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My Wolf's Bane (Shapes of Autumn #1)

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NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: As with any Veronica Blade book, this is a ROMANCE NOVEL, meaning it's romance FIRST and everything else is secondary. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and mild profanity.

Different species. Mortal enemies. It'll never work, but they'll die trying.

Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest,
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Paperback, 389 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by Crush Publishing, Inc (first published January 27th 2013)
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Veronica Blade
Jan 12, 2013 Veronica Blade rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Teens and up
Since I wrote it, I'd say it rocks!

But readers beware, as the publisher says in the blurb, it's the romance that drives the story. Everything else is secondary.

PS Zack is hot :-P
April
Jan 23, 2013 April rated it it was amazing
Un-freakin-believable!! That is the first word that pops in my mind to sum up My Wolf's Bane by Veronica Blade. I will be honest, I absolutely loved her debut novel Something Witchy This Way Comes and have been dying for the follow-up to that one. Well, My Wolf's Bane - a completely new series - has completely blown that one out of the wooded forest. This is truly one of the best YA Paranormal novels that I have ever read, and I have read several.

What makes My Wolf's Bane stand out to others tha
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
As it says in the synopsis, My Wolf's Bane is a romance first, paranormal second. And that's exactly what I found. This was my first werewolf book and I really enjoyed it. Autumn has never been allowed to remain in one place for very long. Her parents move often and she has been home schooled, but now, she is a senior and is finally able to attend public school, and she wants to stay and graduate. But, things are not going as she would have expected. She is experiencing some very strange changes ...more
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Eh...nothing new but kept me interested full review to come.
♥ Sarah
I was ITCHING to read a mind-blowing, well-developed were story. And I thought this book might help scratch that annoying little itch. Much to my dismay, I was left completely unsatisfied by the end of this book.

It's not that the story was bad (because it wasn't), but it's that the story just wasn't GOOD. That probably made NO sense whatsoever, but let me explain.

This book was completely forgettable in every way. There was nothing unique or special or charming about the characters, dialogue, plo
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Megan
Feb 06, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
As expected, Veronica blade makes one mean novel!

When Zack moves to his aunt's house, he is the new kid at school. Its a hard process to go through for anyone. But, much to Autumn's annoyance, Zack instantly pins her down as a complete snob. Which, in her opinion, is so far off from the truth she could scream.

Autumn has her own problems to deal with, though. With her parents constantly breathing down her neck, she has no time to show them how responsible they have made her. They can't even lea
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Suzanne
Oct 04, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Fantastic read.

It's not often that I turn down, or fail to enjoy, a werewolf story. There's just something about this hot, sexy beast, that I'm drawn too. And Zack was no exception.

Autumn walks out of the room and promptly bumps into a strange, extremely hot guy, only to have her boyfriend Daniel arrive on the scene, act like an arrogant jackass, telling him to keep his hands off his girlfriend, and leaving the new guy, Zack, with the opinion that Autumn is equally as obnoxious.

Autumn is appa
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Susan Hatler
Jan 13, 2013 Susan Hatler rated it it was amazing
Autumn Rossi just wants a normal life, but her parents keep moving from town to town, so she never gets the chance to settle in. When Autumn arrives at The Verdugo Hills Academy, she's immediately taken in by the popular crowd. Her new boyfriend is the hottest guy in school and popular Gina welcomes her into her group giving her invitations to all the greatest parties. Finally, she feels like she belongs somewhere.

Soon, Autumn gets tired of Gina's bad attitude toward anyone else Autumn becomes f
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Justin
Apr 04, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
My Wolf’s Bane is one of the better books that I’ve read in a while. It was refreshing to have a book that was so much fun to read, and that was extremely well written. I’ve not read any books by Veronica so I really didn’t know what her style was like. But I had seen a few reviews of this books saying how great it was, so I was excited to get the chance to read it. And I was quickly able to see where all of the appeal came from.

The story itself isn’t completely unique. It involves quite a few
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Julie Witt
Whenever Veronica Blade comes out with a new book, I'm one of the first ones to start bugging her to let me read it, and since she's such an angel, she usually does! The reason I do this is because I have honestly loved everything she's written so far, but I will go so far as to say this is her best book yet!

