08 April 2011

{Book Review} Six Moon Summer

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 April 2011 at 7:38 AM | | | |

Format: eBook ARC
Pages: 172
Published: April 29, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

Rylie's parents are going through a messy divorce. They send her to summer camp to get her out of the way of their fighting lawyers, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly.

One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest. A wild animal mauls her. She's certain she won't survive.

Instead of dying, she wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning. The only sign that something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat. A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth.

Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's only six moons away from transforming forever and losing her life to the hunger..

Just when you think that there isn't another twist in the werewolf story, along comes Six Moon Summer. I was really happy with the mythology SM Reine brings in to explain the curse and changing (no this isn't a spoiler...look at the cover....) It helps when there are a lot of books on the same general topic that authors really try to make the story unique, and that is what happens here.

I'm a big fan of Rylie. Though she's much like I was around her age and for some years after. She's stubborn, tough on the outside but soft on the inside, full arsenal of snarky comments ready to fire at will.

I really connected with her early on when she mentions her "..friends back home were mostly guys. Girls were catty and stupid" I know, way to think of my own gender right...well sorry. Especially through high school I didn't have a lot of girl friends..it's changed now and most of my friends are girls, but I wasn't a "damn my nail broke" or "do you like these shoes?" kinda thing and neither is Rylie. We put on our Converse and deal.

The only people I had reservations about were Rylie's parents. In general I have a hard time with the "distant parent" thing. It makes me want to reach through the pages and shake them to death. While the parents are not "in" this book much, they are still a huge part of the story and that played in well I think.

As a wrap up I think this is a solid debut book for Indie writer SM Reine. Fresh and fast paced, I really suggest you pick up a copy for your eReader when the book it released April 29. The only bummer is that the girl on the cover of the book doens't look like Rylie is described. We didn't take off any birds for this obviously because the the cover is still awesome, but it would have been extra awesome if she did match the description :0)

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2 comments:

  1. Ooooh - this book sounds great! Good review too - favorite line: "We put on our converse and deal." LOL

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  2. I totally agree with Sammie! :) I love that! *looks at blue converse* We know how it is! LOL

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