Monday, August 10, 2009

Never Cry Werewolf Review + Contest

A Review of Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
(out on September 1st from Harper Teen)

After the death of her mother and her father's new marriage to Priscilla aka Honey Bun, Shelby Locke hasn't been able to stay out of trouble. Not that any of it is her fault of course, it's just that she can't resist a guy who needs her help, with homework, or charitable events, or even a furry full moon problem.

Because that's what Austin Bridges III needs Shelby's help with.

After one too many broken curfews, Shelby's summer plans are put on the back burner and her father and stepmother send her away to brat camp, where she meets Austin, the British son of a rockstar and werewolf. And Shelby finds herself again in a situation where she has to choose between breaking the rules and helping a cute guy or staying out of trouble.

Never Cry Werewolf is a cute story with a premise most teens can relate to or appreciate. Shelby's parents don't understand her. She's not trying to get in trouble. She's trying to do the right thing, and rules like curfew are just getting in the way. The plot is straight-forward and believable.

As for the characters, Shelby's a likable character with a strong and consistent voice, and Austin is cute and personable. He doesn't help to hesitate his friends when they're in need either. I wasn't entirely convinced that he needed Shelby's help - it seemed like his being a werewolf couldn't have helped him help himself, but I understood why she wanted to help. The minor characters, like other campers have distinct, albeit less complex, personalities.

My only problem with it is that it was just cute. Never Cry Werewolf doesn't have the same emotional impact of other books in the genre, and I of course just read an amazing werewolf novel right before this one, and it just doesn't compare to Shiver. Regardless, this is a YA title that younger YA readers will enjoy and a cute story.

Contest Time!

I have an extra ARC of Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis to give away. You want it? Here's what you have to do -

Comment with your contact info to enter
+1 for new followers
+2 for current followers
+2 for linking back/posting about this contest
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
+3 for referring someone to the contest
+3 for being the person referred

Be sure to tell me specifics otherwise I won't know how to tally up the points! Contest is open to anyone and it ends 8/20.

Check out the Heather Davis' website.


Jessica Secret said...

Great review! And can I please be entered in the awesome contest?

+2 Current follower.
+3 Danced with him at my aunt's was extremely embarassing. (Can you tell I don't know very many guys?)
+2 Sidebar.


Anonymous said...

I'm reading Shiver so I'm all about the werewolves.

+1 new follower
+2 pretended to be his girlfriend when his parents came into town


Erica said...

I'm dying to read this book!!

+2 for current followers
+2 Tweeted @thebookcellarx (I put your username in the tweet)
+2 I've never done anything crazy to help out a guy :P
+3??? Referred by your blog lol so don't know if that counts

:) Erica

A. Grey said...

Enter me!

+2 for current follower
+2 "What's the craziest thing I ever did to help out a guy?"

Let me see, wash dishes by hand for 5 hrs at a diner, and then help close down the place, mopping floors and emptying trash and such all so he could chat with another girl he was crushing on. The reall killer? I did this multiple times!

The Book Explorer said...

Oooh. I want to win~ I'm dying for this book!

+2 Current Followers
+2 Posted on my sidebar:

Thanks! Shayla

Sab H. said...

+2 for linking back/posting about this contest:
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
I drove his car to his house when I was 13!! He was totally wasted!
+3 for being the person referred: Erica! I read her tweet!


Tynga said...

Great contest I really wanna read that book!

+2 I already am a follower
+2 The craziest thing I ever did for a guy is pretty gross, He was so drunk he puked and pee-ed on himself so I dragged him home. I won't ever talk about the smell =P
+2 I put the link on my sidebar!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Wanda said...

Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I am a current follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

The craziest thing was helping him to find a job.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Lizzy said...

Great contest!

+1 I'm a new follower

+2 I posted about it on my sidebar (

+2 The craziest thing that I've ever done for a guy...hmm. I guess it isn't that crazy, but some of my friends always need advice on how to deal with their girlfriends. I'm not a fan of being involved, but I help anyway!

Thanks for the fun contest


Bianca said...

Niice review! Thank you for hosting this contest!

+2 current followers
+2 I haven't done many crazy things to help a guy out, so I'm just going to say, let him copy my homework.

