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Reviewed by Ashleigh
TITLE: Masked SheWolf
AUTHOR: Yara Gharios
SYNOPSIS: The first female werewolf in centuries has to stay hidden. Micheal Dylan Connolly was born a girl against all odds, and she must mask her gender to evade those who would want to use her bloodline. She has been living as a boy for almost eighteen years now.
When a powerful pack comes into town, Michael's secret is in jeopardy. She is torn between her fascination with the newcomers and her fear of being taken. But she isn't the only one keeping secrets; the pack's new leader, Alpha Logan Underwood, did not suddenly change homes for no reason.
However, danger can surprise you from anywhere; even those closest to us are capable of putting our lives at risk, and pretty soon, Michael finds herself in the middle of too many lies, which could threaten to expose hers.
Because secrets always seem to have a way of coming out.
NUMBER OF PAGES: eBook
GENRE: Young Adult
How I Discovered or Acquired This Book: I read the rough draft on Wattpad, and when Yara self-published it I offered to review it for her.
When & Where Read: On my phone over the course of a few days in September, 2014
Noteworthy Experiences While Reading This Book: I was excited to see my name in the Acknowledgements (I had helped the author self-publish the book). Other than that, no noteworthy experiences.
Check Out Author’s Other Books or Related Books? Yes, I definitely want to read the next two books in the series. I am also interested in her other books she has published.
Quality of Writing: 6/10
Plot Development: 6/10
Ease of Reading: 8/10
Recommend This Book? Yes. To Whom? Young adults of the female gender.
Notes and Opinions: First off, I must mention that this book feels a little incomplete. The rough draft, which I read before this, was much longer. It has since been split into two books, with another to follow. The ending was kind of abrupt, and I felt that it could have had more closure than it did. However on a more positive note, it leaves you wanting more.
The writing isn’t too bad in this book. At the beginning, the main character talks to the reader, which personally, I don’t like. There’s also quite a lot of info dumping at the beginning which can be a bit overwhelming. I feel like the information could have been worked into the story a bit better.
I really loved the main character, Michael/Dylan (Dylan from now on). S/He was very unique in the sense that she was a girl, but to protect her secret she was raised as a boy. I loved how the author worked in Dylan’s struggle with her identity. Her best friend, Sadie, encourages her to be herself, and Dylan prefers to be a girl than a boy. However, she fears that if she really is herself, someone will kidnap her (read the book to find out why!). She struggles with wanting to be herself, but also wanting to keep safe. AT the beginning of the book, Dylan is alone and she is always Michael, however she makes friends with the new pack that moves to her town, and it’s interesting to see how this affects the way she feels about her boy/girl identities.
Aside from Dylan, I find her brothers slightly entertaining. They have this thing called ‘War Day’ and the interactions between the siblings is a fun dynamic to the story. The interaction between Dylan and Sadie highlights just how feminine Dylan is.
Overall, I found this book mostly entertaining. The plot and the characters are what really brings it to life. The writing could be better, but it’s nothing major enough to distract from the story itself.
Overall Rating: 3 ½ Stars