Release Day Review: A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale

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When the Great North Pack is on the verge of falling apart, Pack wolf Elijah Sorensson wants to give up on his successful life in the human world to return home. But the Alpha says no--Elijah must continue to play his role to protect the Pack from those who want to destroy it.

Knowing he needs strength by his side, he seeks out human Thea Villalobos, a woman he's admired from the moment he met her. He hopes she can help him break through his human shell before the ailing wolf inside him dies, and before the Pack is betrayed again. But can Thea accept who and what Elijah really is?

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**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I was excited to read Elijah Sorensson's story after being introduced to him in The Last Wolf. However, I ended up being a bit disappointed. I enjoyed the first book a lot and was expecting a bit more from A Wolf Apart. The main reasons why this book didn't work for me as much as the previous one, were the setting of the story and the lack of insight and growth of the main characters. The majority of the book took place in the human world, where Elijah is surrounded by humans. The lack of interaction with his pack members was one of the things that left me dissatisfied, I enjoyed the story more when he was home with the pack once a month. 

The other main character and Elijah's love interest is Thea Villalobos, an environmental conservation officer. Her character felt flat, and I was just waiting for the moment for her to come 'alive'. She still feels like a stranger to me, and I think I would've learned more about her if there were chapters in her POV included in the book. This was one of the reason I didn't really feel and believe in their love, and it developed really fast. A Wolf Apart doesn't feel like a complete story, and that is why I was a bit let down. However, the scenes with the pack members were the best. I just love seeing Elijah in his natural habitat, and interacting with his family. I also enjoyed reading about his internal struggles and trying to hold on to his true self. I also want to mention that the story kept me interested enough to finish it. I was just expecting some extras that would've elevated the story more. I really hope that the story will pick up more in the next book(s).
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Maria Vale is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world. Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.

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