Book Review: Unleashed

Book Review: UnleashedUnleashed by Debbie Viguie, Nancy Holder
Series: Wolf Springs Chronicles #1
Published by Delacorte Books on November 22nd 2011
Pages: 382
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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 she 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 hideen 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.

Werewolves… Werewolves… Werewolves. This one paranormal creature and I have a very mixed relationship. Sometimes I love them… sometimes I don't. But when Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié enter into the mix, I know that I am in for a treat.
 
Beginning with a tragedy, Unleashed hooked me from the very beginning. We met our MC, Katelyn, as she is living a fairly normal life with her mother in San Francisco. Unfortunately, Katelyn's life comes crashing down on her when an earthquake strikes the city and leaves her motherless. Having no other family in the San Francisco area, Katelyn is forced to move to Arkansas to live with a grandfather she barely knows.
 
Katelyn is a pretty good example of how I like my book girls. Straight forward. Has a decent back bone. And doesn't exactly fall all over herself when she meets the hunky guy (or in this case guys). While I am not always a fan of the love triangle scenario, Holder and Viguié did a pretty interesting job with this one. Trick is amazing. Justin is the brooding, dark, hot and cold guy. (Can you tell already I am Team Trick?) Katelyn, not really knowing either, tended to go with the flow. And while Trick is almost presented as the good, platonic friend… I believe, or at least hope, that there is a lot more to his story than meets the eye. Something about his character just screams at me that there is a big reveal awaiting us readers shortly.
 
Unleashed is a werewolf story. But it is not like one I have read before. It is darker. Hauntingly beautiful in the contrast of its lights and darks. I am fairly convinced this writing duo can do no wrong when they set their minds to it. Every time I am ready to give up on a paranormal creature, they seem to reinvent it in a way that I would have never thought possible. Bravo to you both!
 
Final Verdict:
 
Unleashed has many facets to it. From relationship drama to self discovery, Unleashed seems to have it all and then some. This is definitely one series that I will be keeping my eye on.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Unleashed

  1. I’m a pretty hardcore werewolf gal, and am always looking for good reads where vampires aren’t always thrown into the mix. Good to hear that Katelyn isn’t a wilting flower kind of MC, as those drive me crazy. Thanks for the rec!

    Smiles!
    Lori

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