The Blurb: Rylie Gresham hates everything about summer camp: the food, the fresh air, the dumb activities, and the other girls in her cabin. But the worst part is probably being bitten by a werewolf. Being a teenager is hard enough, but now she’s craving raw flesh and struggles with uncontrollable anger. If she doesn’t figure out a way to stop the transformation, then at the end of summer, her life is worse than over. She’ll be a monster.
The Short Stick: Enjoyable, realistic read as long as you don’t think about He-Man.
The Goods: Rylie wasn’t the most likable character, but it works for her. I get that she’s a city girl, unable to conform to the camp life, and she proves it by doing all the stupid things. (Think Sara Michelle Gellar in I know what you did last summer) and so because of that she ends up getting a bit of a guardian angel who is thank god, NOT an angel for real (too many angel books) Seth is hot, mysterious, and he’s there for her without wanting anything else from her. The twists in the plot were nice as well, a little predictable, but still awesome, and I enjoyed the ending because it’s really opened it up for a second book.
The Not So Goods: Writing style moves between first and third and that always bugs me. It’s hardly noticeable unless you’re a writer too and then you’re like, “OH, HELLO THIRD PERSON!” but I see why she did it, it was essential to the plot, just for my own tastes, if I knew I’d HAVE to switch to 3rd person, as in, if I KNEW my first person character couldn’t tell the entire story, I would have just rewritten the whole book and made it all 3rd person and added the alternate perspectives from other characters as necessary to the plot. But that’s just me, and SM Reina isn’t me and her book is good otherwise.
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they act the way most teenage campers would act.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, although Rylie has some unlikable traits.
Jace Factor: Pass, yeah one very sexy boy named Seth, love that name.
Primrose Factor: Pass, didn’t lose anything or anyone we didn’t want to lose.
Potter Factor: Fail, this is a standard werewolf story.
Cheese Factor: Fail, it was a bit stereotypical with the campers.
Bible Factor: Pass, there was no religion.
Temperature: 110 degrees, it’s burning up, you know, all that wolfy heat and stuff.
Recommendation: Pick it up because you want something simple to read for an afternoon.