Nessa Kurland is running for her life.
C.D. Bell’s WEREGIRL is a fast-paced teen thriller set in Tether, Michigan, a town on the brink of shutdown since it was stripped of its resources by corporate polluter Dutch Chemical.
High school junior, Nessa Kurland, is a cross-country runner with her eyes set on one thing: a college scholarship as her one-way ticket out of Tether.
Talented teammate Cynthia Sinise invites Nessa on a nighttime run through Tether’s overgrown forest trails. But she speeds ahead, leaving Nessa alone to discover a trapped wolf. Nessa tries to free the animal but is badly bitten, seemingly ruining her hopes for a strong fall season with the cross-country team.
Instead, Nessa’s freakishly quick recovery is followed by improved running times. All her senses are heightened. Nessa has transformed.
She has become a werewolf.
In her new state, Nessa learns there are things about Tether that powerful people want to keep hidden. Why does a Nobel Laureate work at the small-town medical clinic? Are top college athletic scouts really interested in her emerging talent? Can she trust Chayton, the motorcycle-riding guide her friends have faith in? WEREGIRL‘s Nessa must navigate her junior year and true human darkness, while making peace with her new, wild nature.
This is my first blog tour and I am so excited to be taking part! A huge thank you to Smith Publicity for inviting me to join and for providing me with all the materials! This is going to be a long post because I have included my review and an exclusive excerpt at the bottom so you can get a feel for how awesome this book is!
Thank you to NetGalley and Chooseco for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest view.
The cover for this book is so pretty, it really caught my eye and I was intrigued by it. I really liked the line “everyone has an animal inside.” It just draws you in and makes you really curious about this book. The plot also sounded really interesting and I love anything about werewolves so of course I wanted to read this.
I loved plot of this book, I thought it sounded really intriguing and it was an original idea. It follows Nessa who is desperate to escape her small town and the only way for her to do this is by winning a college sponsorship for cross country. But then her life is turned upside down when she is bitten by a wolf while trying to help a trapped one. We see her gradually realise that she herself is becoming a wolf when she gets perfect vision and she can hear things she normally wouldn’t be able to. There was a lot of scenes in this book where it had it’s own unique twist on werewolves which I really liked. As well as getting perfect vision and hearing, she also starts to grow white dog hair all over her body and I found this interesting because when I have read about werewolves in other books, this hasn’t come up so I really liked that.
I found Nessa to be a really relatable main character and I connected with her throughout the book. I love how she came across as such a strong and independent female character! Despite everything that’s happening to her, she is determined to earn her college sponsorship and she won’t let anything get in the way of that. I really loved her character because she fights for what she wants and what she believes in. Another character I loved was Bree. I loved her friendship with Nessa and thought it was presented really well. You could tell how close they are!
The book is set at a nice pace, it’s easy to read and it drops subtle hints every so often to keep you interested. The chapters end in a way that makes you immediately start reading the next which I loved. I was completely hooked and flew through this book. The writing is incredible, especially when it gets to the action-packed scenes. It really picks up and I couldn’t stop reading. I was desperate to find out what happens next! I’m so excited to see where this series is going, just because I have so many unanswered questions about the future of Tether and Nessa’s future.
If you enjoy reading books about wolves and werewolves, definitely check this one out! It is a very interesting and enjoyable read. Be sure to check out the excerpt below!
If wolves had been around for millennia, how was it that science still didn’t seem to have a handle on basic facts about them?
And if science was so foggy on wolves, how could she possibly expect to find anything about what was actually happening to her?
Then Nessa felt her blood turn cold. On the fifth page of results following her search for wolves + returning + bite +Michigan, she saw the words “Tether” and “attack.” She clicked through and came to a blog post called “Why I Would Move Away from Tether (If I was stupid enough to live there in the first place)” written by a rancher in Wyoming.
What was someone in Wyoming doing talking about Tether?
Could there possibly be a town called Tether in Wyoming too?
No, Nessa saw, this guy was talking about Tether, Michigan. It was right there in the first sentence of his blog entry.
In the first sentence of his entry was the line: “The best wolf is a dead wolf.” He wrote: “The best wolf is a dead wolf, but if you live anywhere near Tether, MI, chances are getting much more likely the wolf is coming to get you.”
Nessa read on, all about how wolves coming back into Wyoming had started attacking his sheep herd, and he had started tracking news reports. He had a link to a website cataloging wolf attacks on animals and humans in the United States and Canada. In the last year, there were eleven attacks on livestock or humans within the Tether town limits, more than any other municipality in the country.
“Not surprising,” the rancher went on, “given that the Algonquin word for wolf ‘mahigan’—is basically the state name. Don’t give me that BS they teach Michigan children in school that it’s from the Chippewa ‘meicigama,’ for great water, after that big lake they’ve got up there. Which word sounds closer to you?”
Was she living in a state that was basically named after wolves? Was Tether the epicenter of a wolf-demic, as the rancher said?
And if she was, why hadn’t she heard anything about it?
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About the Author
When she’s not biking the streets of Brooklyn, NY, you can find C. D. Bell writing in a decrepit RV clinging to the side of a hill in upstate New York, trying to teach herself to watercolor, or inventing her own recipes. She is a voracious reader of anything and everything fantasy, supernatural, or romance. And she swears that the monsters she often writes about are not real– at least she hopes not.
Created by a talented team of six female writers and inspired by the working tradition of television writers, C. D. Bell is a Chooseco author pseudonym developed with teen author Cathleen Davitt Bell, who has written I Remember You [Knopf 2015], among other novels for young adults.
The second instalment of the of the WEREGIRL trilogy is already in the works.
Chooseco publishes the Choose Your Own Adventure series. Widely commended for its appeal to reluctant readers, the interactive, multiple-choice multiple-ending series is the 4th-bestselling series for children ever published, with more than 265 million copies translated into 38 languages. Chooseco has sold over 10 million copies since the series re-launch in 2006. Weregirl represents Chooseco’s first foray into full-length, non-interactive young adult fiction.
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WEREGIRL [Chooseco LLC] will be available in hardcover and e-book formats via all online and select brick-and-mortar book retailers as of November 1, 2016. Pre-order your copy today on Amazon or the WEREGIRL website: http://weregirl.com/products/weregirl