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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Published by: Random House
To Be Released on: November 22nd, 2011
Source: book to review from publisher
4.5 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
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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.

This is a classic paranormal read! It's dark, thrilling and one I quickly devoured. I've read a lot of enjoyable wolf books this year, and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Nancy and Debbie's enticing blend of mystery, suspense, passion, love and loyalty made for a story that was hard to put down. This was an action packed read that had me on edge the whole time. Well, I shouldn't say on edge the whole time, because there's some intense romantic scenes had me swooning instead of wanting to bite my nails. There's a rich history with both the legend, and the town's residents who for generation's have protected the secrets that lie within the borders of their secluded, wooded town. I liked that the wolf lore in this story comes from the Fenrir lore, and even the Fenner Family in this story pay tribute to that.

Katelyn isn't as strong of a character as I pictured her to be, but I'm thinking she's a character who's going to grow into one as the series continues. I'm looking forward to seeing her progression as the story continues. Normally I'd find her emotional side, being scared of everything, and not making the brightest decisions annoying, I found her to be an enduring character. She's at times funny. I couldn't blame for feeling the way she does since she's been uprooted from the life she's known for 17 yrs. Not to mention all the weird things that start happening to her once she comes to Wolf Springs. Luckily she's got her gun wielding Grandfather, Trick, the hotty that drives her to school each day and a few other characters who help her start to adjust to her new life, sort of.

There's something about her Grandfather and Trick that leaves me suspicious of who or what they really are. They're very protective of Katelyn and keep her in the dark about a lot of things that are going on. I adore the romance that grows between Trick and Katelyn. Trick's that all around great guy who's funny, always there for you and isn't afraid of anything. I love their chemistry together. Then there's Justin, the piercing blue eyed hot bad boy that rides a motorcycle. When ever he and Katelyn are around each other sparks start flying, but there's something about their chemistry that leaves me suspicious about why that is. I know love triangles are over done right now, but this one is refreshing.

One of the things that I enjoyed about Unleashed is the way it's written. There's so much mystery surrounding the town, the legend and the characters. There's an entire cast of characters who's motives aren't quite clear, and it was hard for me to figure out who can be trusted, who's lying and who the "Big Bad Wolf" is. Having so many suspects and not having any real leads made for an incredible mystery that kept me invested in this story. Being that this is first book in the Wolf Spring Chronicles series allowed Nancy and Debbie to leave a lot questions unanswered, because I'm now completely immersed with this story. I have to know who's behind the murders, I want to know what some of the secrets are, and what's going to happen with a few of the characters. Being kept in the dark worked well for this story, and even though some plot twists are revealed, there's still a lot of secrets that are kept when this book ends. Speaking of the ending, I loved it! It literally ends at the end of a scene, leading me to think the sequel will pick up exactly where Unleashed ends.

If you're a fan of paranormal books with a lot of action, romance and mystery, I highly recommend picking this book up. Unleashed will leave you wanting more. There is some mild violence, mild sensual scenes, mild language, and an underage party/drinking scene. This is a book I'd recommend to YA readers 14 yrs & older. Don't miss our blog stop with Nancy and Debbie! They stopped by earlier this week to answer a few of my questions about Unleashed. Read an excerpt from the book


  1. Damaris- Thank you so much! I can totally understand feeling like it repeats itself. For me the mystery of trying to figure out who was behind the killings and what everyone's secret was is what kept me glued to the story. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I hope you like it more the second time around :)

  2. OOoOOh! This sounds wonderful I'm waiting for my copy to arrive actually! Glad that it's good I have high hopes for it! This sounds really awesome - like really. I LOVED mysteries and this sounds really well written.

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  3. UGH- Blogger is randomly deleting comments....

    Giselle- Ohh! YAY! I hope you enjoy it. I'll be looking forward to your review ;)

  4. This sounds SO GOOD. I had never heard of it before, but it has definitely found its way to my TBR list. Great review!

  5. I really enjoyed this book. Although I found that it was a bit slow in getting around to the point but the interaction between the characters is great. I'm very curious to learn 'Ed' and Tricks secrets, you know they have them, lol. And I am absolutely Team Trick. :-). I love/hate how they ended it, full of anticipation but left so wide open! I hope the second book is out soon! Thank you for the reccomendation. BTW, I changed my FB name and am Jayne's Ire now....just to make the connection :-)