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Chasing the Omega
Small Town #1
Jessica Edwards (GoodReads Author)
Self-pub, Apr 17, 2017
Kindle ed, 126 pages
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery, New Adult
Source: author

Synopsis:  
One night, everything changes for eighteen-year-old Alice. When the full moon invades Small Town, where a young innocent Alice Smith is ending her shift at the diner, she comes face to face with a big terrifying wolf. 

When the wolf attacks Alice and runs away, leaving only a single bite, she has no idea what troubles lie ahead of her.
Could it have been that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time or the opposite? 


When the school's most frightening gang becomes interested in her, they will do anything to find out the truth behind Alice, especially their leader, Ryder King. 


Alice wants nothing to do with Ryder but when the time comes, Ryder could be the only one who can help her survive....


About the Author:  
I can't explain how happy I am that I've managed to complete and Self Publish my book! It took me almost a year and a half to complete my novel 'Chasing the Omega.'
I'm currently studying Performing Arts, and it's my third year in the college but I've come to realize that acting and performing on stage is not something I wish to do in the future. I want to continue my passion where it has always been; reading and writing. Reading has always been a hobby of mine and it will always remain so. 


I started reading books at such a young age that I remember getting told off by my primary teacher that I was reading too much and that she was running out of books to give to me as homework.


When I think of becoming an author, it brings a feeling of happiness that instantly brings a smile to my face. Some of my favorite authors who inspired me to start writing were; Stephanie Meyer, J.K.Rowling, Kendall Ryan, Pepper Winters, Amelia Hutchins and J.R.Ward. 


Becoming a writer didn't cross my mind until I started thinking about a particular story that I wanted to share and from that moment I started writing 'Chasing the Omega!'
The moment I started writing, I could feel it in my gut that this was what I wanted to do for a living because I want people to experience the same journey as me.


My Disclaimer:  I was provided a free copy of this book from the author. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  
The concept for this book was really good and that was why I decided to read it. A young woman turns werewolf from a bite and what happens after. I like the paranormal stories and this one sounded good from the synopsis I read. And the story line is good, but it does need some work. Since this is a debut novel, that is not really a surprise. But the extent of the work needed is a bit of a disappointment.

First off, if this were an ARC, it would have one more star. But it really needs an editor to take care of the grammar mistakes, missing words, and such. It is almost impossible to proof your own work. Even a proofreader has a hard time doing that. I know budgets are tight for self-publishers, but the money spent on an editor is money well-spent. None better.

The story was fast-paced, sometimes a bit too fast. It sort of got tangled up in its own feet. But there is lots of sexual tension in this one. Our heroine seems to be a man magnet. She's attracting three different males, one's the local Alpha, one's the local Omega, and one's new to town. But only one can win the prize. It's definitely his hot looks that she's already drooling over because it can't be his smooth line. 

For all the sexual tension, the actual sex is lackluster. "his eyes looking at me with kindness" is how she put it. Well, why aren't his eye looking at her with passion? He's got a virgin in his bed and he's hot for her. So why is it kindness in his eyes? Is this a pity f@%k? Not the way the story is written, but the sex scene says so. And his technique, considering he's a bad boy and has lots of experience, is lacking. No foreplay or oral sex to get her worked up. Of course, she's worked up just looking at him and doing some kissing. Maybe he thinks that's enough. Most high school boys do. Yes, they are seniors in high school. Even so, the young man has experience and supposedly has liked her from afar for some time. So, let's see some action here.

What Ms. Edwards does exceptionally well is the description. If you want to know what it feels like to turn from human to wolf, just read her description of Alice's change. You can feel every bone and muscle stretch and snap as her body goes through this excruciating change and her total delight when she sees herself in the mirror when it's done. She's a lovely wolf!

She also writes those classroom scenes very well. I could just picture what was going on as the teachers told people what to do and the students reacted. The friendship between Alice and Sam is well done, too. Even to the way the two young women are with each other's mothers.

Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I don't like cliffhangers. Well, this wasn't a cliffhanger, this was a castration. The story is completely unresolved at this point and no sign of the second book. Ms. Edwards has much to answer for in her second book, which I will be reading as soon as it's available so that I can see if she's taking my advice or going her own way. I'm hoping for a more polished product with more wolf time and lots of answers.