Barking Madness

Barking Madness

by Ryan Hill

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BN ID: 2940150889378
Publisher: Propel (Pulse)
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

Born in Connecticut, Ryan Hill now lives in Massachusetts with his family and is a student at UMass Amherst. Ryan’s knack for writing fiction emerged at an early age, when he wrote stories for his own enjoyment. He decided to put his hand to writing a book at 17, when he came up with the concept for Barking Madness, his debut novel.

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Barking Madness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Barking Madness by Ryan Hill is a young adult paranormal story about seventeen-year-old Rosetta Harper. When her family relocates to a small New England town, Rosetta thinks her life will be normal. But she didn't account for the repeating nightmares she has of a masked man. The nightmares become more and more gruesome until they start to come true. Rose didn't expect it at the party she attended, nor did she expect Michael to be the knight in shining armor that rode to her rescue to deliver her from death by the jaws of a hungry black wolf. Rose worries that she was bitten by a werewolf and shares this fear with Michael. The two forge an unlikely friendship around the supernatural and wonder just how far they each will go to protect themselves and their secrets...from each other. This is a very dark, creepy book that fans of paranormal stories will enjoy. The writing was done well, the plot kept moving at a good pace, and there were interesting story lines that kept the story moving forward in the right direction. The author did a nice job with the descriptions and readers will feel invested in the characters and their naturally flowing dialogue. This was so much more than just a paranormal story and will appeal to readers who love romance, action, thrillers, mystery, and danger. Throw in some teen angst and this story is a winner! Nice job.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
What was Ryan Hill thinking when he wrote Barking Madness? Whatever it was, he put pen to paper and has created one of the most intriguing and fascinating young adult dark tales. I’ll just say it right now, I loved the plot, the scenes, the action, the gore and I really, really had a hard time finding anything redeeming about one of the main characters, period. For me, Rose and her personality make for a good explanation as to why some animals eat their young. That only proves that it’s the quality of the writing and not the awesomeness of the characters that make a good read! Rose and her family have moved to a new town and her biggest concern is how to wrap everyone around her beautiful fingers with the least amount of effort. She has been suffering from nightmares that are gruesome and dark, horrifying, really, who could know she would live one of those nightmares after getting trashed at a big party in this one horse town? How could she know that one boy’s act of bravery would cost him his life and that another boy, far less popular and not even on her guy radar would be the knight in shining armor that saves her from death at the jaws of a huge, black wolf? Has she been bitten by a werewolf? Will she go all furry and nasty? Until then, its school business as usual and no real regard for Michael, the brilliant and well-meaning guy who saved her. Yep, a new slant on werewolves, for sure. Has Rose become her own worst nightmare? With only Michael to talk to about it, they forge a relationship that seems to weather all that is happening in town. But even Michael has his own set of teen problems, he has great friends, all geeks or outcasts in the school hierarchy, but his feeling of hatred for his father who just doesn’t understand him is pretty excessive and he rarely shares this with anyone. Who is the dark wolf, is he the dark man who holds sway over Rose? Are his secrets too horrendous for Rose to handle? Does it splinter her mind? I have to hand it to Ryan Hill, he nailed the negative teen persona and nailed it hard! Like a fly on the wall, the reader is privy to teens at their best and teens at their worst, pushing the limits and living life to excess, because they are young and invincible! The language is blue, the drugs and drinking run wild and it becomes hard to separate their reality from Rose’s perception of reality. Looking for nailbiting intrigue, high teen angst and cruelty towards each other? In other words, how NOT to act? Again I say, Ryan Hill has nailed a great read that will keep you guessing until the end, when the story is that good, who cares if the characters are that likable? Maybe that is by design in the imagination of a talented author capable of powerful writing! Not recommended for under 17, but seriously, I wouldn’t give this to my mom to read, but I don’t think anything will shock a 15 year old reader.