to that aspect of it.

I liked Kensey a lot, and Slade was a sympathetic hero. He's caught between an abusive father, his family reputation, his own reputation, and his anger. I like the fake dating turning into a real relationship trope, and this book does that very well. The end is a bit sudden to reach the happily ever after, but it's still a fun read.

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About the Author:

US ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and twelve angry chickens.
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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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