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Tobias Richard Vandeveld wakes up in a hospital with no memory of being found naked in the dingo pit at the zoo. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks is about Toby who thinks that he must have some kind of disorder to cause his memory loss and he refuses to believe the mysterious Reuben that he is a werewolf.

Toby is torn by the information he is given, on the one hand he realizes that not everything is okay with himself but on  the other he just wants to be a normal teenager and allows his friends to convince him that Reuben is just messing with him.  Toby agrees to attend a meeting with Reuben where others like him will be but it isn’t until Toby is kidnapped that he really starts to believe that not everything is as it appears.

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is a new take on the werewolf mythology. The novel is geared more towards a young YA as Toby is just entering his teens and there is no female love interest in the story. That being said, it was an interesting read that takes place in Australia. Because of the situation that Toby finds himself in, he is forced to grow up quickly and really start to think about the person he wants to become. Reading about Toby’s change from a thoughtless teen into a serious youth who goes out of his way to save a stranger was entertaining and unique. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group has a bunch of characters from The Reformed Vampire Support Group so fans of the first book should enjoy the appearance of the characters.

You can read an excerpt here.

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Title: The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

Author: Catherine Jinks

Format: Hardbound

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0152066154

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

Release Date: April 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Katie Matthews has perfected the art of escaping into nature to get away from the difficulties that are in her life, dreaming of a prince to come rescue her. Then she meets Stover Steele but is he her prince or just a secondary character?! In The Prairie Prince by Marcia Lynn McClure, Katie who meets Stover after falling asleep under her favorite tree only to awaken to find herself decorated with wildflowers, including individual flowers between each of her toes. Stover has the responsibility of caring for his eight-year-old triplet half-sisters and plans on focusing on their care, not finding love but he is surprised by Katie’s sweetness, especially given her upbringing.

Katie’s parents’ relationship has led Katie to be wary of entering into marriage and her father’s abusive tendencies makes her wary of entering into a relationship. Also, the neighbor girls her age mean attitudes have eroded what little self-confidence Katie may have had so she has a hard time believing that whatever is attracting Stover to her will last beyond the initial meeting. To complicate matters Katie’s brother Jared starts to develop a relationship with Stover’s full sister Piper. Piper has a deformity that makes her shy but Jared is able to get her to come out of her shell but Jared is hesitant to enter into a relationship, he feels that if he leaves his parents’ house it will leave his mother and Katie open to more abuse from his father.

For me I know what I am getting anytime I pick up a Marcia Lynn McClure novel, I know it is going to be cute quick clean read and The Prairie Prince lives up to this expectation. Katie’s lack of self-confidence is believable given the family life she has, her father’s abuse and general attitude toward woman has undermined her feelings of self-worth. I loved the triplet’s antics, they were always getting into trouble and being where they shouldn’t be. I was a little confused by the new character introduced in the last couple of chapters as a help for Katie’s mother but I can see that McClure was trying to give all the characters a happily ever after, it just felt a little contrived when the mother wasn’t much of a physical presence in the earlier story. I got the ebook for $0.99 on Amazon.com and it was worth the money for the cute read.

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Title: The Prairie Prince

Author: Marcia Lynn McClure

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 220

ISBN: 978-0971338982

Publisher: Distractions Ink

Release Date: April 2008

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

The best laid plans of mice and men…. So, as you can tell by the image, Beastly movie’s release date has been pushed back, and pushed back, and pushed back, and…you get the picture. I am sad it has been pushed back again, I have been eagerly awaiting this movie since I read the novel in April of last year. When I was scheduling the Books-to-Movie Challenges for the next couple of months (sorry I missed January but things were just too hectic) everything that was posted online said Beastly would be released in February 2011, that’s right…February. According to the movie’s official website, and my local theaters website, the movie won’t be released until mid-March.  This is a problem because March is already scheduled to be Red Riding Hood (very excited about this) AND (this is huge) the new Jane Eyre is opening the week before Beastly. I am excited that three potentially great movies are being released so soon but that still leaves us without a title for February, I really don’t want to miss another month after skipping January so I ask you, the reader, what you would like to do.

Should we:

A) Read one of the above mentioned titles in February and discuss two books-to-movie in March?

B) Choose a different title for February that has already been released?

C) Not have a Books-to-Movie Challenge for February and wait until March to start with all the awesomeness that is being released?

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think we should do, if not you are stuck with whatever I decide. :)

Colton “Cowboy” Neeley has spent the last several years as an active Marine but after a terrifying event that resulted in several deaths Colton struggles to overcome the debilitating flashbacks that have potentially put his family in danger from him. As Colton is struggling to death with this trail in his life he meets Piper Blum, a beautiful woman that he finds himself drawn to. Colton finally makes the decision to pursue a relationship with Piper only to discover she is a woman full of secrets. But Colton has his own secrets as a member of the elite fighting group Nightshade, Colton is called away at a moments notice to do what other members of the military can’t.

Piper Blum has spent the last several years hiding from assassins and essentially life with the fear that anyone she gets close to will find themselves killed. Piper finds the cute cowboy who visited her at work every month for six months buying more towels than anyone person could possible use intriguing but Piper is afraid to allow anyone into her life. Piper finally agrees to go out with Colton only to be attacked  right before her date. Piper is then faced with the major decision of whether to run, hoping the people who are after her won’t find her, or does she trust Colton with the truth?

I found this a very interesting novel, the story begins with Colton having a flashback where he almost kills his six-year-old child because he doesn’t know where he is or what is going on.  This hooked me and I was ready to devour the book but then action really slowed down and I had a hard time continuing to read the story for a little while but by the middle I was hooked again and struggled to put the book down. This was a Christian themed novel but I didn’t feel like too overpowering, just that it was real individuals trying to deal with difficult situations and relying on their faith to help them get through the situation (which I enjoyed). I was disappointed by the death of some of the characters but understand that they were a war like situation and death is a part of that (I just don’t like any of the characters in books to die unless they are bad guys.) Kendig does a great job with the descriptions of the locations of the novel, making the scenes in Israel especially come alive. Most of the novel is fast-paced and gripping, just one section of the novel was a little difficult to wade through but I would recommend it.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Discarded Heroes:

Nightshade

Digitalis

Wolfsbane (July 2011)

Firethorn (January 2012)

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Title: Digitalis

Author: Ronie Kendig

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN: 978-1602607835

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Release Date: January 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, Barbour

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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