Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles Series #1)

Unleashed (Wolf Spring Chronicles Series #1)

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by Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié
     
 

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Katelyn McBride's life changed in an instant when her mother died. Now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, Arkansas—a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has its 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,

Overview

Katelyn McBride's life changed in an instant when her mother died. Now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, Arkansas—a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has its 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. It's a town full of werewolves.

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After her mother's death Katelyn trades in Los Angeles for a backwoods Arkansas town where everything, all the way down to deaths, is wolf-themed. Going from the city to tiny Wolf Springs is a huge transition for Katelyn. In her grandfather's corner of the Ozark Mountains, cell-phone reception is spotty and legends are plentiful. As the new girl, Katelyn takes the spotlight over from the last big news in town--the mysterious death of a local girl, believed to have been killed by animals in the woods. The mystery is transparently (and humorously) built through a book on the town's history that is missing a page: the one in between a warning of a creature in the woods more fearsome than the wolves and the line, "And thus it remains that our good company shuns the wooded hills." While Katelyn is courted by standard paranormal-romance suitors, it's her relationship with new BFF Cordelia Fenner that takes center stage. Even though Katelyn is being attacked and hunted, it's Cordelia's plot (which directly references the Cordelia in King Lear) that slowly takes over the novel. From the town-history book to the Shakespeare parallel, the story has little time for subtlety. Instead of solving the mystery, the ending adds additional complications for the sequel to tackle. Enjoyable enough, but it doesn't stand out from the pack. (Paranormal romance. 12-17)
From the Publisher
"The authors are clearly having fun, packing in lots of tongue-in-cheek lupine references...[the] conclusion that leaves central mysteries unsolved will have readers howling for the next installment."— Booklist

"Readers who prefer female leads who fight their own supernatural demons to those who just kiss them will like Katelyn’s ultimately personal involvement in the secret werewolf community of Wolf Springs, AR." — School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—When an earthquake-related house fire takes the life of her mother, Katelyn finds herself uprooted from California and thrust into a new existence: an isolated cabin with her grandfather in the Ozarks, a small high school, and dire warnings to stay inside after dark, punctuated with a teen's recent mysterious death. She does find a friend in Cordelia, who becomes her partner on a local history project that turns up accounts of an area called Hellhound. After a second attack by a canny blue-eyed wolf results in a bite, Kat suffers strange symptoms. Cordelia seems to know all too well what Kat is becoming, but she risks her own life divulging secrets and promises to see her through her ordeal. This first book in a series will probably hook the rabid readers of paranormal romance, but the more discerning might find flaws in pacing, some lack of atmosphere, and mixed success at characterization. They will, however, enjoy both of Kat's romantic options: Justin, with powerful animal magnetism, and Trick, artsy and intense, who may have his own secrets. Readers who prefer female leads who fight their own supernatural demons to those who just kiss them will like Katelyn's ultimately personal involvement in the secret werewolf community of Wolf Springs, AR. After a slow start, the action and momentum build, but the lack of resolution feels like a cheat. Still, those who persevered will be howling for the next installment.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385740982
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Series:
Wolf Spring Chronicles Series, #1
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 5.96(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

NANCY HOLDER and DEBBIE VIGUIÉ are the authors of the bestselling Wicked series.

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Unleashed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. A little more information and detail would have made it perfect. It had a great storyline and good pace. I can't wait until the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great start to a great new series. The pace was fast and the plot had me engulfed in mystery and twists. The characters were well developed with enough left out to leave me wanting find out more. The authors really seemed to tap into the teenage world. Dealing with a death of a parent, moving, new school and friends. The writing style was fabulous. This would be a great book for any young adult who likes the paranormal genre. Come Visit the Review Site: Were Vamps Romance at: werevampsromance dot blogspot dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unleashed had all the elements of being a great story. It had the suspense that led the way for a climax but that is where the story ends. Imagine being on a roller coaster and stoping at the top and being left there well that is unleashed. I bought this book because it was said to have the same intensity as Twilight and the Fallen series. I am huge fans of both twilight and Fallen so I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, this book is not like either of these books I have no choice but to read book 2 because the story left you at a climax that was so intense that's it's hard to move on maybe that was the intention of the authors.... To write half a story and cut off at the climax to leave the readers going crazy for more. BEWARE! NONE of the questions that come up throughout the story will be answered in this book and if you want a romance don't expect one here. Unleashed could have been better but I feel the authors rushed it 240 something pages REALLY! I feel like they got bored and wanted to just cut it off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was written well a quick easy read, lots to keep wanting to read about great job
t1g3r3y3MG More than 1 year ago
This book had a great plot,and never made me even consider putting it down. infact, i finished it within a day. it was that interesting. can't wait for Hot Blooded to come out. hopefully they announce the date of its release soon. it looks like it will be sometime this december. =D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was exciting to finally have another series started and I could not put it down. Can't wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy fun read. I hope there will be more books to follow this storyline. I recommend this book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful book; it was a book full of suspence. I need more!
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Peopleshould totatly read this book! Not only is it a goid story but also the suthor is stuoendous as well!
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I really liked the story kept me on edge had you guessing alot cant wait to read the next on
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVED IT!!!!!!!!<3 this was the first book I fell in love with after the twilight saga.Great start of a brand new series.Cant wait 2 read the next one!
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N_Sorensen More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book, I thought it wasn't going to be anything special. But I was wrong. I was instantly hooked. I loved the characters and the plot. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like paranormal, give it a try!
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This is a really good book and im looking forward to reading the second one :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and can't wait for the next. It was one of the few books that actually make u scared when your supposed to be. I'd recamend it to anyone and everyone.