YA Paranormal Romance
This didn’t stand out a whole lot for me but I did enjoy reading it. I especially enjoyed the well written teenage voice that Shawna Romkey really nailed perfectly. I enjoyed the authenticity of both Becca and Ben’s narrations as it related to teenagers. We’re talking about 15/16 year olds and their voices really reflected the right tone and attitude. The over the top emotion of first love, the snark of having no control over your life, and the uncertainty of being thrown into big, life or death decisions when you’re not used to thinking about anyone but yourself.
I really liked Ben’s character and wanted to know more about him and his family. They have quite the history and I found it really interesting, especially their work as werewolf hunters. Becca was a bit of a brat, especially in the beginning. She grew on me but I didn’t have the best thoughts about her when I first started.
The adult characters in this book are pretty one dimensional and in some cases down right oblivious to what’s going on. I liked Becca’s Grandma in the beginning but then she pretty much dropped off the page when she goes to care for her friend. That early in Becca’s studies and that close to a full moon, I figured her Grandma would want to be around. And the way the town’s police are just completely unaware of things and quite frankly, terrible at their jobs.
My biggest problem is that I felt like I was reading a reworked version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it kept disrupting the flow for me. From the town that attracts supernatural beings to the forbidden love story to the gang of scrappy friends, I just couldn’t help thinking about Buffy instead of enjoying the book.
3 out of 5 stars
Forbidden Love • Shifters • Wolves
Detention, homework, falling in love, werewolf slaying… what’s your Monday look like?
All Becca Redford wants is to survive her parents’ divorce and get through high school with as few detentions as possible, but her family legacy gets in the way.
All Ben Hunt wants is to maintain his clean cut, varsity football image, but he has to keep a huge family secret.
Can they find a way to be together without Becca and her wolfhound killing Ben, and the werewolf wars bringing about the end of slayers and hunters all together?