Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles, #1)
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Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1)

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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 s...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published December 8th 2011 by Doubleday Children's Books (first published November 22nd 2011)
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Cait
As a pre- P.S. I didn't give this book a rating. 'Nuff said.

After reading:

I hate this book. I hate it with such a passion that I want to burn it, take some of its DNA, clone it, then burn all of the clones to use a kindling for the rest of my existence, and then pass it to my children who can pass in onto theirs so they can also use it to fuel their fires to the end of their days.

Yeah, I honestly detest the book that much. Right off the bat, then, let me give you one of the special littl...more
Giselle
If I would rate Unleashed on the story itself it would have gotten more praise, but I can't do that now can I? I had my share of problems with the characters and their actions that inadvertently caused me to get a bit of a mixed feeling about the book as a whole.

It all starts with Katelyn. Katelyn's mom has just died and, with her dad not in the picture, she is forced to move to Wolf Springs: A middle of nowhere town with no cell phone service or internet connection (can you believe?). She soon...more
Holli
Every town has its secrets. In wolf springs they're just a little darker.

What an amazing first book to a compelling new series! Ahhhhhhhh! I want more, more, more, MORE!

Katelyn McBride is uprooted from her California world when her mother's life is tragically taken by an earthquake. Relocating to Wolf Springs Arkansas, to live with a Grandfather she barely knows, out in the middle of "bango land" forest, Kat's ambitions, dreams, and future are completely turned upside down.

When two girls Kat'...more
Katy
This book was so overwritten. While it's nice to picture the surroundings, the book was so bogged down with details that I just really struggled to get through it. Every little thing was described to the T, and every description was really dragged out like the howling wind or the clicking claws. And there was one detail that just bugged me. (view spoiler)...more
Reading Teen
Ok. I loved this book. I finished reading it a couple of days ago, and find myself thinking, "I can't wait to get home and read more of UNLEASHED." Then I remember I'm done with it, and I get sad. It's been quite a while since I've read a werewolf book, and I just think that I was really in the mood for this, and it didn't disappoint me at all.

I recently read Nancy and Debbie's other series, Crusade, and loved those books as well, but Unleashed has a very different feel to it than the Crusade se...more
Erica
I really, really liked this book! I got my hands on an ARC through work and decided to give it a try. I was impressed with how much I enjoyed it, (despite the typos). :P
Katelyn is a 16-year-old girl living in SoCal, enjoying her life as a dancer/gymnast, when her mother dies in a house fire. Suddenly orphaned (her father died years earlier), she is sent to live with her paternal grandfather in the small town of Wolf Springs, AR. There she meets not one, but two very attractive guys her age that...more
Charlotte
this was a good read but there were just loads of things that annoyed me about this book!
this is not really a spoiler alert so dont worry:

1 at the start all katelyn goes on about is gymnastics then once she moves its like its completely forgotten about!!

2 i did not understand what was going on with justin! i dont think the author explained it well and it was even more confusing for me cause i loved trick!! so i didnt understand what she saw in justin!!

3 near the end it felt like the story was d...more
Brandi ;)
little hesitant cause they compare it to Fallen (ugh), but I'll save judgement till it comes out....still, Fallen?

12-6-11
Looks like my early judgement hit the nail on the head. Now do I torment myself by reading this knowing I will prob detest it or do I take the plunge and suffer along with my brave GR friends who have suffered through this book before me? Hmmmm... Gonna have to ponder that one for a while ...
Suzanne
Hmm, maybe I'm feeling 2.5ish. This one takes a little too long to get down to the business of supernatural romance. Get the werewolf bite or family curse or whatever rolling already, I was thinking. Then when I was facing the last page, I could only say, "huh?" Rip off, No sense of even temporary resolution. Cliff-hanger I'm not willing to cling to. I think I'd rather plummet.

Okay, all that's not to say the Twilight, Shiver, Nightshade army won't read it. They probably will, without complaint....more
NotoriousGOT
Overall I liked this story enough to complete it and I'll probably stick around for the next book in the series. I'm curious to see where this one goes because it takes a few turns I didn't expect which is always nice.

What I'd like to see more of in the next book is stronger characters. I thought Kat was fine, on par with her personality and dialogue but I felt Cordelia was underwhelming and uninteresting. Trick was okay, I'd like to see more from him, Justin was intriguing and I'm definitely t...more
Colleen Houck
Quite enjoyed this book and looking forward to the next one. I met Nancy and Debbie in Miami and they were delightful. You all know how I love the cliffhanger endings and this one has a doozy! =)I really liked the twist of adding silver to a werewolf book and look forward to discovering more of the mystery of the silver mine and the hellhound.
Suzanne
I picked up Unleashed purely because of it's werewolf theme. It had quite the mixed bag of reviews so I wasn't too sure what to expect going into it, but while not perfect, I did really enjoy it.

After Katelyn's mother, her only living parent, is killed in an earthquake which destroys their home in LA, Katelyn has to move to live with her grandfather in the small town of Wolf Springs. Katelyn dreams of being a dancer and feels there is a lot more chance of fulfilling her dream in LA, so she's re...more
Karen
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book before I started reading it because I am not a huge fan of werewolves.

I have to say though that I am glad that I gave it a chance! I notice that I tend to love books that I was iffy about in the beginning.

This book had everything for me. Great characters, great plot, great setting, mystery, romance, thriller.

The writing was great and I couldn't tell when the authors were switching off.

