“Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.”
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
While I haven’t read a werewolf story in a while, Weregirl was surprisingly refreshing. The story follows Nessa, a high school cross country runner, who is bitten by a wolf one night while running in the woods. Although the following events of Nessa’s transformation to a wolf resemble a classic werewolf story, it was fun to read. I was pleasantly surprised to see that while a large focus was on the werewolf aspect, there was a few other parallel story lines that come together in the end to make an exciting conclusion.
I personally loved the fact that Nessa was a cross country runner. While I may be biased because I also ran cross country in high school, this is often not a sport I see highlighted in other books I have read. Nessa had a fierce determination about her that I admired. She desperately wants to secure a running scholarship to college and she trains whenever she has spare time. I was very happy to see her wolfish abilities help her in that respect 🙂
There were also a few other story lines in this book along with Nessa’s transformation into a werewolf. As I mentioned above, a large portion of the book deals with Nessa in cross country. She tries to keep up with top runner Cynthia and she gets to know a little more about the new mysterious boy on the team, Luc. At home, Nessa takes her younger autistic brother to his appointments at the local clinic. This clinic offers free medical services for all of the children affected by the Dutch Chem plant spill. Nessa’s town of Tether was severely affected by this chemical spill, and new company called Paravida stepped in to take care of it. While Nessa is a wolf, she witnesses some events that make her question the true nature of Paravida and the clinic she takes her brother to. As the mystery unfolds, the story reads almost like a thriller which was a pleasant surprise for me. I don’t really know what I was expecting with this book but I was happy to see it filled with mystery and conspiracies. These three parallel story lines might not seem related at first, but they all seamlessly come together for an action-packed conclusion.
One aspect of the book that I wasn’t quite sure about was the purpose of the character Chayton. He is supposed to be a shaman that helps Nessa with her transformations. When I first met him, I thought he might be a potential love interest, but then he disappeared for large portions of the book. The book certainly ends with a cliffhanger, so I am assuming there is a plan for a sequel and maybe we will learn more about this character in a future book.
The last few chapters were so action-packed that I was sad to see it end! While we got some answers, I was still left with enough questions that I want to know what happens to Nessa and the gray wolf. Overall, this story was an enjoyable read. If you are looking for a classic werewolf story with a twist, definitely give this story a try.
PURCHASE INFORMATION + LINKS 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.
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About C. D. Bell: 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 installment of the WEREGIRL trilogy is already in the works.