Saturday, February 19, 2011

Never Cry Werewolf Review

AUTHOR: Heather Davis
PUBLISHER: Harperteen
PAGES: 212
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand alone as far as I know

Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately. But her stepmother totally overreacts when she packs Shelby off to brat camp. Suddenly, it’s good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star!) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there’s more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby’s help guarding it. . . .

STARTED: 2-10-11
FINISHED: 2-11-11

I was really excited to read this one because it was dealing with werewolves, and lets face it I'm all about the Paranormal creatures. :) I was sadly disappointed though. Don't get me wrong I liked the book, and the storyline. The whole brat camp thing I don't recall reading anything like it, but the whole girl meets mysterious boy just didn't work for me. I think in order for that whole concept to work you have to like the characters. You have to want to invest your time in them. You have to want to know how it's going to undfold.   At first I did want to know about Shelby and Austin. Just how was this relationship going to blossom, and was it going to become something. How are these characters going to grow from being with each other? A rich boy from a family of rockstars and a girl whose dad works in cosmetics. Shelby comes from a home where her step-mom pretty much has a say so in whatever, and what she says goes. *Nice backbone dad* In a way I know how she feels. I had a step-mom who was kind of like that if she thought something sounded good for me then by all means it must be. Still I think that was pretty much the extent of me being able to connect with the character. I think maybe the only thing in my opinion that connected the two characters together was the whole not having a mom. Their relationship seemed rushed to me. *shrugs*

I will give the author this though there were a few statements made by characters that I truely loved, and thought those are so true. Ones that will definitely stay in my mind. Ones that made me think. I have those highlighted in purple below. :)

To be honest you pretty much knew who the werewolf was going to be before the "big secret" came out. Which isn't always a bad thing I guess. I mean you knew Edward and them were vampires. Sorry not my point. 

I'm going to say this the ending definitely left me wondering what's going to happen now. So I'm not sure if there's suppose to be another book coming out, or maybe it was left that way just in case. I do know that if it had a second book I would probably read it for a few reasons: 1. I want to see what might become of the character (All characters have room to grow and become likable) 2. I can't just leave a series unfinished. 3. Some books get better as the series/story progresses. :)

-It wasn't bad for me---I'd camped in worse conditions up in northern Wisconsin, but a Brit, an out-of -shape old guy, and a wuss really would be bear bait. (Shelby)

-Mr. Winters didn't look like he could find his way out of a 7-eleven. I probably had better sense of direction than that old coot. (Shelby)

-I was going to literally pee in my pants and die. Or be eaten---which is totally worse. (Shelby)

-Oh Crap! Are we on fire? (Sara)
She threw herself over the side of her top bunk, managing to kick me in the head on the way down. Ahh! Watch it Sara! (Shelby)
Why don't they let us sleep? (Ariel)
Don't ask me. I probably have brain damage now. (Shelby)

-Lost. Yeah, right. Why do we always say lost when we mean people died on us?  Mom was not lost. And I spent the last three years trying hard not to lose myself. That's what really happens when people die---the family left behind loses a part of themselves. A tiny piece. A tiny piece you never get back. (Shelby)

-Maybe is never a sure thing.

-You're secrets are safe with me. I mean, unless you're planning to run off and scream -insert his secret here- at this very moment. (Austin)

-You know when something bad happens and you don't get a chance to get those feelings out, you delay the pain, but you don't get rid of it. It stays inside you, taking up space. (Mr. Winters)

-Adults don't always get everything right. So my question is, if they aren't  always right, then how can we be the ones who're getting everything wrong? Maybe both sides make choices that don't  turn out to be the smartest. But if you're afraid to make mistakes, you can't learn right? (Shelby)

-My worst day with you is better than one spent alone. (Austin)

2.5 OF 5 STARS
I would have made it 3 stars, but it's not quite to the point of I would read it again. I think the ending, and the little passages I picked out are the only things I truely liked. :(
Still everyone is different so try it.



  1. I had the same reaction towards Lucinda and Daniel from The Fallen. I wanted to get to know them at the beginning but as it progressed I didn't like them very much. But you know how series goes. They always get better with each part. :D Great review!

  2. I agree with you, I couldn't get through this one. I thought the characters were very, well, bratty :P I didn't like their relationship and I couldn't stand them as people. I put the book down about halfway through.


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