The Arena Wars (Arena Wars #1)

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Alanna is a young werewolf who catches the attention of a century-old monster that becomes hell-bent on having her as his own. When she refuses to be his mate, she and her best friend Quinten are abducted and shipped off to compete in the Arena Wars, a series of fights to the death. Survival would be easier if Quinten wasn't blind and dependant on her. Can the two survive long enough to be saved? More
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About Samantha Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman is a twenty-seven year old author who has always had a passion for both reading and writing. She writes in her spare time and when she isn’t writing her own books, she’s reading the books of others. Her favorite genre to write is paranormal romance, but she also likes to dabble in fantasy and horror. She loves werewolves, vampires, zombies, and anything supernatural. Her favorite author is Tamora Pierce, but she also likes Darren Shan and J.K. Rowling.

The Arena Wars (Arena Wars #1).
War of Hearts (Arena Wars #2).
Consumed by War (Arena Wars #3).

Dark Secrets (Dark Heritage #1).
Dark Revenge (Dark Heritage #2).
Dark Possession (Dark Heritage #3).

Zombie Island (Zombie Apocalypse #1).
Zombie Country (Zombie Apocalypse #2).
Zombie World (Zombie Apocalypse #3).
Tales of Terror from Survivors (Zombie Apocalypse #3.5).

The Awakening (Daray Hall #1).
The Protector (Daray Hall #2).

Fateful Impact (Crimson Nightmare #1).
Calculated Risk (Crimson Nightmare #2).
Substantial Loss (Crimson Nightmare #3)(TBA).

Menagerie Noir (Hawthorne PD #1).
Syndicate Noir (Hawthorne PD #2)(TBA).

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About the Series: Arena Wars
Shape-shifting werewolves, blood-drinking vampires, family drama, deadly fights, and daring rescues. After getting on the wrong side of the most powerful werewolf in their world, Alanna Moore—a young werewolf with strong family ties and an even stronger desire to keep her loved ones safe—is kidnapped and shipped off to the Arena, a place of murder with no hope to keep its occupants going. Fighting to the death by her side is her closest friend, Quinten—the blind human hopelessly in love with her.

Their forbidden relationship triggers a chain of events that sets their entire world on its head, and the couple are forced to go on the run, fighting dangerous werewolves and vampires along the way. They begin gathering a ragtag group of allies as war breaks out between Alanna’s family and the powerful werewolf she angered. In the fight of their lives, nobody is safe from harm, and Alanna may end up losing everything she holds dear.

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Reviews of The Arena Wars (Arena Wars #1) by Samantha Hoffman

Avid Reader reviewed on Aug. 5, 2013

What I liked:
-The main character. Alanna is strong and she cares deeply for her family and her best friend, Quinten. She has anger issues sometimes and can make rash, stupid decisions, but she felt real and believable.
-The best friend. Quinten wasn’t your typical borderline abusive love interest. He was completely blind and he was insecure about his disability, but he felt real, and you could tell he cared about Alanna. He and Alanna’s relationship was not a case of insta-love; it was fleshed out and meaningful.
-The action scenes. They were very well written. My favorite thing about this author is her ability to write great action scenes that can be intricate without being confusing.
-The secondary characters. Alanna’s father Ray and her cousin Jax were both loving, caring men that were major players in the game. Unlike many Young Adult books, Alanna’s father played a huge role in her life, and he wasn’t just there for an occasional page or two.
-The Arena. The fights were gruesome and heart-breaking, and the author did a wonderful job of portraying all the emotions Alanna went through.
-The ending. I never saw it coming. Honestly, the last two chapters and the epilogue were amazing. There was so much raw emotion and action I couldn’t put it down.

What I disliked:
-Alanna had a couple of stupid moments that left me shaking my head, but they weren’t too bad because she was under a lot of pressure, she had no other options, and she thought she was doing the right thing and saving someone she loved. Plus, Quinten pointed them out to her and she agreed with him. She knew she was being stupid.
-The Arena. Partners were forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of others, which was kind of similar to The Hunger Games, but it was a minor similarity that was easy to overlook.
-The villains. There are two major villains in this book, and I felt like they could have been given more detail and maybe some back-story. But I know this is only the first book in the series, and we could learn more about them later.
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Enchanted Reader reviewed on March 30, 2013

This book was super cool. A book with vampires and werewolves can sometimes be kind of a Twilight copycat, but I really felt like this book was really different. I loved the characters, especially Quinten and Ray, and I felt like they were all one big dedicated family. There was intense action that was described so well I felt like I was watching the fights in person, and there was a relationship that grew over time and turned out to be true love. This book has it all. Drama, action, romance, suspense, and mystery.
(review of free book)
Kathy Harrington reviewed on Feb. 24, 2013

I loved this book. The only "issue" I had was since when is 22 years old a boy? I just loved it
(review of free book)
Naijaa Johnson reviewed on Oct. 20, 2012

I really fell in love with the character development and the end of the story
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lfsims reviewed on June 19, 2012

I loved the book and the characters. It kept you on your feet, fast paced and a book that you can't put down.
(review of free book)
michelle hoffman reviewed on April 26, 2012

This book was excellent. I can't wait for a sequel. Nice twists, great characters. Very fast read because I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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