A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein arc Review

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! I am so excited to tell you all about this beautiful arc I received. This is the second book in The Boulder Wolves triology, and I had the privilege to get the arc of the first on netgalley a while back.

The second (and the book I am reviewing today) I recieved from the lovely Olivia Wildestien herself. Please note that although I recieved this arc for free all my opinions are, as always, my own, and I have not been paid at all for this review.

A Pack of Vows and Tears (The Boulder Wolves Book 2) by [Wildenstein, Olivia]
You can find your copy here!
  • Title: A Pack of Vows and Tears
  • Author: Olivia Wildestien
  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Twig Publishing (28 May 2019)
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy/ PNR
  • ISBN-10:  1948463172
  • ISBN-13:  978-1948463171
  • My Rating: 4*

SynopsisFrom Amazon

She thought the fight was over but it was only just beginning.

Ness Clark’s place amongst the Boulders and at Liam’s side is compromised. First, when her cousin claims Ness helped him elude his death sentence. And then, when August Watt, Ness’s childhood friend, comes home to Boulder.

Although August’s plan was to pledge himself and return to active duty, he finds himself incapable of leaving. This becomes problematic for Liam and Ness, because a mating link has clicked into place between Ness and the ex-marine. If not consumed, the link will fade, but that’ll take months. How long and hard can two people fight a physical attraction that renders their bodies unreceptive to anyone’s but their mates?

Ness is tired of fighting, tired of having to prove herself worthy of her pack’s trust and of her Alpha’s affection. But when an enemy pack arrives and threatens the Boulders, she has two choices: step aside and let the wolves who have pushed her away fend for themselves, or step up and help them fight the newcomers.

Ness has never stepped aside…not for anyone.

Why would she start now?

My Review

As this book is a sequel I kind of knew what to expect. Not in terms of plot of course but in terms of setting and characters etc. I had my fave characters, I had characters I was less keen on. That being said, Olivia Wildenstien has this ability to take me on a wild ride, and turn my emotions completely on their head!

There were twists I didn’t see coming, a few actually, and I read this book in record time. I’m a sucker for the romance in this story and can’t tell you how much I’m rooting for the ship. The annoying thing is how quickly Olivia can make you change your mind about someone you thought you liked! I went into this book thinking I liked a character, and it turns out I really don’t after reading this.

What I really appreciate about these books is that Ness, our main character, is strong, independent, and has known much heartache and personal tragedy. It’s one of the reasons we root for her so much in these books. She is strong yet vulnerable, and whilst she always bounces back we get to see the strife she endures.

It’s hard to review this book because all I want to do is scream about the spoilers. I just want to chat until the cows come home about what happened and how I feel! I really enjoy these books. They always get devoured within hours, and quite honestly I find it cruel I have to wait for the next one…not fair at all.

Immediately after reading this I messaged Olivia and told her about my angst and she just laughed, saying she had done her job.

These books are definitely worth a read if you like romance shifter stories. I should add that I normally never read shifter stories but for this series I make an exception.

If you are interested I suggest taking a look at book one – A Pack of Blood and Lies:

Find it Here!

Synopsis

The primal rule of winning: don’t fall in love with the contender. 

Three months shy of her eighteenth birthday, Ness is forced to return to Colorado. Even though it’s been six years, and the wolves of her all-male pack don’t recognize her, she recognizes them. People who shun others because of their gender are hard to forget.

Especially Liam Kolane–son of Heath, the crudest and cruelest Alpha to have ruled the Boulder Pack. Liam is as handsome as he is infuriating, as kind as he is punishing, and he makes Ness’s traitorous heart race, which isn’t good. After all, he’s a Kolane. Like father like son, right?

When Heath dies, Liam vies to become the new Alpha and no one dares challenge him. 

Except Ness. 

Thus begins a treacherous game. 

The rules: winner takes all…including loser’s life.

