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John Green, NCGBT
- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Packed off to summer camp while her parents get divorced, Rylie is determined to see it through and hope for the best- until that one night where it all changes and she's attacked by something she can't identify. Almost immediately she notices herself changing both physically and psychologically, yet as understanding blooms she doesn't understand how she survived the attack. An enigmatic boy at the camp, Seth, has the answers she seeks and offers to help her, but as the summer wanes and the wolf in her grows stronger, Rylie fights to maintain her self-control and hopes for a cure even as she searches for clues about the one who did this to her.
What's Good: The premise is intriguing- going from being a nobody to a monster and all things that happen in between. Rylie's teen angsting about her parent's divorce is what you'd expect. There's also some good secondary characters- I especially liked Louise, one of the camp counselors. I actually had more empathy for her than Rylie.
What's Bad: The MarySue/Speshul Snoflakiness of it all. At the wise old age of fifteen Rylie wants nothing more than to spend the summer in the art district of this nameless city sipping chai tea in coffee shops while reading and going to exhibits and summer festivals, just like the typical teenage girl she's supposed to be. Oh, and she doesn't have any female friends because they're too catty yet wonders if all her male buddies' girlfriends hate her because she's blonde and slender. Any of this sounding familiar, yet?
For someone who's life's been destroyed by becoming a legendary monster, Rylie's pretty blasé about it. It's all "Dear Diary: Mean girls at camp are bothering me... met a cute boy by the lake... I'm a werewolf now." Her biggest concern about it is her distaste for her insatiable cravings for meat, what with being a vegetarian. At least until the fateful night when she rips apart a fawn, then she has an emotional breakdown. She's actually more upset about eating Bambi than becoming a rampaging monster that'll want to slaughter things to begin with. But hey, we got veggie vampires nowadays so why not tofu werewolves? Plus the mysterious yet cute boy she meets knows a whole lot about what's happening to her yet she barely bothers to ask him more than a couple of questions at a time. And some of his answers don't make a lot of sense. When Rylie asks Seth what's happening to her, he responds, "The new & full moons are different. You change on the new moon because it makes the human weak, so the wolf emerges. On the full moon the wolf becomes strong. It dominates you." You kinda see what the author's trying to get at, but it doesn't come across very well. Like a friend of mine said: Heads, I win; Tails, you lose.
The mystery of the identities of the werewolves attacking the camp is nothing special. One's a bit of a surprise and the other one isn't, but what makes it bad is the ham-handedness of the whole situation. Rylie has questions (naturally) and is clearly a danger to herself and everyone else during her furry nights, yet the alpha wolf who bit her lets her flounder until the climax of the story. And their actions and motives are ridiculous- without going too far into it, how does this individual expect to keep the massacre of an entire summer camp secret? The second person's identity discloses more ridiculous plot holes: they've been a werewolf for a year yet apparently still lives in the city. Clearly this person was brought into the fold immediately but again, why wasn't Rylie? And how has this person been managing on their wild nights and why can't Rylie do the same?
And speaking of 'the city'... Wondering why I called it that? Because everyone in the book does. Rylie, Louise, Cassidy, Amber- everyone comes from 'the city'. The summer camp has a name, the mountain is located on has a name as do the river and lake around the camp, but the city, county and state they're all in don't, even though 'the city' has a North End and East Side with an art district.
The final showdown is a cartoon. Werewolves in human form can heal at an amazing rate- Rylie breaks her ankle yet it's well enough in a matter of moments for her to run full tilt along a mountain trail. Somehow none of this translates onto any other werewolves but her: in the final battle Rylie gets her throat ripped out but can keep on fighting since she's young and strong, which enables her to eviscerate her opponent- alpha were described as the size of a horse- to the point that he's on the verge of bleeding out. Really.
What's Left: There's flashes of good storytelling, especially the little insights into Rylie psyche before and after her transformations, but they're scattered and almost lost in all the MarySue-ism and silliness. Too many parts of the story feel slapped together because too much space is wasted showing how speshul Rylie is to help justify her being chosen becoming a werewolf in the first place. Which didn't make any sense, either.
