An epic paranormal story with all the heat, atmosphere and feudal background of FALLEN and a love triangle to rival TWILIGHT
Nancy Holder's books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Nancy is currently a writing teacher at the school. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and their growing assortment of pets. Debbie Viguie holds a degree in creative writing from UC Davis. Her Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels VIOLET EYES, SCARLET MOON and MIDNIGHT PEARLS. She lives in Florida with her husband Scott.
Gr 7 Up-When an earthquake-related house fire takes the life of her mother, Katelyn finds herself uprooted from California and thrust into a new existence: an isolated cabin with her grandfather in the Ozarks, a small high school, and dire warnings to stay inside after dark, punctuated with a teen's recent mysterious death. She does find a friend in Cordelia, who becomes her partner on a local history project that turns up accounts of an area called Hellhound. After a second attack by a canny blue-eyed wolf results in a bite, Kat suffers strange symptoms. Cordelia seems to know all too well what Kat is becoming, but she risks her own life divulging secrets and promises to see her through her ordeal. This first book in a series will probably hook the rabid readers of paranormal romance, but the more discerning might find flaws in pacing, some lack of atmosphere, and mixed success at characterization. They will, however, enjoy both of Kat's romantic options: Justin, with powerful animal magnetism, and Trick, artsy and intense, who may have his own secrets. Readers who prefer female leads who fight their own supernatural demons to those who just kiss them will like Katelyn's ultimately personal involvement in the secret werewolf community of Wolf Springs, AR. After a slow start, the action and momentum build, but the lack of resolution feels like a cheat. Still, those who persevered will be howling for the next installment.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.