Have you read any of these books? If yes…we should chat! If not, then you really should give it a go if it sounds like your cup of tea. Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #11

Okay so it’s been well over a week since I last updated you all. This isn’t for lack of wanting to update you all…it’s due to an unfortunate lack of reading [insert crying book steff here]!! It’s been tough to get in any reading other than uni work which is a little soul destroying to say the least.

Books I have read

Since my wrap up…none!! Literally none!!! I’ve literally got no books in my may reads list right now! It’s heartbreaking lol.

Currently reading

I’ve gotten 20% of the way through The Gems of Eslana, and I picked up mythago wood but haven’t continued with it yet 😭😭! So…obviously I’m feeling hella sorry for myself!

Books I plan to read next

Any…throw my a bone here! I need to read something other than uni related reading otherwise I’m going to loose the plot lol.

What books have you read in the last week? What book are you currently enjoying? Or perhaps you can comment letting me know you are having a tough reading time to make me feel better? No? Just me…okay.


May TBR

Hey Beautiful Booklovers 😘!! I know I didn’t post my April tbr last month and that’s because 1 – baby and 2 – I’ve been doing the whole “mood reader” thing recently. That being said, I still have a few books that I plan to read this month, and so thought I’d let you know what they are!

1 – Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin Book 3) by [LaFevers, Robin]

This is book number 3 in His Fair Assassins trilogy, and I am super excited to see where this story leads. I had planned to read this in April but other things got in the way, so can’t wait to continue this month!

2 – Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (The Temeraire Series, Book 2) by [Novik, Naomi]

Book number 2 in the temeraire series. I own the first 6 books, and am having some serious dragon withdrawal so need books with dragons this month lol!

3 – Fire and Blood by George R R Martin

Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by [Martin, George R.R.]

Same as the above…I’m having dragon withdrawal 😂! I am up to date with my Game of Thrones episodes and man I need some dragons!! I was contemplating re-reading the entire GoT series but thought that would be fairly time consuming, and I’ve already re-read books recently, so I should focus on reading new ones instead!

4 – Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

So, you should know…I’m trash for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman! I adore their stuff, and just can’t wait for this book! I am so excited, and read the first chapter sneak peak, and I’m too excited!!!! I need it NOW!

Once I have worked my way through these books I plan to do some polls (either on my Instagram story or my Twitter) to get you all to help me pick which books to read next. I have so many on my shelves I want to read and may need your assistance picking the rest of my May reads!

Have you read any of the above books? Are any on your tbr? What books are on your May tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

April Wrap Up!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers!! Sorry I have been MIA recently…well pretty much all of April really, again sorry! If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that the reason I haven’t been able to post on here is because I had my little boy, and of course my family has taken priority as we have been getting used to the new dynamics of our household!

I am fine, had a comepletely natural and normal experience, baby is perfect – we are all besotted with him in the Book Steff household 😂! We are doing great, and now that things are becoming more “routine” I can now come back to mingling with you lovely people!

So, as stated above this is April’s Wrap Up post, and without further rambling…let’s get to it!

1 – A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

My Rating: 4*

This was a re-read for me, and I absolutely loved it…again. Mostly because well…dragons, but also because I love the relationship of Lady Trent and her husband. I love her inability to take no for an answer! If you haven’t read this…you should definitely look into it!

2 – Daugther of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 4*

Again, another re-read! After finishing Warrior of the Wild last month I needed more Levenseller goodness so picked up this duology again (because apparently despite my massive tbr I’m okay with picking up books I’ve already read 🙄)! Anyway I love this duology it’s some pirate/ siren goodness!

3 – Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

My Rating: 4*

Same as the above – a re-read that I really enjoyed!

4 – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

My Rating: 4*

This had been on my shelf for too long, so I finally picked it up, and oh my fecking feck!! I adored this book, I loved the concept, the characters, the political manoeuvring! It was great and I needed the next book immediately.

