Monday, November 17, 2014

Review: Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Dire
Series: The Dire Wolves Chronicles, #1
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

* Book received in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happened to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves. I thought the wolves were the worst of my problems, but I was wrong. When things went from bad to worse I had to make a lifelong sacrifice to save Gage, but what price is too much to save the one you love? 


My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it. I also know I am definitely going to be keeping up with the series as well. The book was fast-paced, but didn’t feel very rushed. The characters get tossed into a situation that was very interesting, scary, and not what I expected at all. I honestly didn’t know where the storyline was going and I think Ivy did a good job at keeping me guessing. The detail was simple, but still enough for me to feel the characters, their personalities, and the world they get thrown into. 
I did enjoy the characters. Gage was a very nice guy. And he wasn’t the cocky, pushing love interest either. I think he brought in a bit of freshness. Mary Anne was sweet, but didn’t think too highly of herself. But in the end, I saw that she has a will of steel. The relationship between Gage and Mary Anne played out nicely, though it did develop really fast.  But the chemistry was very much there. The challenges they faced were unreal, testing in so many ways, and very much frightening. I enjoyed watching how they reacted and grew from those experiences. 
"What's wrong?" "That noise. It was like a howl." She shivered, and I knew it wasn't from the cold. "A howl?" I held her tighter. "Like a wolf?" She didn't need to answer, a loud howl filled the silent night. 
The building of the conflict was probably my favorite aspect of the story. It was intense, kept me guessing, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The villains are not what I imagine either, another aspect I loved. 

Oh! And that ending! It left in such a cliffhanger I know I will be grabbing the next book as soon as it’s out!

Dire was definitely not like any werewolf book I have encountered before. I couldn't put it down once I started it. It was filled with gripping action, intense situations, and quite a bit of thrill. Dire was a quick read, but had a very creepy feel to it.


  1. Your review makes me really excited about this one. Honestly werewolf/shifter books are always very hit or miss for me, so I am always leery of picking them up but if you enjoyed it I probably will too so I am going to have to check this one out. Awesome review! *muggle huggles*

  2. I love a story that is well built, a plot to keep you on your toes. And a cliffhanger, good that it sucks you in, bad you have to wait!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. Sigh, I tried SO hard to like this book, but it scathed by for me, really. The ending was what did it for me. The rest of the book drove me crazy, lol. That damn cliffhanger ending! Lol.

    1. I completely understand! It was the ending that really did it for me and the fact that the werewolves were portrayed so differently! At least you gave it a try! :D

  4. I haven't read any books about werevolves except for 'Twilight' And I didn't really like them in these books either. I don't know, I'm just not a fan of them. I prefer vampires and other creatures :)

    Still, I am so glad you liked this book. Cliffhangers are so so mean, especially if the next book is going to be published a year later like most sequels.

    Awesome review!

  5. Oh, how I love the wolf boys!! This is going straight on my reading list! I haven't had a great werewolf read in a while so it is past time. Wonderful review, Magen! I love that it's fast-paced but doesn't feel rushed; and even though it ends with a cliffy (grrr argggg), I am digging creepy reads lately so this is a must! Thank you for sharing, love! *hugs*


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