“You’re going to stop running for no reason and start chasing after something more fun.” – Weregirl by C.D. Bell
**advance reader copy received via NetGalley*
I really enjoyed this story! The first chapter did not quite grip me, but I was thankful that I stayed the course and kept plugging along. I really love the tone and voice of the author and really feel that she wrote very well from the teen point of view. The worldbuilding and Bell’s take on the werewolf origin for this book are very promising, with nods to Native American roots and the tale of big business victimizing small town America. The book is also clean, with some touches on romance and boyfriends, but nothing graphic. The primary focus here is on the main character and her battle with teen life, high school, working toward college…sprouting hair all over her body and an overwhelming hankering for meat. Wait, what? At 400 pages, I feel like the story had a good bit of detail and am really looking forward to where she leads us in the next book. Bell leaves the reader hanging at the end, so I am sure there will be many of us looking to find out more about the mysterious wolf and where life leads Nessa!
You can pre-order Weregirl here, and it releases on 1 November 2016.
High school junior, Nessa Kurland, is a cross-country runner with her eyes set on one thing: a college scholarship as her one-way ticket out of Tether.
Talented teammate Cynthia Sinise invites Nessa on a nighttime run through Tether’s overgrown forest trails. But she speeds ahead, leaving Nessa alone to discover a trapped wolf. Nessa tries to free the animal but is badly bitten, seemingly ruining her hopes for a strong fall season with the cross-country team.
Instead, Nessa’s freakishly quick recovery is followed by improved running times. All her senses are heightened. Nessa has transformed.
She has become a werewolf.
In her new state, Nessa learns there are things about Tether that powerful people want to keep hidden. Why does a Nobel Laureate work at the small-town medical clinic? Are top college athletic scouts really interested in her emerging talent? Can she trust Chayton, the motorcycle-riding guide her friends have faith in? WEREGIRL’s Nessa must navigate her junior year and true human darkness, while making peace with her new, wild nature.
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