5 stars · Contemporary · lgbtqia content · my faves · own voices author · Paranormal · sci-fi / fantasy · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Brothersong by T.J. Klune is the ending I wanted to the Green Creek series

The Official Description: In the ruins of Caswell, Maine, Carter Bennett learned the truth of what had been right in front of him the entire time. And then it—he—was gone.

Desperate for answers, Carter takes to the road, leaving family and the safety of his pack behind, all in the name of a man he only knows as a feral wolf. But therein lies the danger: wolves are pack animals, and the longer Carter is on his own, the more his mind slips toward the endless void of Omega insanity.

But he pushes on, following the trail left by Gavin.

Gavin, the son of Robert Livingstone. The half-brother of Gordo Livingstone.

What Carter finds will change the course of the wolves forever. Because Gavin’s history with the Bennett pack goes back further than anyone knows, a secret kept hidden by Carter’s father, Thomas Bennett.

And with this knowledge comes a price: the sins of the fathers now rest upon the shoulders of their sons.

Just the facts: Werewolves, Magic, diverse, beautiful, heartbreaking

This was a perfect ending to the Green Creek Series – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit: I’m going to do my best to write a review of Brothersong that not only captures how amazing I thought it was but also contains no spoilers. Author, TJ Klune has always been clear that he isn’t a fan of spoilers, but he’s also always been clear that he wants honest reviews. I plan to stick to both of those things.

I’m going to tell you why I love this series of books, in spite of my fear and loathing when it comes to “werewolf” novels. I used to love horror/fantasy types of books but then the genre began to splinter off into romance. I’m not anti-romance and if you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know that. What I dislike, are novels without imagination. TJ Klune has so much imagination it’s remarkable. He also has an incredible talent for writing emotion. There’s love in this series, oh there’s love, but there’s nothing ordinary about it.

One of the things I most enjoy about the Green Creek books is the Bennett family. I feel as though I know this family in my heart. I know the mistakes made by the Alpha Thomas, I know the sacrifices made by Elizabeth Bennett, and I know the thoughts and feelings of the Bennett sons… Carter, Kelly, and Joe. That’s the thing about this series, if I didn’t know better, I could swear these characters are real. I find that Klune imbues his writing with such emotion and character development that I’m not just reading the final book in a series… I’m having to say goodbye to a group of souls I feel I have known for years.

TJ Klune has a skill for making me laugh and cry multiple times within the same story. I often tell the tale of how I was kicked out of bed by my partner one night for laughing too much while reading one of the Klune’s books. The dialogue, internal and otherwise, is often so real it’s hilarious one moment then painful the next. I have never felt as close a kinship to characters as I have felt with Klune’s characters. There’s something very authentic about them… I read things that I know I have thought myself. That definitely helps to contribute to the sense of family.

This final installment in the series is about … circles: cycles that play out in our lives. It’s about the circle of family and how it can be so necessary to pull your family close and cinch up the circle against the outside world. It’s about hurting because of someone’s mistake and then being blind to the fact that you’ve made the same mistake and hurt another. What can I say about this final book? TJ Klune has given his readers the gift of tying up all the loose ends. He has closed the circle in the only way that makes sense. Did I see it coming? Nope. Is it perfect? Yup.

If you have read the other books, you’re going to love Brothersong. If you’ve read the previous Green Creek books then you already know that there’s no point wondering what is going to happen. We have been in Klune’s capable hands since book one and there’s definitely no reason not to trust him to get us through to the end. Get comfy, settle in, take a deep breath, and read.

If you haven’t yet begun this series, I would encourage you to. In October, when this book is released the series will be complete. There will be no cliffhangers. I envy anyone who hasn’t yet begun Wolfsong because you get to experience it anew. You can wonder what on earth you’re reading, find yourself smiling when you read packpackpack, and then realize you don’t want the books to end.

I’m going to finish with the moment that captured my heart so long ago in book one…

“Mom! Mom. You have to smell him! It’s like… like… I don’t even know what it’s like! I was walking in the woods to scope out our territory so I could be like Dad and then it was like… whoa. And then he was all standing there and he didn’t see me at first because I’m getting so good at hunting. I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and it was him and it was all kaboom! I don’t even know! I don’t even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it’s all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.” – Joe Bennett, Wolfsong

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