True North

This is the first book I've read from this author and I would have skipped over her completely if my friend hadn't recommended her to me. After reading this I ended up kissing said friend in thanks. This author brought something new and refreshing to the young adult genre. I've been getting a little tired of young adult books lately as they seemed to have taken on a very factory line story. Meaning that they were so predictable that it felt as if you could switch one of the characters and replace them with someone from a different novel and it would still be the same exact story.

At the beginning I had to admit I feared this would be the same too as for a time it seemed like it would as we went through the usual clichés with our heroine Sahar. She was a whinny little thing at the beginning that didn't do anything except feel sorry for herself. Then a surprise happened; she got tired of whining and decided to do something about her life. She progressed into a heroine that I found to be extremely interesting and likable. The story is just as interesting as Sahar and the romance really helps to make the book whole.

This book was excellent and I recommend this to fans of young adult books.

Book Blurb for True North

Trying to make it out of high school alive - Difficult.

Being the only human in a town of Shape Shifters - Challenging.

Figuring out where you really belong (with the help of the hottest guy you've ever laid eyes on) - Priceless.

We've all heard them, the never-ending comparisons our parents make of us to our siblings and those around us. Why can't you be more ambitious, Sahar? Why can't you be more like your uncle, Sahar? Why can't you flip into animal form like everyone else, Sahar? The small town of True North, Colorado is a serene and tranquil place if you happen to be a shapeshifter, which as it turns out, Sahar North is not. Though she's the daughter of one of the most prominent families in town, she just doesn't seem to fit in. Thanks to Dana, the Wicked Witch of the North, her junior year is sure to be one of utter misery and she's counting the days to graduation when she can finally put this small town in her rearview mirror. When out of the blue, the alpha of the wolf pack, and her crush for like...ever, Cameron, starts to pay more attention to her and she manages to befriend the witch's human cousin, Dean, Sahar doesn't feel so alone and thinks she may just make it out of high school alive.

Of course, nothing is as it seems and when dead bodies start showing up in the woods, Sahar and her family partner with the pack to solve the mystery and will stumble upon a secret the town has kept for hundreds of years. Armed with this new knowledge, Sahar will fight for her family, fight for her town, and fight for her people because when you realize what you're fighting for nothing can stop you...right?

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2012 4.75