Howl (Kane Wolves, 1)

Rated 4.14/5 based on 26 reviews
Nineteen year old Sophie Matthews is a line-walker between two worlds - human and werewolf. Her sanctuary is the Allegheny National Forest, the one place she can be free. That is, until she is spotted by Jaime, a conservation officer with an easy smile.
What should have been a passing glance becomes much more as Sophie falls for the one thing she is forbidden from ever having: a human mate. More

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About Annalise Grey

Pennsylvania native, dreamer, explorer.

I write because I like talking to the voices in my head. They are (usually) good company. I love to travel (when I have the $ for it). My family is everything to me.

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Reviews

Review by: Oferta Ruiz on May 03, 2014 :
I read this a long time ago and fell in love with it. Interesting family structure and even though the romance was kind of fast, an overall enjoyable read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tam Winn on Sep. 02, 2012 :
I decided to give this book a try even with my less-than-enthusiastic view on werewolves and romance novels. It turns out I rather enjoyed the view of the werewolf. It had an interesting take on their family life. I did have a huge problem with the romance though. It went way to fast for me. If you are the kind of person who enjoys love at first sight (or smell if you are reading this book), then this book is perfect for you. For me, I like the more subtle build up to a relationship and that was what disappointed me. Other than that, it was a pretty good book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carol on July 29, 2012 :
This werewolf story has a more serious aspect with how werewolves would live, their efforts to remain secret and the social aspects of courting & mating (much like the courting of people in small scattered religious communities). The heroine is engaging and the plot flows well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JR Barker on June 27, 2012 :
I don't normally read romance books but I won this one online. I have to say that I'm very glad that I read it.
It was well paced and believable. I really felt for Sophie as she struggled between her love of her family and the love of her life.
It also showed just how damaging it can be to ignore an integral part of yourself.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ELSA CARRION on June 05, 2012 :
The last time I read a book on wolf shifters…it left a really bad taste in my mouth. However I decided to give the subject one more try and I was glad I did. Nineteen year old Sophie is a very responsible young lady until she meets and falls for a human. Then it seems that she can’t get enough of Jamie to the point that she is sneaking out in the middle of the night. Her family forbids the relationship because he is just a human. No human could ever understand her feelings. Daniel comes in to the picture and he is a perfect match for Sophie, according to her family, but she doesn’t fully trust him.

The story was very nice and a very good cliff handger, not to bad. I recommend it to those who enjoy older YA and wolf stories. Why do I say older..well even though it is not spelled out at times one could tell what Sophie and Jamie were about to do. I am always glad to see the female in a strong role. The story had several very touching moments especially the one with Jamie and one with her grandfather. I will be looking out for the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Garza on May 30, 2012 :
I really liked this book. First off, it was the first werewolf book I read where the main character was the werewolf and not a human in love with a werewolf. That alone intrigued me. I loved the relationship between Jaime and Sophie. The family dynamic was interesting. The novel was full of action and suspense and a juicy romance - all the makings of a great novel. I would have given it five stars except for some grammatical issues and the fact that I would have liked a bit more characterization with Sophie. But overall, it was a fun, quick read that I would totally recommend!”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on May 29, 2012 :
Sophie Matthews walks the line of two vastly different worlds one is human and one is werewolf. She accidently shows herself to a human while out hunting. Sophie is stunned when she meets Jaimie Robertson at the Wildlife Conservation Ceenter where her brother Thomas works as vet. All Sophie can think about is how good Jaimie smells to her. The Code of Creation means no wolf can mate with a human but Sophie doesn't understand why its this way. Jaimie is just as attracted to Sophie as she is to him and secretly dates him despite the laws. Sophie can't get enough of him. Someone is killing hikers in the forest around The Matthews home which makes everyone very cautious. A new wolf named Daniel arrives at the Matthews home but Sophie doesn't like or trust him at all. She can't figure out why that why that is. Sophie's twin brother Tristan tells her to careful with Jaimie and Daniel. He doesn't want to see her in trouble for dating Jaimie. Sophie is caught dating Jaimie and is forbidden to see him ever again. Will Sophie see Jaimie again? Can killer be stopped? What are Daniel's intentions? What will become of the Matthews Family? Your answers await you in Howl.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mdlagarland on May 28, 2012 :
Annalise Grey does an outstanding job of weaving a story so believable and captivating you can’t stop reading it. I found myself getting teary eyed as Jaime and Sophie tried to find their way through their relationship.

Part way through the story I figured out part of the mystery with the humans being killed. While I was correct in one aspect of the killings, I was taken by surprise by the rest of it. Ms. Grey does an excellent job of showing the emotions Sophie goes through as she embarks on her new role.

