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Today I’m posting my book review of the Matefinder series, by Leia Stone.
Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident.
Kai, an Alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. No one is prepared for what happens next. The tides turn in favor of the werewolves. The Matefinder has been found, and she is more powerful than anybody ever imagined. But is she prepared to be the most hunted werewolf in history?
Trigger Warnings: Blood, Mentions of Abuse, Mentions of Spousal Abuse, Mentions of Child Abuse, Child Abuse, Stabbing Mention, Car Accident resulting in Death, Torture Mention, Drowning Mention, Accidental Death, Murder Mention, Assassination Attempts, Kidnapping, Attempted Kidnapping.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Matefinder was a great start to the series. In actuality, the start of Matefinder, the book, had an explosive start to it that had my eyes glued to the pages! I couldn’t let it up.
Unlike other books, I wrote down my thoughts on Matefinder prior to actually reading it. They are ‘Could be interesting. Very intrigued and interested in how MC deals with life as a werewolf as an abuse survivor.’ — I’ve actually read books in the past where they “put down” severely abused wolves in the past because they’re too traumatized to live, and that they’re a danger to the pack. However, I’ve read books where the opposite happened: they save the wolves and rehabilitate them into pack life, and show these traumatized shifters that they don’t have anything to fear from their former abuser/pack.
In terms of what happened in this first book, there was so much happening..!!!
Honestly Matefinder is seriously so good. Good that’s like WHO GAVE THE AUTHOR THE RIGHT TO WRITE THIS BOOK, good.
I just finished the book but I’m already eagerly anticipating my reading of the next one. WHAT WILL HAPPEN?!
There’s only one point of view within Matefinder, and I am so glad for that. If there were more than one view point from within this book it’d be….too much for the story.
I genuinely adore Aurora and her personality. She’s been through so fucking much as a kid (child abuse), and while she deals with so much in her now adult life, she goes through quite a bit once again (not abuse). I love that Aurora started Safe Haven, and I love that her Alpha in this story is totally on board with Safe Haven and all it offers.
All in all, a great book. The story was easy to follow (thanks to the single point of view from Aurora), and the writing was easy to read as well. I honestly look forward to reading not only the next book, but also reading more of Leia Stone’s work as well.
I love and deeply appreciate how dedicated and loyal Aurora is of her family and her pack–the people whom she calls her own. From being scared shitless when she was turned (and therefore thought she was in another abusive situation) to where Aurora is now is … astounding. Leaps and bounds were made–and to think Aurora’s only beginning to come into her powers!
I give Matefinder, 4 stars.
Devi, Matefinder #2
Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, Torture (mention) Death, Mentions of Drug Abuse, Sex scenes (fade to black/fade out).
Book two in the captivating series by USA Today bestselling author Leia Stone that has been optioned for film.
When Aurora found out that the vampires were after her blood to procreate, she thought she knew her mission. Take out the vampires and live happily ever after with Kai and their pack. But when the witches discover something about her, everything changes. Maybe Aurora doesn’t have as much control over her fate as she thought and sometimes allies become enemies. Aurora and Kai must defy all odds if their future is to end in happiness.
Devi is a great addition to the story! And something that I didn’t like were the torture mentions. I actually made that last sentence bolded in my notes, so you know that I didn’t like it.
With the Alpha status upon Aurora, we get a quick look into life with Aurora as Alpha. Lemme tell you, it was great to read. Thought totally understanding with how Rora doesn’t want to be Alpha.
Sad to see the death of Devon though. Honestly, Devon’s death felt truly and completely pointless. I felt as though his death was added into the story for shock value–and to have a sense of loss within this second book.
entertaining sequel, low key bummed that I’m now 75% done with the series, lol.
Now that I’ve finished Devi, I’m eagerly anticipating the next and final book to the Matefinder series! There’s a lot I’m expecting from this last book. …Especially the death of two evil peeps. I don’t know what’s going to happen though, and the trepidation is real >_<.
I give Devi, 3.5 stars.
Balance, Matefinder #3
Trigger Warnings: Blood, Torture, Torture Mention, Bombing, Sacrifice of Life, Death.
Ever since Kai revealed the supernatural race to the humans, riots and chaos have reigned down on Mount Hood. Aurora is going crazy just sitting around and waiting for Layla to show up so that Aurora can finish her task and kill her, bringing peace to her pack. Kai does everything in his power to keep Aurora safe and confined on the heavily guarded mountain. But he should know that no one can really keep Aurora from the things she wants in life. She is determined to find Layla and end this war, forever. But at what cost?
Overall, Balance is a good ending to the series. I’m glad that at one point, Aurora got to see what having her own pack would feel like.
Over the course of the trilogy we truly see Aurora frown into who she is by the end of the Matefinder trilogy. Aurora is a strong woman who will not live by her past actions, and will not let her past define her. Aurora is balanced.
I’m super proud of the woman Aurora grew into: someone who can sense the truth behind people, and is 100% willing to add them to her growing family.
Most of all, I’m glad that Aurora got the happy ending that she wanted, and I’m glad that Aurora isn’t the type of person who lets everyone do everything for her. When Aurora knows she can do something, she sets out to do it. Sometimes with help; when she needs it, and other times when Aurora knows she’s got this.
I give Balance, 3 stars.
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