5 – Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

My Rating: 4*

As I said, I needed the next book, and I read it! Normally I’m not a fan when you have one book in the POV of one character then the next book follows someone else, but I have to say I love it! I needed this POV, and I didn’t even know it until I started reading this! The thing I love about these books, are that they tackle such difficult issues/ topics. This book in particular really touched on some tough topics and I loved that about it!

6 – The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

My Rating: 2*

This was another that had been sat on my shelf for too long! I decided to pick it up and have to say I wasn’t impressed. There was no tension, because I didn’t give a bloody hoot about the characters, and to top it all off I felt like everything was just too easy for the MC!

7 – Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) by [Novik, Naomi]

My Rating: 5*

Okay, so I loved it!! I loved the dragon, I loved the relationship between the MC and temeraire, and it just gave me so many feels! I will definitely be continuing in this series!

8 – Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

My Rating: 3.5*

I enjoyed this book, it had intrigue, it had a good storyline. For me it was let down with the characters, although I didn’t by any means hate them, I found they weren’t as well developed as I would have personally liked. There were elements that let me see into the characters way of being etc, but I didn’t feel as connected to them as I would have liked. However, I will say that I wasn’t expecting the twist. I recommend this book, because I think it will be loved by many, but I personally needed a bit more.

9 – Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

My Rating: 4*

This has been a long time coming!! I read the first book nearly a year ago now, which is madness. It was time I continued, and I was really surprised, because I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it (no idea why lol)! I wasn’t expecting the twists this story took, and can’t wait to see what the final instalment brings!

10 – A Pack of Vows and Tears by Olivia Wildenstein

A Pack of Vows and Tears (The Boulder Wolves Book 2) by [Wildenstein, Olivia]

My Rating: 4*

I am officially trash for this series and Olivia knows it all to well! The amazing Olivia Wildenstein sent me an arc of this (I previously reviewed book 1 for her as an arc and so she kindly sent me the next instalment) and I just couldn’t put the damn thing down! I don’t own many shifter stories (a I own about 3 maybe 4) but this series just has me hooked; like I said…I’m utter trash for this lol! I will do a review later – closer to pub date – that way you won’t be spoiled if you plan on reading this.

11 – Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

My Rating: 3*

I wanted to love it, but sadly I just felt the pacing let the story down. It’s as simple as that really. I know many people have raved about this, and I can honestly say I wish I could be one of them, but it just didn’t do it for me.

So there you go 11 books later we have my wrap up, which if I’m being honest with you – I’m quite impressed with because I had a baby this month lol! Have you read any of the above? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!


Reading Update #10

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update!

So I’ve been neglecting you all, and I must admit that sucks – don’t worry instagram has been neglected too if not more lol! Unborn baby has had me in and out of the hospital (he is running amok)!

Also I just want to say sorry for not posting an April TBR yet, but honestly with baby being due and with my horrendous case of mood reading, I haven’t been able to sort out a tbr (not one I will be able to stick to any way).

Anyway enough of that; let’s update you all on what I’ve read since I last posted!!

Books I’ve read

So, I’ve re-read Daughter of a Pirate King, and Daughter of a Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller, because after warrior of the wild I needed some Levenseller love!! I really enjoyed this duology again, such fun reads! Funny that I’m literally always moaning about not reading the unread books on my shelf yet feel the need to revisit others lol!

Also I managed to read Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, and oh my gosh! Why did I wait so long for that! It was great! I may even do a review when I get the chance.

What I’m currently reading

So, narurally having read Grave Mercy and having them all on my shelves, I’ve picked up number two in the series – Dark Triumph. I am only a couple chapters in because…well baby chaos, but I honestly can’t wait to devour the rest of it! I can already tell I’m going to enjoy this one too!

Books to pick up next

Depending on how in love I am with Dark Triumph I may pick up Mortal Heart (book 3) next, but as I said last week – I’m still in a funky mood reader kind of mood and I honestly have no idea what I’ll want to read next lol!

