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Review: On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder

Title: On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel

Author: Nancy Holder

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 17, 2012

Format: Paperback, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 1451674473 (MTV Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1451674477 (MTV Books)

Reviewed by: Kayla

Synopsis:

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE. JUST NOT THE GOOD ONES.

In Beacon Hills, a mountain lion is blamed for a spate of vicious attacks; Scott McCall wishes the cause was that simple. Unfortunately, hiding his werewolf identity, especially from Allison Argent, while fighting his need to shift, is only one problem. Keeping his mysterious, murderous Alpha off his back (literally), avoiding hunters, deciphering strange dreams about flames and impending doom . . . is really eating into lacrosse practice and hang-out time. So when Jackson Whittemore doesn’t show for his date with Lydia, Scott hopes that helping Allison track down their buddy will be simpler. Derek—whose hunger for vengeance blinds him to the dangers that lie in wait—and Stiles are also looking, but the worried teens’ search is leading right to the preserve from Scott’s nightmare. They aren’t the only ones in the woods, and their little trip starts looking less like a rescue mission and more like an elaborate trap—one that will force them to make the choice between killing and being killed. . . .

Quick & Dirty: Fire may be a main part, but the death it causes holds the vengeance that sets everything in motion.

Opening Sentence: It was the first night of parent-teacher conferences at Beacon Hills High, and everyone in the school parking lot was panicking.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

What is it with wolves that makes them just sooo hot?!

Beacon Hills. A town where you wouldn’t think that things could go wrong. A town where wolves haven’t made an appearance in almost sixty years. So, why the dead bodies? Maybe because werewolves aren’t wolves, and they have come back to Beacon Hills.

All Scott McCall wanted was to make first string on the Lacrosse team and to get a girlfriend. And getting the Bite helped him reach his goals. But, however, the Bite complicated his life more than anything he thought possible. Who wouldn’t want to have enhanced vision and extra strength and all that good hotness that seems to come with every single werewolf? But, when your girlfriends’ family hunts your kind and they could easily figure it out that you’re one of the monsters that they are trying to rid the world of, yeah, you’d probably hate your life too.

The twisty part about this book is the different point of views and the time changes. Warning readers, if you don’t like confusing then don’t read this book. However, if you think that you can handle it, be my guest. Holder sure does make it very interesting. It’s endless cliffhanger after cliffhanger, leaving you on the edge of your seat. And bouncing back and forth from six years ago to the present just makes you want to read faster, because honestly the book shows you way more than the show, Teen Wolf -which it’s based off of- does. The setting takes place basically in the Beacon Hills Preserve, but shifts to different places depending on whom the point of view is in and where they are at. But in the end, it all goes down at the preserve. All I have to say is get ready for a lot of fire, fire, and more fire.

You will find yourself up late at night busting out laughing at Stiles Stilinski, Scotts loyal best friend. He knows all about Scott being a werewolf and he tries to help. The only bad part about that is that Stiles’ dad is the sheriff in town, and one wrong word to his dad and Scott would be busted. And Derek would be really mad, which is probably an understatement. But Stiles would more or less be dead. Sad face, because you will find yourself falling in love with his witty sense of humor and his clumsiness. I mean, it’s really just adorable and Holder portrays him very well.

Then there’s Derek, another wolf that was born a wolf. And if you didn’t already think he was hot from Teen Wolf, then you will now from the passages that are in the past. They are all mostly in his point of view and it shows him when he was a young, vulnerable, maturing werewolf that thinks he’s in love. Too bad the woman, and yes I mean woman, is a werewolf hunter. And she uses him. Majorly. That’s all I am going to say about that except that there is more and more fire.

Overall, it is a really good book and the way that Holder writes leaves you on the edge, but in the end it all clicks in your head and you’re like wow why didn’t I see that earlier? The end leaves you with the promise of another book, hopefully because I really can’t wait. Holder makes you want to read more and then you find yourself staring at the book, on the final page, and like aww it’s over? (Sad face) But READ THIS BOOK!!! You will definitely love it and it is really worth your time.

Notable Scene:

Scott lifted his head and sniffed the air. Smoke.

Fire!

He bolted upright. His bare feet sank into wet leaves as he scrambled to his feet. He sniffed again, trying to figure out where the fire was. There was so much smoke. Animal panic threatened to overtake his human mind. But he kept it together, getting his bearings. An outcropping of rock, the indentation where he had lain. He had awakened here before–the very first time he had gone sleepwalking.

After the Bite.

FTC Advisory: MTV Books provided me with a copy of On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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