Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 years
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 12+ years
Year/Setting: Present Day, California to the Pacific Northwest
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle (More romance, than sexual)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal Mild (More like a tamed Werewolf)
Heather's Website: www.heaherdavis.com
Another YA offering that is really good. Again, adult authors - please go run to the bookstores and take note that YA authors are taking old subjects that have been done but "sprucing" them up to not only read as brand new drama, but to entice younger and older readers to want to sit down and relax with an imaginative story.
Ms. Davis does a fantastic job with opening the door to our werewolf friends. We follow a young girl named Shelby who lives "on the fringes" of California's high society. She has a father who found "the" drug for women to look younger, and he's made money hand over fist. He's a good man; unfortunately, he also has lousy taste in women. Shelby's mother has passed on and dad has married this wannabe socialite who only seems to care about clothes, money, and getting Shelby out of the way. She catches Shelby in a romantic moment and decides to send her to a camp for "brats". You know? Those "don't drink the Kool-aid" places that will teach these rich kids some manners.
Shelby is so not happy, but she does meet up with a young woman - an heiress to a perfume empire - named Ariel. Ariel is a small, sort of elfin girl who is definitely someone who doesn't pretend to sit on top of Mount Olympus and look down at her slaves. There are others at the camp of course who deserve the "brat" title. They are there to find the most important "friends" they can. There is also a little worm whose father is the reigning king of the tabloid business who will do anything to find a story for his father that will allow him to go back home so he doesn't have to waste his summer at the hideous camp.
But the one, the special one, is Austin Bridges, III. Not only handsome, this Brit is the son of the reigning King of the rock and roll world. He looks the part, too. Shelby is immediately swept up in the strangely elegant and dark boy who makes her heart go pitty-pat. Austin has a secret. And when something of his is stolen, Shelby teams up with him to do whatever it takes to keep the slightly furry, handsome boy safe.
You have romance, you have humor, and you have the dark side. Not only do you have those things - you also have them done extremely well. Like Cynthia Smith with her series, Ms. Davis doesn't just "jump on board" with the vampire/werewolf trilogy that seems to have a stranglehold on our teens - she writes something fresh and new with characters that you want to see do well.
Good job. I'll be looking forward to the next one.
Until Next Time, Amy
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