Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Published by RHCB
Series: Wolfsprings #1
Source: Review Copy


Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.


***
Not another werewolf book I hear you cry .... I'm as over saturated with paranormal romance involving werewolves and vampires as the next YA reader but I have to say this one stands out for more as being a little bit different and is a fantastically enjoyable read.

The thing that got me with this book is the sheer sense of atmosphere that the whole story invokes whilst you read. The setting of wolf springs is wonderfully creepy and keeps you sat on the edge of your seat. The scenes set in the middle of the forest put you instantly on edge as you weren't sure, just like the characters, what was actually out there watching and waiting to pounce.

As a reader you instantly warm to the main character in the book. Katelyn has been moved half way across the country to move in with a grandfather she hardly knows after the sudden death of her mother. She is extremely fragile and hurting but tries to carry on and put a brave face on everything.

I loved that the main relationship in this book isn't between Katelyn and the gorgeous boy (although there is a couple of those) but between Katelyn and her new girly best friend Cordelia.

This book is definitely a "first in the series" book. There are loads of ideas and potential plot line thrown up in the year but none of them are fully developed or explored as yet in any depth. The ideas that are set up are really interesting and I'll be very interested to see where they are going but am a little frustrated that I've not really been given any answers to the many many questions.

Definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next but certainly hope that a few more questions are answered than asked.

2 comments:

Vivienne said...

I do like a good atmosphere. Can't wait to read it.

Jesse @ Books 4 Teens said...

Ooh! This one sounds fab, and I so haven't had my fill of werewolf books yet :D