Rogue Wolf by Elliot Cooper
Published by: Self-published
Genre: Science fiction/queer romance
Reviewed by: Edwin
What to Expect: Short, sharp, entertaining caper with a good romance and some interesting sci fi ideas. Read More
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Format: Kindle ARC
Reviewed by: Onnica
Final score: 9/10
Without getting too schmaltzy (being the cynical and anti-schmaltz Brit that I am) I have THE best hobby. I get to hang out on social media talking about books, connecting with really talented authors and again chatting about books! Last year I read Love in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley and even though it was about zombies (my bête noir) I was hooked! Ever since, I’ve been
stalking her following her career and now I’m really happy to be able to share book one in her new series Silver Wolf Clan. It’s out today.
Dear Readers, I have a completely unshocking confession to make: I totally have crushes on fictional characters. And I’m guessing, since you all seem pretty awesome, that (whether or not you admit it to your non-reader friends) you do too. I just cannot get enough of Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road and Liam Cole from Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves series. You hopefully remember my gushy reviews of books 1 (Destiny Binds) and 2 (Time Mends) – I know I still have to post about book 3 (Fate Succumbs) but trust me: it’s seriously even more amazing than I hoped/dreamed/fantasized it would be.
So when Miss Tammy herself wrote about interviewing Liam I OF COURSE jumped at the opportunity (after I finished jumping up and down and yelling “OMG!” at the top of my lungs). Oh and it gets even better – while you can see the awesome interview here, if you go to her blog you’ll get to read an bonus short story written from Liam’s perspective!! I’ve gotten a peek and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Read More
Publisher: Self-Published (December 31, 2011)
I know I’ve waited a while to write this review but it’s perfect timing since the next book comes out on September 11. WOOHOO!! I know you’re probably sick of this but since this is second book there will be SPOILERS from the first book. Please go read it!
Plot: Picking up just a few weeks after the end of the first book, the injuries Scout suffered aren’t healing and she has begun having dreams in which Alex is still alive and they are able to speak to each other. While dreaming during the full moon Alex tells Scout she needs to wake up and run outside…and it’s good he does because all of a sudden Scout transforms into a wolf. Which is shocking because she’s never done this before, none of her blood relatives are shifters, and even if she somehow got shifter mojo in her blood during the epic battle Jase is a coyote, not a wolf. Oh and to put even more pressure on her shoulders, not only is Scout in a difficult situation in relation to the Hagan pack (including Jase, Charlie, and Talley) but then the creppy dude from Alex’s funeral comes back to accuse Scout of all these crazy things…charges which could cost her life (duh duh duhhhhhhhhhh).
Publisher: Puffin Books, 1993 and 1994
Edition: Paperback that I had to order off Ebay cause this book is outta print! NO!
90s paranormal phenomenon: werewolves
Okay you all know by now that Ellen and I are children of the 90s. This makes us roughly…years old (I’m sticking to the party line of 29) and we can still remember how awful it was to have to wait for book releases. Yes, many of you don’t have to deal with that now in the era of the Internet and Amazon but back in the olden days we sometimes waited months, other times entire YEARS, for the next in a series to be released. Ann Hodgman released the first two of her Children of the Night series back in 1993-94 and young adolescent Judith has been waiting for the third since then. That’s 18 years! 18 years for the stunning conclusion and the sad thing is…we never get it! But luckily, the author graciously told me all about what was supposed to happen so I got some closure and so will you after I review both books now. Read More
Publisher: Self-Published, 2011
It’s a well-known truth here at I Love YA Fiction that I’m generally anti-trilogies but as with all things in life there are exceptions to every rule and the Timber Wolves series is definitely one of my exceptions. I actually owe Judith for this one – I had seen it online but couldn’t bring myself to purchase it (shape-shifters are not usually my cup of tea) but then she loaned it along with a string of other books and I didn’t even realize what I was reading but I loved it! And then I found out there’s more!! And now I obsessively check the author’s blog at least twice a month hoping to find out when the third book will be released (September 11 is her latest prediction).
