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Never Cry Werewolf (Never Cry Werewolf #1)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,941 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
Moonlight can totally change your life. And it all starts so simply. You. Him. The moon. You’re toast.

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son
Paperback, 212 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by HarperTeen (first published June 1st 2009)
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Oct 10, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Did you ever wonder what life would be like if you somehow ended up stranded in the woods with Jack Osbourne and Miley Cyrus? What if you weren't stranded at the woods, but were in fact imprisoned at SUMMER CAMP? And what if Jack Osbourne wasn't actually a human being at all, but a human being who could turn into a wolf? If so you are indeed in luck, as that right there is basically the story of Never Cry Werewolf.

I'm going to come right out and say it, so set your phasers to stun please: I did
Lisa D. Smith (Lissa Smith Reads)
Overall, Never Cry Werewolf was a good debut that may not hook all readers, but will definitely stand out. It contained unique, characters, and a plot that occasionally dragged, but I loved how clean it was. Her spin on the werewolf story was very distinctive. This was a fun book. The romance was slow to transpire. I feel like she rush the ending, I wanted to know what happen after Red canyon. If there is to be another book to continue the story I will be in line to read it.
Aug 23, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Never Cry Werewolf is a very fast-paced, fun and cutesy type novel. The overall idea was a little unoriginal, and there really wasn't any mystery to the story since we already knew there was a werewolf amidst the campers, and it isn't hard to figure out who.

The characters were a little underdeveloped for my tastes and they weren't really all that interesting. I thought Shelby was a bit on the annoying side actually. She's a smart and strong character, I just wish she would have acted like it. I
Dec 30, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never Cry Werewolf was unexpected, in a very good way. The characters, setting, plot – all different from what I was thinking I would read. I really liked Shelby; for all her family’s belief that she’s wild and unruly, she seems to have a good sense of right and wrong and a strong passion for helping the underdog. She shows a surprising amount of respect for her father, and even the evil step-mother (ESM), considering how little they both show her. If I were her, I would have moved on and found ...more

Well I can't say there was anything particularly special about Never Cry Werewolf. No dazzle or sparkle (and not just because there weren’t any vampires in it). Though this book didn’t annoy me as much as I thought it would, it did, nevertheless, annoy me at times. I think what bothered me the most was Davis’s overly cliché take on teenagers. It’s almost an insult to our intelligence, because I can say with confidence that most of the teens I know reading books for fun do NOT say things suc
Howdy YAL
Sep 14, 2014 Howdy YAL rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oh, lord.

You know, part of this reread project I’m doing is to give second chances. But upon rereading Never Cry Werewolf I think I hated it more than I did way back when it was released.

Have publishing standards really changed that much since the book was released?

Well, no. Obviously. Otherwise Halo and a host of other horrible YA novels wouldn’t have been released. But Never Cry Werewolf is just well…bad on so many levels.

Levels that are almost, too boring to talk a
Apr 19, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelby’s been caught one too many times breaking curfew with a boy. And this time her awful stepmother means business: she decides, and convinces Shelby’s dad, to send Shelby to a summer camp for moneyed but rebellious teens. Brat camp, that is. At least it’s woodsy Camp Crescent and not Red Canyon Ranch — where the kids have to do military boot camp in the desert — but she’s still none too thrilled. At camp she meets Austin Bridges III, who wants her help with something that’s strictly against ...more
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Okay, so the first thing to know is that this book is not unique or special in any way. So why did I love it? I'm not entirely sure. The main character was just all right, but she ended up growing on me. Though, I must admit I was pretty smitten for Austin Bridges III.

There was just something about the...tone...of this book that made me want to keep reading and reading. I liked the idea of the summer camp, and the little bit of wilderness survival that was thrown in. I just can't say what it wa
Jul 30, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When I received this in the mail a couple of weeks ago, I was so excited. Since, I'm loving the whole uprising of "werewolves" in YA. Plus, I adored the cover and I still do, it's just that classic pretty. Sadly enough, Never Cry Werewolf, wasn't as fantastic as I expected it to be.

