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,

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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, 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)
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"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

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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

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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

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