Autumn is almost 18 years old, and has been to more schools than she can count. For some strange reason, whenever someone starts asking her parents seemingly innocent questions about the fa
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Tifferz
Mar 12, 2013 Tifferz rated it it was amazing


I have to say I have LOVED each and every book by Ms. Blade so my expectations are high with her work. My Wolf's Bane did not disappoint. It was off the charts awesome. I find I am thinking of this story days later and smiling. I like that Zac and Autumn don't get off to a great start and actually don't like each other. Zac assumes Autumn is a snob. Zac is a hottie and turns out to be a keeper. But will Autumn be able to keep him? Will she be able to loose her insane/crazy ex boyfriend? I was la
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iamjenai
May 06, 2013 iamjenai rated it it was amazing
My Wolf's Bane is the first book in the Shapes of Autumn series.

When I received the request to review the book, I wasn't that interested. Oh well, because there's this note from the publisher :

it's romance FIRST and everything else is secondary. . . .

After Twilight, I can no longer appreciate the same storyline. If it's Bella and Edward in disguise, I'd certainly stop reading. The first 2-3 chapters it is definitely Twilight-y. There were a couple of Edward's and Bella's cheesy lines and OMG, e
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Charlotte  Black
Mar 05, 2013 Charlotte Black rated it really liked it
It's been a long while since I've read a Werewolf story. You remember when these supernatural creatures became all the rage, along with vampires and suddenly everyone and their dogs were writing about them. All the story-lines drifted along becoming very samey. The thrill of the story got lost and I refused to read any more.

So when Courtney from Crush Publishing contacted me, I admit, I was hesitant. The thing that really pulled me in was the first few lines of the Goodreads synopsis:

NOTE FROM
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Emily♥
Jan 28, 2013 Emily♥ rated it it was amazing
Veronica Blade never fails to make me wish that one of her books is what my high school experience would have been like. (All the paranormal/supernatural stuff would have just been a bonus). Full of temptation, inspiration, and family, My Wolf’s Bane did not disappoint.

I read this book in a day. Up late at night, clinging to my Kindle until my eyes started to blur, and I finally had to give up on Autumn and Zack’s sexual tension/supernatural occurrences. Then I woke up and instantly began readin
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Courtney Hill
Feb 08, 2013 Courtney Hill rated it it was amazing
So I'm 1/3 through right now and the fact that I'm even taking the time away from it to write this is very impressive! I'm freaking loving it!!!!

The characters totally draw you into their world and so far it hasn't been slow or boring for a minute (which I love because if a book doesn't get into the action pretty quickly I have a hard time making myself continue reading until I get to the meat of it.)

I'm mid reading Hunger games too and I've chosen starting and finishing this first hands down!
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Karla
Sep 28, 2014 Karla rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much I purchased book 2 off one click kindle, straight after finishing it.

Romance, action, intensity, intrigue it had it all.

Read from cover to cover in one sitting, refusing to let sleep take me.

Brilliantly entertaining.
Emily Mcnew
Jan 30, 2013 Emily Mcnew rated it it was amazing
I stayed up well after midnight last night just to finish this book. This is another home-run for Veronica Blade! I loved Autumn and Zack and the push and pull of their relationship. I have my theories about different things going on in this story regarding Autumn's parents, Zack's father, and the legends of the werewolves and shape shifters and I can't wait for the next book to see if I am right. Daniel made a great villain and I am sure we haven't seen the last of him. Trevor and Maya were ado ...more
Juli Hubbard
Mar 22, 2013 Juli Hubbard rated it it was amazing
AWESOME BOOK! Had me reading into the wee hours of the morning to finish this one! I loved how the relationship developed between the two main characters and their chemistry and connection made you not want to put it down! I found that the story was intriguing and left you with just the right amount of unanswered questions to make you want to read the next in the series without leaving you hanging with a feeling of being unsatisfied. (It had a VERY satisfying ending!) YUM! This was a great story ...more
Natasha
Apr 12, 2013 Natasha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys YA fantasy
You know that feeling of disappointment when you’ve finished reading a really exceptional book? That’s what happened to me with My Wolf’s Bane. I read this book in about 2 1/2 days, and that says a lot since I am a slow reader and usually read 2-3 books simultaneously. Within the YA paranormal romance genre, this book excels. For me (and for many other Goodreads reviewers) it’s one of the best, and I’ll tell you why.

Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://betweenthebinding.com/2013/04/...
Katelyn Kane
May 23, 2013 Katelyn Kane rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this sexy, sweet and complex paranormal romance!! It was recommended to me and I am so glad I read it! Although now I'm craving more and don't know if I can stand waiting for the next one. :) I loved how their relationship evolved and the interesting paranormal twists it takes. It's definitely more about their relationship but the paranormal element was very interesting as well and will leave you with questions that you have to read the next book to find out. Which is why I nee ...more
Nicole
Sep 21, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
I received My Wolf's Bane from NetGallery in exchange for a review.

