Thursday, 15 May 2014

Book Review: Avoiding Alpha (Alpha Girl #2) by Aileen Erin

Series: Alpha Girl #2
Publisher: Ink Montser
Publication Date: 13 May 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, YA
Source: NetGalley / Inky Monster (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 145 Pages


Seventeen-year-old Tessa McCaide has come a long way since her abrupt entrance into the world of werewolves, but she still has just as far to go before she’s comfortable with turning full wolf. In the meantime, she’s avoiding the topic of shifting to four legs any way she can. Thankfully her mate, Dastien Laurent, is quite the distraction.

When she finds her best friend, Meredith, getting sick in the bathroom, Tessa knows something’s majorly wrong. Meredith was cursed years ago, and the dark magic kept her wolf dormant—only now the wolf is awake, and that same spell is killing her.

Tessa has no intention of sitting around while Meredith wastes away. Even if it means playing with magic she doesn’t understand, she’ll do anything to save Meredith’s life. Including bargaining with the local coven of witches and its crazed leader, whose only goal is getting Tessa to join the witchy ranks.

Can Tessa save her friend without losing herself?

***A 52K Word Novella***

Previous reviews:
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) (5 stars)

My Review:

I have been so excited about this release since I read Becoming Alpha in December and literally finished in 2 days! When Ink Monster Publishers invited me to review the sequel via NetGalley - I jumped onto the opportunity. Tess and Dastien are one of my favourite paranormal couples!! 

Let me tell you the Aileen knows how to suck you into the story with her writing and get you caught up in all the drama. 

Characters & Storyline: 4/5

Tess - I loved Tess in Becoming Alpha. I was super intrigued to see how life was at the Werewolf Academy, after the dust has settled down and the tribunal is on the horizon. I became a bit frustrated with her self doubt, I understood her concerns about with what was going on but I wished she had a bit more confidence - it really irritated me. I can't say I loved her as much as in book 1 but I still enjoyed her journey none-the-less. I really want to see her grow into her bruja powers too! I think Tess is going to kick it up a notch in the next book: Alpha Divided. 

Dastien - I loved him just as much as in Becoming Alpha. Dastien is so caring and adorable. I love that this Alpha Male doesn't have any issues!!! I was intrigued at one part where there was a vision of him crying but I am sure Aileen will give us some more of Dastien's past some time or another (hint hint nudge nudge). I am not sure what more I can say other than I adore Dastien!

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 3.5/5  
I enjoyed the storyline, it was original and interesting. I liked the combo of bruja and werewolf in this series.

Avoiding Alpha jumped into the story too quickly for me. I would have liked a scene or two maybe with Dastien and Tess or Tess and Meredith - to see how Tess has settled in to her new life as a werewolf before everything goes down. Other than that, the story is intense and fast-paced from the world go. The ending does leave you hanging a bit but no cliff hanger - thank goodness! I am so excited to see things come together in Alpha Divided. 

Cover talk: 4/5 The cover is catching! I wonder if that is Dastien on the cover with Tess or Meredith. I think it's Meredith because most of the story is about her and the field and.... READ THE BOOK!

Final Thoughts: I was mildly satisfied with this book, but I am still super excited for the rest of this series!!

My Rating:

Books in the series:

Other books by Aileen Erin:

Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is a lover of all things nerdy—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website




  1. I'm curious about the series but even if I saw some great things about book 1, some were mixed about this one so I think I'll wait for more reviews to know if I try it or not...

    1. Sounds like a good plan :) Book 1 was brilliant though!

  2. This series seems to be going well for you. I remember reading your review on the first one. I still live the whole academy thing.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. Yeah, Aileen writes really well. the werewolf academy is awesome <3 Thanks for the visit Naomi!

  3. Your review for Becoming Alpha got me intrigued and, even though this instalment has a lower rating, I'm still curious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Chanzie!

    1. Hopefully the next one brings it all together :) I still have faith! Hope you give it a try sometime Silvia :)

  4. I completely agree with Silvia! It still seems like an enjoyable read, so I'll keep this in mind. Thanks, Chanzie!

    1. This series is quite enjoyable! Now to wait for the next installment.. glad it is only a few months away and not an entire year!!

  5. I think you enjoyed this one a little more than I did. I think my expectations were a little too high going in, and I was disappointed by the fact that it's a novella instead of a full length book. Had there been a .5 next to the installment number, my review would have probably been more positive. But, I'm still looking forward to the next one! I mean, how can you resist these covers??

    1. Maybe, it took me a while to decide on the rating. I think the biggest thing for me was it just jumped in too quickly and Tessa frustrated me with her doubt. The writing was still great though :) I hope the next book makes up for this short one!!!

  6. I'm glad this book managed to keep your interest in the series even though it wasn't as excited as the first book, maybe it's a bridge book to lead you into the next book. It's still important info but not as exciting. I think I have Becoming Alpha on my Kindle, I'm going to have to read soone. Thanks Chanzie!!

    1. I do think it was more of a bridge book - you are right! Ooooh glad to hear you have Becoming Alpha.. I loved it!!!


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