Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running.
A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf.
Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.
Genre: Teen Fantasy
I really liked this book, but eventually it dragged with the details of all the additional things that popped up into her life, until in the end, I was left with only one problem mildly solved and the rest laid to unrest. But I mean, that ending… *smirks* The romantic in me is satisfied.
The cover is gorgeous.
It sort of mirrors the simple yet striking way the story read for me. A bit dragging with the details (especially when she was a wolf, which only frequented after the first half of the book) but when she was interacting with the track team and other members of the town, things were fun! I was unsure of who stood where on which side of the line, and if people weren’t being dicks, they were being all mysterious and… well, teenagers.
Good thing: It’s High School
Let me get the good things out of the way because they’re the best parts in my opinion. I loved her mum and how supportive she was. Accepted anything no matter how crazy it sounded. I also felt a little endearment towards her siblings, particularly her health-challenged brother, Nate. He was adorable. Her readiness to help her mum with Nate’s appointments made her a better person in my opinion, and I like characters who are selfless, who try over and over again for a better life and don’t mope around.
Her goals for college were also great, and to see her struggle with that and this wolf-thing she wanted no part of was cool. The pressure challenged her to find out who she really was as a person. One of the other things I really liked was Michigan possibly being a place for werewolves. Like, how dope is that?! Secret shifters running amok, enlisting unsuspecting humans to their cause. Brownie point.
Bad Thing: It’s High School
Her struggle with track and the wolves, sadly, also got buried under the detective work you had to go through to figure out what exactly was going on in Tether. She’s got track and the moon cycle to worry about, but while she’s flopping between the two, she’s also got all these clues that point to shady operations and it was frustrating to see her so thinned out. A few scenes that hinted at the bad guys felt too obvious to me, and whenever she missed those obvious cues, I had to wonder what the author was thinking.
For example, Nessa gets called to the office and hears the school staff talking about a female runner abusing with enhancement drugs. She goes in, gets asked if she’s using, and freaks out when she figures out that they were talking about her. Did she really not wonder if they were talking about her when she was eavesdropping? Is she so innocent that the thought of anything thinking of her in that manner seemed so far-fetched? It just wasn’t convincing.
Majority of the characters played their roles well, but the only one I liked other than the MC was
Coach until he thought she was using so really it’s just Nate. He seemed to make the most sense to me. With the boys, there almost seemed to be a weird love triangle but thankfully it didn’t result to that. Her high school crush played a part in the teen experience in life. Chay was an interesting guy who wasn’t always around, as with Luc and Cynthia. Cynthia! Now that’s a cool cat. She was closed off and had more than one reason to make me think she was a bad guy in this thing. The truth seemed so obvious but still so satisfying.
The ending… was both frustrating and satisfying. Frustrating because of reasons I can’t say, but satisfying because of reason I can’t say. Is that annoying? Probably. Go read the book and find out what was so bad and great about it.