Beta (War of the Alphas, #2)by Published 22 Apr 2015
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Deirdre Tombs has lived most her life as the weakest of shapeshifters — an Omega who can’t turn into any animal. Now the terrorist known as Everton Stark has made her his Beta. He wants her by his side when he defeats the Office of Preternatural Affairs, kills Rylie Gresham, and becomes Alpha of all shifters.
The faeries from the Winter Court have an offer to make Stark’s domination easier. They know where to find a cursed sword that can kill anything, and they’ll give it to him… for a price.
Deirdre’s the only one who can keep Stark from getting this powerful weapon — if she wants to. But as brutal as Stark may be, he’s also the only one who can give Deirdre what she wants.
And Deirdre doesn’t know where her loyalties lie anymore.
Beta (War of the Alphas, #2) Reviews
Talk about betrayal in the most shocking way. WHY... WHY... WHY...
This book started out really lagging for me, I can normally devour one of S.M. Reine's books in a few hours and this took me a few days.
But whatever this book was lacking in the beginning, she made up for it 10 fold by the middle of the book. Seeing more parallels from her others series made this book highly enjoyable. Knowing that the twin falcons from the Decent and Ascension series has a role in this book was very exciting.
But what I loved most was that fact that even after 3 different series, and the first book Omega, Sara made me question Rylie... I actually started to not like Alpha and found myself wanting Stark to win.
And that betrayal... OMG, I never saw that coming, and I am normally pretty good at spotting those things. Looking forward to the third installment, Alpha.
I received Beta in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that made me hate, admire and sympathize with characters as much as the War of Alphas series has. Let me clarify that for you. I’m not talking about different characters here, it’s fairly common to love one character as much as you hate another. I’m talking about the SAME character. Sure, an author has made me change my opinion about a character more than once, but it usually takes at least a healthy portion of a book to make my opinion of those characters pull a complete about face. S.M. Reine has managed to make me have a love/hate relationship with at least two characters in this series pretty much from the beginning. My loyalties flip sometimes from chapter to chapter. The crazy part is that one of them is the heroine, Deirdre.
Really, I understand where Deirdre’s coming from and I never really hated her. She’s basically a semi-reluctant double agent. It’s no wonder she’s confused. She’s spent her entire life after Genesis feeling betrayed by Rylie. To make things even more complicated, it was Abel who made the final decision about keeping her out of the sanctuary. I know in my mind that all those things make it impossible for her to put her total trust in Rylie or anyone else connected with the sanctuary. I know what happened prior to the Genesis. In my heart, every time Deirdre listens to Stark and doubts Rylie’s intentions I want to reach into the book and shake her and tell her everything… but I can’t. Honestly, it’s beyond frustrating.
Then there was Stark. I really thought it was impossible to feel anything for this man other than hate. I’d be lying if I said that I now like him. Not even close. It’s more a matter of me understanding him just a little bit more. That realization didn’t come until near the end of Beta, but it was a powerful moment.
There wasn’t much down time in Beta. Things happened fast and the players (and sometimes their loyalties) changed just as quickly. Speaking of which, there are a lot more characters to contend with. The battle isn’t just between the Alphas anymore. There’s a lot more at stake and more preternatural beings than ever before. Readers are also getting closer to finding out exactly what Deirdre is and I have a feeling it’s going to bring things to a whole new level for everyone.
Alpha is next, and it was supposed to be the end of the trilogy. Evidently it’s taken on a life of its own because S.M. Reine has hinted that there will probably be another book added to the series. After reading Beta, I totally understand. As awesome as this author is, I have no idea how just one book can wrap up all the crazy developments in this book.
A strong female turns into a codependant drug addict
I really don't get this book or who it's trying to appeal to.
The main character is just so damn WEAK. Sure, she can physically kick ass, but in every other way she is an angry, codependent child. She rages at everyone while still doing EVERYTHING they tell her to. She kills on command, she does drugs on command, she beats her (only) friend to a pulp on command, she dresses like a white on command...
If you're fantasy is to be a codependent robot who likes getting beaten by a man who finds you a poor second choice to the wife he lost, then this book is for you!
AAAARGH !!! Please tell me if there is a "Anti Cruelty League for Readers" because I would like to hand SM REine over to them for inflicting emotional cruelty on me for the abusive use of cliffhangers.
I cannot express my frustration levels with this book, is it possible to be in an abusive relationship with a book because this feels like it?
We continue the adventures of Deirdre Tombs the omega of the shifter world who has been promoted to Beta in the Rebellion but is still the traitor within, .......or is she? who has has lost the the love of her life ........or has she? who hates her the leader of the rebellion and all he stands for....or does she? (Please play dramatic music in your head between pauses).
And do we then find out what kind of shifter she is ......
NO WE DONT !!
Will we be buying the next book .......
YES WE WILL !!!
Disclosure: I was given this 4 in 1 book of this series free for review. What I have to add to what is written below is that reading it this way I can hardly tell where one book ends and the next begins. That may be because I am 'reading' rather listening by text-to-speech. I use the British female--sounds like Julie Andrews reading to me! The books are seamlessly woven together. I do not like the main character as much as I do Rylie, the first one we meet in Ms. Reine's worlds and the Alpha that remains Alpha through everything. Deidre is full of flaws and teen mistaken ideas and addictions. Yet, she grows on you and you find yourself rooting for her.
Disclosure: I was gifted this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! What a sequel! I must admit that I am confused as to what our Omega/Beta, Deidre Tombs actually is as a shifter, still we were given a few clues in this book. I really love her character. Shoot, by saying that I show how Sara Reine writes her characters; so realistic that I forgot there is a writer! Yet how realistic is a shapeshifter? Yet, I believe it while reading it. As always, I am left gasping and wanting to become the main character in Stephen King's Misery. I want the next book NOW!!!! I want to see if I am correct in my guesses. Don't worry, Ms. Reine. I'm generally a passive person and have plenty to keep me reading until you can crank out the next.
I was glad to see old friends from Seasons of the Moon and on through other series our prolific author has scribed. By the way, I do highly recommend reading all her books start with Season of the Moon. Her books are full of chills and thrills and characters, places and scenes that are at once unbelievable yet the reader sees everything that is taking place. All senses are engaged and you are there! Beta felt as good as any of her books. And the ending, though not quite a cliffhanger, leaves you wanting to know more. What will happen next? What is she? Great job, Sara!