Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Avery from A.M. Martin in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
After witnessing the aftermath of her father’s gruesome murder, fifteen-year-old Avery was forever changed. Her inner sight once dormant, swelled like a cresting wave, sending her into a tailspin and eventually landing her in the care of a psychiatric institution. “Cured” and released from Green Bier two years later, she finds herself in her uncle’s custody. Only then does she begin to question her diagnosis and discover what she dismissed as madness may be something else entirely.
Dark, broody Kayden has become reckless with the Rage constantly snapping at his heels. His only goal is to find an Empath to form the em-bond or risk being stuck in the Rage. A wild animal forevermore.
After a five-year, long war against his Mother’s Empath. Dean disbanded the Court of Wolves and let the Rage consume him centuries ago. The only thing he’s ever known is to hunt, run and sleep. That was till he smelled winter in summer. Till Avery.
Three different people. Three different lives. What happens when they meet?
Their world explodes.
This is not a love triangle. It’s a relationship involving one female and two males.
First Line: “‘Hey love bugs break apart’…”
I didn’t like Avery. I couldn’t relate to her, I didn’t particularly enjoy reading her narrative. But then around the 30k mark, I loved her. No, I FLOVED HER. Call me bi-polar, lock me up, it was emotional whiplash.
Avery. Is. Freaking. Life.
I mean, the poor girl is presented with her father’s dead body! I don’t know what I was expecting. It’s not like she’d have a smile plastered on her face and carry birthday balloons around with her. I regret disliking her in the beginning. My stomach churns at the thought of this happening to anyone. I would literally go insane.
…And so does Avery. She goes completely bonkers and is put into a psychiatric institution for two years.
“Nothing’s wrong with her, sweetie.”
She shakes her little head. “But Daddy there is…there’s nothing there. She’s hollow like the chocolate bunnies I get for Easter.”
I tilt my head to the side, looking at his daughter. Wondering what she knows and how…”
She is supposedly cured from her craziness and goes to live with her uncle. I would have loved to see her transformation here. Her uncle! I love him! I pretty much loved everyone in this book except for Avery for the longest time.
What does one do after being checked in to a mental health institution? Question things.
It’s not until she’s with her uncle that she begins to question why she was locked up to begin with. Ooo! Dun dun dunnn.
Entering from stage HOT: Kayden.
This man. THIS MAN. Err mer gurd. We’re watching the lives of young adults here, so I need to be careful not to seem like a cougar or anything, but if I could whistle, I would. Kayden is reckless and compulsive. He’s the bad boy we all want to “change.”
“I loved the feeling of my arms wrapped around Avery’s small body. Being able to feel her body heat and the pitter-patter of her heart.” —Kayden
And then there’s Dean. Yes, my friends, there are two saucy men in this book. It’s NOT a love triangle. Avery’s got the hots for two men.
“She is mine…” —Dean
This isn’t a super graphic romance novel if you’re obsessed with that kinky wolf-shifter-ness. 😏
Okay, so I’m reading this book, totally in FLOVE with the vulnerable Avery at this point. I’ve also got two males my inner coyote wants to howl at. Life is great. But who killed her father?! I think I’m going to find out, until I turn the page and there’s nothing there. The book is over.
I was just getting into the grove of things! 4 angry alpha stars!
In the text, we follow Avery, Dean and Kayden’s POVs. The content is flawed in areas and near the end of the book all the characters find a similar rhythm. I wanted just a little more varie-tay in the characters. I almost want the cray V1.0 Avery back. But the best news is: there’s a sequel!
I’m excited to read the next in the series. I’m curious what trouble Avery will get herself into next time.