Alpha Girl (Wolfling #1)

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Rated 4.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Seventeen year old Rose Goldman is highly unpopular in the little town of Halfway. Ever since the 'attack' when she was a girl, people and animals have been afraid of her.
However, life takes a turn when a new teacher starts at Halfway High.
Mr. Stone, the quirky and charismatic English teacher is twice Rose's age, but she feels an unexplainable pull towards him from day one. More

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About Kate Bloomfield

Indie-Author and tea enthusiast Kate Bloomfield was born in Enfield, London in 1989, but has lived in Wollongong, Australia for most of her life. Kate wanted to be a writer from a very young age, finishing her first poorly-written novella at fourteen. It now remains hidden on a dusty hard-drive at the bottom of her closet.

After completing high school (2006), Kate studied Graphic Design at TAFE, limiting her writing to weekends. Finally, in 2010 her debut novel 'Frost Arch' (book 1 of the Fire Mage trilogy) was complete, though it was another two years before Kate had the courage to self-publish the novel.

In between writing 'The Fire Mage Trilogy', Kate also dabbles in the odd historical romance, publishing 'Passing as Elias' in March 2012.

Kate now works as a full-time Graphic Designer, whilst writing, and getting tattoos in her free time. It is her life-long dream to be a full-time author.

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Tammy Hale reviewed on on Aug. 22, 2013

Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield
I really enjoyed Alpha Girl, I found it to be different from any of the other werewolf books I've read in the past, but different in a good way. I love Rose and Mr. Stone (Tom) together. I also really loved how Rose sounds in Alpha Girl, what I mean is she sounds like a 17 year old, She is determined she knows what she wants and went after what she wanted, even if what she wanted was her teacher Mr. Stone (makes me want to go back to 11th grade science!) no matter what any one said or whatever the consequence.
What to say about Mr. Stone lets see he is yummy, (for lack of a better word, because hot did not really cut it for me). I love how he can see Rose for who she really is, a person not a freak as she feels she is.
All in all Alpha Girl was a great read, it was full of drama, suspense, oh and did I mention a twist...... I can't wait to read the next book.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Kirsten L reviewed on on Aug. 20, 2013

I have to admit I was really torn while reading this book. On the one hand, I really wanted Rose to have someone that would be there for her. On the other, that guy is her teacher and that would definitely crossing boundaries. I'm so all over the place with this book. It's about the morality I suppose. I found myself rooting for Rose, hoping that he would feel for her in return. Then the next page I would change my mind with the ick factor.
By the end of the book I had made myself realise it was just because of the student/teacher relationship that gave me the creeps. In doing so, another realization dawned, she was almost 18. Old enough to know what and who she wants. That being the case, this was a very compelling read. I definitely loved the twists and turns at the end. Skillfully done, Kate. Very well written, great characters who are believable, conflicting emotions throughout the entire book. Fabulous. I literally couldn't put this down until I finished it. I loved that the paranormal element was thrown in at the end; At least the acknowledgement of werewolves anyway. Up until then, it was her monthly sickness. With the exception of the title, of course. At this point I'm hoping for a book 2, because I want to know more.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
sal654 reviewed on on Aug. 15, 2013

This was a disturbing read for me, I think, primarily because of the subject matter. The story revolves around seventeen-year-old, high school student, Rose, who was attacked when she was a young girl and left with an "illness." This turn of events and subsequent handling by her parents has pretty much destroyed her family leaving her alone and vulnerable. Enter new "charismatic English teacher" that she is instantly and unexplainably drawn to . . . this is where the story took a left turn for me. While I get the storyline and explanations for these behaviors that come to light towards the end of the read and Rose does turn eighteen, I don't think a student/teacher relationship is a good thing for any reason. There are just too many vulnerable students out there in real life that in my opinion would love to romanticize such a relationship, just as easily as they do sparkly vampires and hunky werewolves. This is definitely not a YA read, although the writing style, to me, targets the older YA reader. I do not think this is a poorly written book and frankly the ending left me curious to find out what is going to happen next. I just wish the relationship would have been handled differently and can actually visualize how that could have been in my mind. I did note that on Amazon the author does have an advisory regarding the subject matter of the book and states it is not recommended for those under the age of fifteen, this is commended, although I would increase the age recommendation further. I do not consider myself a prude and enjoy a reading a good smexy scene, but as I stated above this was disturbing for me. I requested this book for read and review from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Cori B. reviewed on on April 17, 2013

Before I start: just spend some minutes staring at that stunning cover. Hold on, keep staring at it for a little more. Ready? I know, I know: I should stop choosing books by their beautiful covers, and this has a gorgeous one, but this time the cover didn't fool me. Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield was a great book and I liked it very much.

After spending ages looking at its cover and finally decided to buy it, I was a bit worried about having to deal with another Fifty Shades of Grey kind of book, mostly because it was clearly stated that Alpha Girl has explicit content and coarse language. I don't mind erotic books and I'm perfectly fine with explicit language, but I didn't want to get involved with something that was just sex, sex and some more sex. Well, I have worried for nothing: this book does contain sex scenes and explicit language, but in a way that even those readers that are easily offended wouldn't mind. I really liked the way the story was told and the writing was entertaining. I finished this book in one day and it wasn't because it was boring and I couldn't wait to finish it, but because it was a light and easy read and I really enjoyed it.

