Reviewed by Makenna.
I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, it is well-written, with a fairly interesting premise and complex characters. Aaron "Rain" Ryland, the main character, is a hardened street kid who comes to a small Texas town that holds secrets and intrigue aplenty. Though a tough fighter, Rain has a heart of gold that seeks the safety of the innocent and the people he loves. Friederike "Freddie" Burkhart is beautiful and fierce, protecting the ones she loves like the wolf she turns out to be. I like how interesting and real the characters feel, and I do like the premise, even though I'm not a fan of modernized, romanticized werewolf (or vampire) stories.
On the other hand, this book is extremely heavy in objectionable content. I only read the whole thing because I was interested to see what happened. But the language is excessive from the first page, and even though that is how a boy like Rain would most likely speak, I think the concentration of foul language was completely unnecessary.
Violence was extreme, as well, but that doesn't bother me very much. There was a lot of fighting, blood, and gore.
Sexual content was...well. It was unnecessarily heavy. Rain and Freddie seem incapable of controlling themselves in that area. I didn't like that, especially since this is supposed to be a book for teenagers who don't need that kind of content in their reading material since they get it enough everywhere else. A love story would have been just as believable if the two characters had controlled themselves.
Overall, it was a well-written book with interesting characters, but the objectionable content was so heavy that it kind of overshadowed the author's talent. I do not recommend this book to anyone who doesn't want to feel guilty for reading it, and I definitely don't recommend it to anyone younger than fifteen or sixteen. I certainly did not appreciate the language or sexual content, and had those things been toned WAY down, it would have been a much more enjoyable book.