First off, the characters for the most part were not fully developed and semi bland. Shelby was the classic "my mom died and I can't stand my new step-mom, so I'm going to do everything to annoy the crap out of her" g
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
Awesome book. The book was an easy light read. There was not a lot of heavy werewolf lore which I liked. There was also not any insta-love in the book which was a great break from that. Shelby actually had second thoughts about Austin (the werewolf) and in the end of the book they really liked each other, not love (yet). I also liked how Shelby and Austin interacted with each other- you can tell there was mutual attraction but I liked how they didn't kiss or were making out in every page. The fi ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This was a cute read. My problem was with the plot. How can a parent send a daughter to brat camp or even worse military camp over trouble with boys. Its seem to me the dad didn't care enough for his daughter to do anything. He allowed the stepmother to make all the decisions and of course she just sent her away. I like the plot better when the reader got to the camp. We saw Shelby grow in who she is. She was able to open up over matters that were bothering her.

The wolf part was good. I like the
I don't recommend this one. The characters are lacking depth and their desicions are often weird.

Shelby is just a normal teenager, she hangs out with friends, dates boys and sometimes comes home an hour late. Her mother died, her father married again and now she has to deal with new stepmother Priscilla, who is trying everything to get rid of her. Once when she is late, Priscilla finds her kissing (or really near to it) a boy in their garden and sends her to brat camp, where Shelby meets Austin
While I thought the concept was cute, there just wasn't enough punch to the plot, characters or the writing that pieces it all together. Underdeveloped and I felt no connection.
This one wasn't for me.
BAYA Librarian
Never Cry Werewolf is a piece of supernatural romance fluff whose title and cover tell you just about everything that you need to know about what you'll find inside: a young girl in the dark woods looking scared but a little excited, pulling her red hoodie (allusion alert!) around herself while cursive writing spells out the terrible pun of the title? You get the idea. Shelby is a slightly rebellious teen (she has a tendency to get caught making out with boys) whose Evil Stepmother ships her off ...more
May 03, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I think I might have to go to camp and see if I can find myself a werewolf then.

Shelby gets caught after curfew kissing a boy outside of her house by her stepmother. This time she cant get out of it and is sent to camp for the summer. But it's not the leisurely camp with sports or canoe rides down the river - this is brat camp. It's where the rich send their children for hard work, therapy, and to learn discipline. It's basically the worst possible way to spend your summer.
Shelby, at least
Feb 15, 2011 Madisyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to start with this book? Well the idea of this book was nothing new, girl meets werewolf, is surprised by what he is but ends up falling for him. Although it may not be different, the approach, for me, is what helps separate it. Shelby, our protagonist, starts out by getting sent to "brat camp". Her father remarried, and her now step-mom, seems to find every flaw with her and gets her sent there. She is sent to Oregon, where immediately her "trouble" side follows her, she meets Austin Brid ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-2010
Shelby has been sent to brat camp. She's pretty sure it was all her evil stepmother's idea, but the fact that her dad didn't stand up for her really hurts. Brat camp is just what you'd expect - lots of rich kids bemoaning the lack of internet and good food. Between the "fun" activities are the oh-so-enjoyable therapy sessions. Her new friend Ariel is the only other normal kid at camp. Shelby knows that she should just stick with Ariel and hope that summer doesn't drag on too slowly, but she has ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I have a things for wolves in stories (Sam in Shiver, the wolf pack in the Twilight Saga) so when I read the description of this book, I was excited to read it. I found that I really enjoyed Davis's fun writing style. The story is a quick, fun read. The characters were fun, but I didn't feel as attached to them as I normally do in books. The character's aren't as developed in depth and the story line is a fun, but not in-depth story. It's not hard to figure out who the werewolf is, mixed in with ...more
Mar 30, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up at the library after waiting for what seemed like an eternity for my number to come up. Is it just me or does the girl on the cover look at least a little bit like Kate Hudson only brunette?! I really liked this book....I am really happy with it! Shelby has some issues...She's got a stepmom from hell, her dad would rather just believe her stepmom than try and communicate with Shelby, her mom passed away and on top of that Shelby doesn't trust anyone...herself included! After ...more
The characters were probably my favorite aspect of this novel. Witty, mysterious and entertaining. They made the story hilarious and interesting. The writing, however, wasn't descriptive or amazing. It was just plain. The pace of the novel was fast, and I was really appreciative of that, because the writing didn't really do wonders for me and if the pace were slow, I'd be bored.

