Summary : The story of a quirky shapeshifter on a mission, who happens to fall in love along the way.
Shape Shifters? Romance? Mystery? Check, Check, and Check. Though not quite how you would expect.
Daierwolves of Paris is a welcome mix of adventure, mystery, novelty, and humor, assuming you can get through the first chapter. Think death by repetitive statements of the obvious.
Aloysia is a Daierwolf, not to be mistaken with one of the nasty, uninhibited werewolves, otherwise known as Chalcrocs, that she diligently hunts in order to keep humanity safe. Equipped with phenomenal intellect, the ability to shift into any animal, and killer looks, she sets out to infiltrate the French secret service in the hunt to wrangle the creature that has been terrorizing humans and is disrupting the balance the Daierwolves strive to maintain. As the chase persists, Lou finds herself in uncharted waters, not only in her hunt, but also in matters of the heart.
The first paragraph effectively captures attention and suggests that this is not a typical werewolf romance novel, however getting through the first chapter requires tremendous effort with it’s irregular cadence, choppy world building, and Lou!
So Lou likes to make lists and she is oh so smart. I get it. Does she also like to convince herself of her superiority? She came off as this know-it-all narcissist. The way she was introduced made this character snarky and not in an enjoyable way.
Fortunately soon after adapting flow of the narrative, characters come to life in a quirky and humorous way, Lou included. The plot thickens soon after the French secret service agent, Sylvain, steps foot at Lou’s place of employment. Dambre cleverly spun shape shifters and werewolves in new light, keeping the story interesting and engaging.
Final thought. If you want a shifter novel with more to a story than romance, AND you can overlook the effects of the translation, you are in for a few laughs.
*** This was received via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. ***