Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1)

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Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1)
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12+
Release Date
November 22, 2011
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978-0385740982
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Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Wicked series, have created an entirely new trilogy with the passion of Twilight and the grandeur of Fallen. The Wolf Springs Chronicles introduces readers to a town of secrets and the new girl who's about to start believing in werewolves.

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Amazing New Paranormal Tale
(Updated: November 07, 2011)
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Once again Nancy Holder delivers a winning tale. This well-written paranormal puts a twist on the usual werewolf tale. The characters are multi-layered and likeable. Some have called this a Twilight like book and I totally disagree. For one thing I loved knowing more about Katelyn and the secrets of the small town Wolf Springs which are peeled back slowly.

Katelyn life changes when her mother dies and she is thrust from the big city to a small town. Wolf symbols are everywhere including at the high school. It seems everyone in the town, including her grandfather, have secrets. There's two cute guys in town: Trick, who's the mysterious hot guy and then Justin, who has a magnetic pull. Trick seems to be holding something back and Justin runs hot and cold.

There isn't the usual, cliche mean girls in Wolf Springs. Cordelia, is subtle with her barbs and shows her vulerabilities. The reader isn't sure what to make of Cordelia. I have a feeling more will be coming from her in the sequel.

I picked this book up and literally devoured it in one day. I couldn't put it down. The twist comes toward the middle of the book. Let's just say Katelyn is no Bella. I thought at the very beginning she showed spirit. She tries to fight against coming to Wolf Springs but ends up figuring she can last a year which to me is very realistic. Katelyn is persistent in wanting to know the truths behind the veiled lies and goes out of her way to find out more even when this might cause her serious problems.

There's a great cliffhanger of an ending too.

I'm a huge Nancy Holder fan and can't wait for the next book in this series.
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Great twist on the whole werewolf premise
Well written with likeable characters
Great cliffhanger ending that makes me want more
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(Updated: March 27, 2015)
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As a wolf-oriented YA paranormal, 'Unleashed' started out with a lot of promise. The prose is clean and the setting descriptions are vivid. Pacing begins at a steady clip, with a grieving teenage main character who is being shipped from California, the only home she's ever known, to the middle-of-nowhere Arkansas—which she spends most of the book bitterly referring to as "banjo land." Paranormal fans are likely to enjoy the enticingly eerie atmosphere of the forested rural setting, laced with small town secrets and a history of brutal deaths.

But then, through a good deal of the middle the story seemed to lose momentum. It felt far too long before there was any significant reveal. In fact, it takes until around page 265 before someone finally offers to explain anything of a supernatural regard. And by that point, I had difficulty caring as much as I would have liked.

My biggest difficulty with the book was the main character, Kat. Out of sympathy for her recent fall into orphanhood, I could ignore the over-privileged diva vibes she radiated for about the first 50 pages. But after that, it became difficult to endure her myopic and irritatingly judgmental internal narrative. She didn't seem to grow as a person throughout the story. In addition, I found the instantaneous carnal attraction between Kat and Justin to be perplexing and off-putting—especially after having been led on for over 100 pages over her faithful family friend and chauffeur, Trick.

On the whole, too many concepts seemed to go unrealized. So much emphasis was initially placed on Kat's training in gymnastics and love for the sport, but that detail about her identity and future potential seemed to peter away into nothingness. There's a big to-do made over Kat learning to shoot a gun almost against her will—a skill she eventually becomes competent in, but never actually uses. At times, it felt like insignificant things were being explained ad nauseum, while enormous issues were left untouched. Curiosity over peripheral characters drove me on through much of the book, but ultimately, their lack of exploration was a disappointment. And the ending offered little closure amid an attempted cliff-hanger. By the final page, the reader is left with far more questions than answers.
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