Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review: Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1) - By Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Website (Nancy/Debbie)
Release Date: 11/22/2011
Purchase Info: Amazon, B & N, Indie Bound

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.

First Thoughts: PHENOMENAL! I want to turn around and re-read this book over, and over, and over!

Nancy & Debbie are such a dynamic writing team! So when I was offered the chance to review Unleashed I had to jump on it! Boy was I glad that I did too.

You initially meet Katelyn, or Kat, in a dream full of acrobatics & fire. Suddenly she awakens to her mother trying to pull her from her home that's full of flames & smoke.
With everything she held dear gone, including her mother, Katelyn has to move to friggin' BFE Arkansas to live with her grandfather...boring!

Here's another case of, "New Girl Syndrome", happening. Though she's not badly teased or made fun of, she can tell things in Wolf Springs are off. Then when she's befriended by Cordelia, who's gorgeous and sweet, my fraud censor went up instantly! Thank goodness I was wrong. She is actually written as a fabulous character who adds so much to Kat's life in Wolf Springs.  I mean if you count living in a cabin, in the woods, unable to go out at night, a life?

Hold on, I feel like I'm jumping ahead slightly. Backtrack a little...

 There's this incredibly yummy piece of work, his name is Trick (remember that), and man does he notch things up. He's mysterious, hot, brave, yummy, hot, sweet, and did I mention hot? Behind all that, mmmmmm, there's something deeper. You know it's there, and I for one want to know SO badly what it is. Next book, I know it'll be there! (it better be there, lol).
There's obvious chemistry between Trick & Kat, but it's like Trick is bi-polar (or has a secret) and freaks the hell out. Regardless their relationship is hawt!

As the book develops Kat starts uncovering a boat load of ancient myths that haunt Wolf Springs and the families that live there. I mean some majorly weird stuff, from Were's to Hellhounds, it's actually really fun to read about the old folklore.
So when Kat encounters something mysterious she turns to her best friend, Cordelia, for answers. Quick as her world was normal it starts snowballing out of control. And I mean, SNOW-BALL-ING! With things out of control, an unlikely hero steps up to help her straighten her head out, and possibly her heart. Let's just say, I thought trick was hawt this guy, in my mind, would run circles around him. Muscles, leather, motorcycles and gorgeous eyes!

If you haven't picked up Unleashed I highly recommend it, and by highly I mean buy it now! It left me begging for more and practically crying for book #2!



Proserpine said...

Nice review! I laugh at that thing that Trick might be hiding deep inside himself and we (future readers) won't find out until next book (better be there!)Really makes me want to read it right away .... maybe I ask for it as a Christmas gift ??? Honey??? LOL

Unknown said...

Rural Arkansas? The Ozarks? I think this was set in my hometown! I just saw a pretty negative review on this, which had me worried. But your review helped turn that around.
Great review!

Bookluvr Mindy said...

Your reviews are so fun and funny to read! I'm glad you liked it! I've got my copy waiting for me.

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Jessica Hansen said...

@Proserpine - It better be there next book!

@Andrea - Negative?? Where, Goodreads?

@Mindy - Thank you! I've been trying a new style lately. A more "ME" style. For so long I've tried to make them serious, but that's SOOOOOO not me ;)

Anonymous said...

Love this book read it. It's so amaze