Ms. Grey also adds in another element I love in books that are part of a series, the cliffhanger. While I love cliffhangers I hate having to wait until the next one comes out. So, now I must wait until the next one comes out to find out what Sophie does next.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anino Ellis on May 28, 2012 : (no rating)
Have you ever fallen in love with a new series, and you didn't mean to? Have you ever read a book that started off slow and continued to be slow for the first 10-15 pages, but then all of a sudden, Bam!! ... there was a significant amount of action adventure that sucked you into that particular world of a writer's huge imagination?

Well folks, I was blindsided by this book. Not only can I say that it was really good, but I can already tell that this series will be an addictive one for me (kind of on the level of the first Sookie Stackhouse novels, and not to mention books that sprang from the creative imaginations of Patricia Briggs, Jeaniene Frost, Faith Hunter, and other mavens of great PNR/UF novels).

Ms. Grey is to be commended for a job well done. Hopefully, she will stay the course and not change the "formula," like LKH and other writers who need to get their mojo back.

I'm giving this book a sold 4 star rating. I am so glad that I was able to make it onto the list of reviewers for this book, if I hadn't, I would have missed out on a true gem.

Looking forward to the sequel with much anticipation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anino Ellis on May 28, 2012 : (no rating)
Have you ever fallen in love with a new series, and you didn't mean to? Have you ever read a book that started off slow and continued to be slow for the first 10-15 pages, but then all of a sudden, Bam!! ... there was a significant amount of action adventure that sucked you into that particular world of a writer's huge imagination?

Well folks, I was blindsided by this book. Not only can I say that it was really good, but I can already tell that this series will be an addictive one for me (kind of on the level of the first Sookie Stackhouse novels, and not to mention books that sprang from the creative imaginations of Patricia Briggs, Jeaniene Frost, Faith Hunter, and other mavens of great PNR/UF novels).

Ms. Grey is to be commended for a job well done. Hopefully, she will stay the course and not change the "formula," like LKH and other writers who need to get their mojo back.

I'm giving this book a sold 4 star rating. I am so glad that I was able to make it onto the list of reviewers for this book, if I hadn't, I would have missed out on a true gem.

Looking forward to the sequel with much anticipation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review on May 20, 2012 :
Originally posted on my blog http://ufreview.com/2012/05/20/howl-kane-wolves-1/

Review:

I received a copy of Howl from the group Read it and Reap on Goodreads so of course many thanks to the group mods and the author for their hardwork in giving us these great books to review. I have to admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, lately I have been into darker, more gritty urban fantasy, more explosions and gunfire and far less romance. In the end though this was a very well written book I enjoyed a great deal.

I have to admit it took a little while to get into this book but when I did I was hooked. The heroine Sophie is a werewolf and comes from a very very close knit family of werewolves and there are rules and expectations for her. First stay away from humans and second she is expected to find a werewolf mate and have lots of babies. She breaks both rules when she meets Jamie and begins a secret relationship with him, defying her alpha and the expectations of her family.

I really liked Sophie, she is a very confused 19yr old trying to live in two worlds, the human and werewolf. She tries to follow her heart with her relationship with Jamie while being torn at having to deceive her family. Daniel also expresses his interest in Sophie and her family is trying to push her in his direction as well, but that boy has some secrets of his own.

The story while fairly short moved along at a good pace and the climax was superb, if you are finding it slow at the beginning keep reading it gets very good very soon! I loved how the werewolves were more human, while they still had enhanced senses there was no immortality or supernatural healing. Yes there is the dreaded cliff hanger ending setting you up for the second book...there had better be a second book. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed Howl and will definitely grab book 2.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5 A great read go grab a copy
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kel Donovan-Roberts on May 17, 2012 :
Rating - 4.5

