Firstly I want to say that I really enjoyed this book. I only finished it last night and I’ve been thinking a lot about it today. If you love anything wolf or werewolf related then you’ll absolutely love this book.
- Weregirl by C.D Bell
- Ebook Provided for Review – 400 pages
- Release Date: 1st November 2016
- Published by Chooseco
- ISBN: 1937133559
- Goodreads page for the novel can be found here
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. [blurb from Goodreads]
Okay, so the first thing that pulled me into Weregirl was the cover. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but when it comes to anything wolf related I can’t help myself. I was just drawn into it completely. Isn’t it just beautiful? Like the eyes. Just WOW. I maybe slightly biased since I just love wolves… but still.
Then as soon as I flicked past the cover. Well the epigraph just got me. C.D Bell do you literally know me already?
“All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel.” – Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
I found this to be such an easy read too. I literally devoured it within one sitting, which is easy for me, but I did also happen to stay up all night reading it. And the last book I did that for was ACOTAR (my review can be found here). Now I’m not saying the women who make up the alias C.D Bell are the next Sarah J. Maas. But for a first novel, this is fantastic.
Yes. Tessa is stereotypically bitten by a wolf and the whole shebang that comes with being a werewolf occurs; enhanced hearing, enhanced running and white fur. Now, this irritated me. During Nessa’s transformation she grows white fur up to the point of the New Moon. Now, I know transforming into a wolf is something hard to write about but that part just wasn’t that believable. Her best friend’s reaction (Bree) was just too accepting. I doubt any friend on mine would be so calm if I started growing fur all over my body (who knows?). I think this is an example of the storyline being just a little too thin. I know it was in other places too and other reviewers have commented and I completely agree. I was constantly asking questions and felt like bits were skimmed or skipped over.
One example of this was the minor characters. They needed a bit more love. The Shaman Chay or Chayton was just literally described as the eptimany of hotness. Forget Cassian, the high school heartthrob, it was all about the all-knowing 23 year old Chay for me. But he was hardly given any writing time! The only thing I didn’t like about him was his racist attitude of calling Nessa ‘white girl’ constantly. But like how did he know so much? Why does always know when Nessa is going to be in trouble? And who is this grey wolf?
A great thing about this novel is the unknown evil entity that is the corporation Paravida. I don’t want to spoil this so much for readers, but I think having Paravida just makes the novel so much better and a lot different from the typical werewolf novels you find ( and I’ve read a lot). The novel is so fast paced too, so even though I have ranted about some bad parts there were some amazing ones too.
Overall, I honestly have about 1000 unanswered questions from reading this book and I need answers. I will read the next novel for sure as it finishes on such a cliffhanger, but I do hope it’s packed with more juicy descriptions and that all my questions are answered.
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