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The Wild Boys based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The Wild Boys was definitely a hit for me. It's one of the few werewolf books that I've read that actually does a pretty good job illustrating the legendary characteristics of the beast. It's not the cheesy 'good/bad werewolf falls in love with girl, blah, blah, blah' story. This is pure lupine blood-thirst. It's FBI, secret agent level and the 'damsel in distress' is definitely a top kick-butt heroine. Even with a couple of downsides, I still can't believe how well the story turned out. The beginning is pure mysterious tension and the best part is, once you actually know what the heck is going on, you still feel entrapped in the story because from then on it's pure, nonstop action. Besides, the villain is nasty. The moment he was introduced, I just knew the guy was bad news. He gives off that 'I-will-kill-you-in-your-sleep' vibe that sent chills down my spine. I wanted him dead as much as most of the characters did. So Mia, the female protagonist, is a broken heroine. She has to deal with the loss of her brother, the fact that her mother blames her for his death, and the empty spot her father leaves in their family since he's always working. She doesn't have a lot of friends and the only time she ends up making one... yeah, she finds his headless, mutilated body in the middle of the forest. Lovely. Just lovely. (Where's a sarcastic font when I need one?) How to make matters worse? Well, wild animal attacks begin to rise. Huge, black shapes start stalking her while she's out riding her bike... oh! And three strange and utterly naked boys, who have a craving for raw meat, appear out of nowhere and ask for help. How to make matters better? Eh, cute guy at school finally notices her. The romance in this book was a huge miss. It came out of nowhere and it blossomed for some unknown reason. Dalton, the lover-boy, felt like a fake to me. He was the perfect 'Prince Charming' that showed up just in time. What a coincidence. I actually had my suspicions on him for about half the book until I realized he was just some love-struck kid, who played a big part later on, but was introduced in a very un-stylish manner. His relationship with Mia was cute, but I didn't get why they even had one to start with. Mia herself was definitely a strong heroine. She was levelheaded, which is something you don't see in young adult books very often. She was sort of sensitive to her Asian background, and incredibly tough, but not unrealistically tough. I loved the way she handled some of the situations. Naked boys pop out of nowhere? Werewolf car chase, bleeding arm, almost killed? No problem. She's got this down. She had breakdowns, don't get me wrong. Who in their right mind wouldn't? But she wasn't the sort of person who gave up easily or spent like half the book contemplating on whether she's a good or bad person and if what she did was right or wrong. Sure, there are times when she over-analyzes things, but it doesn't get heavy. Plot-wise, there's a lot going on. I don't want to get into it too much, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It's nail-biting and there are quite a number of twists throughout the book. It's like a supernatural action movie. Think Supernatural plus some Teen Wolf. There are werewolves and secret agents and deadly viruses and cool fighting scenes. I loved it! Overall, even though the romance sucked, I was completely taken by the rest of the story. The Wild Boys was definitely one of my top werewolf books of the year (maybe even ever). It's a change of scenery, sort of. The ending isn't a big deal, there aren't any HUGE revelations, but that's the best part. I felt completely satisfied by the time I got there, and I was relieved that it didn't end with a cliffhanger. Plus, the villain... yeah, he needed to go down. Hate. Him. I definitely recommend this one to anyone who's ready for some real werewolf action.