Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 22, 2011)
Buy the book: Amazon
The Wolf Springs Chronicles introduces readers to a town of secrets and the new girl who's about to start believing in werewolves.
Katelyn McBride's life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains.
Like any small town, Wolf Springs has 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.
And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.
Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night - welcome to Wolf Springs.
Ok. I loved this book. I finished reading it a couple of days ago, and find myself thinking, "I can't wait to get home and read more of UNLEASHED." Then I remember I'm done with it, and I get sad. It's been quite a while since I've read a werewolf book, and I just think that I was really in the mood for this, and it didn't disappoint me at all.
I recently read Nancy and Debbie's other series, Crusade, and loved those books as well, but Unleashed has a very different feel to it than the Crusade series. Although both books are dark, Unleashed is much more thrilling and suspenseful. I would also say that it isn't as mature as Crusade. I think, where Crusade might be hard for some to get into, Unleashed will be an easier read. Personally, I loved both styles, and this book has secured the fact that I will eagerly read anything that Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie write.
Katelyn is not what I would call a "strong" female. She's a vegetarian from California, who cries a lot, gets scared easily, and is seriously afraid of guns.....and the stuffed animal heads on her grandfather's walls. But, while this normally bothers me, and turns me off of the story, it really didn't this time. I still liked Katelyn. I think it's because you can see the journey that she's making, and the way she's growing as a person. Plus, she's pretty funny, and witty. And even though she's often scared, doesn't make the smartest choices (STAY IN THE CAR!!!), and cries a little more than I care for, she still dusts herself off, and gets back up and tries again. And by the end, there are some very interesting developments, that force her into changing the way she feels.....about everything.
There's also some pretty intense romance in this one. Yes, there is a love triangle, and I know that some of you out there are getting tired of that, but I have to say, I loved it. When Katelyn moves to town, she meets Trick, who is funny and sweet and gorgeous, and just all around yummy. They start having feelings for each other, and I just hold my breath every time they're together, hoping they will kiss already!! Then there's Justin. Something happens to Katelyn and Justin every time they're together, and they can't seem to keep their hands off each other, and neither of them know why. I have my suspicions, but I guess I'll have to wait until the next books to find out if I'm right.
Unleashed is full of action, suspense, intensity, romance, mystery, monsters, and freaky men with drums trying to find their "inner wolf." If you are a fan of paranormal romance, I think this is a book you will devour! I know I did!
Book Doppelgangers: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Fateful by Claudia Gray, Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
For more details, check out Unleashed on Parental Book Reviews.
- Sexual Content: Moderate
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Heavy
- Other Notables: Underage Drinking/Parties
Make sure you check out The Wolf Springs Series on WolfSpringsChronicles.com
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