Bitterroot Part 1 by SM Reine and Heather Hildenbrand

Title: Bitterroot Part One

by Heather Hildenbrand and SM Reine

Publisher: Elephantine Publishing

Release Date: September 20, 2015

Genre: Paranormal/Urban, Coming of Age 

Seventeen year-old Regan Vuk has lived her whole life under the shadow of her future: the pack alpha. She is fast, smart, and determined. According to her own pack members, she is a shoo-in. But Regan’s dad has a secret. 

Seventeen year-old Charlie spent her adolescence drifting from place to place with a mother desperate to hide her illegitimate daughter from the unforgiving reality of werewolf pack dynamics. All Charlie has ever wanted is to know her father--and the family that's been kept from her all these years. But most of all, she wants a place to belong in the world. Where she doesn’t have to pretend she can’t sprout fur and paws at will. 

Being kidnapped on her way home from prom was not what she had in mind. 
When Charlie finds out the only way to fit in with her new family is to defeat her long-lost sister for the role of alpha, she refuses. That is until she learns that the strange and alluring vampire she's befriended, Owen, is the same vampire prince that's been promised the winner. 
Regan has no doubt that, although she loathes the vampires, it will be her who "wins" Owen. 

Only problem: Charlie's already fallen for him. 

Bitterroot is a 3-part novella series with a dose of sibling rivalry... Who will you root for? 

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Everywhere you look it seems like there is another paranormal series trying to make its way into viability, especially those of the werewolf/vampire type. Some people are instantly turned off by this booking sub-genre due to over-exposure caused by block buster series such as Twilight and The Mortal Instruments while others are clambering over it for the very same reason. As an equal opportunity book lover, I try to give every book its fair chance, but I will admit, I was more than a little excited to read this story.

I have been a huge fan of Heather Hildenbrand since a friend of mine introduced me to her Dystopian Series, The Imitation series, and I have had S.M Reine’s collective work on my TBR list for an absurd amount of time and cannot wait to have the time to dive into her highly acclaimed work. When this pairing of authors was announced, I was cautiously excited. I am always slightly wary of author collaborations, as they can either work out to be creative masterpieces, or quite the literary disaster. In my time of reading, I have found myself to be so hopeful for author collaborations, and usually sorely disappointed. With great relief I can say that this collaboration was one that was perfectly engineered. The writing styles of each author did not clash like many duel authored books unintentionally facilitate, but instead the both of their voices bolstered their work to a degree of expertise that cannot be overlooked.

The storyline was pleasantly intriguing, and I was drawn in within the very first scene. As the story developed, the characters began to round out into very relatable beings, which is something that can be found as lacking in this genre. Both Charlie and Regan were incredibly human in heart, despite their paranormal genetics. I really enjoyed that there is not one girl that outshines the other consistently throughout the story and that there are no guarantees. Everything is consistently changing, including the point of view in the story, which further lends to the intrigue that comes with never knowing how things are going to turn out.

The only complaint that I have about this book is that the second isn’t out yet! This is the first novella in the Bitterroot series, and the second is already up for pre-sale. As soon as I read the last page, I was so sad that I have to wait to find out what happens next! I am so invested in this reality, and I am anxiously excited to see where this journey leads.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The plot was fast paced and flowed very easily, which is always a delight to read. The characters were all very intriguing yet relatable. I enjoyed that we could see their vulnerability, but that characteristic is what always spurred on their strength. I believe that this collaboration is a stunning success; one that I only wished could be said of more author pairings. This is a very well done first installment, and I eagerly wait to read what happens next.  

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. 

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.

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