The story is about a seventeen years old and her English teacher's controversial relationship, but Alpha Girl is a lot more than an erotic book. Erotic scenes are present, and things between Rose and
Mr. Stone get hot very often, but this books has a lot more to offer. Kate Bloomfield explored several more complicated topics. For example, being different and having to deal with it; find someone that really understands you and so on. The author was able to mix perfectly every topic she approached in this book: from sex, to passion and attraction, love and daily problems that get more complicated when something is different, really different, from the usual.

Things I liked: That cover!!! But I said it already, several times. I liked how well Rose and
Mr. Stone's relationship developed to become something intriguing and so intense and I loved how well Kate Bloomfield mixed different and, in some cases, difficult topics. I also liked how the story was told, and how well things were explained. I pictured each character in my mind so well that I can almost see them if I close my eyes; when I'm able to do something like this, I know I read a great book. Another thing I really enjoyed was how well the author included sexual scenes into the story: you know how annoying a book with just sex could be. I don't like those kind of books where characters end up in bed (or in some other weirder places) all the time, and here I didn't see anything like that, so another good thing this book has to offer!

Things I didn't like: The only thing that felt a bit weird was that feeling the book gave me at some point. I'm not going to explain it in details to avoid spoilers, but I think that Rose "status" when talking about "experience with men" wasn't well built, not at the beginning when she starts to develop feelings for Mr. Stone.

I would recommend this book: Yes, I would recommend Alpha Girl by Kate Bloomfield. I liked this book and, as I said before, I think it's not just the usual erotic story with no actual plot and with just brainless bodies only looking for a bed. Here everything is well balanced and the story is worth reading. I'm already looking forward for the second book of the Wolfling series!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Alysa H reviewed on on April 10, 2013

I read the first 8 chapters as a free sample, and I was hooked! I spent the next week or two eagerly looking forward to the full novel and dropped everything to read it. But now that I have, I'm feeling a tad disappointed.

I did enjoy this book - it's definitely a page-turner - and if you're reading for romantic/sexual tension and inappropriate relationships, you'll find all of that in spades. (Though I found some of the language used in sex scenes a bit embarrassing. Like, it's not sure whether it wants to be old-school-romance-novel-style or just straight-up porn writing, so it hovers oddly in between. And it's not just me; I have read A LOT of smut in my day!)

My problems have more to do with character- and world-building. Some of the characters were a little thinly developed (for example, we are told that Rose is a social outcast, but it's not really shown to be the case, and her friendships with other girls are notably under-explored). What's worse, some of the foundational tropes in this book rely so heavily on the assumption of readers' familiarity with said tropes that some very important things are not built or even explained at all. Basically, there is an extremely brief mention of alpha and beta werewolves towards the end of the book, but that's all. A cursory mention that falsely assumes readers will automatically understand what this means, in the context of this particular novel.

Lastly...

MILD SPOILERS AHOY:
The whole thing could have done with a good American-English VS British/Australian-English picking. The characters tend to speak in a very obviously non-American way, so I basically had to read it imagining that the town of Halfway was in Australia or the UK. But then at the end they're going to hop in a car and drive to.... Alaska?! Never mind that you can't get from mainland USA (or Canada) to Alaska without a passport, and an escaped convict would have a hard time with that...
:END SPOILERS

All of that said, I did enjoy this and will probably read Book 2 when it comes out. Since I am a reader familiar with and interested in werewolf tropes, I'm curious to see what else the author will do with them.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Justine Morgan reviewed on on April 6, 2013

I liked that book. It is very interesting and has some unexpected twists and turns. It felt so real, so embedded in the every-day-world.
I just would liked that there would have been some more background information about Mr. Stone, what he did in the last five years and what happend with his fiance.
This is no young adults book, because the romance is hot and steamy. There is much more than just holding hands.
Rose is seventeen. She is inexperienced and has some social issues, but she somehow seems older and different and at times a bit odd compared to the average college girl. Il iked her.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Jennifer Silverwood reviewed on on March 30, 2013

I devoured Alpha Girl within a few hours after starting it. In the same vein as "Blood and Chocolate," Alpha Girl delivers hot and heavy tension, along with some difficult adult situations that a teenager shouldn't have to be faced with. But, of course, Rose isn't your typical teenage girl. She's a werewolf, and I quickly became wrapped up in her story. She's an understated herione, and in fact, she's kind of the bad gal in monster-verse. Part of Bloomfield's brilliance was in writing this in a way that allows us to see just how different being a werewolf is.
And the romance, whew, sign me up for a Mr. Stone. He's stone-cold-foxy older man, is what he is. And I just loved how wild he was about Rose. But don't take my word for it, read Alpha Girl for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
A refreshing, breathless and lusty tale, not for the feint of heart.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
C.E. Black reviewed on on March 29, 2013

Alpha Girl gets five stars! I really loved this book! It was a refreshing twist on werewolves and I found myself rushing through the pages just to see what would happen next. The great thing about this story was how 'real' it felt. The way the story progressed and the events that took place could happen to anyyone of us. It almost made me believe that werewolves were possible too. There was a contraversial issue of the teacher and student relationship and at first I could see someone being hesitant. But it becomes quickly obvious that we aren't dealing with a normal 'human' scenario and by the end you understand the why's of it all. Again, I loved this story and I will be looking for more works by this author.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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