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Friday, October 23, 2009

Review - Wolfe by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Title: Wolfe

Author: Skyla Dawn Cameron

Publisher: Mundania Press

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Rating: You Could Read - An Average or slightly less than average book

Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser

River, former alpha female of a wolf pack, has been human for nearly four years and is at last comfortable with her life. She has a new pack—consisting of humans, a couple of fellow werewolves, and a weredeer—and a mate she loves more than anything. She's dealt with a year of high school, made more than her fair share of enemies, and has at last accepted that she'll never again turn back into a wolf.

Her world and newfound peace is shattered, however, when a woman shows up claiming River is her long-lost niece. With no proof to the contrary—as no one believed her werewolf story anyway—River is forced to go with the stranger, far from her family.

Once again ripped from the life she knows and those she loves, River struggles not only with the separation from her pack, but with the questions that arise. How will she get home? Who is responsible for this case of mistaken identity? And, most importantly, what could they possibly gain from it all?

I was immediately put off by the author’s dedication where she states that she would not have finished this book because she hates it. It made me dread going on because if the author hates her own work then where does that leave the reader?

The first couple of chapters were a bit droll and it felt as if the author was not taking the story seriously. As a result, I struggled to take the book seriously and did not become invested until the end of the third chapter. Even though I became interested in the story of the young she-wolf and her pack, the story was quite predictable. Once she was identified and removed from her pack, the mysterious way her friends behaved, the “camp” for others like herself, and the lie that caused it all were unsurprising.

The author, Skyla Dawn Cameron, is a talented writer; however, I felt that I could not take the book as sincerely as perhaps she had intended because of her dedication. I was predisposed to think this was not going to be her best effort. Perhaps she meant it tongue in cheek but it left me, as a new reader, disinterested before I began and struggling to get involved in her characters. Perhaps a little more emoting on the characters behalf and a more heaviness of character would have drawn me in. I would give the author another try because I believe she is capable of a better story.

I was also distracted by the numerous typos throughout the story. Perhaps the editor as well did not take the piece very serious.

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