Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Wulf Chronicles
Author: Wulf Francú Godgluck
Series: WulfChron #1
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 523 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: What if werewolves were real?
What if one of them was different?
What if you were a defective werewolf?
This is not the story of how one night I got bitten and my life changed. Nor is it the story of how I went on a savage killing spree that left me tormented with guilt and dread the next morning.
This is the story of a boy, a boy who’s spent his life running from the shadows of monsters. A boy who never understood why the world hated him with so much odium. Why his mother would throw away her only life to protect his. Why he was never allowed to have friends. Why he never had the childhood every child should. Why he was never allowed to cherish happiness.
This is the story of a boy becoming himself, embracing his vulnerability and learning to accept and love.
This is a story about a werewolf, trying to find the answers to why he was born defective.
And maybe that’s the very reason I become the main course on the menu.
This is a very hard review to write because on one hand, I loved it and on the other, I absolutely hated it. I don’t want to spoiler the book so I’m going to try and keep this brief (which probably won’t happen). However, I do feel the need to warn readers that this book isn’t really a romance. It is more of a coming of age. Yes, there are ‘mates’ but, in this book, and in Michael’s life, his ‘mate’ is not exactly the person he spends most of his time with (if you know what I mean). I’m sure eventually the series might turn into a romance (although how that can be, I’m not sure) but I guess anything is possible.
However, that line of thinking will go into at least sixteen more paragraphs of what I liked and didn’t like about this ‘non-romance’ so we’ll move on to the characters. Michael is a very complex, emotional character. He goes through A LOT in this book and let’s not forget, this is a coming of age story. Michael is at that thin line between a young adult and a new adult so that’s what type of book this really is. As a character, he is sarcastic and tries to distance himself from others. He’s not exactly stellar at that but he tries his hardest to be that guy that no one wants to be around… which is funny because it’s actually the opposite. He attracts people like bees to honey. I loved and hated Michael for this and other reasons but hated him mostly because his internal dialogue was both long and repetitive. I had to skim at times because he would have the same thoughts and that just became tedious.
This story isn’t really just about Michael, though. There’s a lot of other characters so, ultimately, there’s probably three or four other couples this book is about and their situations. I loved getting their stories BUT felt like we could have done without them as it just made the book too long. I also hated that Michael’s POV was in first person and everyone else’s was in third person. I felt like it could have been better edited because it would change between past and present tense without any indication which would take me out of the story a lot. With all that mixed together, I hated when we got any other POV except Simon’s. I ADORED Simon. He was such an alpha… a jealous and possessive alpha and I soaked up every moment with him. Actually, there wasn’t ENOUGH moments with him. But whenever any other POV happened, it made me angry that we now had to wait to get back to Simon and his situations.
My biggest issue with this story, though, was the mate bond between Simon and Michael. Honestly, there was no point to it because it went nowhere. Michael didn’t even know he had a mate and while Simon was aware of it, he refused to act on it. I felt like it was an unnecessary part of the story that was just meant to give the book more pages. It didn’t go anywhere and I hated how it was handled. And that ENDING. Good lord, I’m so angry, I can’t even put into words how I feel about it. Half of me feels like it made the whole story utterly pointless.
*sigh* And I wanted to keep this review brief?! But this is why I’m so conflicted because while I hated a majority of the story and especially the ending, I can’t deny that this book brought up a lot of emotions in me. With that many emotions, I can’t deny that the book intrigued me and even though I skimmed a lot, I won’t deny that I couldn’t put the book down and that to me, is a great novel. I loved and hated Michael but I adored Simon. They have a weird relationship and their being ‘mates’ had absolutely no point to the book. It could have been left out and still had the same effect on the story. I hated the ending but I loved the premise of the book. I loved seeing Michael go from a lonely kid to having friends and possibly finding a pack. I LOVED the pack but I felt like the POVs for them could have been left out… and now I’m being as repetitive as Michael.
All in all, this book still has me all caught up in mixed emotions. I don’t know whether to rate it two stars or four stars so I’m going neutral. And I’ll leave readers with this… if you’re looking for a complex and intriguing story about a kid who finally gets some answers on who he is and finally finds himself, then you should definitely read this one. However, beware because this is not a love story… yes, there are relationships but, as I said, it’s complex and nothing is as it seems soooo not a romance and there is no HEA either. Keep that in mind but give it a go if you’re okay with this!!
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*