Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Review - The Mating by Nicky Charles

The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #1)
by Nicky Charles
Published 2010
302 Pages

Elise, daughter of the pack alpha, is a young and free-spirited Lycan. She loves to run free, and roam through the wilderness with her best friend, a young male Lycan, who is also a member of her pack. 

One day, after a joyous romp through the forest, she arrives home and is introduced by her father to another alpha male—a male much older than Elise, with a fearsome appearance and commanding demeanor. Elise learns that she is to be mated to this mysterious alpha male, as a way to join the two packs. This is a devastating twist for Elise, as she expected to spend her life with her pack mates. 

We learn about the pack culture, and the reasons why this union is so vital to the welfare of the Lycans. Instead of resisting, Elise embarks on a journey that begins an entirely new phase in her life ... a journey that will impact the lives of the Lycans both from outside and within her pack.

Nicky Charles does a nice job of introducing us to the characters in this series. I enjoyed learning how the Lycans live, and what they have to do to remain hidden in our world, as a means of survival. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the sights, sounds, and scents that the Lycans experience when they are running free as their transformed selves. What I found disappointing was the all too human relationship problems, and the focus on that aspect of the story.

The Mating had a lot of potential, and I liked the setup to the story. But the paranormal aspects were lacking. Although I struggled a bit through some passages, with such a nice setup I do plan to continue on with the series. 

Reviewed by Stephanie