Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Willow

Title: Willow
Author: Amy Richie
Pages: 276
Source: Author for Review
Release Date: August 2012
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

“Being a werewolf is harder than it looks. Everyone thinks it’s just morph at the full moon, kill, morph back. That’s not true. It’s a lot harder than that. Especially if you are seventeen years old.”

Willow has the worst luck. First she has to deal with her narcissistic foster mother, Bella; then of course there’s her horrid little sister Ivy; not to mention the pack of werewolves that belong to Bella. Now, they have to move and start a new school - again.

Just when Willow thinks things can’t get any worse, Blake shows up from a council she never knew existed to name her leader of a pack she never knew existed. How was she supposed to teach a bunch of teenagers how to be wolves when she herself hated everything about her life?

My Thoughts:

Willow was one of those books for me that were easy to read and entertaining enough but one that I never fully was able to get into. I never felt connected to the story or the characters and for me that was a problem.

One of my problems was that the e-arc from the author was cut off at the bottom of each page. I don't think a lot was cut off but still it was difficult to read and I felt like at times I was missing something. Besides that though, I was confused at the get go about Willow's relationship with all the pack members. It was confusing trying to figure out which guys liked her, liked her and which ones just liked her as their leader. I was especially confused with Jeb and Rueben. I kept thinking there was going to be a love triangle between them three but then I was thrown to find that Willow falls for Gage. Gage was another issue for me because I kept picturing him as this older guy, because he's supposed to be pretending to be her "uncle".

Those were my main problems with the story but other than those I thought the Willow was entertaining. The world was interesting and the history of the packs was fun to learn about. I liked that the packs were lead by women. Girl Power!!

I liked that Willow's character was able to develop into a strong female heroine throughout the book. In the beginning she is unsure of her decisions but in the end she has figured out who she is and is much more confident in her decisions and her ability to lead the pack. Willow goes from someone that had no interest in leading a pack to someone that is willing to risk everything to keep it.

Another thing I really liked about Willow was the suspense. There was this big puzzle that needed to be put together and Richie did an excellent job giving readers just enough information to keep them intrigued. There were a couple of revelations I was able to figure out before they were revealed but there was plenty of suspense to keep me interested.

I thought Willow was a good book. While there was room for improvement, Willow was an entertaining read. Fans of werewolf books, should check this book out.


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