Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Unleashed
Wolf Spring Chronicles #1
Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Random House
Publication date: 1st December 2011
My rating: 3.5 out of 5



When Katelyn starts at her new school the only person she knows is the handsome and intriguing Trick Sokolov, an acquaintance of her grandfather. She's surprised when the popular Cordelia Fenner invites her home and when she meets Cordelia's hot brother, she begins to think her new life might be ok after all. But as she spends time with the family, she realises that the Fenners are harbouring a deep dark secret. Every bone in Katelyn's body tells her that the Fenners are mad, bad and dangerous to know - but how can she give up her only friend, and how can she ignore the way Justin sets her blood on fire with a single look? Katelyn finds herself caught between three major werewolf clans who have been at war with each other for centuries - a war, it seems, that Katelyn is destined to end.

When her mother dies suddenly Katelyn is forced to move to Wolf Springs Arkansas to live with her grandfather in a cottage out in the middle of the creepy woods where a local girl was recently murdered in bizarre circumstances. Her rather gruff grandfather who usually only has his shotgun for company immediately warns Katelyn not to go out in the dark at any cost but won't exactly tell her who or what is out there in the woods. So, pretty much right away you just know that Wolf Springs Arkansas is no ordinary little backwater town with ordinary people living their ordinary lives, it's a place full of secrets and with the town being called WOLF Springs you don't really need to be a rocket scientist to work out what's lurking in the woods.

Katelyn's newly found friend's seem to be a little unusual too. Cordelia can beat the boys in gym without breaking a sweat (hmmmmm could she be a ?) and Cordelia's cousin Justin the bad boy biker who despite already having a girlfriend/mate seems to have some very strange and compelling chemistry with Katelyn (hmmmm imprinting perhaps?) Equally, Katelyn's ride to school the very yummy Trick who has her grandfather's seal of approval and seems to be equally as protective, seems to have his own secrets.

For all it's obviousness I actually quite enjoyed Unleashed in all it's howling at the moon, atmospheric glory although it took a while for the paranormal bit to really kick in. There's loads of suspense and tension, plenty of opportunities to shout "stay in the car" and "don't go into the woods" and there's some very strange men banging drums in the middle of the woods on a retreat trying to unleash their "inner wolf". With an OMG ending and numerous questions still unanswered I know I will be looking out for the next installment!

Thanks to Random House Children's books for sending me an early copy to review.

2 comments:

  1. I really liked this one! Despite having a good idea of what will happen, I still had a great time reading it and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series :)

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