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Barking Madness by [Hill, Ryan]
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About the Author

Born in Connecticut, Ryan Hill now lives in Massachusetts with his family and is a student at UMass Amherst. Ryan’s knack for writing fiction emerged at an early age, when he wrote stories for his own enjoyment. He decided to put his hand to writing a book at 17, when he came up with the concept for Barking Madness, his debut novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Propel (Pulse) (18 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010GDGZ6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,485,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barking Madness is a YA Paranormal Thriller and is the debut novel written when the author himself was in high-school. It opens with a dream scene and a dark woodland chase. We then meet the lead female character Rosetta Harper, a seventeen year old teenager full of attitude and selfishness as she embarks on life in a new school.

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.
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Barking Madness is the story of Rosetta and Michael and is written from their alternating first person viewpoints. Rosetta is new in town and being beautiful and bitchy, immediately hooks up with the 'cool' group. Michael is less cool, but does have a nice circle of friends, and despite the poor relationship he has with his father, he is generally well rounded. The action starts when Rosetta attends a party, and afterwards walks home with Tommy (her new boyfriend) through the woods. They are attacked by a massive wolf, which kills Tommy and is about to kill her too, when help arrives in the unlikely form of Michael. From this moment on Mike and Rose are connected, though neither of them always want to be. A month later another boy is killed, and this time Rose wakes up covered in bed, with the ghouls of Tommy and Zach accusing her of their deaths. It takes her a fair while to come to terms with the fact she is now a werewolf. I could sympathise with her denial, as there is the added confusion of her 'other self', an even nastier version of her who turns up every now and then to mock her, and dreams involving a mysterious masked man who makes her watch while he slays her friends and family. I wanted to like this book and in many ways I did. There is some great writing at times, and I would say the author has a natural flair for horror writing. The attack scenes are brilliantly gruesome and for me, many moments in this book are genuinely scary and creepy. What lets is down is the lengthy scenes of dialogue, and/or action which never really propel the story forward. I don't mind a long book, and I view this as a kind of horror/psychological/coming of age epic saga. It could therefore have been broken down into parts and released that way?Read more ›
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Barking Madness - Ryan Hill 4 stars

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.
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I will start by saying that, despite the book being quite long (more than I think it should, considering the plot, but more on that later), it was still enjoyable and easy to read.
There are things I loved, and other things I didn’t like as much.

General Considerations:
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.
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