A Wolf Apart

A Wolf Apart

by Maria Vale

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ISBN-13: 9781492661900
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Legend of All Wolves Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 185,823
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Maria Vale is a journalist who has worked for Publishers Weekly, Glamour magazine, Redbook, the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a logophile and a bibliovore and a worrier about the world.Trained as a medievalist, she tries to shoehorn the language of Beowulf into things that don't really need it. She currently lives in New York with her husband, two sons and a long line of dead plants. No one will let her have a pet.

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A Wolf Apart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LynnLTX 9 months ago
Elijah Sorrensson gives new meaning to a variation on theme, a wolf in lawyer’s clothing. For years now, he has lived away from the wolf pack he is sworn to protect. His insincere society lifestyle is slowly killing Elijah’s spirit. Expensive suits, a high profile job, and a slew of meaningless hookups do nothing but make him more desperate to return home back to his true wolf nature. Except for the three days of the Iron Moon when all of the wolves must return the wilderness, Elijah is forced to remain in “skin” because shifting while away from the Great North Pack homeland can bring lethal consequences. When Elijah meets the aptly named Thea Villalobos, he suddenly has reason to care about life again, however, he loves someone totally forbidden: a human. Thea is a strong woman who does not suffer fools gladly. She has little time for slick, wealthy men of Elijah’s ilk. Instead, Thea lives rough in the woods having a job to find the lost and injured using her many outdoor skills. Thea is drawn to Elijah, but finds his usual talents for picking up women only serve to alienate her. This wolf will not let her go, however, and sets about in serious pursuit despite the fact it may cost him everything. This story is told from Elijah’s POV with much of it detailing his constant struggle to live with the dichotomy of being in the human world of politics, high rollers, and big corporate where money matters over everything else when all he wants to do is be home with the wolf pack. Thea is really the only light in the encroaching darkness for him. He will have to break several taboos to be with her if that is even possible. This the second book in The Legend of All Wolves series. These stories have a very unique world building which is saying something in a sea of PNR/UF stories about wolf shifters. In the first book, THE LAST WOLF, much of the backstory is established so reading it will greatly enrich this second volume, A WOLF APART. Ms. Vale’s writing definitely drew me into her world. I was quite invested in the first story and so happy to see how the pack was faring including a continuation of Silver and Tiberius’s story. The world is changing for this pack and their ability to adapt will determine whether they survive a known enemy as well as human encroachment into their carefully protected lands.
BookishCreation 6 months ago
Because of Elijah’s state of mind and his current situation, I had a very hard time getting into it, and I never did warm up to Elijah. The book reads at a slow pace and feels more like a fantasy than a romance to me. That being said, Thea is an amazing character that really surprised me. She is nothing like how I expected her to be even after she starts to get introduced to the reader. This made me feel a little more like I was in Elijah’s shoes in his surprise towards her attitude. The world building was also really good for a fantasy, but does fall very short for a romance. Would I Recommend It: If you are looking for a unique werewolf fantasy than yes, but I really don’t recommend it to anyone wanting a romance. for more on this review visit my blog at bookishcreation dot com
Charlotte Pawson 7 months ago
Elijah a werewolf but forced to live amongst humans for 30 years is bored and wants to go home. His new alpha rejects this idea he must stay in NYC. Elijah can only keep in touch with his pack by video and misses important events. Everything is dark and monotonous in Elijah life until Thea a human connects with him. The first part of the book is quite difficult to get into as you feel the total despair of Elijah. The tone of the book changes after Thea and we are taken along with the life changing decisions both will have to make. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 8 months ago
I haven’t read the first book in this series (I didn’t know there was one) however I don’t think it lessened my enjoyment of this story any. A Wolf Apart is a romantic fantasy that takes place in a well written world. Our hero has been out in the human world providing for his brethren of the Great North Pack but he is tired of humans and their ways and their stink. Our heroine is human but she hates the city almost as much as our hero. Falling in love with a human may save his mind but it could cost him his life. Mating a human is against all the rules. After a slow start (it probably would have gone faster if I’d read the first one) I really got into the story and read it in one sitting.
Suze-Lavender 8 months ago
Elijah is part of the Great North Pack, but doesn’t spend much time with his fellow wolves. He’s being forced to pretend he’s human and has an apartment in New York. He’s a successful business man with a reputation. Elijah hates everything about his existence, the meaningless flings with women he shouldn’t have gotten involved with, the terrible food he’s being forced to eat and the constant pressure to tame his wild side. He wants out, but how can he do this when his pack counts on him? Elijah feels like he’s dying inside, he’s losing his wild side, but that changes when he meets Thea. Thea is an ECO, a woman living close to nature. Elijah can never take a human to meet his pack, it’s forbidden for wolves and people to mate. However, he can’t suppress the feelings he has for Thea. Elijah knows it’s time to make sacrifices and choose, what’s the price he has to pay for his actions? Do he and Thea stand a chance or are they doomed from the start? A Wolf Apart is a fascinating story about what could happen to a wolf when he has to spend too much time in the human world. Elijah is giving up his soul for his pack. Someone needs to do the job and he’s intelligent, sophisticated and capable. It costs him dearly though and every day he spends in his human life makes him die inside a little bit more. It slowly suffocates him, until he meets Thea. She makes him feel free again, which is something all wolves of his pack experience on a regular basis. I felt bad for Elijah because he couldn’t be himself, both in his pack and among humans and was anxious to discover if he’d find a way out. Maria Vale has created a fantastic world, the Great North Pack is something special. It’s a complete society and I loved reading about the pack laws and rites. Elijah is in a complex situation, he wants to be with his pack, but his pack has sent him away and makes him live a human life he detests. That definitely makes interesting reading. There’s plenty of inner turmoil and chaos because he can’t always stay in control. A forbidden love makes matters even worse, so Elijah has a lot of problems to solve. Finding out what he’d do kept me on the edge of my seat. A Wolf Apart is a great fascinating story about a fabulous complex main character.
