Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nothing Good Is Unleashed.....

Published: November 22nd, 2011
Unleashed: Wolf Springs Chronicles #1
By: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780385740982

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.


   Katelyn McBride is forced to move from California to Arkansas to live with her Grandpa, when her Mom dies unexpectedly in an earthquake.  Kat has basically given up on continuing her dance and gymnastics aspirations until she goes away to school after finishing her senior year in Wolf Springs.  She dreams of being a trapeze artist for Cirque de Soleil and wants it more than anything.  When she gets to Wolf Springs she soon gets swept away with the mysterious death of a young girl right before Kat got there.  Becoming friends with Cordelia, a girl who has a very complicated family situation and being torn between two guys only makes things even worse.  Katelynis attracted to Justin but he's already in a serious relationship, even though he's kissed her into confusion.  Also there's Trick, a social outcast who is friends with Kat's Grandpa and keeps playing hot and cold on her.  What lurks in the woods of Wolf Springs and how will it change Kat's life forever?  This was an interesting book at first and had some promise.  I really did like Kat and her ambitious nature.  But then she just completely quits thinking an talking about her love for dance/gymnastics.  It made me think it couldn't have been that important to her.  Cordelia was basically a character who seems to exist only to move along the plot.  She has moments of good humor and I like that she's such an awesome friend to Kat - at least until it becomes a little too complicated.  Then she starts to act like her spine is made of jelly and Kat is a major nuisance.  The whole love triangle thing is so played out and it dragged, really grating on my nerves.  Both the guys were major assholes in my honest opinion, not that Kat wasn't a total moron also by that point.  The werewolve mythology in the book was underdeveloped, although intriguing.  It was the main reason I finished the book.  I definitely won't be reading the next one, as this was a major disappointment.

VERDICT:  1.5/5  Stars

*No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book is now available in stores and online.*

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