Evernight by Claudia Gray
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Publication Date: February 10th 2009
“She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.
"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."
But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.”
Scoot’s Thoughts: I read this book right after reading a complex adult novel, so the writing style seemed really simple – but I still enjoyed it. The plot flowed well and had a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming AT ALL, so that was fun. It was a good start to a series, because I for sure want to read the rest to find out what happens next. This is not a stand alone novel; the overall story was not completed. And, YAY - the romance wasn’t instant and that always makes me happy.
“Self-knowledge is better than self-control any day," Raquel said firmly. "And I know myself well enough to know how I act around cookies.”Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
― Claudia Gray, Evernight
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication Date: June 8th 2010
"Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.
But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.
But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?"
Scoot’s Thoughts: This story was more complex than I expected. Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare – aka – Bryn is our lead character. She is a strong lead and not submissive, which is a huge PLUS when it comes to werewolves and their dominance issues. With strong supporting characters that were well developed and lots of fast paced action this was a great read. I loved the Chase/Bryn element – their connection was strong and basically instant, but the ‘insta-lurve’ defied my objections due to a few well placed plot elements. The writing style was a little different; a little stuttered & staccato on occasion but you get used to it. I was satisfied with ending, and it left a strong platform for future novels. Lucky for new readers the next two books are already out and ready for devouring!
“Bryn, when you were six years old, you tried to bungee jump off a jungle gym by connecting the straps of your overalls to the bars with your shoelaces. Caution has never been your strong suit.”
― Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Raised by Wolves