Review: Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine

Crushed on by Sara Meadows, on November 23, 2015, in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Bitterroot Part 2 & 3
by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine

Today, BookCrushin is happy to bring you a review stop on the blog tour for Bitterroot by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine. Bitterroot is a 3-part serial and all 3 parts are now available – all book details are below including a link to my review for part 1. Bitterroot Part 1 left me wanting more, and I happily devoured Parts 2 and 3 in succession (the perks of receiving ARCs to review).

bitterrootBitterroot Part 1 by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine

Category: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publication: September 21st, 2015;Elephantine Publishing
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, iBooks

Sara’s 4-Star Review

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 she Charlie 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 Young Adult Paranormal with a dose of sibling rivalry… Who will you root for?


bitterroot2 Bitterroot Part 2

Publication: October 19th, 2015; Elephantine Publishing
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, iTunes

One month ago, Charlotte Vuk—Charlie—was living in a small town in Oregon with her mother, completely unaware she was next in line for alpha to a werewolf pack so steeped in tradition and rules that they banished her mother 17 years ago for being “the other woman.” Now, Charlie is here in Paradise to meet a family she never knew she had. And to compete for a title she never wanted in the first place.

Regan Vuk needs to be alpha—and fast. Her father has completely lost his mind; promising his daughter’s hand in marriage to their worst enemy in exchange for a peace the vampires ruined when they killed Regan’s mom is crazy. Regan needs to unseat him and bring order back to her people. Even if it means hurting Charlie in the process.

Charlie doesn’t understand why everyone hates the vampires so much. So far, Owen’s done nothing but help her. He’s the only friend she has, the only one who has taken the time to get to know her. But Owen isn’t the only one who sees her, and soon both girls realize there’s someone else out there against the idea of another Vuk becoming alpha. It might even be the same person who killed Regan’s mom. When they discover a vampire’s scent on their tail, Regan isn’t surprised they’re in danger.

For Charlie, it’s beginning to feel as if her world is crumbling in around her. For Regan, it’s just another day in Paradise.

Bitterroot is a 3-part novella series by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine


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bitterroot3Bitterroot Part 3

Publication: November 16th, 2015; Elephantine Publishing
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, iTunes

Regan and Charlie Vuk are finally forced to compete for the position of werewolf pack alpha. The winner gets to lead and she also gets Owen Rossi, the vampire prince’s hand in marriage—whether she wants it or not. But only one sister already has his heart.

If Regan wins, will she be able to let go of her feelings for Carter and put duty before desire? Will Charlie be able to survive long enough to get a fair shot at the competition and at Owen?

Before it’s over, both girls will have to compete for more than just the role of alpha. Someone has a grudge and they’ll do anything to exact vengeance on the guilty. Including removing one of the Vuk sisters from the equation.

Subtle threats escalate to attempted murder. One sister’s life hangs in the balance. The other must do whatever it takes in order to save her pack—and her sibling—including making the enemy her ally.

Will the vampires and werewolves finally forge peace—or will sibling rivalry prove fatal for them all?

The epic conclusion to Bitterroot, a 3-part YA paranormal romance novella series by Heather Hildenbrand & SM Reine


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Bitterroot Part 2 & Part 3

[book rating=4.5/5.0]


Bitterroot Part 1 left me wanting more, and I happily devoured Parts 2 and 3 in succession (the perks of receiving ARCs to review).

Bitterroot Part 2 picks up immediately where the first serial ended, as does Part 3 with Part 2. I enjoyed these books more than the first installment, as I felt like Reagan and Charlie were more developed and more relatable characters. Reagan was still harsh, but we were able to see more of her inner workings, which allowed for us to see a nicer side of her. Charlie gained more of a backbone and started to embrace her fate. We finally get to the trials, and we also get answers to some of the questions presented in Part 1.

These books were more fluidly written than the first. They are very descriptive in terms of the setting and I was once again transported to Reagan and Charlie’s world. One of my main complains about the first book was that their father was an unyielding jerk (to put it bluntly). He is much less brutal in these books, and we are given some insight into his reasoning.

The problem with serials is that they are short – there is so much more that could be written about these characters, and I hope that the authors choose to delve more into their stories. I really liked the ending, and would love to find out more about Charlie and Owen. I loved Owen. But then again, I have a thing for vampires. I found the ending a little abrupt, and would have liked to understand more of why one of the characters did what they did, but overall, the series was very satisfying and enjoyable.

4.5/5 stars



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