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

+2 Current follower on Blogger.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway

+2 i'm already a follower

+2 I haven't really done anything crazy for a guy, the only thing I can think of is he needed to go somewhere(where i forget but it was important) so i took my parents car keys and drove him,I didn't have a licence.

thanks for the chance to win this book


Jenn said...

I havent done anything really crazy for a guy. I guess it would have to be i game a guy my homework once and never got it back.

I am a current follower.

thank you for the giveaway!

Lilibeth Ramos said...
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Lilibeth Ramos said...

+2 current follower
+2 linked contest to sidebar:
+2 tweeted about contest:
+2 It wasn't exactly helping him, more like something he asked me to do, either way kind of embarrasing. He asked me to sing him a love song over the phone, and once I started singing "Love is Gone" he said no, a real love song. As you can imagine I was stammering and blushing, and thanking god that this was over the phone and not in person. So, eventually I started singing "Bleeding Love" and he loved it. So weird, yet so right. I liked him at the time, if that wasn't obvious already.

Carrie Harris said...

+2 current follower
+2 I laced up his corset. Of course, it was Halloween, but it was still pretty odd. :)

Limerick said...

Great contest!

+2 I'm a current follower
+2 The contest is on my sidebar.

two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

Lexie said...

Oh this book looks fun! :D

+2 already a follower
+2 The craziest thing I've ever done to help a guy out was to be his 'Cyrano' while he wooed a friend of mine (didn't work--he had no sense of timing, delivery or execution).

Llehn said...

+2 Already a follower
+2 Going across town to buy something he likes to eat which was a 2 hour ride both ways


donnas said...

+2 for current followers
+2 for linking back/posting about this contest - on the sidebar here:
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?" - After driving one night for 6 hours to get home, instead of driving up to get him the next day, which was 2 hours away, drove up that night and then drove back home again.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

throuthehaze said...

count me in please!

+2 current follower

+2 Craziest thing I ever did to help a guy was pretend to be his girlfriend

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

ReggieWrites said...

+2 for current followers

+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
I pretended to like him so that other people will like him too...sounds cliche but it happens!

Thanks for this giveaway!

Reggie :-)

Liyana said...

I'm a follower!

The craziest thing I've done to help a guy was just to pretend to be his girlfriend. It worked, and the stakerish girl went off. Phew!

Mishel said...

I really enjoyed your review! I'd love a chance to win this =)

-I'm a current follower
-I posted a link to this giveaway on my sidebar (

Thanks so much

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.


Marie said...

Wonderful review, I'd love to read this!

I am a new follower.


+2 I stalk you already :)
+2 I put it on my blog sidebar:
+2 "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?" Craziest thing for a guy? No no. not me...guys do crazy things for me lol - that's how it should be ;D

Thanks awesome contest!!!


Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Wanda said...

I just became a follower of your blog.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

chey said...

Great review! I'd like to read this book.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Valorie said...

I would love to win!

+2 I am a current follower.

+2 for linking back/posting about this contest

+2 Pretended to be his girlfriend so that his parents wouldn't know he liked men. :)


rebrebs said...

+1 new follower
+3 referred to by the book junkie

Alexia561 said...

This looks really good, so please count me in!

+2 I'm a current follower

+2 posted about this contest on Twitter:

+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
Pretended to be on a date with him when his ex walked into the diner.

Kay said...

Sounds interesting!

+1 New follower!
+2 Added to my sidebar!
+2 I once pretended to be mute in order for us to avoid me having to have dinner with his parents. Worked like a charm, unsurprisingly.

+ 3 Am here via the book explorer!

natalierenae said...

Great contest!

+1 I'm a follower
+2 I linked to my site (
+2 I carted him home drunk after a party and then helped him scrub out his bathtub after his alcohol-saturated self missed the toilet

natalierenae said...

Aaaah! I hit enter before I finished posting, but I'm the post right above, so hopefully it's not too hard?

+3 referred by the book explorer


Book Junkie II said...

ohh, this sounds so good, great review BTW
+2 for current followers
+2 for linking back/posting about this contest (BookJunkieII @
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?" (almost married him!, he was gay & my best friend, he wanted to get married to hide this from his family)
+3 for referring someone to the contest
+3 for being the person referred

CrystalGB said...

