The Literature Hub
Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Regan Ure
Publisher & Pages: Wattpad (Self-Published Kindle Edition), 100 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Hayes is living her life by her own rules. Losing her parents at a young age has made her strong and fiercely independent. She knows exactly who she is and nothing is going to change that. Everything starts to change for her when she moves to a new town. She meets Cade Presley. He is domineering and arrogant which makes her detest him at first sight. She learns a secret that will unravel her perfect life and lead her into a world she never knew existed. Embracing her new life is difficult when it pulls her closer to Cade. Finding out you are destined to be with someone forever is hard to handle especially when you want to throttle them every time you see them. The attraction she feels for him is undeniable and there is no fighting destiny. ~Amazon Description
Highlight: The writer uses stereotypes to make a point about sexism.
Caution: Unfortunately the stereotypical characters outweigh the protagonist who challenges traditions.
Highlight: Despite the predictability, it occasionally deviates into new territory.
Caution: The story is predictable with very few surprises.
Reading the first few lines I had high hopes for an intriguing and exciting read.
In the first chapter we’re introduced to Scarlett who has an attitude and is quite confident in her abilities. As the story unfolds and new characters are introduced inconsistencies become transparent. Scarlett was initially portrayed as a strong female protagonist, but once she meets Cade her superior presence as a female lead is shoved to the side in order to make room for Cade’s over-protective tendencies.
Not only does Cade start to steal the show despite being in Scarlett’s perspective, she’s reduced to a character with more bark than bite. Scarlett does redeem herself somewhat at the end, but forced relationships and fate has diminished each characters’ unique part to the story.
I could see what Alpha is trying to accomplish and it did deviate from the traditional Romantic Werewolf tropes to some extent, but then Alpha fell into the same cliché pit like many stories which made the resisting themes invalid. The idea of strength, independence, loyalty, and family were great aspects to Alpha as they were setup in the beginning. Sadly, they faded as Scarlett’s relationship with them was left behind to accommodate Cade’s masculine presence and authority over her life.
Alpha is enjoyable, but numerous inconsistencies, irrelevant scenes, and convenient solutions hindered the story from reaching a satisfactory level. All were minor aspects that could be improved, although, they accumulated into something that could not be ignored.
The beginning is very slow and held most of the unnecessary scenes and included a truckload of internal monologue after describing or showing the scene. These repeated description techniques is noticeable throughout, but in contrast the conversations are a great compliment to Alpha. The dialogue flowed naturally and is a good driving force to the story, and never revealed information that didn’t belong or intrude on the running themes.
Overall, Alpha has an awesome setup and ideas, is a good read with some great scenes, and the simplicity creates a story that flows with ease. Despite its merits, they got washed out by the stereotypical characters like a dying butterfly. Alpha is an enjoyable read but doesn’t fill-full the promise it had portrayed through Scarlett, who turns into a pushover. Unfortunately, Alpha went from a story about strength and individualism, to a sappy romance sprinkled with dependability. Romance itself is not bad, but the story seemed to bend to the will of romantic convenience which clashed with the ideas of challenging sexism and individual strength.
Star Rating: 3 stars
Available in: E-book (and Kindle edition).