Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Review: Never Cry Werewolf


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061349232
ISBN-13: 978-0061349232
From Amazon:

Moonlight can totally change your life.

And it all starts so simply.

You. Him.

The moon.

You're toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had "borrowed" that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby's summer plans are on the shelf, and she's being packed off to brat camp. It's good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there's more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby's help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn't be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing's for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.
My Review:
So the overall setting was different for me which I liked. The story was based around a bunch of rich kids who get sent to summer camp...also know as "brat camp". Now while I enjoyed the different setting I found it rather unspectacular in description. (I expected more since it was paranormal genre). The characters were okay; Shelby and Austin were rather blah throughout the first half of the story. I DID enjoy the fact that the story was told through Shelby's voice. I always feel closer to a character like this. It was also nice not to know the main "secret" of the book straight away...this was my encouragement to keep reading. I'm glad that I did cause I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the second half of the book. It was more exciting and there was definitely more plot and character building going on. The story really picked up steam for me at this point. The teen romance escalated on a cute level that makes you miss those teenage years (for us older YA readers LOL) and love blossoms in unusual places. The ending was really good and leads me to believe we'll see another book. I'm interested to see what happens to Shelby.
Overall it was not the best book I've ever read but it was a good read. If your looking for something lighter to read on the paranormal YA shelves then this might be the book for you to try!
*this book was purchased by me*

7 comments:

  1. I like paranormal, but not if it is considered "light" on a YA shelf. kwim? Thanks for this review!

    Heather
    http://www.2manygoodbooks.blogspot.com

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  2. Great review! I always like reading descriptions, so it's good to note that this book wasn't as descriptive as you would have liked.

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  3. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one, mainly being complaints about characterization. I might pick it up eventually. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Thanks everyone for taking the time to come check out the review!

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  5. Enjoyed the review! I read the first 75 pages or so when the publisher was offering an extended preview on line prior to its release. It was enough to make me want to read more, and yet I haven't had the chance to grab a copy. It's great to finally see some reviews of it out there....I was rather curious about the rest. Now I know I have more to look forward to as the book continues! Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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  7. I've heard mixed reviews on this one too. Perhaps I'll get it from the library and give it a shot. Thanks for your thoughts!

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