Can I tell you how much I hated this book? Yes, I suppose I can. This book was so beyond awful that I don’t know where to start. I guess I should have known that a book based upon a movie script, written by an extra in the movie, would not be a good book, but I just couldn’t refuse the discount price tag. The book starts with the classic rebel-in-the-family, Valerie who chances to see the wolf as a child. The village gives monthly sacrifices to the beast and life goes on as usual until harvest when life seems to explode with arranged marriages, wolf killings, and past loves returned to the village.
Yes, as one can predict, everyone in this book is impossibly good looking and there is a love triangle, one of whose members may or may not be a wolf. The only interesting part of the story comes with the entrance of Solomon, a werewolf hunter who educates the town about what is really happening and proceeds to bring his own special brand of evil. Sadly, this part of the book is almost an afterthought and isn’t explored to its full potential, leaving the book a sad, sad shadow of a teen romance. The largest problem with the whole novel is that it set out to be ‘the next Twilight‘ or it intended to be a promotional for the movie. Unfortunately, the hysteria surrounding Twilight was a natural phenomenon that evolved slowly.
Sarak Blakley- Cartwright also does not spin an easy yarn. Some pieces of imagery seem heavy handed and don’t fit with the rest of the story. Blakley-Cartwright tried to tackle too many story lines with this novel, and doesn’t do justice to any of them. I am not sure why the screenwriter didn’t write his own novel because I would have liked to see his vision for the novel. On a positive note, it was a quick, painless, brainless read. If you don’t have time to delve into something more gritty or interesting, this book could be all right beach reading if your standards aren’t that high.