A couple of minor twists in the story will keep you entertained but all the fudging to keep our girl the centerpiece of the story drags it all down.
The romance between Rylie and Seth is forced. Rylie knows he knows more than he's letting on yet she never asks him more than a couple of questions at a time- she's too preoccupied with flirting with him to remember why they're sneaking her away from camp during full moons.
There's a good premise here but it's bogged down by some absolute nonsense. The old adage of keeping it simple applies here, and simply put the series needs to be what it says it is: the story of a girl who gets turned into a werewolf.
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Rinne Katja Kristina
- Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I got this book as an ebook ARC.
Being stuck between divorcing parents isn't fun, but Rylie sure would prefer that instead of the summer camp she's sent to. Little did she know, that the camp would change her life forever.
Rylie is being picked on by her cabin mates, and one night she escapes to the woods, wishing to get away. She blacks out, not remembering much, but wakes up in her own cot, back in the camp. Soon she realises something has changed, and she doesn't know what to make out of it.
When Seth gets in contact with Rylie, she learns she was attacked by a werewolf. With the help of her new friend Rylie tries to cope with the changes she's gradually going through, and desperately tries to figure out a cure. In three months she would be real werewolf.
Six Moon Summer has a pleasant flow in it, and the language is well fit for the YA audience.
The book is first tuned with some insight what will happen at the end of the book, and it sets a dooming atmosphere for the tale. I don't know why, but I had kind of a twin-peaksy feeling while reading because of it (and it's a good thing).
There are some inconsistencies in the book, some regarding Rylie and her dad, some about the cure. Hard to get into details without being too specific. Nothing major though, so they wont affect your reading experience too much.
I give Reine extra credit about how vivid the scenes with Rylie in her wolf form were. I loved those parts. I suspect Reine has first-hand experience about being a werewolf.
I did not like Rylie, but she is very real. I think teenagers can relate to her more, but at times I just wanted to smack her out of it. Your parents are divorcing, big deal, get over it already! She's not even that close with her mother, nor does she seem to like her, so why does she care they're having a divorce? Instead she chooses to be a little bastard and ends up ruining a potentially great experience.
But as I said, as much as she annoyed me, I thought she was very realistic. As a teenager the world revolves around you and everything that happens is bigger than life, and everyone is there ruining it for you. I liked Rylie more and more, when the wolf side started to affect her.
As a character Rylie is interesting to get to know. You'd think that when you don't like a character, you don't really want to read about her, but this was different. It was obvious Rylie was changing and I as a reader got to be part of it. It was fascinating, and now I have a love/hate relationship towards her. Anyway it's lovely to see a character evolving through the story.
The other characters are quite dim in the book. Even Seth - who's the biggest secondary character - comes off a bit flat, though I liked what Reine had done with him otherwise. The revelation about Seth came to me as a surprise, and looking back I could just think "duh, I should have guessed".
Also the bullies were quite one-dimensional, and I wish Reine would have done something more with them. Sure they picked on Rylie, but that was about it.
I would have loved to get to know more about Cassidy. She and Rylie barely talk to each other though, so now she was just some weird hang-around and filler, when she could've been so much more.
We don't see much of Rylie's parents, but I seriously doubt their affection towards their daughter. Rylie loses all her things during the werewolf attack, including her asthma pipe, and they don't get it sorted out immediately? Sure they have the divorce going on, but a girl with asthma in the middle of the woods, it's about life and death there, so get that asthma pipe to her!
The antagonist was easy to guess, but I had a hard time figuring out what the werewolf was trying to do while at human form, since the behaviour was quite weird at times and somewhat conflicting with the agenda.
From the minor characters Louise was my favourite, and I felt for her. The author took time to introduce her to us properly, so it feels Louise actually counts in the book, and at least I cared what would happen to her.
Reine is otherwise a strong, good writer, but I think the minor characters are a bit of a struggle for her.
My experiences with werewolf books are minimal, but I think it usually goes that the werewolf is either a monster or the hot love interest. I love that Reine chose to make her protagonist - Rylie - the howling beast instead. Reine has also made her own rules about the werewolf mythology; it's unique and refreshing.
This is a great book for all you YA lovers, who are looking for something totally new to read.