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Review: Pride’s Run (Wolf’s Pride #1) by Cat Kalen

Review: Pride’s Run (Wolf’s Pride #1) by Cat Kalen

by Rachel ElizabethFebruary 17, 2012

*** This review is spoiler-free! Read on with confidence! ***

TLDR Recap:

Pride, a 17 year old werewolf, is pretty much a slave. Kept in a cage, she is only allowed out into the world when her master says so. When an opportunity arises for her to gain her freedom- something she wants more than anything- Pride takes it. But she is being hunted- and it’s not just her master who’s after her…Pride’s Run is a GraveTells “must read!”

Title: Pride’s Run
Series: A Wolf’s Pride book #1
Author: Cat Kalen
Prominent Characters: Pride, Logan
Reccomended Reader Age: 14+
Sexual Content Level: Very little


Pride has lived her whole life in captivity. Her sole purpose is to use her werewolf abilities to track, kill, or capture the targets her master sends her after. The rest of her life is spent training for missions and being locked in a cage like an animal. Parentless and without any siblings, Pride has no family to comfort her. The only people she has are a few fellow werewolf friends who are also prisoners. She can shift at will, but on every full moon, she is forced to change and has no control over her wolf.

Days before the next full moon, Pride receives some terrible news- her master will be forcing her to spend the night of the full moon in Stone’s cage to mate. Stone is not like the other captives, however. He’s several years older than Pride, and is an aggressive, almost cruel, alpha male. Horrified and angry, Pride knows she has to find a way to escape her master’s estate. When she is sent on a new recruiting mission, Pride takes advantage of the situation and bolts. She meets up with Logan, the werewolf target Pride was supposed to capture, and knows she’ll need this alpha’s help if she wants to outrun her master, as well as the PTF (the Paranormal Task Force, which is a group of people who hunt werewolves.)

Pride was such an enjoyable character to read about. I love that she was not only strong, but intelligent, too. She has plenty of reasons to want to kill her master, but she knows she has to bide her time and not act impulsively. She thinks before she does anything stupid, and I admire that about her. There are so many heroines in the YA genre who don’t have this trait, so it was refreshing to read about someone who knew when they had to remain calm, even though they didn’t want to, because it was the smart thing to do. And though initially she didn’t want Logan’s help, she realized and accepted the fact that she needed someone with his knowledge of the outside world if she was going to survive. I like that she kept her attitude throughout all the years she was kept a prisoner, and that she never let herself be “broken.”

And speaking of Logan, can I just say how much I love him? He’s a sweet guy, but also protective and possessive. He had to earn Pride’s trust (as she does NOT trust easily) but he never lets her down. The two of them make an amazing, powerful couple. Pride may be a trained killer, but when it comes to relationships, she’s kind of lost. It was amusing to read about her attempts to sort out and manage the new, foreign feelings she developed for Logan.

Pride’s Run was an awesome book, with intriguing characters and the perfect amount of action and romance! It was a great book to kick off the series with.

Memorable Quotes:

Aw, poor Pride…

The pewter in his eyes bleeds into his inky black pupils and when he looks deep into my eyes, I get the sense that he can see past the fur, the eyes, the girl, and see into my soul, and can see how damaged I really am.

Now THIS is chemistry…

Everything in the way he touches me, and everything in the way he looks at me has shattered my last vestige of control and I know in this instant, life as I know it will never be the same again.

If you liked Pride’s Run…

Check out Moon Spell by Samantha Young, the first in the YA Tale of Lunarmorte series, which also feautures a teenage werewolf heroine. Oh, and it has a pretty hot love interest, as well, who’s *also* an alpha werewolf. 😉

I recommend Shiver, too, the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, by Maggie Stiefvater. This series is also a YA series about werewolves!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Pride’s Run was a fun, entertaining read. Cat Kalen is a talented writer, and it clearly shows in this book. I can’t wait to start Pride Unleashed, the next book in the series. If you’re a fan of YA, and like reading about werewolves, you have to check this one out! It’s a GraveTells must read!

Rating: Pride’s Run




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About The Author
Rachel Elizabeth
I'm an avid reader who loves Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult books! Despite the fact that my TBR pile is huge, I simply can't stop myself from constantly looking for new reads. I've always loved to read, but my love for books has grown in the past few years (Yes, I admit, Twilight was one of the first PNR books I'd ever read.) Since then, I've discovered many amazing authors and books that I hope to share with more people. Books are an escape for me, and without them..well, life would suck. Alot. Any author who can make me forget about real life by pulling me into their story and getting me to genuinely care about their characters is a good author in my book. I also love authors who write about strong, gorgeous, sexy alpha males. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love a good alpha male? When I'm not reading (gasp!), I'm usually going to classes, studying, or spending time with family and friends.
  • February 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Oh man this sounds awesome, and exactly the sort of thing that trips my switches. 🙂

    Awesome strong heroine show isn’t stubborn to the point of stupid meets equally strong, smart hero who is willing to be patient with his damaged girl?

    Oh yeah. So there. 🙂

    Great Review Rachel.

  • February 17, 2012 at 7:20 am

    And, can we say it’s too early for me to be commenting?

    “Show”? I meant WHO. How the hell did I do that?!


  • Sophia Rose
    February 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I think this one sounds like a great read too. I can’t imagine stupid heroines being high on anyone’s list. 😀 But they still get written nonetheless.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  • February 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m planning on trying to squeeze this in as an end of month read!

    Great review!

    • February 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      I’m about halfway through this now and the present-tense is weirding me out a little! Most of the books in PNR/UF are wriitten in past tense (“I tripped and fell as I ran” vs “I trip and fall as I run”), so that’s a big difference for me. The imagery, however, is vivid and there’s a definite emotional connection with Pride. I like Logan too – he’s pretty sweet for an alpha. =)

      The first part of the story, where she’s still in captivity was so well-written that I was actually angry at her master and wanted to stab him in the face for the awful way he treated them. Psychologically, that was pretty believable!

      • Rachel Elizabeth
        February 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

        Yeah, the present tense took some getting used to. But I’ve read several books that are written in present tense, so it wasn’t too unfamiliar for me.

        And I know, don’t you just hate her master? It’s not even like the wolves have their own rooms- they’re kept in *cages* Just for that I want to shove him in front of a bus.

  • February 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I finished it and this book was really great. I even liked the whole Stone thing and I’m looking forward to how the next book in the series is going to go down. For YA, this was a pretty exciting read!

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