My Wolf's Bane by Veronica Bane
Summary : Semi-Interesting. Predictable. Cheesy. Lacking.
This is an semi-enjoyable and quick read, but definitely not thought provoking. My Wolf’s Bane, by Veronica Blade, is a YA romance novel with a heavy dose of self absorbed teenage angst. Blade stirs interest with a distinctive perspective on werewolf and shape shifter hierarchy but fails to execute. The story was spotty at best with gaping holes in plausibility. Disclaimer did say romance was a priority and everything else secondary.
Autumn is an average high school student. Strained with social status she does not want and burdened with extremely vigilant parents, her stress levels go through the roof when she crashes into new student, Zack who is not impressed with her choice in company or attitude. Autumn pines over him unabashed anyway. Autumn’s life takes a nosedive into the bizarre as she unexpectedly convinces her parents to give her space and she starts to notice unexplainable supernatural things about herself. Tension escalates as external forces require Autumn and Zack to spend time together, new discoveries are made, hidden desires are manifested, and danger emerges.
The plot was flawed and characters were no different. Autumn’s character had little growth and remained annoying throughout most of the story her saving grace being the few moments of clarity she had. Zack’s persona was infinitely more likeable in spite of his jerk tendencies. He had more layers and actually evoked emotional response. The rest of the characters fell into the background, evil villain included. Romance should have been the redeeming theme in this piece, however romantic sentiments were inadequately equipped to fill my appetite. I was left unsatisfied and craving something more. All romantic inclinations were smothered by the protagonist’s never-ending narcissistic rants.
This novel had such potential and so many good intentions, unfortunately none were realized. As indicated, the plot was intentionally cast aside to build romance. An oversight I would have forgiven had the romance been epic, perhaps even had it been present.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *