Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl – Emily Pohl-Weary

Not Your Ordinary Wolf GirlEighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a “wild dog.” Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat—the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. So begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth … When a new girl gang appears in the city—with claws and paws—Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparks her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, the media, and her mother catch up to her.

This is a really light, fun novel perfect for teenagers. However, it’s nothing special in terms of characterization or plot. In fact, both were quite disappointing for me.

It’s really hard to relate to a teenage girl who’s a rock star. Personally, no matter how withdrawn or uncomfortable Sam was, I never found myself connecting with her. I wasn’t fond of any of the secondary characters either because they were very under developed. There was a love triangle in the novel, but I found both Harris and Marlon really irritating. Throwing a couple of interesting details  in about both of them does not make them interesting. The only character I really wanted to know more about was Daniel. I thought the combination of witch and werewolf would have been unique to learn about.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot either. I thought the pacing was really off and it took far too long for Sam to accept what she was. In fact, the book was more about her acceptance of being both wolf and human than the actual conflict. Also, the book was the definition of anticlimactic. It ended really quickly. There’s potential for a sequel, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it.

In terms of things I liked, I thought including two packs and the myth of the seventh son and daughter was intriguing. A bit more myth might have filled out the story a little. As I mentioned, it’s an easy, light novel, but nothing special.

 

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