Friday, April 2, 2010

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: September 2009

One Word Review: Underwhelmed

Author Website: www.heatherdavisbooks.com/index

First Line: “Moonlight has special powers.”

GoodReads Synopsis: Shelby’s summer plans go totally awry when her horrible stepmother sends her off to “brat camp” as punishment for one too many broken curfews. Camp is full of spoiled rich kids, obnoxious counselors wanting Shelby to talk about her feelings, and a totally inhumane “no cell phones” policy. Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one?

Kathy’s Review: I was pretty excited to read this one. I liked the cover and I'm always on the lookout for a good werewolf story. Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be at all what I was expecting, and I ended up feeling disappointed. Shelby is kind of a spoiled air-head and I had a hard time relating to her and all the other rich, spoiled, famous kids in the story. I thought the setting had promise (although, in real life I don’t believe those “camps” do any good), and even the plot had potential, but it all ended up falling a little flat. I had a really hard time believing Austin would share his secret with someone he’d known for a couple days, and that he didn’t already have a cover story (seeing as its been in the family for ages). Some of the dialogue was cheesy and the story was lacking a good mystery. The only villain was a gossip teen who just wanted to leave camp, not really that exciting. And, I was really hoping for some resolution with Shelby and her dad and was disappointed when the story just ended. Owell, if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted teen book, then you may enjoy it.

Bookworm Rating: 2.5

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