Plot: At the start of her senior year Scout (real name: Harper Lee) meets hottie hot hot Alex and his intimidating older brother Liam who have just moved to her town of Timber, Kentucky. For some reason Scout’s brother (well, step-brother) Jase is acting all weird around the Coles and orders Scout to stay as far away as possible. That’s a bit difficult since their journalism teacher decides Scout and Alex should do a series of point/counterpoint articles for the school paper. Through this interaction a friendship begins, which of course progresses into a romance, all of which is done in a sneaky way to hide it from Jase (side note: I now seriously want to start a secret club and name it the “Pretty Purple Unicorn Club” like Scout’s younger sister Angel [Secondary side note: my second choice will always be Lorelai Gilmore’s “Super Cool Party People”]). After the Coles leave town (they obvi come back) Scout decides to spy on Jase and his sexy cousin Charlie in order to find out the big secret about the Coles: they’re shape-shifters, wolves to be specific. The more shocking development: Jase, Charlie, and all the men in his family are also shape-shifters, but coyotes. Needless to say these groups do NOT get along and the need for secrecy between Alex and Scout increases. But can they keep their relationship secret forever? How can Scout even feel this strongly for Alex when she’s loved Charlie for years? And why the heck does John Davis smell like Play-Doh?? (This last one is never answered but I NEED TO KNOW!)
Review: I love this book. I love Scout, I love Alex, I love Scout’s bff Talley, and for some reason I’m completely fascinated by Liam even though I don’t think he says a single word in the entire book (how is it that some characters are so compelling for no discernible reason?!). I even love Scout’s younger sister Angel, the evil genius. Shockingly enough I actually loved this book more after re-reading it, something that for me is a rarity.
Okay but none of that is a real review, is it? I thought all of the characterizations
were well written, I loved all the little stories the author added (especially the one about Jace bringing Scout the sock monkey when they were like 3), all of the action was purposeful and had proper build-up, and even the shape-shifter stuff was interesting – possibly the first time I’ve EVER said that about shape-shifters. Oh and, unlike so very many first series books, the action is not repetitive, nor does it
drag, and the fact that it’s a trilogy actually makes sense! It’s like my Holy Grail! (HA! Which makes me laugh because Scout further cements her awesomeness in the 2nd book by quoting one of my favorite movies – Monty Python and the Holy Grail.)
However, all this being said, this isn’t exactly the most light-hearted book of all time. There’s the feud between the wolf and coyote packs, Scout dealing with expectations from both Alex and Charlie, clowns (so creepy), and at the end of the book the death of one character (sob!) and serious injury to another – both mentally and physically.
In the end I’m going to give this one a 10 out of 10. And maybe write the author and ask her to be my bff because anyone who can write a character like Scout MUST be awesome in real life, right? (This is a woman whose blog slogan is “If you can’t say anything sarcastic, don’t say anything at all”. She’s my soul mate!!!)
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 10+. Scout is funny, intelligent, make lots of pop culture references (Buffy! Fraggle Rock! One of my many tv boyfriends Dean Winchester!), is kick-ass at Tae Kwon Do, and handles a lot of freaky crap without losing her mind. I would have to say that Scout has actually reached a Katy/JJ level of adoration and want-to-be friendship in my mind. High praise indeed.
How much did I like the love interest: 10. Oh man the squee’s were flying left and right while reading this one. So technically there are two love interests (Alex and Charlie) but since the main romantical relationship of this book is Alex, and the Charlie adoration is set mostly pre-book, I’m going to focus on Alex. (Well, except to say that the whole Charlie prom/dance thing almost made my brain explode due to all the squee’ing going on.) Alex is smart, funny, amazing with the evil genius, and seriously loves Scout. I loved so many of the Scout/Alex interactions that I could write pages and pages. (One of my absolute faves was when Scout goes to see Alex shift and when he asks her if she brought anything to entertain herself she says “Oh, you know, frisbees, tennis balls, rawhides. I’m really excited. I’ve never had a puppy before” and Alex is horrified. Hehe.)
How believable is the plot: 5. I mean – shape-shifters? Not exactly believable. But who cares, the book was awesome.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. This is an author who knows how to edit. In ALL my readings of the book I’ve never noticed anything significant.
How much did I want to keep reading: 10. Are you kidding me? Serious warning: do NOT interrupt me when I’m reading this book or the sequel. I’ll be so mad. And while I’m not Scout-level amazing with Tae Kwon Do I did take 5 whole months in college AND I broke a board. Watch out!
Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 1. But only because the injury and death at the end were too much to handle!
Final Score: 10/10. Seriously guys – READ THIS BOOK. If you don’t love it then I’m sorry but it’s at the top of the top for me when it comes to YA novels. I’m literally about to start a countdown until book #3 comes out. (I’ll also be doing a review for #2, so be on the watch!)