Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles, #1) by Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Sixteen-year-old Katelyn McBride is used to city life in sunny California, and it is a second devastating blow on top of being tragically orphaned when she is forced to relocate to her grandfather's rustic home in the Ozark hills of Arkansas. Not only is the culture shock extreme because her grandfather lives in the middle of nowhere, but it is dangerous to go into the eerie woods surrounding his house at night--people have been murdered there.
I would classify this YA novel as a contemporary fantasy. It is also a coming-of-age novel with a paranormal twist. Fans of romantic triangles in YA paranormal plots will have plenty to appreciate here. Trick and Justin are both worthy contenders for Katelyn's love, though one of them is far more dark and dangerous than the other, and that may tip the scales in his favor in a contest to win the hearts of female readers.
There are elements of mystery, thriller, and action-adventure in the exciting main plot, and the secondary romance plots have lots of tension and conflict to ramp up an emotional roller-coaster ride for Katelyn. The authors do a great job creating a spooky atmosphere, and their basic writing skills are excellent.
Potential readers might want to know that this is one of those series where there is a major cliffhanger at the end of the book. If you don't like that type of ending, you might want to wait to start reading this series until it is complete.
I rate this book as follows:
Romantic Heroes: 4
Fantasy World-Building: 4
Action-Adventure/Thriller/Mystery Plot: 4
Romance Subplots: 3
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program.