This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Inkitt. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Alpha Kaden by Midika Crane
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, young adult
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
"Lock your doors. Hold them tight. Close your windows. Every night. Don't go out, in case he's there. Always live in total fear."
Everyone knows of Alpha Kaden, a man of twisted riddles and cryptic puzzles. His identity is one of them. His touch, another. He is feared throughout all 13 packs for his reputation of stealing young women out of their beds. And tonight he has come to steal Mara to make her a player in his wicked game.
But when Mara discovers the truth behind his sadistic mind games everything changes and she finds herself questioning what is real, and what is not. Mara always assumed her mate would be a man from her own pack. A good man. Not a sadistic, sinful Alpha named Kaden.
The Alpha Kaden book is a part of the Alpha series and also is included in The Alpha Series Boxed Set: Books 1 – 3. Each book follows the story of an alpha from a werewolf pack. I really enjoyed the world that was created with the different packs. They are all named for what they stand for (ex: Purity, Discipline, Freedom) and their members seem exhibit that quality. Each pack was led by an Alpha and the territory that they reigned over was unique to their pack. All the packs knew about each other but each kept to their own.
There was one pack that was feared above the rest and that was Pack Vengeance. This is the pack that Alpha Kaden ruled over. His character was responsible for some truly heinous crimes. The most despicable one was that he would steal girls from other packs to do who knows what with them. No one really could say as they were never seen or heard from again.
At the start of the story Mara is stolen from her room and kept prisoner at Alpha Kaden’s house. He told her he had a special plan for her but he would not explain what she was there for. He liked to play games and she was just his pawn. I spent the first part of this book practically seething with anger for Mara’s treatment by Alpha Kaden. I did not like his character at all! Well, let me be clear, as a character he was awesome because he played a great villain. So it is more accurate to say that I did not like him in relation to how he treated Mara. I also felt great trepidation for her plight and was worried for her character. As the story unfolded and truths were brought out I began to slowly change my perspective on things.
Things were not all that they seemed and as Mara began to uncover the truths more questions would pop up and linger. There was a sick and twisted game at play but it seemed as if it was more than just Mara caught up in the web. Who should she trust? Who could she trust? Her heart was leading her in one direction but her mind was not truly on board. In the end the only way she could be free would be to play an even deadlier game where the consequences could be the fate of those that she cared for.
There is a swoony little love story tucked into this book with its games and sadism. It was like a thread that was slowly teased out as the story went on. I really enjoyed how the details were slowly unfurled about Alpha Kaden and his true feelings about Mara. I especially enjoyed that although Mara was from the Purity pack, where they are taught to be meek and submissive, that she was not. She submitted when forced but her character had an inner strength that allowed her to keep trying to get herself to safety. I liked that about her. It made her part of the story quite enjoyable.
Sounds great, but……? I had a lot of “that’s it?” moments throughout the reading of this book. It was the plot points (event within the plot that spin the action to another direction) that were bothersome to me. The story would be flowing smoothly but when it came to a plot point everything happened so fast and did not have the same depth as the story that flowed up to it. To me it felt like the plot point was rushed in order to move on to the next part of the story as quickly as possible.
Then there was the feeling that there was confusion with the genre. The story has an adult feel half the time but then particularly when the intimate scenes come around the story quickly feels like it is young adult. I get that Mara is inexperienced coming from the Purity pack and maybe that is what the author was going for but it just did not work for me.
The other quibbles I have are not things I can bring up without spoiling the story. So, I will move on and say even though I do have some criticisms I did really enjoy this story. I read it in one sitting and honestly by the time I finished the story I couldn’t believe it was over already. The characters were likable, the storyline, and the world that it resided in. I liked that each pack was unique as well as their environment being unique to them. I want to know more and I am going to carry on with the series because it was a unique and captivating read.
*Thank you to Publisher Inkitt for this eARC of Alpha Kaden*