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{July 26, 2012}   {Review} Bad Blood by Debra Doyle and James MacDonald

From Goodreads: The moon is full tonight. And something is going hunting…

When Val Sherwood and her friends went for a hike with the Sunset Hills Ecology Club, they didn’t expect to see more than the usual wildlife. But when stories told around the camp fire came true, Val had to find a way to live ’til morning.


This was an interesting story dealing with lycanthropes.  If you like werewolves, I suggest taking a look into this novel, especially if you’re partial to young YA and MG reads.  Basically, the novel begins around a campfire and a battle between good and evil ensues.  Val Sherwood is bitten, and it then becomes her job to protect her friends as the evil werewolf in question attempts to kill everyone in the Ecology Club.  At the same time that Val must attempt to protect her friends, she must learn to live with her new condition, and her interactions with others while she’s attempting to do so provide enough humor to make the story comical. 

I thought the characterization within the story was very well done, though the story moved very quickly, making it difficult to connect on a deeper level with the characters.  I liked Val well enough, and her friends were interesting, though that fact that they couldn’t just listen and take orders irked me a tad bit.  Overall, though, this is a pretty good read and I think those who enjoy werewolf tales will enjoy it.  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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