While My Wolf's Bane is a love story first it is also a bit of a mystery with a few action scenes.

Autumn was homeschooled most her life and it shows, her social skills and maturity do not seem that of an average high school senior. Due to this Autumns has to learn some lessons the hard way.

Since I had not read another Werewolf book I do not have a basis for a comparison between them but I did enjoy how the pack ranking was don
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Catherine
Aug 18, 2014 Catherine rated it liked it
For the first couple of chapters of this novel, I really didn't think I was going to like it. In fact, I was considering giving it up. But after a couple of chapters, I started to find it quite addicting. It was one of those books where I still noticed and acknowledged the flaws but I was enjoying it anyway.

The main character, Autumn, had some definite personality flaws like the fact that in the beginning she hung around with a popular girl that was mean to her best friend, rather than eating w
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Julissa
Aug 01, 2014 Julissa rated it really liked it

I received this arc through NetGalley in exchange foe an honest review. Some Spoilers so read at your own risk!

First lets start with the fact that yes, this book is definitely Twilight inspired. Hell the author even warns you before you hit the first chapter. So if your're a Twillight hater-rater this ones not for you. Sure most books who model themselves after the franchise can be a bit shall we say...ridiculously stale, But this ones got a lil somethin somethin. Maybe it was the sweet heroine,
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Louise Jago
Jul 04, 2014 Louise Jago rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of My Wolfs Bane from NetGalley; in return for an honest review.

Honest I shall be! Wow what an awesome book, I loved this story, I have to say I was so keen to read this I could not put it down and read it as quickly as I could.

This installment is the first in a series or sequel? It's a Supernatural Romance, I like both so it suited me down to the ground. The story follows Autumn Rossi, a regular every day teenager whose world is suddenly turned upside down by strange new abil
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Bobbie
Jun 17, 2014 Bobbie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, werewolves
It should be a big red flashing warning light when a book comes with a warning "This is a romance book, everything else is secondary". It's like saying 'this book is one-dimensional and vacuous'. Okay, so genres are helpful when classifying books, but for a story to be so narrow that the publishers have to shout about it, doesn't seem like a good start.

I would say this is a book for Twilight fans. It has that kind of feel to it. And I don't mean that as a negative. I'm rather partial to the Twil
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Heather andrews
Jun 13, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
I loved the balls Zack had, he didn't follow anyone's expectations, "let's ask Autumn what she wants." Zack shifted to me. "Are you enjoying this interaction with Daniel?" I also loved the weirdness that came with Zack, "he took a bite of the bread, then returned it to the small plate. Inhaling slowly, he lifted his chin and sniffed the air. He repeated the act two more times. I struggled to keep my voice level. "You're smelling me again, Zack." He's one of those guys that will let the girl down ...more
Kristen
Feb 10, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
GENRE: Young Adult
THEME: Werewolves, Shifters, and Romance
RECEIVED: Publisher
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REVIEW:
Once again I’m sucked back into the world of werewolves, there are so many authors who creatively take on the werewolf genre. Veronica Blade does a fantastic job adding a slightly different twist with my favorite addition romance.

My Wolf’s Bane follows Autumn who has moved around a lot since she can remember. Now in her new town she is happy to be settling in with new friends
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Paula Mccue
Aug 09, 2013 Paula Mccue rated it it was amazing
loved it!! the author kept me engaged the whole time. I loved the characters and the story line kept me gripped and about exploding with theories lol im sure i know who Autumn's parents are but im gonna have to wait till the next one :(, im gonna have to look at more from this author as seriously i could not fault this story. It had it all, shifters, werewolves, overprotective men, gorgeous men , a spunky female lead and a great story that makes you want more. As i said loved it!!
Ashley
Feb 08, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness!!! Why do I have to wait until the SUMMER to read more!!!! I can't get enough of Zack and Autumn! I wish I could jump into the pages and never leave. I would beat the crap out of Daniel, then I would slap some sense into Gina before she does something stupid... Well, MORE stupid. I'll be the behind-the-scenes girl that makes everything happen perfectly for Autumn and Zack. Ugh! I don't know how I will survive the next few months D:
Coriander Warren
Jun 05, 2013 Coriander Warren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young adult/adult
Recommended to Coriander by: goodreads win
Such a great book! I am totally going to have to find the next one in the series. This was an amazing read of a coming of "age" story of a shifter that falls in love with a werewolf. AWESOME. Leaves you totally hanging and wanting more more more! Caught me from page one and carried me breathlessly to the end. Can't wait to continue reading the series (when I find them!)

This book was won from Goodreads First Reads giveaway
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Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives
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