For every book that comes out, we'll be sure to post a review and an author interview the week the book is available for pre-order. If you would like to be able to provide reviews for books for Thinklings, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Today our review comes from Kelley Miley.
Take it away, Kelley. . . .
Hunter’s Moon by Sarah M. Awa is a clever, tight YA novel I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any connoisseurs of the supernatural.
The night of the full moon, college student Melanie goes camping in the woods. When she ventures into a cave, she’s attacked by a monstrous animal and barely escapes with her life. She ends up feverish and terrified, but she doesn’t begin to understand the full ramifications of what happened until a month later.
In short: being a werewolf sucks. A lot. Which is definitely my preference when it comes to werewolf stories—real danger to Mel and those around her rather than fun and flowers. The other werewolves who claim to want to help her definitely have ulterior motives, the wider world doesn’t know werewolves exist but probably wouldn’t react well, and then there are the horrible monthly transformations.
The book is meticulously plotted, not predictable, and kept me turning pages. There are some extremely well-paced and tense action scenes, a dash of sweet romance, funny wordplay, and a strong protagonist who is intelligent and vulnerable in all the right ways.
Our thanks to Kelley! You can read the first chapter of Hunter's Moon free here.