Monday, August 20, 2012

Review: Summer of the Wolves

Author: Lisa Williams Kline
Release Date: 4/23/2012
Genre: Middle Grade Coming of Age Story
Received From: Zondervan publishing via NetGalley
Summary B&
Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe ...
'I smelled the wolf now—sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I'd ever seen.' —from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it's pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana's anger issues and Stephanie's fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there's any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside

My Review:
Summer of the Wolves is a cute and meaningful book, that will stick with you even after your finished reading. This book is great for all ages, it doesn't feel like it is a middle grade. This book has a really great message, and a great and creative way to tell it.

This book is written in alternating point of views of Diana and Stephanie. Diana's mom married Stephanie's Dad. They all go on a family vacation to a horse ranch.  Stephanie is trying to be friends with Diana, bu Diana dislikes Stephanie. The people who run the ranch of wolf dogs. Diana see where they have been keeping the wolves and decide to let them, and Stephanie helps. Through out the story of the wolves Dina and Stephanie really bound, and discover themselves as they are now after divorces of their parents and their parents getting remarried.

I loved these characters. They were fun characters to read from. Diana loves animals, and she is very spunky and adventurous. Stephanie is very scared, but through out the book she become less afraid and also pretty brave compare to how she was in the beginning of the book. These two character are very enjoyable to read about and to read the story through their eyes.

Lisa Williams Kline was completely brilliant to put animals in the book to help the girls solve their problems. The changing of point of view was written perfect. It would hook me and then it would change to the other girl and that just open up the story for me and brought it to life. She made the characters and book so realistic it felt like they were real.
This book was fantastic! I hope I will be able to read more of this series soon. The message in this book very meaningful, and it was told in such and original way. I recommended this book to any who likes coming to age books, or if you like animal stories. 

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