Title: Never Cry Werewolf
Author: Heather Davis
Publication: Harper Teen
First Published: 2009
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all stars so simply.
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had "borrowed" that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby's summer plans are on the shelf, and she's being packed off to brat camp. It's good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets follow 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 secret, and he wants Shelby's help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn't be getting tangled up with another bad boy...but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good looking one? One thing's for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.
He wasn't the type of guy you'd think was cute right away, but he was definitely the type that made you want to keep looking. Dark hair spilled down his forehead, and his olive-toned skin gleamed in the dim light. He stood motionless, like he was daring anyone to say something. When he took off his sunglasses, I found myself staring into deep, amber brown eyes.
"Austin Bridges the Third," whispered Ariel. "What is he doing here?"
Never Cry Werewolf is very different from the usual werewolf books. Austin which is the werewolf, and I don't think this is a spoiler since the title and the summary indicates that this is a werewolf story, in this case he is the bad wolf. His wolfy habits are treated as an illness.
There nothing cool about being a werewolf in this book. It's really scary I think and it was nice change.
Shelby is a girl that will help anyone in need especially if the person in need is a very good looking guy. And that's what got her in brat camp. As a character she's very likable and knows the difference between good and bad. She just can't help herself from helping others even if it means that she'll get in trouble. She changes throughout the book and you can see the change in her through her actions.
Austin seems to have so much more to offer and I hope I see a sequel to this book. His family sounds fascinating! His accent, don't get me wrong because I love guys with British accent, seemed a little out of place but overall he was enjoyable. Shelby and Austin's chemistry didn't convince me but I think the reason was that the book is short and the circumstances made it difficult.
Overall I liked it and I would suggest it for those who are seeking a light read and something different.
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