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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Review: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis

Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: September 2009
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Summer camp, Werewolves, Love, Family
Pages: 216
Plot (from back of ARC):
"When Shelby is packed off to "brat camp" as punishment for one too many broken curfews, things start looking up when she meets fellow camper (and son of rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon Shelby realizes there's more to Austin than crush material - he wants her help guarding a dark family secret. Shelby knows that bad boys get her into trouble... but who is she to turn on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one?"

I'm going to come right out and say that I didn't like this book very much. I simply couldn't take it very seriously and I found it a bit slow. Don't stop now though! Read on to find out why - because I've read reviews by readers that liked this book!

I thought the plot sounded cute when I read the back cover, but it did seem a little bit predictable and possibly shallow. I didn't want to be dissuaded by the back cover though, so I tried to keep an open mind.

Throughout the book I didn't really feel that any of the characters really popped. I did like Austin, but Shelby was just a little too flat. I felt that, as the main character, Shelby should have had a little more "sparkle" - for lack of a better word.

I didn't really buy Shelby and Austin's romance. It was just too easy - I would have enjoyed a little more of a chase and a little more mystery. Some type of unexpected twist would have been welcome!

Ratings (Out of 10):
Plot: 6
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 8
Romance: 5
Originality: 6

Total: 30/50 (D)

I hate to write a review that reflects badly on a book, but Never Cry Werewolf fell short for me. It was just a little too immature and predictable. I feel that there are other YA werewolf books that I would recommend before this one. But look around before completely passing on Never Cry Werewolf - not everyone shares my opinion!


  1. Oooh, ouch. Thanks for being honest. I'll probably check it out of the library, instead of buying it. I've heard so many mixed reviews...

  2. I love the cover, and the premise is intriguing. I think any time there's a "secret" I feel like I HAVE to read it to find out what the secret is.

    hmmm, I think I must put a secret in my next book!! :)

  3. Hmm, I have heard mixed things about this, I was thinking of buying but now I think I will check it out from the library first

  4. Everyone has their own opinions of books. :) I really enjoyed this book and read it in 1 sitting. Great review though. I like that you explained why you didn't liked it.

  5. i relle loved this book to be honest it is one of my favourites it kinda has a lesson in it too.


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