#Review: The Tempering – Adrianne James
Mackenzie Duncan landed the opportunity of a lifetime when she was selected to become a part of Harvard University’s Mythology department. In her mind, she can now follow her passion, and delve into lore’s of old. She’s been fascinated by myths and legends from an early age, always wondering if there is truth behind the tales she’s heard. To be able to debunk such mysteries is mind-boggling. So much so, that’s she willing to do everything necessary to see how far her new path in life takes her.
An unexpected attack one night soon throws her carefully constructed life into an uproar. The wolf bite she suffered has changed her entire being in more ways than one. She’s stronger, more agile, her body heals faster than normal, and her temperament has changed completely. Though she’s not sure as to what’s happening to her, Mackenzie is determined in finding answers to the questions roiling through her mind. Someone must know what’s going on. She just has to find the right person to pose her questions to.
As her life continues to spiral toward the unexpected, Mackenzie soon fears for those around her. She’s afraid of hurting someone, something she refuses to do at all cost. When she comes across the gorgeous Geoff, she soon realizes that she’s not the only one going through such a crazy ordeal. There are others like her living out there, and she’s hell-bent on making sense of what she’s going through.
With Geoff’s help, she’s able to control who and what she’s become. Though she’s not exactly accepted into the new community, Mackenzie refuses to bend to someone else’s will. She has a mind and heart of her own, and she’ll do everything possible to co-exist with those she comes across. Will she be able to return to the life she knew once everything is said and done? Or will she remain with the new family she’s come to know is so short a time?
An intriguing start to the Mackenzie Duncan series, I was absolutely hooked from the very beginning. I honestly enjoy all things supernatural, and I think Adrianne did a wonderful job in creating this wonderful world. The werewolves are a breed of their own, and stand up for their beliefs. It’s shown clearly in the moments when they test Mackenzie’s mettle. A bittersweet story, I’m definitely looking forward to what’s to come.
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The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is deep, but she never thought any of it could be real.
After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, has suddenly become super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can’t possibly be normal. The myths she’s studying aren’t myths at all. Werewolves are real, and she’s one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.
The hardest part of being a werewolf is to have no control and no memory of her time as a bloodthirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes, and she is actually able to remember bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?
About The Author:
Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.
During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family.
As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.
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