The MC, Katelyn, moves in with her grandfather, in the mid...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

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 instea...more
Shannon
In order for a story to be truly suspenseful, the reader needs to care about the characters. The only character that remotely interests me is Kaitlyn's grandfather. He has some mystery about him but is more whole and "real" than anyone else in the book. I'd like to hear this story from his point of view. Everyone else is petulant, angry, crazy or just a confused teenager without redeeming qualities. Ms. Holder, you posed too many questions and don't even provide partial answers to keep your read...more
Sumaya
WTH... when does the next book come out? :/ whaaaaaaat I don't even have an inkling of what will happen next :3

anyway, I've got to admit there was a little too much crying than i would have liked but her mother died so I guess it's fair. Kat's an okay character, I didn't feel she developed aLOT but she does turn from being 'ergg ohmigawd I wanna go back home' to 'ahh well its life' (kind of).

I liked Cordelia, I thought she was brave and helpful, but I hated that she hid so much from Kat, I got f...more
Sue
About 15% in, and I'm surprised how unlikeable our MC is. She's from LA and portrayed as a selfish, shallow teenager who looks down on the small town and wants to go back home. She's very judgmental, examining clothes of other students on her very first day and tries to label everyone and decide if they're popular. Kat asks very stupid questions when she first arrives at her grandfather's home, and her mentions her highlight of moving away is a good-looking boy. I'm going to keep reading and hop...more
Nhi Vo
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Unleashed was my first book by this author duo Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie, I know right? Can you believe it! And after reading it I can honestly say I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it.

Katelyn McBride lost her dad at a young age so she doesn’t expect to lose her mother years later, leaving her with no choice but to move to the middle of nowhere to live with her grandfather. Katelyn hates having to leave her friends and school and she is definitely not looking forward to starting over in W...more
Darcy
For so much of this book things are confusing. You can guess what is going on, but yet you know there is more. I have a feeling that there is more to Trick that meets the eye, that there is more the the wolf situation, and that Grandpa may be the one with the most secrets.

I find myself intrigued enough with this first book to check out the second. I am hoping the confusing issues I had were due to this being the first book and having to set up the world and how things work in it.
Paola
Unleashed: Katelyn lives in LA with her mother until she dies and must go live with her Grandfather in Wolf Springs. She doesn't like it there but has no choice. She learns to deal with it and try to make new friends. She noticed many strange things but not one person will give her answers. There's love action and tragedy. I think it was a well put together book and i'm looking forward to the rest of the series. The Wolves are watching :o)
Nick
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Ok so how do I start ?
Well, I did not like this book. Actually, I strongly disliked it.

It was so pathetic.
The main character Katelyn loses her mom and is forced to move in with her grandpa who lives in the middle of a freaking forest.
Throughout the whole book she pretty much acts as spoilt. She made me want to pull my own hair.
She talks about how her she misses her mom but seriously I couldn't feel a single emotion for her.

I found it really hard to con...more
Gmr
Dec 21, 2011 Gmr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans
Recommended to Gmr by: Nancy Holder
There’s something that I noticed whilst reading this one and I think I knew it for quite a while, but it just came to the forefront of my mind this time around. One of the things unique about their writing is how the story is carried. The majority of it is held firmly aloft by the actual dialogue in the story. Now that may not seem like a truly surprising feat, but really….think about it. In today’s Young Adult genre, things generally go one of two ways; either the author creates a world so fant...more
Heather Wiese
3.5 stars

This is the story about Katelyn--a 16 year old gymnast and ballerina extraordinaire--who has big dreams in L.A. That is until her mother dies leaving her with no relatives but her grandfather in Arkansas, so she is shipped out to live with him.

The story is told by a third person narrator, mostly from Katelyn's point of view. What is a bit annoying is that you don't find out things until Katelyn finds them out, so most of the time you are really left wondering what the hell is going on a...more
Jessica (Taking It One Book at a Time)
First Thoughts: PHENOMENAL! I want to turn around and re-read this book over, and over, and over!


Nancy & Debbie are such a dynamic writing team! So when I was offered the chance to review Unleashed I had to jump on it! Boy was I glad that I did too.

You initially meet Katelyn, or Kat, in a dream full of acrobatics & fire. Suddenly she awakens to her mother trying to pull her from her home that's full of flames & smoke.
With everything she held dear gone, including her mother, Katelyn h...more
Tammy
Review also appears on my blog, The Book Fairy's Haven.

... because small towns always have secrets waiting to be discovered.

It's been quite a while since I've read a YA book about werewolves, so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I received a copy of Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie's Unleashed.

The concept behind the novel is surely something we've all come across (in one form or another) before.

And while this in itself is not an issue, it does make the book a bit of a hard sell, as the syn...more
Nely
Although I’m not a big fan of the werewolves (sorry Jacob lovers), I was a little intrigued by the synopsis and pretty cover of Unleashed. Unleashed is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles and I’m happy to report that it was a great start to the series.

When an earthquake unexpectedly kills Katelyn’s mom, she is swept away from her life in San Francisco and shipped off to live with her grandfather in Arkansas. As if dealing with her untimely loss is not hard enough, she now basically al...more
Jessica(WonderlandReviews)
Stay out of the woods at night and don't go out into the dark alone. Those were the rules so often repeated through out the entire novel and as you read through it you understand why.
One girl after the next is mauled to pieces out in those woods with no clue other then some mysterious animal that they cannot seem to capture is the culprit. Just a mess of flesh.

This is one suspenseful twist after other and unlike most paranormal novel the cards are kept relatively close at hand until the book is...more
Tammi
Katelyn McBride was at home with her mother when there was an earthquake. Because Katelyn had taken some medicine, she wasn’t as alert as normal. Her mother ended up dying and that is something that haunts Katelyn. Because of this, she has to move in with her only living relative: her paternal grandfather in Wolf Springs, Arkansas. Katelyn, who is later nicknamed Kat, isn’t happy about this move. She wants to stay in sunny California with her best friend, Kimi Brandao. She hasn’t had contact wit...more
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