Ariel Nano Wolves by Donna McDonald
Warning: Contains lots of sex and some violence.
Ariel Nano Wolves by Donna McDonald is the story of Dr. Ariel Jones, a bio-molecular research scientist that has the tables turned on her. Betrayed by a coworker, she and two other women are shot up with wolf blood and nano technology, bringing some major changes in her life. Ariel and her two new friends are turned into werewolves and have to learn to navigate this dangerous new world while trying to figure out why they were chosen for these experiments.
I thought the premise of this book was interesting. I love when authors try to merge fantasy and science together to explain their monsters and was optimistic when I picked this book up. I knew that there was going to be romance, and expected some adventure. Matt was refreshing. Yes, he’s an Alpha, but he cares for her and is able to teach her and put most of his dominating tendencies on the back burner. Reed is much the same way and it was nice to have two Alphas that weren’t domineering jerks. And while I enjoyed Ariel and how quickly she assimilated to her new role thanks to her scientific mind and the convictions she had from being turned into an Alpha wolf (there wasn’t a lot of whining, thank goodness!), I had a lot of issues with this book.
First, the writing. While not terrible, I thought it was pretty basic, especially considering most of the story is told from Ariel’s perspective and she’s a smart woman! The writing and wording just didn’t reflect that rather important piece of her character. There were also some errors that a proof reader or final read through would have caught that took me out of the story. I also didn’t expect there to be so much sex. Now, I don’t mind sex in books, and while it did show Ariel and Matt’s relationship progressing, I didn’t need to read scenes from Brandi and Heidi as well to only learn little bits about them that could easily have been revealed in other ways. I also found that Ariel had pretty much an easy time with any conflict presented to her(except for one small, humorous thing), which took away from any suspense. While she grew emotionally and the author did show that aspect well, the rest came a bit easy to her. But my biggest disappointment, was the science. Ariel makes a big deal of not exchanging body fluids with the men, running tests on herself and the other girls and then goes ahead and breaks all of her rules, especially when it comes to Reed . We also only find out about one player in the conspiracy that captured Reed and Ariel speculates as to what might happen to her and the other nano wolves, but there’s nothing concrete! Nothing is revealed why the nanos and blood helped them make the change from human to werewolf when traditional werewolf lore states a human must be bit and that was a big disappointment. If you’re going to change the lore of a creature, you need to have pretty good reasoning within your book and this one is just lacking a bit.
My Rating: 2/5
Creature Feature: 1.5/5
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