Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: Summer of the Wolves by Lisa Williams Kline


Summer of the Wolves
by Lisa Williams Kline
Received for Review from publisher via netgalley
Christian Young Adult
Release Date: May 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.67
Pages: 176

Before I get into my review, here is the synopsis available on Goodreads:

This is the story of Diana and Stephanie, new stepsisters on a vacation at a ranch with Diana's mom and Stephanie's dad, who are newlyweds. Diana has a 'mood disorder' for which she takes medication. In her estimation, Stephanie is just too perfect. But Stephanie has some secrets of her own. The girls band together to free two captive wolves, an action that has unexpected and unintended consequences. Told in the alternating voices of Diana and Stephanie, the book explores themes of family, friendship, mental health, and nature.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this copy.

I love christian fiction and I love young adult fiction, so going into this novel I had some high expectations.

I loved Lisa's writing style from the very first page. She wrote in a way that left me captivated with the characters and their stories. Diana and Stephanie are now step-sisters and they couldn't be more different. I loved watching how they bonded and grew closer.

This is a book that isn't about romance, but rather about family relationships and growing to love yourself and your family. I will admit that I might have liked a tad more romance, but I understand that this wasn't the point of this book.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and yet the ending left me slightly unsatisfied. I thought that more could have been resolved. However, now that it's been awhile since I finished this book, I realize that the ending was actually probably quite perfect for this book. 

In Summary: A beautifully written book about growing up and learning to love yourself and your family. Definitely recommended to fans of YA contemporary realistic fiction centered around family relationships. 

The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed this novel. The writing was masterfully constructed and the characters were always intriguing. I definitely recommend reading this one if you like reading about family relationships and don't mind a lack of romance (at least compared to other novels). 

Love, 

Danica Page

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