The Mystical Bond, the Fatal Allure ... of Hunter and Prey
When Lila moves to the quiet country town of Shade, she can't imagine the life-altering events that lie in wait for her. She knows that Shade has always been surrounded by myths; a central feature of the town is its famous statue of Artemis and the Wolf. But she doesn't know that the town exists in the shadow lands between reality, fantasy, and destiny. As she is acclimating to life in Shade - including the strange curfew - she falls in with a group of teenagers whose luminescent eyes call to her. A mysterious local girl, Cressida, warns her to stay away, but Lila is drawn to them like a moth to a flame. However, Cressida knows their fatal secret, and she is honor-bound to protect those who are endangered. But she underestimates Lila and her passion for the mysterious and charismatic clan. Cressida realizes that Lila may be the one she has waited for, chosen to take her place as the next huntress of Shade. Yet Lila's heart is filled with vulnerable desires that begin to turn the underworld upside down, for hunter and prey. Inspired by the legends of the Greek demigod Artemis and the mythical femme fatale, Wolf Sirens is an intimate tale of unrequited and forbidden love in the underworld, a masterpiece of romance fantasy.
Shade Valley is rescued from complete anonymity by the legendary tale of the goddess Artemis, and the fabled wolf. Lila unwillingly moves to the foreboding small town with her newly divorced mother. Her first morning, she awakes shivering from a nightmare set to the rumbling backdrop of swaying trees and hallowed calls, to face her punishment. Lila is just an ordinary girl with dreams, which dull even her, until she meets the angelic faced teenagers that invite her into their clique. Despite warnings to stay away, from a disheveled local girl with a cerulean stare, she is drawn like a moth to a flame. Ignoring the foreboding caution, she is lured into their group and begins to date Reid, regardless of her steadily growing feelings for his best friend. Unbeknown to Lila she has arrived at a crucial time, bearing the sign they have waited for. The group seems to spend all their time at Sam's very large house, they laugh in the face of the town curfew and her parents are on a never-ending holiday. Suspense builds as she learns their secret, shocked to discover they are werewolves as one violently attacks her, she is rescued by the mysteriously scarred Cressida James.
Lila realizes these striking teenagers are werewolves. Intelligent creatures, told in myth, to be created in anger by the God of Thunder and Skies out of love for his beloved daughter, in revenge for her death.
Lila learns Cressida was infected by Sam, before her arrival, and now as a disgraced half-breed her life must end, when the next huntress arrives. Enthralled by their supernatural gifts, Lila secretly desires to become one of them.
The Alpha, Sam, has the ability to influence anyone who is weak willed enough to do as she wishes, but Lila is able to resist her persuasion, a trait Sam does not appreciate.
Enamored with the wolves, suddenly, deeply, driven by forbidden desire she longs to be part of the pack. Then without warning she is cut from the group, by leader Sam. Devastated she feels an intense desire to find a way back into their supernatural world. Unbelievably, the unrequited feelings for the alpha's mate are reciprocated. Driven by a primal force she does not yet understand Lila confronts the infuriated Sam, who deliberately attempts to bite her. Cressida manages to save Lila from the venomous attack just in time, narrowly avoiding her own uncanny fate.
Lila must come to terms with the fact that she is the one thing that threatens their existence. In the aftermath she isn't entirely convinced she needed to be rescued from the bite.
Lila is new in Shade Valley and definitely feels like an outsider, that is until the cool kids invite her into their clique and finds herself dating Reid and then there is the ever strange Cressida…is she jealous that she isn’t part of them? Lila soon finds out who Cressida really is and exactly what her new friends really are. Can she still hang out with them, dating Reid even though she has feelings for Sky ones she will and can never admit to anyone about.
Cressida also finds out that she is also the next Hunter, a person who will protect Shade Valley from the harmful actions of the wolves, can Lila kill her friends or even worse the one she loves Sky?
A lot goes on in this story and you are thrown into the supernatural werewolf world and of course high school life. Lila is not only faced with moving to a new town, making new friends, falling in love with her boyfriend’s best friend but also learning that she is a hunter. The story is well written but sometimes I felt that there was too much of I love him but I can’t admit it but I also can’t be too far from him..the typical teenage love thing. I loved the supernatural hunter vs. werewolf aspect of the story and the struggles within Lila with facing the consequences of taking over the Hunter role from Cressida. Than there is all of the characters each bringing their own dynamic and twist to the story (you will need to read the book to find out what they are LOL)
I would recommend this book to be added to your to your To Be Read list