Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Age: 16+ (modest) or 17+(less conservative)
Type: Series, this is book three and from the sound of it there will be a book four.
Recommendation: Yes, I would recommend this book. As a great continuation of Mackenzie’s story that holds true to my favorite aspects of her character, Alpha sucks you right back in and picks up where book two left off.
Pricing: Good, it is Kindle Unlimited. The price for the e-book is actually on sale currently at $3.99 and as with many smaller book series, the paperback is more expensive at $15.99.
Summary: +strong heroine +action packed +interesting plot +steady pace without a lot of pause – can’t be read solo -mediocre last chapter
It’s hard being a Princess.
Mackenzie Grey never felt as vulnerable as she does now—but that won’t stop her from getting what she wants: revenge. Kenz and her friends journey to a new land where everyone has a motive and everyone is a suspect.
The Lunas find their voices after the massacre but question still stands—who is the real enemy? If Mackenzie wants to free herself, she will need to free them all; and it won’t be easy. As she approaches her 24th birthday—in the middle of a web of lies, deception, and murder—Kenz has to weave her way to the truth before she’s next on the chopping block.
With her companions, Mackenzie will make her final stand and change the course of the Lycan world forever…
Nothing makes me happier than the return of a totally bad ass heroine and an authors obvious conviction not to compromise on what makes her character come to life. Alpha holds true to the strong and fierce character Mackenzie Gray has maintained throughout the series thus far. If you read my previous reviews you would know I feel pretty strongly about how female focused this book is. Most of the time when there is any sexual tension between male and female protagonists, the sexual chemistry and the dude usually overpower the heroine and she ends up a rubbery hormone soaked mess that just rips her clothes off and turns into a bumbling sex crazed robot when she isn’t saving the world. Not that I totally mind, I mean who doesn’t appreciate a good romp? But it gets very repetitive and expected after the one thousandth time. Karina Espinsoa gives us a woman who even though she is head strong and annoying at times, she doesn’t let anyone or anything steal her spotlight. I totally appreciate that.
The plot is fast paced, consistent and even though there is a bit of a cliff hanger, the major issues of the book get resolved. Be forewarned though, you COULD read this as a stand-alone but you would be confused the first few chapters. Alpha really needs to be read as a series. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed at the very end. There is a lot more focus on Kenz making a decision about a certain two someone’s that she kind of always puts on the back burner. You start to think she has made some progress but sadly there was definitely some precipitation on my parade at the end of the last chapter. It wasn’t enough for me to lose interest in the coming book though. I want to see it resolved, but this could have easily been the end of the series if all the loose ends were wrapped up. I hope the author continues her trend of putting out good stuff because all too often everything gets diluted by the fourth book and it shows.
Bottom line: If you enjoyed the first two books, you will totally dig this one as well. Worth it for sure in my opinion.
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Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book from the author and chose to provide an honest review. As always, thank you Karina Espinosa!