Saturday, October 10, 2009

REVIEW: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

(Summary from the website of Heather Davis)
"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 step-mother 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 thoughts...This is a YOUNG adult novel.  I would say it would be perfect for kids ages 12-16.  That being said, I (being well over 16) enjoyed the book.  Our young heroine deals with several huge issues such as death of a parent, step-parents, young love and trust.  Shelby is a kind girl who often finds herself as a caregiver to other people she meets, when she really needs to take care of herself.  As the story progresses, I saw significant character growth.

On the surface, this is a story about a girl who meets a werewolf, but its really so much more than that.  The story made me laugh out loud and nearly cry in some places.   Although Shelby is at a brat camp for rich kids, she is not snobby like some of the other campers.  Some of the choices she made left me smacking my forehead in frustration, but she thinks like a kid her age.  The story was well written and it kept me guessing.  I was surprised at the end and anxious for more.  I wonder if there will be a sequel?

For more information about Heather and her books, please visit her website or her blog Books, Boys, Buzz..
(Thanks to the blog group for choosing me as the winner of this book!)

If you liked this book, you may also like...
1.  Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs
2. Ghost Huntress Book 1: The Awakening by  Marley Gibson
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

LOVE the recommendations portion.

I'm crazy to read this book.

The Couch Critic said...

This sounds like a quick read. Glad it isn't just full of rich, spoiled kids.

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