Horsebranchjess 8 months ago
3 1/2stars rounded up. A Wolf Apart crawled along at a snail's pace for the first third of the book. Elijah is such a jerk, I could not drudge up any sort of feeling for him but disgust for his womanizing and conceited ways. Heck, he even begins to hate himself in the book. A forever wolf, who is losing his soul to the human world a little bit everyday as he acclimates to his environment. An alpha in the big city wearing suits and ties, he just wants to go home. Then he meets Thea Villalobos whose name means Goddess of the City of Wolves. Thea likes living simply and quietly, away from people. She spends her time rescuing people who get lost. Now Thea I like and after Thea influences Elijah I could finally feel something his character but disgust. Thea fills up the pieces of his soul and becomes his saving grace when his plans and his life begins falling apart. The story is an alpha male/shifter romance with a satisfying HEA and a reformed bad boy. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was a very unusual take on the paranormal. Instead of the wolfs we usually see these wolf really see themselves as animals. Three days a month when there is a full moon they will turn whether they want to or not. The wolfs that can change when they want are called shifters their enemies as well as humans. There is a romance and its dynamics are also completely different from what we usually see. So this is a compelling read you can not put it down because it is so original.
gigiluvsbooks2 9 months ago
Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild? Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying... Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he's forced to endure. He's Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained... She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding. "Thea Villalobos," she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back. Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves. Review: This is an instance because the world building is so intricate that even though you could probably read this as a stand alone, I would not recommend it. Besides, that there is the storyline running through the two books that make reading them more enjoyable if read in order. This is definitely a character piece with the story being centered around Elijah. The story is very dense when it comes to him and how being out in the world is starting to affect him. He meets Thea and he kind of is renewed, even though she is human and there is not supposed to be a relationship between wolves and humans. This couple kind of breaks all those rules. My one wish for the book would have been to have more of Thea. Not saying there was not a lot, but I just did not feel like I got a good sense of her like I did Elijah. The Author is a very descriptive writer and really makes you feel like you are in the story. There is a lot of action and drama, but this is not a typical romance, if that is what you are looking for. If you have read the previous book, you will be happy to read about some familiar wolves. Still a unique and interesting series. 3.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Eloise_In_Paris 9 months ago
We are introduced to a very bored with his human life werewolf Elijah. Then for way to long we follow him around his life which he now feels is monotonous and tedious. The problem was he is bored, which made me bored. He was annoyed, so I was annoyed. He finally met Thea, but nothing much in his life changed. It took about half the book before something happened, and then still not much. Finally some conflict, but the tone of the story remained the same. So there wasn’t much urgency. Another story that had an interesting idea, but didn’t do it for me. Also the “love” story bothered me for two very important reasons. One, Elijah is sick of humans and wants to go home. Thea is a bit odd and a recluse, but very human. What’s so different about her? She likes the country and animals. I get that he lived in NYC, but he also has been in the human world for over 30 years. I just had a hard time believing she was so different than any other woman he’s ever met. There are other reasons why I don’t see why he would ignore the fact that they are different species, but those could be considered spoilers so I’ll leave them out. But the story, the pace, and the logistics of their biology and relationship did not work for me. I won’t be continuing with this series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Quite enjoyable & thoughtful. Strongly recommend. Also it was nice to return to the pack & spend time with Silver &Ti. Elijah & Thea are well matched. Hopefully there are more books coming in this series. The earlier than schedule release was a lovely surprise as well.
