Rise fo the Wolf
Drew is the odd one out in his family. Even his twin looks like his father, blonde and blue eyed… not slight and dark like Drew. He has a special affinity with animals but with his slight build struggles to keep up with his farm work.
left at home with his adored mother, he is devastated when his beloved mother is attacked and killed by a monster. He then partially changes himself, trying to protect/avenge her, only to be attacked by his own father, who mistakenly believes Drew is responsible for his wife’s death!
Drew is on the run and fully transforms into a wolf – the lost werewolf is a land dominated and ruled by weres – werelions, werepigs, werebears…
But all is not well in this world. The deadly politics and jealousy of the king (a werelion) lead to Drew being captured, tortured, escaping and embarking on a journey across the country, rescuing princesses, holding true to the morals taught to him by his mother and showing the world that there is hope for a better life.
Strong characters also, I enjoyed this book, which is action packed and great for male readers. The female characters are a bit limited, but still reasonably believable.
The Poison Apples
“Bad Stepmothers be warned.”
Told from the point of view of three 16 year old girls, each having recently acquired a not so sympathetic step mother through not so happy circumstances… the story follows the advent of the step mothers, each of the girl’s arrival at an expensive boarding school, the initial non friendship of the three, followed by the revelation of the step mothers and almost instant friendhisp, revenge plans, painful revelations and stronger friendship as the girls grow through the experience!
A quick read with an easy flow to the story. The characters are quite likable, but tend to be self centered (what teenage girl isn’t?).
Enjoyable and not too deep and meaningful, unless you look a bit closer!
The Dark Divine
I read this book last year… and have to admit that I had to re-read/scan quite a bit before I was up to speed with which book it was!
Grace is the goody two shoes daughter of the local pastor – or is she. She struggles with the ‘Pastor’s Daugter’ tag a bit and especially with her family’s treatment of her childhood friend, the now estranged Daniel.
The family has good reason to be wary of Daniel, especially given the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the behaviour of his father, and the injuries caused to Jude (Grace’s brother). Once again, there is no hodling back true love – against all odds and of course there is the obligatory werewolf angle!
An interesting take on the werewolf legend – controllable with magic talismans, but also curable through the sacrifice of true love…
Strong characters. Grace is quite conflicted, with her needs and desires at odds with her family loyalties. I particularly like the art references and descriptions.