Wednesday, April 28, 2010

YA Wolves

Some Wolfy YA reads:

Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis (Goodreads):

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Maggie Stiefvater's wolfs are a new breed!  They change by the season, the temperature.  Maggie Stiefvater is a fun and exciting writer and I had hoped to have her chime in with us today, but the timing didn't work out, but perhaps next time.  If you haven't read her books yet, you should!  Sam, the werewolf staring in Shiver is one you won't want to miss out on meeting!  And Grace too, see what happens to them both in Shiver and in the upcoming sequel, Linger out in July.  It's a trilogy, so we'll get more in the third book, Forever.  So exciting!  I truly can't wait for more on this new breed of wolves!  And, Sam is so sweet...  He's a favorite wolf of mine for sure!  :)

The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain
The Dark Divine

Synopsis (Goodreads):

A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

Bree Despain is a fresh new author with a paranormal wolf having a bit of a spiritual spin on that dark divine of a read!  This has been one of my favorite reads this past year in wolfy reads.  I also got to sit in an online chat with Bree a little while back and hear more about her thoughts and write process and the upcoming The Lost Saint sequel.  Very exciting!  Bree Despain, like Maggie, is very personable and approachable for her fans and aspiring writers. Daniel is definitely another wolf you will want to meet.  Among others, whom I'm not going to disclose at this time...  It's another must read!  

Need series by Carrie Jones

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

Need by Carrie Jones isn't at all what I thought it was.  It's better!  It is actually two fairy tales in one really.  And one of those has wolves!  Yep, I didn't see that one coming in this one at all!  But, there it is.  It is a pretty original story considering there are wolves chasing pixies!  It was a nice surprise of a story and even though it doesn't really focus on the details of how the wolves become wolves, they are there to protect and I think that is what the wolves usually do so it was enough for me in this one.  I liked it, it was original and narrator's voice was fresh.  And yes, this wolf is very alpha male, save the world, go wolf!  :)

The Dark Guardian series by Rachel Hawthorne
Dark Guardian #1: Moonlight

Synopsis (Goodreads):

I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.

kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

lucas is dangerous, gorgeous...and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny. 

From the Publisher

I have been reading this series by Rachel Hawthorne for a while now, except the last one just came in the mail so don't tell me what happened yet!  And, I really enjoy it, even though it isn't completely gripping, I am still sucked into the love story and the scientific researchers kidnapping the wolves who pose as camp forest trail guides.  I think they have pretty good story lines and are good reads, just a little bit younger YA, but really unique wolves in the pack(s); each book is narrated by a different one.  One really cool thing about the guy wolves is that once they know who their mate is they declare them by getting a symbolic tattoo.  The gals don't know who it is.  =]  Talk about tension!  Interesting world that Hawthorne has created in how the females transform when they come of age and how they find their male too.  Again, I can't seem to put them down once I start, they are just a little different from some of the others I read.  What do you think of them?

The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight (The Twilight Saga)

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Well, we've talked plenty about the Twilight saga vampires, but now we get to take a look at the werewolves!  And, in the third book and up-and-coming movie, Eclipse, Bella has to decide between her love-vampire-Edward and her best-pal-werewolf-Jacob.  Jacob, who has been making it quite clear that he wants to be more than friends.  It is my favorite book in the series and it is INTENSE!  Intense in love and in fighting!  LOVE and WAR, as they say...  As you can see in the following preview...

Click for The latest Eclipse trailer ~ lots of WOLFY fun in this one!  I was a little worried from the looks of the teaser and first trailer, but this one looks AMAZING.  The vampires and werewolves alike look full strength and ready to battle!  So exciting!!!  What do you think?  Are you ready for June 30th or what?  And I can see one wolf there on the right of this new poster who is ready for a fight.  Jacob, poor pup,  sure looks peeved!  I know I can't wait!  ROAR!  :)





Roxanne Rhoads said...

I just received an ARC for Nightshade by Andrea Cremer- it's a YA werewolf book (first in the series) and looks to be very, very good. It is going in my "read this soon" stack


Shauna Kemp said...

That sounds great! Good to know about, thanks. I'll be adding that to my wanna read list! I'll keep an eye out for when it comes out. :) ~Shauna