Out of the Dark starts where Just One Drops ends pretty seamlessly, and just things just go from bad to worse.
I have spent the last week pouring over my notes and trying decide what and how I wanted to write this review. Don’t get me wrong I loved Out of the Dark but I had so many personal thoughts running in tandem with my thoughts about this book and at one point they converged in one thought “the hits just keep coming” which gave me an epiphany of sorts, I think, I am still contemplating the phrase as it pertains to my personal stuff but for the book it was the perfect phrase. At the end of Just One Drop, the Jen was missing and the rest of the pack had just escaped a deadly magical fire which is where the beginning of Out of the Dark starts and where things progressively get worse. But the thing that I like the most about this story is that through everything the pack stays tight and are there for each other trying to cope with the ever-growing threat and nonstop nightmare. As they plot and plan on getting one of their on back where she belongs and gear up for a war against some crazy evil bitch, they manage to find small pockets of happiness to cherish. I can relate to the later as my family is still living a nightmare, where the hits keep coming but we cherish the good moments even as we miss the one we lost. I believe that fact that I can relate to that small part of the story is what drew me to reading the Grey Wolves series again and keeping me engrossed and connected, even as my excuse was to re-read the series as I discovered there were new books in the series.
There really wasn’t anything about Out of the Dark that I didn’t like except perhaps the odd sort of double standard that exists in this young adult book the older teenagers probably read. What I mean is that when it comes to the violence Quinn Loftis is very graphic but the bedroom scenes are very vague, given her target audience I find that interesting, because given my occasional moments of orneriness I get could miles out of why is it ok have the graphic violence and not the sex scenes, I mean why one and not the other and the couples in question are married. I do understand why but the stirring of the proverbial pot would’ve been very entertaining to me at one time, now not so much, I would be able to keep up like I used to. My rating for this book would have been a five-star one because there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about this story until I counted the edits but thankfully those edits only cost this story one star.
LOL I seem to find several quotes in this series that I think are funny and given that my heart is still in a dark place, with the death of Shanny, I am grateful for any humor I can get. In Out of the Dark I had many to choose from but this one stood out more than the others and had me thinking that my oldest daughter would love Jen and her brilliant vindictive mind.
"Okay, so let me get this straight. You want to show Dec pictures of his mate butt naked, pawing all over him, while he looked like he wanted to crawl under the bed? The same Jen who put K-Y Jelly all over the cars of the cheerleaders, put condoms over their antennas, and then wrote 'cheerleaders got rhythm' on their window shields last year for laughing at her Beauty and the Beast backpack? The same Jen who broke into the field house, got the field chalk, and drew a picture of a girl's breasts and put 'nice rack' underneath it just because the team's mascot we were playing was a Buck?"—Jacque
Book Cover Rating
I have been thinking about the covers since I started reading the series and for the most part I like them enough to give them three stars but I kind of feel like something is missing from them. I am still reading through the series so hopefully some insight will come to me as to what I feel is missing.
Book Blurb Rating
Darkness has descended on the Transylvanian Alps.
Four packs of the powerful Grey wolves – in a rare show of cooperation – had joined together here in an effort to help their pack members find true mates. Then they were betrayed by one of their own – an Alpha hell-bent on becoming the most powerful of the Canis lupis. And though the wolf's assassination attempt on the currently-reigning Romanian Alpha failed, his plans to get Decebel, the Romanian Beta, out of the picture were coming together even as his treachery was discovered. The wolf fled, leaving destruction, death, and a missing mate behind him.
Unbeknownst to the other packs, the wolf has employed a witch to finish the deadly job and help him gain another tool to increase his power. A curse of devastating proportions will cripple Decebel in a way that may dissolve his fragile bond with Jennifer. Meanwhile, injured and alone, Jen has been fighting for her life. She had come to terms with her fate, accepting that she would not share a life with Decebel, until help came in the most unexpected form...
Vasile will have to use all his resources – including Sally, the new gypsy healer of the Romanian pack – to discover a way in which to destroy the witch, lift the curse from Decebel and reunite him with the one woman who makes him whole, and solve a mystery that's been surrounding the Romanian pack for 300 years.