Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Personal Kindle Library
Read: August 31, 2012
|Werewolf Woodcut by Lucas Cranach the Elder|
Now, Patricia Briggs has pretty much ruined me for every other urban fantasy writer on the market, especially those who write about werewolves. So is it the author's fault that I wasn't totally in love with the paranormal aspects of her plot? Not in the least. Reine constructed a solid premise, satisfying, if nothing else. I'm just a tough customer and I urge anyone reading this to take my remarks with a grain of salt.
I would have liked to see a bit more detail all around. I think the characters could have been developed further, particularly Cassidy, Louise and Amber. The book Rylie reads at camp could have been expanded on - was I the only one who wanted to know more than just the bare bones of what she was reading? I also felt there was a significant gap in the descriptions the wolves and the transformation they experience. Basic things like what color they were or Rylie's having to adapt to a body with a muscles structure and form so different from our own, I think, would have been a positive addition to the story. Guess I just wanted more to sink my teeth into.
Overall, not bad for a debut piece. The text felt a little bare and the story construction pretty linear; probably why I feel the book is better suited to the younger end of the young adult bracket, but again not bad. Reine has room to grow but she has definitely gotten off to a great start.
"Dying is as natural as being born and all of us have to face it someday. Some sooner than others. It's difficult to understand the meaning of it all. The question isn't, 'Why do we die?' The correct question in, 'Why do we live?"