Monday, August 29, 2016

Weregirl by CD Bell

Author: CD Bell 
Publication Date: Nov 2016 
Publisher: Chooseco 
Age Group: YA 
Genre: Paranormal 
Pages: 400 
Format: eBook 
Source: Netgalley 
Buy the Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.

Weregirl tells the story of Nessa Kurland, high school cross-country star, who finds herself unintentionally in the middle of the centuries-old struggle between wolf and man. Only, this time, the wolf is Nessa and the men she faces will stop at nothing to cover up the devastation they've caused to her sleepy little town.

This was such an amazing read! I really loved it. Honestly, I inhaled it, I couldn't read it fast enough. The story line was so interesting and I enjoyed the way Native American shapeshifter mythology framed the story. The mythology is there, but the story wasn't overwhelmed by the how or the why like a lot of shifter stories are. The story was truly about Nessa, unlike many shifter stories where the problem revolves, front and center, around the fact that the character is a werewolf. She was so relatable, and I'm sure everyone had a friend like Bree at one time or another.

The overarching conflict is something real, too. It's something that many small towns are still dealing with (and that many will likely face in the near future with the new pipeline being built as I type). There are still companies out there that weigh the risk of toxic dumping and decide that lining their pockets is more important, and there is, most definitely, unethical medical testing going on involving patients with rare medical conditions. Not to mention, the cases of medical kidnapping that occur regularly. The problems in Weregirl are scary real and make a great balance for the paranormal elements.

I truly hope that there is more to come!

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