It’s a while since I read a YA book although they used to be my first choice of genre. I was a little unsure of the werewolf theme but the text of the first page enthralled me.
The blue flashing lights pulsed through the fractured front window, illuminating the blood splatter on the walls. The click-click of the forensic team’s camera ate into the sterile silence as the officers combed through the living room.
Like something out of a macabre horror show the blood covered everything, coating the threadbare rug in front of the fireplace with its crimson wash. The splintered remains of the coffee table littered the overturned chair, and the smell of death clung to the walls.
Mia finds herself orphaned after the violent death of her father and is surprised at the sudden appearance of Sebastian Roberts, saying he is her uncle. A smart, arrogant man, resembling her cruel father, he whisks her away to Hood Academy, his private boarding school, and begins to seem kind and considerate. But Mia longs to find her elder brother, Zak, who has disappeared after running away from their home. She begins to encounter others who warn her to be careful who she trusts.
There is something reassuring about the boarding school setting, where Mia finds a reliable friend, Elizabeth and a caring teacher, Miss Ross. There is even a school bully, Felicity, but in this school the danger is life-threatening. The girls have been chosen to train as werewolf hunters and Mia is surprised to discover she has fighting skills. But there are mysterious goings-on behind locked doors and she begins to wonder if the werewolves are all bad.
In addition to the mystery and daredevil adventure there is burgeoning romance and loyal friendship which make this novel heartening to read as well as thrilling. I am now tempted to sample Shelley Wilson’s Guardian series.
You can read my review of Shelley’s motivational book Vision Boards for Beginners here