Great review. This book sounds good. Love the cover.

+1 new follower
+3 referred by the book junkie

Ninja Fanpire said...
+2 Current follower
+2 Linked to contest in Blog post:
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
I don't know if this will count as a real answer, but it's worth a shot. I've never really done anything 'extreme' for a guy that I can remember. I've never had a boyfriend though, so I think that's the time when many girls do crazy things. Or just to get a guys attention. But I don't think I've ever done anything crazy for a guy.

barbrafl said...

+1 Commenting
+1 New Follower
+2 Answering this question. I think the craziest thing I've done was parade around my school wearing a "Vote Tyler VP" shirt in neon pink in order to gain him votes last year.

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com


+1 I follow
+1 comment
+3 referd by Ravenous Reader
+2 Answering Question...
I am not the crazy type.. so I would have to say Loan him my NEW CAR>>>>> sigh... sad isnt it.

I am glad I visited your blog it is very nice.
Lifkdasux at aol dot com

austenfan said...

Please enter me! :)

+2 current follower
+2 linked this on my sidebar:
+2 I did his school project for him! I know, pathetic!


Jenny N. said...

I would like to enter.

+2 The craziest thing I did for a guy was let him stay at my place when his parents kicked him out.


Kate said...

+1 for new followers

+2 added to sidebar

+2 I guess it would be letting my boyfriend move in with me while his place was being remodeled.

+3 by referred The Book Explorer

pirate penguin said...

+1 for new followers

+2 I'm linking the contest to my sidebar. ^^
+2 The craziest thing I did for a guy? I helped translate his homework for his language class. (very out there, I know. lol!)
+3 for being the person referred (yup! found out at windowpane-memoirs)

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Sounds like a good read and I love that cover.

+2 for current followers

+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"

-I'm not for sure how crazy this is, but here I go: I've pretended to be my gay friend's girlfriend and once said I was his wife just to get crazy girls (there was two of them at seperate times) away from him. (He later returned the favor at a party when this guy wouldn't leave me alone.)


Letter Garden said...

+2 for current followers
+2 link on my sidebar
+2 sneaked out late at night on a stormy, snwowing season to give him a stupid video game.

Izaya at hotmail dot de

Tynga said...

I did some changes to my Layout and the link is no longer on my side bar but on a separate post, you can find it here:

Also I forgot to mention that I was refered by Shayla at the book explorer

~The Book Pixie said...

I'm interested in reading this. I've heard a variety of opinions. Count me in.

+1 new follower


barnsdale11 said...

+2: i am a follower already

chichaihana said...

+1 new follower
+2 craziest thing for a guy: keep them alive when they're drunk (-_-)


Paradox said...

+2 for current followers
+2 for linking back/posting about this contest:
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?" - Hmm... I remember something that involved a quiz bowl tournament and Little Women, so it was a bit bizarre.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Shawna said...

+1 Shawna Lewis

+2 I am already a follower
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?" -I broke up with his ex for him..he ended up to be such a looser....MY BAD!!!
+2 Posting
+3 having someone else come to
your blog & sign up for giveaway(Blair Lewis)


booksrmysoul said...

Blair Lewis

Thanks for this chance to win!!!

+1 I follow
+1 comment
+3 referd by Shawna Lewis
+2 Answering Question...But mine is going to be for a girl because I am a GUY...I bought her 120 roses because we had been going out 120 days!!


OfficiallyMRS said...

+1 for new followers
+2 for linking back/posting about this contest (
+2 for answering the question, "What's the craziest thing you did to help out a guy?"
Capsized a canoe

alastaircookie said...

Awesome review! =) I'd love to be entered too!

+1 I became a follower

+3 Hmmm, the craziest thing I ever did for a guy... I snuck into his parents house to get something for him! ;)

+3 I was referred here by The Book Explorer

BookMac said...

+1 became a follower

+3 the craziest thing i ever did to help a guy would proably be helping him get back at someone who REALLY deserved it. thats all i'm going to say

+3 reffered by neverending shelf



Alexa said...

I really want to read this book.

+2 for current followers


Kelsey said...

+1 new follower
+2 linked on my sidebar



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