Wednesday, June 13

Unleashed: Book Review


Delacorte Books for Young Readers
November 22nd 2011
Young Adult | Fantasy

Official Blurb -

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

Everything is so blown out of proportion, especially the emotions and danger. Katelyn tries to act like some boring well centered person, but she changes personality and opinions at the drop of a pin. She will not get attached to these people, then she is in love with one guy, not five pages later she is in love with another. We are thrown violently back and forth. It isn't even possible to pick sides. She is certainly in no position to pick on others for their lack of loyalty. All of the characters are suffering from a severe cases of bipolar, schizophrenia, and hormonal imbalance. Misdirection abounds and nothing makes sense. Kate is also delusional, imagining the most detailed things. When it comes down to it, the entire town should be committed and medicated. Could we not apply the phrase, "it isn't guns that kill people but people who kill people" to this book? It isn't werewolves that kill people but deranged people with werewolf abilities that kill people.  Horrible doom is threatened seemingly with each breath but nothing ever happens! No one is above suspicion or what they seem. Lies, lies, and more lies. It doesn't help that the book ends before it really even goes anywhere. The best part of the entire story is the grandpa. He is a solid character and the only one I care what happens to.

Werewolves are my favorite, which is why I picked this up. I really was looking forward to reading this and wanted to love it. Mostly it was an irritating read and a disappointment. Doesn't live up to Crusade or werewolves.

Sexual: Moderate
Violence: Mild (Implied)