Random tidbits

I’m currently not receiving any emails from my contact me page (this was brought to my attention by someone on my other social media accounts) so if you have contacted me for any reason please know I have not ignored it. I just haven’t recieved it, please bear with me as I try to sort this issue, and in the meantime feel free to contact me through dm on Twitter or Instagram. Given that I am about to have another baby I may not see it straight away, but will get back to you as soon as I can.

What have you been reading this past week? Anything to recommend? What about the books I mentioned above, have you read any of them yet? Are they on your tbr? Let me know in the comments below!

And I can’t say this enough right now, but thank you to all who have shown support and patience at this busy time in my life, I can’t wait to update you with the new addition to the Book Steff family, hopefully not long to go (else I might sign a damn eviction notice soon lol)! You are all amazing for sticking with me, so 100 times thank you for your support!

Book Buying Ban!

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! So sorry I have been absent lately, it turns out third babies like to play games of false labour with you…how fun! But I’m back and baby is still cooking for now, but I will warn you that it could be any day now (so if I disappear for a bit you’ll know why)! Rest assured my March Wrap up and April tbr will be coming at you this week!

Anyway, enough of that, today’s post is all about my new rule – No more buying books!


Okay, so let me start by saying that this is long overdue for me! I have an impulse problem when it comes to purchasing books, and I’m finally putting my foot down! I buy more a month than I can physically get through, and that’s just stupid. I have decided that I need to behave myself and tackle the books I have on my shelves – which is too damn many!

So, for the foreseeable I will not be buying any new books, and clearly you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to note I said NEW. Which means I am allowing myself the treat every now and then to purchase a pre-loved book if I manage to work through a load of my tbr! This is just an option – to be honest, I plan not to buy any, but knowing me I have to factor in the urge to buy lol!

I just think it’s time for me to get through my huge tbr and this at least ensures I’m checking off more than I’m bringing home. That being said, I will point out I have kindle unlimited, and may venture down that avenue occasionally too, but since I’m off kindle reading right now (yes, still) I don’t see that being a big issue.

Anyone want to join me on my good behaviour? We could struggle together lol?

How many books a month do you read? Are you terrible for book buying like me? Or are you a good booklover, and rarely buy new? Let me know in the comments below!

Reading Update #8

Hey Beautiful Booklovers! Another week and another reading update! I can’t believe a week has passed already, it just seems crazy to me! I feel like I haven’t gotten a lot of reading done since I last updated you all, but I have finished another book so that’s something I guess!

Books I have read since last update

So, in my last update I mentioned I was about 100 pages from finishing Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and I did finish it that night so yay me! I know there are some of you who want to know my thoughts on this book so I plan on doing a review for it at some point – keep an eye out for that!

Another book I started and finished since my last update is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. It’s roughly about 500 pages so that is why I haven’t gotten much else read this week, however I wasn’t as pleased with this book as I wanted to be, and while the writing was beautiful the book itself fell short in my opinion. Trust me when I say no one is more upset by this than me!

Books I am currently reading

I have tried again with Once and Future, but I honestly think it is the format letting me down at the moment. I just can’t seem to read anything on my kindle [crying hysterically be right back]. It is so frustrating because I love reading on kindle. It means I can read in bed without keeping the light on. It means I can carry it easily where ever I go, but no…clearly it isn’t working for me right now, and it’s heart breaking!

I have picked up Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill today, so literally am about 10 pages into it right now, but am excited about this story, as I have heard many good things! Let me know if you have read it and what your thoughts were.

Books I plan to read next

Same as last week, I generally want to read the arcs I have, but we shall have to see, because as I said e-copies aren’t doing so well on my tbr at the moment! If not then I will probably pick up something with a dragon in it to lift my spirits aha!

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read any that I have mentioned above? If yes, what were your thoughts? Also, how many of you want to see a full review for Red Queen, or are you happy for me to talk about it in my wrap up alone?