Thursday, August 13, 2009
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
"Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply.
You. Him. The moon. You’re toast."
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had “borrowed” that Porsche?). But her step-mother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior. Suddenly Shelby’s summer plans are on the shelf, and she’s being packed off to brat camp. It’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
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 she really shouldn’t be getting tangled up with another bad boy…but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing’s for sure, that pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.
The characters were probably my favorite aspect of this novel. Witty, mysterious and entertaining. They made the story hilarious and interesting. The writing, however, wasn't descriptive or amazing. It was just plain. The pace of the novel was fast, and I was really appreciative of that, because the writing didn't really do wonders for me and if the pace were slow, I'd be bored.
The relationship between Shelby and her dad was a pleasure and I was really anxious to read about their heart-to-heart conversation...only it never came. I really wish I saw at least some of Shelby and her dad after camp. I didn't really think their situation was brought to end and it bummed me out that I didn't get the see the final conversation between the two.
I also thought that the novel was rushed. The relationship between Austin and Shelby wasn't explained deep enough for me to believe that Shelby liked him as much as she said she did. Though I wish there was more time between the two, time that would actually be spent talking about real things, not about Austin's being a werewolf, I actually enjoyed the romance. It was all happy feelings, and I don't want to take away from that.
Never Cry Werewolf is at least a pleasurable read. I'm hoping I'll like The Clearing by Heather Davis more.