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Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
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Jan 08, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, age-ya, werewolves
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I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. From the opening paragraph, where the narrator, Shelby, talks about life in Beverly Hills, to the camp setting that felt so similar to Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne, I didn't find much new to the YA genre OR the werewolf genre.

Shelby tends to trust boys too much, to the point where she gets in trouble. Her wicked stepmother sends her off to a posh brat camp with a troop of other Beverly Hills rejects, heiresses, and celebrity offspring. On the bus ride to camp, she is immediately drawn to Austin, the son of a crazy British rock star (at least, according to the tabloids), and put off by Charles, the son of a tabloid reporter who is reportedly sending Charles to camp to get the scoop on any celebrity shenanigans.

*spoiler* It's pretty obvious early on that Austin is a werewolf. There's got to be one in here somewhere, given the title. His main problem is the fact that the camp director took his anti-werewolf serum, leading everyone else to believe that Austin is a drug addict. But overall, the werewolf aspect was very underdone. Not much is made of Austin's transformation later in the story, and while Shelby doesn't believe him at first, it's all very glib. It's more of a "Beauty and the Beast" romance, although there is some connection to "Little Red Riding Hood" as Shelby tries to figure out who to trust.

The ending was expected and a little anticlimatic. There is a little room for a sequel but I'm not really interested enough to want to go any further.

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