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The setting is a small town of Ashwood, home to Michael and his high-school friends. Michael's been working all summer and struggles under the constant criticism from his father. Not part of the "In-Crowd" they still joke around, party and talk about girls, but they don't get invited to THE monthly parties held by Brad. Brad's parties are renown for drink, drugs, sex and out of control behaviour and it is at her first Brad party that Rose, as she prefers to be called, witnesses a violent death, herself attacked and saved in the woods by Michael.
Rumours of a madman or a Wolf abound, but nothing stops Brad from holding a second party a month later. Rose mixes her drink and drugs and goes willingly to a bedroom with Zach, but something happens and when she awakes in the morning, naked and covered in blood, she's shocked to hear of a second death.
Plunged into a nightmare of paranormal beings, horrific dreams and a curse Rose struggles to cope. Will she allow Michael to become her friend and help her or does she fear letting anyone else get close?
This is a dialogue led book which has chapters of alternate point of view from Rose and Michael. At times the large chunks of dialogue slow the pace of the book and overshadow the thriller theme of the storyline.Read more ›
Wow holy hell what did I just read ? 'Barking Madness' I think I can safely say this title perfectly sums up this book, it's certainly an unusual and intriguing read. Make sure you allow plenty of time to read this as it's a very long full length novel with no cliffhanger!
Whilst I found this story quite slow to get started, once I was in I was pleasantly surprised and transported into their mysterious world.
Without giving too much of the story away, Rose moves into the area and has to start her new school in her new town. She meets Tommy the quarterback and enjoys spending time with him. After a party Tommy walks her home, they take a short cut through the woods and here they are attacked by a wolf - from here on everything changes.
This book could quite easily be a full 5 star read however I personally thought the beginning and build up was too slow, there were quite a few areas where the storyline needed editing down, it's was just a little too long and drawn out for my liking. I'm not sure if I am supposed to be irritated by Rose but at times she seriously needed a slap ! Whilst I really liked Michael, I didn't feel that amazing connection I like to feel with the characters.
Having said this, I'm a massive paranormal fan and I really did enjoy this book especially the second half and the different take this one has from the usual werewolf books I've read, I would happily recommend.
There are things I loved, and other things I didn’t like as much.
Demographics and genre: This book is YA and if considering the characters’ age range and overall tone, suitable for young audiences. On the other hand, teenagers (specially female, I’d say) might struggle to relate to the protagonists. This is not only because the main characters are not very likeable and even, controversial. You see, Michael is your average Joe, but Rose is not your plain Jane. Rose is the typical ‘mean girl’ of any teenage movie; however, in this story, she pretty much shines. In fact, there are no plain Janes worth mentioning; the lesson we take from this story is that all it matters are the ‘hot girls’. I notice that most YA reviews focus mainly on characters: You have controversial characters - fine; you have a female protagonist that many won’t be able to relate to - fine; this female protagonist can pretty much have everything she wants - fine; you make this female protagonist suffer a bit - we are loving it; but then we are supposed to be rooting for her, at some point, but we cannot, because Rose is terribly selfish and never learns her lesson. Now, of course, you don’t need to please everyone, but you should try to please your target audience as much as possible, and this was, perhaps, a risky move.
Then, for the genre, I have to admit that when I saw the cover, I was expecting something completely different. The cover is dark, mysterious and suggests horror. But, for me, the book is more of a psychological thriller with probably a bit too much of romance in the mix.Read more ›