ReadYourWrites 9 months ago
4.5 Stars A Wolf Apart is the second book in Maria Vale’s The Legend of All Wolves Series. I read the first book, The Last Wolf, and couldn’t wait to read this one. It picks up not too long after the first one. However, you do not need to have read the first book to get a good understanding of what’s happening. You will definitely get much more background from The Last Wolf, but there is enough information given in A Wolf Apart that you wouldn’t be totally lost. In A Wolf Apart, the hero is Elijah Sorensson, a wolf and member of the Great North pack. The pack has the ability to change into human form. These wolves have been around for thousands of years and have learned how to do quite well in the human world. Elijah is one of the Alphas. He only makes it home for 3 days a month for The Iron Moon which is when all wolves are forced to be in wolf form for 3 days. The rest of the the time Elijah is an attorney at a prestigious law firm who secretly handles their affairs. Elijah has been Offland for 30 years and he is itching to be back home with his pack full-time. Unfortunately, that can’t happen and it begins to wear on Elijah. He feels disconnected from everyone and everything except when he meets a human named Thea. She changes his whole perspective and also has him breaking some significant pack rules. As with The Last Wolf, Maria Vale does a great job of creating this amazing supernatural mythology regarding this wolf pack that is a lot different from other wolf lore. That’s really what makes me love this series. Plus, you really get a feel for what it’s like to be a wolf in a human lead world. Elijah is dedicated to his pack and has a lot of disdain for humanity yet he works with them everyday. When Thea shows up to his firm as a client needing assistance, he is drawn to her in a way that he has never been drawn to any other being. She doesn’t have a hidden agenda and has no idea what he really is. The way that she finds out is unexpected and her reaction is genuine. I really appreciated how the relationship unfolded. I was also glad to see that some of the storyline from the previous book continues in a natural progression. There were a lot of good life lessons that were explored. Plus, there is a good amount of heat between the sheets to keep things interesting. It’s going to be hard for Maria to top what she has done so far but I look forward to seeing what happens next. I’m not totally excited about how A Wolf Apart ended which is why I give it 4.5 stars. I felt like the Maria could have given us a little bit more. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
ReadYourWrites 9 months ago
4.5 Stars A Wolf Apart is the second book in Maria Vale’s The Legend of All Wolves Series. I read the first book, The Last Wolf, and couldn’t wait to read this one. It picks up not too long after the first one. However, you do not need to have read the first book to get a good understanding of what’s happening. You will definitely get much more background from The Last Wolf, but there is enough information given in A Wolf Apart that you wouldn’t be totally lost. In A Wolf Apart, the hero is Elijah Sorensson, a wolf and member of the Great North pack. The pack has the ability to change into human form. These wolves have been around for thousands of years and have learned how to do quite well in the human world. Elijah is one of the Alphas. He only makes it home for 3 days a month for The Iron Moon which is when all wolves are forced to be in wolf form for 3 days. The rest of the the time Elijah is an attorney at a prestigious law firm who secretly handles their affairs. Elijah has been Offland for 30 years and he is itching to be back home with his pack full-time. Unfortunately, that can’t happen and it begins to wear on Elijah. He feels disconnected from everyone and everything except when he meets a human named Thea. She changes his whole perspective and also has him breaking some significant pack rules. As with The Last Wolf, Maria Vale does a great job of creating this amazing supernatural mythology regarding this wolf pack that is a lot different from other wolf lore. That’s really what makes me love this series. Plus, you really get a feel for what it’s like to be a wolf in a human lead world. Elijah is dedicated to his pack and has a lot of disdain for humanity yet he works with them everyday. When Thea shows up to his firm as a client needing assistance, he is drawn to her in a way that he has never been drawn to any other being. She doesn’t have a hidden agenda and has no idea what he really is. The way that she finds out is unexpected and her reaction is genuine. I really appreciated how the relationship unfolded. I was also glad to see that some of the storyline from the previous book continues in a natural progression. There were a lot of good life lessons that were explored. Plus, there is a good amount of heat between the sheets to keep things interesting. It’s going to be hard for Maria to top what she has done so far but I look forward to seeing what happens next. I’m not totally excited about how A Wolf Apart ended which is why I give it 4.5 stars. I felt like the Maria could have given us a little bit more. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
JackieBCentralTexasJB 9 months ago
Book Info Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication: July 31, 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492661902 (ISBN13: 9781492661900) Edition Language English Series The Legend of All Wolves #2 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB When the Great North Pack is on the verge of falling apart, Pack wolf Elijah Sorensson wants to give up on his successful life in the human world to return home. But the Alpha says no--Elijah must continue to play his role to protect the Pack from those who want to destroy it. Knowing he needs strength by his side, he seeks out human Thea Villalobos, a woman he's admired from the moment he met her. He hopes she can help him break through his human shell before the ailing wolf inside him dies, and before the Pack is betrayed again. But can Thea accept who and what Elijah really is? My Thoughts This story has many facets but mainly focuses on Elijah Sorensson. Elijah is a lawyer for the Pack who is living away from the rest, a Wolf in human skin whose life is beginning to spin out of his control the longer he stays Offland. By chance, or Fate, he meets a human female named Thea Villalobos. Thea calms the man and his beast. Elijah, for the first time in his many years of solitary life, feels a true sense of comfort and belonging from another living being. However, since Thea is a human, their relationship is built on lies of omission which may doom it to failure when all is revealed to her. Failure in the form of banishment or death is a very real possibility for Elijah once the Great North Pack becomes aware of his transgression against their law of never exposing the wolves to humans. (view spoiler) This particular story could have ended in such a tragic manner instead, as hoped, it ended in triumph! While I totally enjoyed book 1 this 2nd book was even more emotionally charged for me from beginning to ending, even with a few errors here and there that can be easily corrected in the books final rendition before it is published. [EArc from Netgalley]