Review: Pride’s Pursuit by Cat Kalen
I’m sad that this trilogy has come to an end but ecstatic with the way that it ended! The first half of this book progresses at a breakneck pace which left me concerned about how Cat Kalen was going to wrap-up this series without rushing it but I’m happy to report that the ending was picture perfect. I loved how everything came together and was awestruck by the unexpected twists. I’m overjoyed that Pride got her perfect happily ever after because if anyone deserves one it’s her. Pride’s Pursuit is emotionally charged, incredibly satisfying and one of the best Young Adult werewolf books of 2012.
This third and final installment wastes no time and picks up right where Pride Unleashed left off. If you’re contemplating starting this series, then I strongly suggest you start with the first book because Kalen loses very little time with recaps. I normally prefer it when an author does a brief rundown of pertinent past happenings but in this case the characters and story are just so memorable that it’s not necessary. I had no trouble diving right back into Pride’s world even though it’s been over six months since my last visit. Cat’s first person POV writing style is gripping and wild which gives readers a real sense of viewing the world through a werewolf’s eyes. I love the animal feel of Kalen’s novels; it’s what hooked me in the beginning and it’s what keeps me coming back for more. Well, that and her wolves (of course).
I have a somewhat love / hate relationship with love triangles, especially in YA. I’ll either spend the entire book rolling my eyes at all of the corniness or devour the drama. In this case it was the latter; I’ve been so torn over Pride’s Stone vs. Logan dilemma that I just couldn’t see an ending that would appease everyone. Cat surprised me with her cleverness and I was genuinely pleased with the result. I didn’t feel cheated and all of the characters receive what was ultimately best for them in the long run which is not an easy feat to accomplish in any love triangle. However, I would have been happy had it gone either way; it really was a close race. Admittedly, the final decision is left up in the air until the last chapters which made for one heck of a suspenseful conclusion to this series.
The ending was by far my favourite part of this book and quite possibly my favourite part of this entire trilogy. The twists are skillfully written, the revelations are shocking and the culmination is exquisite. I loved how Kalen weaved in the surprises about Pride’s father’s master plan, the Paranormal Task Force’s role and how she solved the true mate quandary. Pride’s Pursuit is a brilliant ending to this wonderful trilogy and I can’t wait to check out the spin-off series next year!
||Alpha battles, love triangles and deceit abound; perfect for readers who prefer the “wilder” side of werewolves’ personalities.
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||The Seasons of the Moon series by SM Reine, the Nightshade trilogy by Andrea Cremer and the Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
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