The relationship between Shelby and her dad was a pleasure and I was really anxious to read about their heart-to-heart
Eternal-Love78 Michelle Rossi's Reviews

Shelby doesn't have a problem getting the boy she wants at the moment. It's when they feed her the infamous, "trust me" line, & needs rescuing from various school projects. Such as a paper on Jane Austin, making posters, & etc., everything goes down hill from there. Not to mention the awesome make-out sessions Shelby's involved in as well. Shelby's heart is in the right place, but trouble seems to follow her.
May 04, 2013 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
From my blog, The Writer Diaries.

Please note the heavy underlying sarcasm of that gif. Let’s proceed.

After her mother dies (writers hate parents, don’t they), Shelby’s ultra-rich father marries a silicone valley step monster whose one purpose in life is to get free breast enhancement and send Shelby’s annoying tush as far away as she possibly can.

After being caught kissing some random kid on her lawn, Shelby is sent to brat camp in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of other snobby rich kids and
Nov 06, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better werewolf novels I've read, probably because it was succinct without dwelling on the nature of good and evil overmuch.

A teenage girl, Shelby, the daughter of a recently rich plastic surgeon is packed off to 'brat camp' on the suggestion of her evil stepmother. She's gone to a camp in Oregon rather than the one her stepmother suggested, a boot camp in the desert. She is pessimistic about the summer, but sees no option but to get through it.

She meets up with Austin, the son of an
Leanne Bell
This isn't the worst novel i have read, in fact it's not the worst werewolf novel i have read either, but something fell flat for me and i'm going to find it difficult to explain without sounding a bit stupid. In essence, Never Cry Werewolf has all the elements of a good story; it's funny, a little scary and romantic but it just didn't capture my attention as other books have done.

To sum the story up into a short paragraph, Never Cry Werewolf is about Shelby, a teen who often ends up in trouble
Jul 14, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-5-stars
Plot: 2.5 Stars
There were just parts of the plot that rubbed me the wrong way. For example, the characters in this book were at "brat camp" but no one noticed when Shelby wandered off during an activity. Also, considering the book centered around Shelby's time at brat camp, the day to day activities and therapy were almost nonexistant. It really left a lot to be desired.

Pace: 3 Stars
For a book I read so quickly, it didn't really feel like anything was happening. And there also seemed to be scen
Moonlight can totally change your life. And it all starts so simply. You. Him. The moon. You’re toast.
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.

Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark s
The story was a little cliché and cheesy, but it was also a fun and quick read. The main character's "evil" step-mother decides that she should be sent to 'brat camp' during the summer because of her behavior, which really isn't that bad. At camp, she keeps getting into trouble mostly due to one of the boys, a son of a rock star, that she meets at the beginning of the trip. Early on, this boy discloses that he's a werewolf and that he needs his medication or he will go all wolfy during the upcom ...more
I would have liked to see more build up in the story, as well as more character's really short and only took me a few hours to finish, I hope there's more “story” as Heather grows into her writing more. I can defiantly tell that Heather has some fun, unique idea's – and if Never Cry Werewolf is any indication, Heather will go far. (I am also secretly hoping for a sequel...there's totally room for one...come on Heather!) I give Never Cry Werewolf a 3 mushrooms, and am looking for ...more
Angela Mcclanahan
Nov 22, 2009 Angela Mcclanahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For a short book the beginning really drags. The main character of the book is sent to a summer (brat) camp by her stepmother because she keeps acting out. There is a lot of time spent with councilors discussing what is wrong with her but then there is no real conclusion or fix to any of it. It felt like it was filler on an already short book.

I did enjoy the last several chapters where there was more danger and romance. Overall the book was good. I was able to get through it in a day and was nev
I can't say that this book is very different from other ya werewolf books out there, but it's still a nice read.

I have to say it was a bit too short for me, I read it in little over three hours. Even though the development of the plot was okay, I would have liked a bit more action to it. This could have easily been like cliff-notes to a bigger novel. So, I would have given it more points if it hadn't been over so quickly, which also would have made the relationship between the protagonist Shelby
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Heather Davis is an award-winning young adult author based in the Pacific Northwest. With a touch of the paranormal, her stories center around ordinary people in extraordinary situations and explore the nature of love and life.

She’s most comfortable crafting stories with a pen in her hand and rain pounding against the windows, but you will find her writing anywhere she goes.
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