One girl... Two werewolf packs... What will she choose?
Samara's first date with Luke, the hot new guy at school, didn't go exactly the way she planned. She figured they would stargaze and maybe share a kiss at the end of the night, but she couldn't have prepared for what really happened. She was bitten by a wolf, and not just any wolf: a werewolf.
After she shifts for the first time, she meets her new pack's alpha in the woods. While he answers a lot of her questions, he remains in his wolf form during their meetings to keep his identity a secret. She wonders who this mysterious wolf is and why he bit her.
As Samara begins to learn more about her family secret and how it plays into her new life as a werewolf, she realizes that she has an important decision to make, one that could hurt the ones she cares about most. She must choose between two werewolf packs: the one that she's destined to be in and the one that she feels she belongs in.
Howl is a suspenseful tale of secrets, betrayal, and forbidden romance.
This audiobook is recommended for ages 10 and up due to mild language, underage drinking, and mild sexual references.
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A frustrating read.
I'm torn with this book because while I enjoyed bits of it, I found most of it to be frustrating and with nothing new added to the genre, there was too many cliches to truly like it. For this review I'm going to list my likes and dislikes and see how we get on.
Samara. She is the MC and I find, if I don't immediately connect to the main character, then it's hard to like the story. She frustrated me no end! She gets bitten by a wolf on her date and honestly, does nothing about it. She was way too calm when it happened. I mean, come on. If a wolf bites you, you would freak!! Then when the bite clears up so fast, she just kind of shrugs it off! THEN when she finds out she is a wolf, she takes it in her stride!! Any normal person would be freaking out in some way!!
The dreaded love triangle. I HATE them!!! I may not be a teen anymore but when I was I never knew anyone who went through a love triangle. It's so prevalent in YA that it puts a lot of people off books. This particular triangle just felt so wrong and unreal. It felt like the second choice was thrown in just to throw it in! Her first choice was cliche as well. I mean a stranger comes to town that happens to be her possible mate!! UGH.
The ending!!! This made me want to through the book across the room (I was reading on my kindle so I didn't!!) It was so abrupt and just seemed like the author stopped writing the scene and pressed published. I don't mind a cliffhanger if it's well done, but I do hate one that ends so abruptly! It ruined the story for me.
The way the author made her so special. Of course the main character had to be special! I mean that hasn't been done to death before, right!! She becomes a wolf but she is extra special! Everyone wants her to join their pack and are willing to fight over her!! It was so predictable and annoying really.
Then we have the 2 main packs that want her! The alpha of one is horrible and pure evil and the alpha of the other is nice! Another cliche!! One pack has people she loves in it and the other has a new person she only met (not going to say much more about this because of spoilers) so 2 guesses which one she thinks she will choose!!!
OK, I trying to think of what I liked about the book and if I'm honest, I'm struggling to find some. I did like a few of the secondary characters more than Samara. I liked parts of the plot and thought that if there weren't so many cliches in there, it may have been slightly better. I think the only thing that saved this book was the fact that I listened to it rather than reading it. I think if I was reading it I wouldn't have finished it but because Meghan Kelly was reading it and did an amazing job, as always, it gave the story a little bit of life.
In all, I felt this was just a forgettable read. There was too much cliches and not enough of the authors own spin. In all honesty, I don't think Ill continue on with the series because I just didnt care what happened to the characters, and I know myself that if all the books end like this one ended, Id just rate them all the same!
Meghan Kelly, as I said, did an amazing job of bringing a drab story to life. I can't fault her performance and she was the only thing that kept me listening to the story.
*I received a copy of this for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
Howl # 1 review
Yes definitely. It's fantastic.
Samara. For the reason she's an interesting character.
The scene in the general store.
When Lily is discovered to be missing.
Like all the other two authors books I've read in the past, I enjoyed this one as well.
- Mark Mackey