Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder

Title: Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1)
Author: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Genre: Paranormal 
Source: Library

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything. 
Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

My thoughts:
Unleashed  by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles. This is a paranormal story but honestly most of it felt contemporary because of the main character's emotional journey from losing her mother and reconnecting with her grandfather . The story starts off with the tragic death of Katelyn McBride's mother. She is then forced to move in with her estranged grandfather. Katelyn goes from living in California to Wolf Springs, Arkansas. You can guess from the town's name what supernatural creature is in this book. There is the werewolf aspect but there is also a mythical creature called  Hellhound that supposedly dwells in the forest. 
I really liked the Ozark Mountains as the setting for this novel. It provides some history and mystery and is almost like another character in this book. The town is full of superstitions and legends. Katelyn and her grandfather live out in a cabin in the woods. This adds an eerie isolated feeling to this novel. The cabin is very rustic without many of the accommodations that most of us are used to. This adds to the feeling of isolation and vulnerability throughout the novel.  
On Katelyn's first day in Wolf Springs, she meets Trick, a friend of her grandpa and her ride to school. He's sort of exotic and mysterious but also really sweet. Through her new secretive BFF, Cordelia, she also meets Justin. He is hot and has a dangerous vibe about him. Katelyn is almost like a cat in heat around him.  She seems to act not on her own whim but of some internal force, that she doesn't understand, driving her. She seems torn in two directions, thus the love triangle begins. However the phrase "It's complicated" doesn't seem to cover what's going on with them. Katelyn is an okay character. I got frustrated with her at times because she seems so inconstant with her emotions and actions. There's a lot of mystery surrounding the characters. The author(s) only reveal a little information at a time. Which left me frustrated but also wanting more.
The story line is good. It's predictable at times but entertaining none the less. 
There are some aspects of this book that I really liked but for the most part nothing really stood out for me. I did enjoy this book but it left me with some unanswered questions. I think this is a good first book to this series but I hope the next book will flush out the story more. The ending to this book left me hanging and I really want to find out what happens next. I will continue with the series not only for that but because I think this series has good promise to turn into something really good. 

My rating:
I'm going to give this book 3.5 Willies
Check out these sites to find out more about the author:
Nancy Holder
Debbie Viguie


  1. This is actually sitting on my bookshelf, but I'm so behind on my to-read list. LOL. Thanks for the review! Hope all is well!

    1. I am too Kelsey. I had been wanting to read this book since it came out and I was so excited when my library had a copy.I hope you get to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by today!


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