A girl, mourning her parents' vicious murder must race to discover who is behind them because her life is in danger. This is mostly a mourning and coping narrative. Huge chunks of plot seem too convenient and others unnecessary. The werewolf part of the story is rather asinine and really didn't belong there. The story could have been told without it.
The dialogue and narrative echoed a cheesy romance story. To paraphrase: "He sensed me. It had always been like that between us." The always amounted to all of 1 week and a few days since these two had known each other. The romance between the two main characters is okeyish, although her ability is never explained. Further, the narrative seemed to be missing some transitional plot. It was jumpy and unguided.
I really did not like this book. If there is a second installment of this, I will not be reading it.
Avery remembers nothing from the night her parents died. One day she's just a normal girl, living deep in the woods, and the next her her parents are murdered, she's sent to live with a grandmother she hardly knows anymore, and is plagued my vague recollections of flashes of silver and whispers of creatures that are part human, part wolf. Then she meets Ben, who seems to know exactly how she is feeling and shows up whenever she ventures into the forest. His dire warnings and the itching feeling … more
Avery Hood's parents have been murdered, and she can't remember what happened except for a flash of silver. It's all she can do to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of her new life. When Avery meets the new boy at school, everything is different. She's still dealing with the grief over her parents' deaths, but now there's a new distraction. But despite her intense attraction to Ben, there's something about him, something silver in his eyes, that makes her doubt him. When other residents of … more
Seventeen-year-old Avery Hood has lived a peaceful yet isolated life deep within the woods until the night of her parents' violent murders. Suddenly orphaned and living with her estranged grandmother, Avery's memories of that night are fragmented. Then Avery meets Ben Dusic, a sexy werewolf with his own tragic past. The two are fatefully connected, able to sense one another's feelings and desires, which leads to intense make-out sessions. Ben senses that Avery is in extreme danger as her parents' home sits empty on valuable land. As Avery reclaims some of her memories, her connection to Ben and her suspicions about his involvement intensify. Avery's first-person narration often seems repetitive as she tries to come to terms with her loss, and the initial pacing seems slow—until things really start to heat up after Avery and Ben make contact. While Twilight comparisons cannot be avoided, this lusty yet somber romance has merit on its own. Grades 7-10. --Kimberly Garnick