Amanda Burnson is a typical teen with all the typical problems: excess weight, struggles with body odor, random people trying to kill her . . . oh, and her boyfriend just might be a werewolf.
At seventeen, Amanda, who has been raised by her neo-pagan uncle, has more friends at the local Renaissance faire than at her high school. Most of her summers are spent at faires, festivals, and Aunt Maggie's farm.
There is something new going on in the heart of America, in the small Iowa town that Amanda calls home. The whole town is changing-a tough way to begin a school year. New kids alongside the old; new attitudes colliding with the usual annoying old ones; menacing new faces alongside comforting ones. . . things will never be the same once this brew is boiled.
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I don't normally read Young Adult fiction, nor am I an avid reader of paranormal and/or shapeshifter stories, but I was very pleasantly surprised by "Bear Naked" and will be reading more of this genre in the future. The book proved to be a very entertaining read, the main characters are all likable and the element of suspense keeps you guessing right up to the-big-showdown at the end. On top of that, the book is very well written. R. J. Eliason has certainly set the scene for further volumes in this series and I'm looking forward to reading about what the fascinating characters she has created will get up to next. If you're looking for a unique and delightful read I thoroughly recommend you delve into the pages of "Bear Naked". I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.
My mom gave this to me because she got it free for an honest review. So here is my honest review. I like the girl Amanda and her best friend, who is a boy who sometimes likes to dress as a girl. He has a girlfrien who likes to dress like a boy so they are a cute couple. I can't tell if they are gay or just like to dress like the oposite sex. Anyway, Amanda is being followed around by some scary guys and they start kidnapping people, but the person they really want is Amanda, because she's special. In the end, all of her friends turn out to be special too, and Amanda is like really cool. Because her family is a bunch of werebears and that is why she is being hunted. There is a really great fight scene between all kinds of shape shifters where you will be on the end of your seat hoping everyone is okay. I think other people who like books about shape shifters and groups of fgriends who take care of each other will like this book as much as I did.
I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. I applaud the inclusion of gay and "genderqueer" teenage characters and the neo-pagan lifestyle descriptions, but so much time was spent setting up how "different" Amanda was because of her pagan beliefs and interesting friends that nothing much happened for the first half of the book. Basically, she talks a lot about what her cross-dressing friends are wearing, wonders why a guy is talking to her, and gets upset about body hair and people thinking she's smelly. And there are two or three times or so that she sees one of several men she gets creeped out by. They don't really do anything to her, they just look creepy. There are other small hints that there is going to be trouble later on, but nothing ominous enough to really build a feeling of tension about Amanda's safety. At about halfway through, the meat of the story begins and the creepy guys start to attack people. She and other kids in her town are actually under threat, her friends all have secrets they are keeping, and there is a well-written and exciting battle later on. The author just used way to many words to get to where the story actually began. However, I do recommend the book for pre-teens and teens who are desperate for LGBT-friendly fantasy novels and also for YA readers who don't mind a lot of setup to the story before it gets rolling. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review