Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

"Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply. 
The moon.
You're toast.
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. . . ."
Copyright ©HarperTeen-- 2009

BOOK #2 for my 2011 Were/Shifter Challenge! w00t i am baller-status! (totally won't say that again I promise ;D)

This book was a nice laugh-out-loud read, that was light and the werewolves not savage by any means. 
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis, right from the get-go showed that it wasn't going to be a very hard hitting, savage, and primal werewolf story. Jut you're run-of-the-mill YA paranormal romance. The book centers around a sixteen-year-old girl named Shelby who is sort of a plain-jane stuck in Beverly Hills with her dad an her evil stepmother, Priscilla. I thought Shelby is what made the story better than it originally would be. She left me humored (like Sophie Mercer in Hex Hall), but also she had a relatable aspect to herself as well. Due to Priscilla, she has been shipped off to Camp Crescent, or as Shelby likes to call it "brat camp." Which is unfortunate, because Shelby had a bad experience with a boy in her past and her stepmother just ships her off, because she is caught kissing a boy. Shelby is really misunderstood and better than other girls her age...trust me.

You would think that Shelby would have a hard time adjusting to brat camp, however that is not the case. Instead, Davis creates this headstrong female-empowered figure that is very outdoorsy and doesn't complain about the types of designer labels or if her makeup smears at camp. Shelby, for that reason, makes her unique in a way a steers away from the Gossip-girly type. Anyway, while at brat camp she encounters some colorful characters and meets her true best friend Ariel, whom she shares alot of her life with (don't really get to see much of her however). The real gem in this book was Austin Bridges III. Of course, Davis makes him a real charmer from his olive toned skin down to his British accent. Think Alex Pettyfer mixed with Taylor Lautner...

Nevertheless, the whole plot of the book centers around Austin being a famous rockstar who is actually a werewolf. To tame his inner animal, Austin must have take this special serum invented by his family's chemist, even though everyone thinks he is a druggie especially a boy who works for a paparazzi magazine who wants a front-page story of Austin's secret and the on-going relationship he has with Shelby. Hijinks ensue between Austin and Shelby when the serum is locked away (strict rules: no drugs, makeup, or Wonderbras at brat camp) and thus, throughout the book Shelby and Austin try to find the miracle serum. Doing all of this before the full moon comes about and Austin's primitiveness occurs. Plus, their romance unfolds.

Overall, I have to say I did enjoy this book. I mean summer is rolling out, and this is a nice and easy read to get out to the beach. I felt like Davis put some nice, original thought to the characters even though the plot was a bit predictable. I really liked Davis' writing style: simple, coherent, and eloquent. I felt that there was true chemistry between Shelby and Austin and their personalities meshed really well together. I also, liked the growth from Shelby's character. Throughout the story, you'll see how Shelby really got to re-connect with her emotions and her past. I experienced some growth from Shelby and in a way this was a coming-of-age story about this girl growing up and facing herself. I didn't really like the ending however, and I wish there was a little bit more zing to Austin and Shelby's relationship.

To finish, all I have to say is there is more than meets the eye when you see Never Cry Werewolf. Even though this may not be my favorite werewolf story, but nevertheless I did enjoy it! 

Four out of Five Stars!

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