Nessa Kurland dreams of a track scholarship getting her out of her dying town of Tether, Michigan. While on a night time run, Nessa is bitten by a wolNessa Kurland dreams of a track scholarship getting her out of her dying town of Tether, Michigan. While on a night time run, Nessa is bitten by a wolf and suddenly finds herself faster, with sharpened senses, and with hair covering her body. Because, of course, Nessa is now a werewolf. This is exactly why I do not run in the woods at night (see also: serial killers, vampires, and rapists).
Nessa is not just struggling to deal with her newfound werewolf status. She’s also dealing with accusations of doping because of her sudden increase in speed. And with the creepy Paravida, an insidious company who presents itself as the savior of Tether, swooping in after the downfall of toxic polluter Dutch Chemical. Paravida pays for the cleanup, a health clinic, and even a study to monitor the town’s children, who have been exposed to the poisoned groundwater and other chemicals left behind by Dutch Chemical. Everyone in Tether is so grateful to Paravida, they don’t even complain when their children’s visits to the clinic take place behind closed doors, without any parents present. Paravida is clearly Up to No Good, as Nessa starts to suspect after her superhearing picks up a weird conversation between the doctor and nurse at her little brother’s clinic visit. I was immediately suspicious of Paravida because I was obsessed with The Secret World of Alex Mack as a child, and am therefore convinced that chemical companies are always out to get spunky young heroines with new-found powers. Unfortunately for Nessa, Paravida is not full of the bumbling fools that filled the ranks of Paradise Valley Chemical Plant in Alex Mack.
I liked Nessa a lot, and found her a breath of fresh air as a YA heroine. Too often, 99% of a YA heroine’s internal monologue is about boys, what she looks like, and what boys must be thinking about what she looks like. Plus, interminable love triangles. Or quadrangles or pentagons if an author is feeling extra feisty. Nessa is focused on actually important things, like getting a track scholarship, dealing with her new werewolf powers, and the safety of her little brother. I also appreciate that she is a generally smart, loyal, driven heroine and has a strong friendship with Bree, her best friend and partner in crime.
All that being said, I wish there was a bit more of a heated romance. Yes, I hate obsessive romantic thoughts that overpower all other plotlines. But I am also a huge fan of the swoon. Mysterious newcomer Luc is clearly set up to be the endgame love interest, but he’s taken a back seat in this book. I’m hoping things heat up a little in the next one (while Nessa stays focused on that track scholarship and taking down Paravida. Multi-tasking is an important skill!).
Disclaimer: The above is my honest review of the book. However, I must note that I received an ARC from the publisher and may do some work with the publisher in the future. ...more
I didn’t love this book quite as much as I loved the first two. But then again, it would be hard to live up to the greatness and the freshness of theI didn’t love this book quite as much as I loved the first two. But then again, it would be hard to live up to the greatness and the freshness of the earlier volumes.
This was still an utterly satisfying ending. Will and Alona have grown up so much from the first book. They have matured into better versions of themselves – finally living up to the potential they always had. Will has learned how to stand up for himself and Alona has learned how to be a little less critical and care for other people. And they continue to be so good for each other.
I am so happy I read this series. It made me SO HAPPY....more