Author: Ellie Greene & Jacquline Garrera
Date Published: March 1st 2011
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance
Brianna can’t believe Connor (Mr. Gorgeous McHunkerson) wants to be with her, and Conner wants nothing more than to impress Brianna and earn a little make out session. So, when Brianna actually agrees to come over to his house, Connor wants everything to be perfect, only he doesn’t expect Brianna to be into the same mythical (well she thinks their mythical) creatures that his parents are hell bent on killing!
When Connor sees this as his easy way to impress her, he decides to show her his brothers secret box, which is filled with creepy stuff even Connor isn't sure about. After Brianna accidentally breaks open a jar containing red...."Ink" and gets her cut infected, everything goes downhill and starts a chain of events that leads to one pivotal moment.
I adored this book. Told in alternating first-person narration, this story slowly builds up to an ending you will be on the edge of your set in anticipation for!
The story takes place over a few days where you get to experience the process of Brianna’s transformation to "Wolf-Girl", her boyfriend’s struggle to protect her from his close minded parents, and a mad scientist acceptance with who he really is.
With some hot sexual tension between the main characters, you are sure to get turned on even though nothing really happens...which also makes it a suitable read for young adults. The story starts off slow but don’t let this mislead you. If you stick with it, you are sure to become interested within the first few chapters. I also loved the alternating narrations of the main characters. It allowed me to get in each characters head and see what their real concerns are and what they were planning to do next. It really makes up for the slower pace of the plot. Oh, did I mention the ending is awesome and leaves the story open for a sequel? Come on sequel!
I would honestly love to see a different cover and name for this book because I feel it just doesn't suit it. The name made me think there was going to be some kind of tournament or competition, and while the wolf girl on the cover is cute, I don’t feel she represents Brianna or what the book was about. I think a big message here was, don’t judge so quickly and don’t be afraid to be yourself...but the great thing about books is everyone has their own interpretation :)
I recommend this book to paranormal YA lovers. If you liked this book I highly suggest Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ....and The Wereling Series which first sparked my love for werewolves :)