Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

In Unleashed, a girl named Katelyn McBride moves from colorful California to dull, rural Arkansas to live with her grandfather after her mother dies. Wolf Springs, in the Ozark Mountains, has hidden surprises. Katelyn is warned of walking alone in the forest but never believes there to be true danger until she is attacked by a wolf one unplanned evening. One of her only friends, Trick, is intensely disliked by most, if not all, of the locals. Cordelia, her only other friend, seems to have secrets of her own. Katelyn begins to uncover some of the town's mysterious wolfy secrets, and along the way she gets herself into danger.

Unleashed was not overly original, but neither was it incredibly boring. I did not enjoy the way that Katelyn discovered some of the town's secrets (a school project), as it seemed somewhat commonplace. Still, the local werewolf populace was interesting, as was Cordelia's eccentric family. Trick, the disliked writer of poetry, was certainly unique, as were many of the other characters, such as Katelyn's unconventional grandfather. Unleashed is a decent rainy-day read and may leave one with anticipation of the second book in the series.

Reviewer Age:19
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA