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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mystic U: Final Exams by Julia Talbot

Mystic U: Final Exams by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M/F Menage, multiple partners, anal play, toys
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Danny, Lee and Heather are still trying to make sense of their relationship, and of the problems brewing in the pack. Add in the end of the semester and decisions about what to do once school is over, and Danny figures his life is pretty much in the weeds.

Pack alpha Logan thinks Danny has no idea what trouble looks like. He knows it comes in the form of a prissy anthropology professor from Mystic U who thinks it's her job to tell Logan how to run his pack. Allie thinks Logan is all wrong in the way he's dealing with the man who's causing all the problems, and she thinks Logan needs to listen before it's too late. Will she get her way, or will the Wolf Creek pack end up with a failing grade?

Do you need a fresh fun read that entertains as much with its engaging plot as it does with its colorful characters and easy dialogue? Look no further than Julia Talbot’s Mystic U: Final Exams.

In the culmination of a year that was eye opening for one young city were, Danny has embraced his inner wolf along with Lee and Heather. But can this little pack survive when there’s someone determined to drive them apart at all cost? Even death? They’ll have to rely on each other as well as pack Alpha Logan if they want to see graduation. Logan will have to learn that having a mate means that he is gaining a partner in his responsibilities rather than additional stress in his life.

While I sometimes look for books that draw me deep into the writer’s world and become emotionally involved with the characters, there are other times when I just want to be entertained. Don’t get me wrong, the Mystic U trilogy isn’t all fluff and no substance. The characters are well developed and easy to like… except the bad guy of course. I think what I enjoyed the most about the series is the simple dialogue. These are college kids for the most part of the books and Ms. Talbot does an excellent job of capturing the transition these young people are in. No longer high school and not yet ready for the evil that is out there. They're weres so you expect the strong emotions, especially the sexual aggression of the alphas. Let me tell you, the heat is there and it is sensual.

I requested the third book, Final Exams, to review. While it stands alone very well by itself I couldn’t resist purchasing copies of Wolf 101 and Midterms to get a clearer picture of how the characters' relationships began and developed throughout the year. The alpha over the area pack, Logan, plays a large part in this final book and reading the first two gave me an introduction to him and a better understanding of his relationship with alpha in training, Lee. All three books in the series are short stories but I didn’t feel shorted on detail. I definitely have to recommend this book to anyone looking for well-developed characters and a great read.

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