Absolute crap,  DNF - Did not finish,  M/M,  Shifter

Dire Warning (Blackwood Pack #1) by Mary Rundle

This is the second book in a row that I didn’t finish. So it’s safe to say that Dire Warning was a disappointment.

I was intrigued by the blurb, as the M/M, wolf-shifter fan that I am. But the writing was so poor I couldn’t make myself continue.

So, why review a bad read? Well, to warn off others of course. This book has a 4.2 star rating on Amazon, 4.5 stars on Bookbub and 3.9 on Goodreads. And that’s just not right.

The storyline as such was alright, the cover pic was fun and hot. But the writing was a total mess. And when I – someone with English as a second language and who has never lived in an English speaking country – am unable to concentrate on the story because of sucky language, then it’s truly bad.

First off, there are many super strange switch-up of words. Like two and too being mixed up. Or instead of someone staring, they’re starring.

Another thing that’s super annoying is the constant jumping between different point of views. The POV changes constantly, sometimes within the same paragraph. It’s practically impossible to know who’s POV it is at any given time.

Then there’s the awkward dialogue. Everyone is talking in the exact same way as the rest of the book is written. Meaning, they talk in very long and complete sentences all the time. Often with a bit of backstory thrown in. And it’s just… Nobody talks that way! It’s super silly.

Also, for some reason there’s some type of paragraph system that is entirely illogical. Every few sentences, there’s a new paragraph. Even in the middle of a sentence there could be a new paragraph. It’s ridiculous.

It’s obvious this book is in need of some serious editing. But even then I’m afraid that still wouldn’t be enough to save Dire Warning. Anyway, I give this book two stars. Because it could always be worse.


I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).