by Hannah McBride
Book 2 in the Blackwater Pack Series
That was then…
After escaping her birth pack, being kidnapped, and nearly dying on the mountain, Skye has found a home in Blackwater. Surrounded by friends and family, and her mate, she's ready for her final semester at Granite Peak Academy to be a lot quieter, and a lot more uneventful, than last year.
…this is now
When shifters from the academy are taken, Skye and her pack are forced to return to Blackwater. With the Spring Summit looming, Skye will finally have to face the demons of her past if she wants to have a life with Remy.
Things aren’t what they seem
Skye is done running and ready to fight for her future. She'll do whatever it takes to protect the ones she loves ... even if the threat is from someone she trusts.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Action-Packed
TRIGGER WARNING: Storyline involves flashbacks of sexual assault, and bullying.
Prey is the second book in Hannah McBride's debut series, the Blackwater Pack series, and centers around Skye Markham, a new member of the Blackwater pack, and mated to the future Alpha, Remy. She is looking forward to her last semester of high school at Granite Peak Academy - expecting it to be more peaceful than the last one. That is, until more female shifters go missing, and this time from the Academy. When students are returned home for their safety, Skye is in for more trouble, when Blackwater is accused of kidnapping her mother, her aunt, her cousin, and herself. She will need to face her past to protect her family and pack, whether she is ready for it or not.
Oh, fellow book nerds. I'm addicted. I'm addicted to Hannah McBride's Blackwater Pack series. For a shifter/romance story, that could easily be cliché, Hannah manages to keep is original and interesting, without bordering on cheesy. Her mix of very human issues, such as sexism, and abuse, with the supernatural fantasy of werewolves and their politics, makes it feel more adult in nature. Speaking of politics - it's a very risky thing in books like this. In other books, I have found myself often frustrated with how much information I am getting on the hierarchy/politics of a world, and not getting enough action to sustain my interest (kind of like Shadow and Bone). Hannah McBride was able to mix a lot of "world building" in this book, while not letting the action slide. For a fairly new writer, I am impressed. I've seen well known and beloved writers unable to maintain that balance. I found myself frustrated with only three things: typos, repetition, and a wee bit of predictability. I get that many self-published authors don't get the benefits of going through a publisher in terms of editing. I am a pretty forgivable reader, so it won't stop me from reading her work, because she is truly a talent. It does bring me out of the story though, which is frustrating. Secondly, she needs to find other words to use in her steamier scenes. Every kiss Skye gasps, opening up to Remy, and after a while, it gets boring. My last gripe, and it truly isn't a big deal - was that the story was predictable. It didn't take much for me to know (spoilers) ----------------> that Maren was taken, and not injured in an accident. Or that in the end, we find out that Daniel is Sky's brother (there were brotherly vibes for sure), and that her father was part of an ancient line of shifters. The speed of Skye and Remy's mating bond made me suspect it, and when many of the blackwater couples started mating after Skye and Remy's consummation, I just knew it. <----------------.