Review: Wolf Bound by Holly Hook

About the book:

Loner, misfit, wild. Everything about the new guy at school, Cayden, should push me away. And when the wolves appear in the woods around town, one of them shares Cayden’s dark hair, red highlights, and his wild, noble eyes. Deep down, I know the explanation for his amazing hearing, graceful walk, and his ability to fight off guys twice his size.

I should fear him, but he draws me in. I’m alone, too, having lost parents at a young age. Only Cayden understands what it’s like to be different. But Cayden warns me off as his eyes yearn for me.

Turns out he’s right to. A rival pack and alpha who believe only the strongest should survive pursue Cayden’s family for the crime of protecting humans. They’ll attack anyone he cares about and now they’re settling in my hometown. It won’t be long before they destroy my home.

Staying away from Cayden is the safe thing to do. But without me, he’ll fight the savage werewolves alone.

If I turn away, I can’t live with myself. But if I turn to Cayden, I might die.

Review by Katy Haye:

Here’s an insight into my chaotic life that you never thought you’d need: I wrote my notes on Wolf Bound on a piece of paper from the notebook I always carry around. A day later, I needed to write a shopping list, so I added that on the back (frugal, you know?). Unfortunately, once I’d bought the shopping I threw the note away. So, I’m relying on my memory for this – apologies in advance as I’m almost certain to miss off something.

Wolf Bound was a solid, enjoyable read, but it didn’t quite reach the heights I wanted. Here’s the plus points first:

The characters were well-formed and I liked that the heroine’s male best friend WASN’T fighting a crush on her.

The relationship between Cayden and Brianna was lovely. Yes, he was a bit moody and inexplicable, but that was entirely fitting, given everything going on.

I LOVED the use of Beauty and the Beast for the school drama project, that was just gorgeous.

What I didn’t love was something I find a lot in paranormal books, which is that the reveal of werewolfiness was waaay too slow. Other readers might have different responses, but for me, I know when I pick it up that it’s a werewolf book and in this universe werewolves are real. So, I want to see fur and fangs. Of course it’s going to be a shock for the characters who DON’T know that werewolves are real, but they can just hurry up and get with the programme… For me, Wolf Bound took a bit too long to reach the “Is he what I think he is? I reckon he must be,” stage.

And reality intruded as I finished the book, leaving me wondering how they’re going to explain a bunch of shallow graves in the woods and the sudden disappearance of a boy who ought to be in school. I’m pretty sure that kind of thing gets checked out by authorities…

Katy Haye writes speculative YA fiction. Check out the first book in her new YA fantasy series, Awakened by Magic. Kyann only wants to save her sister, but a greater destiny of myth and magic awaits her in the Empire of Charnrosa.

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