Book #45: The Pack by L.M. Preston

Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals’ most unlikely weapons against them—the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. But in order to save her brother’s life, she is willing to risk it all.


The Pack by L.M. Preston is one of those books that I’m not thrilled with. It had a good concept and the author does write well. However, I felt the story was lacking and the main character wasn’t relatable. And, here we go.

Okay, right off the bat, we learn that our MC has something more about her. I’m not going to go into details, but she feels kickass and knowledgeable about martial arts. Which is great because she’s blind. Alright, I’m liking that.

HOWEVER, she makes decisions that are against her parents’ orders that could potentially cause a backfire. The thing is, it doesn’t really. I honestly would have loved it if her actions from the beginning is what starts the snowball effect of the storyline. It would have given Shamira a more human feel. This is important because as the story unfolds, she just becomes more.

I don’t want to go into detail because that would be spoiling for the people who want to read the book. Suffice to say, the more and her personality was a big turn off for me. It felt like a spoiled brat more so than a misunderstood hero (which I assume was the intent).

There were also some scenes I didn’t care for, but I honestly feel that if the character was a little more likable or had a little less, I would have been okay with those scenes.

That said, the story concept was interesting. I’m not a big sci-fi person, but the idea of kids being kidnapped and a drug ring was interesting. Honestly, the sci-fi part wasn’t distracting to the core of the story.

The writing itself is also good. There weren’t many errors and I could understand everything that was going on. If nothing else, the book is action packed and L.M. Preston does a good job with that.

All in all, it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I could probably say more of what I disliked about it versus liked. I just won’t because they are more spoilers than anything else. So, my rating is a little torn at the moment.

On one hand, it could be enjoyable. On the other, I had to struggle to keep myself from wanting to say “no more”. So, for the people out there who want to try it, I say go ahead. For the people who don’t want to bother, it won’t hurt you.

For my final rating . . . I would say: 2.5-3/5


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