Wow....really good book. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read this. A werewolf falls in love with a human, shares her secret, fights bad guys, what more could you want in a book. There were inner struggles, scary moments, sad moments, happy moments, and hard decisions to make. Now the agonizing wait for the next book, argh. I so want to know what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angela on May 15, 2012 :
A good, quick read. It is not easy to get sucked onto a new world and characters with such a short book, but the author did a good job with it. There were some minor editing errors and the front cover, although pretty, does not represent the story. Looking forward to the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tammy on May 11, 2012 :
First things first, I got a free copy of this book from the author via Goodreads group Shut up and Read, for a fair and honest review. I do not know the author personally.
I am giving this book 4 stars. And I am advising readers to hold off judging this book until you finish chapter 3.
When I seen the synopsis of this book, I thought that it would be right up my alley. However I had serious doubts once I started reading.
In fact I had placed this book down for a couple days wondering why/how I signed up for another teen romance novel.
I finally picked it back up last night with the goal to push through to the end.
Folks this book get so much better as it progresses.
Characters, well the characters started off annoying. The protagonist was weak, and easily dominated but then she found her backbone and that was awesome!
The family, I admit the layout of the family was confusing to me, Who was alpha, who was step dad again? sort of thing, but by the end it made sense.
The romance: now that is something very important to the storyline, as it provides the crisis for the character to finally speak out. But it was a weak and annoying romance. I kept thinking the protagonist was wishy washy, hot then cold. It started off way too early in the book. In fact it was why I put the book down to begin with, instalove just isn't my thing. When you consider the importance that this relationship has on the character, I felt it was both underplayed and overplayed. We should have had more access to why she felt love, less about the sexual attraction more about the bond. After all it is this bond, this connection, that makes the protagonist change. Yet she never says she loves him until the very last part. She only says she wants him (sexually) and the two are not the same.
Action combat, yes this book has it. I thought the author did quite well in writing the battle scenes.
Love triangle, OK yes this book has it. Anyone who has read my reviews before know that I am not into the whole 'this boy this chapter' and 'this boy next chapter' now swap and repeat thing. However, the love triangle in this book was not a dramatic torn between to lovers nonsense, it was simply a 'this option' or 'that option' and because that was the way that it was wrote, I did not mind the love triangle.
So do I recommend this book? Yes, paranormal fantasy romance readers will likely find this book a joy to read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sarah kalaitzidis on April 27, 2012 :
I just love how this book was written. It's a whole new take on werewolf lore. In other werewolf stories, when the werewolf is injured, it heals almost right away. In this story, a werewolf heals slowly, as a normal human would. It's more identifiable. In this story, the werewolves are huge. They're described as being the size of a human man, not the size of a normal wolf. I love how the author describes her wolves, I can see them as real creatures, not just creatures of legend. It's so beautifully written I just couldn't stop reading 'Howl' once I started.

Most of the main characters in this book members of a werewolf family. The primary main character is Sophie. She is a shy girl who follows everything her family tells her to do. Since she's not an Alpha nor Beta she can't disobey orders from her brother Gavin, who is Alpha. Despite the rules though she breaks one important rule; never fall in love with a human. The human she falls in love with is named Jaime, and he works for her brother Thomas in a research center. She felt a connection to him right away. (It should be noted that 'bonding' is a common theme with most modern werewolf stories.) Right when she touched him she felt like she wanted to be with him, despite the rules. Jaime felt the same way, even when he knew nothing of who she really was, and he asks her out on a date. Her family knew nothing of this relationship until her twin brother Tristain starts to suspect something was wrong with his sister. It wasn't long before more people found out about the relationship. Sophie was told that she either she picked to be with Jaime or she picked he family because Sophie was told that she either she has to pick to be with Jaime or her family. She can not have both. Jamie is a great human, as he loves nature and wants to protect it. He even stayed by Sophie's side when she told him that her family can't know about them, despite his own hurt. He did everything he could to make her happy and he still wants to be with her even if they were forbidden to see each other. (Can anyone else say 'Werewolf Romeo and Juliet'?) All he cared about was being with Sophie.
In this book you also meet the rest of Sophie's large family. They all have the same views on how they see humans as threats and they can't be with them or date them. As for Daniel, the werewolf love interest, I actually really loved how his character was in the story. He cared for Sophie, but has that passiveness that werewolves have when they want someone. He's described as being very sexy and hot. Sophie see's this, but she loves Jamie. It's sad when he was sent away, but I hope he comes back soon.
The romance in this is really fast, but there is a lot of gaps between happenings in this book. Sophie has (non-graphic) sex with Jamie very quickly into the book. I don't mind the fast intimacy, but as I read 'Howl' I find myself wanting them to be together. Her family forbids it, but I want it! It really is a werewolf Romeo and Juliet.
The plot of this book is great. You learn a lot about Sophie's family and how her pack works. For example, the women always give birth to more then one baby at a time. The twin bond that the babies have in turn strengthens the bonds between the pack members. When there is only one baby, it makes the pack slowly fall apart. Then you have Sophie falling in love with a human while another werewolf want to take her as a mate. The real plot line starts up in the middle of the book when people start dying in the forests around Sophie's pack. The pack is trying to figure out who is killing these people, and but an accident ends up tearing it apart. Just an overall great plot to a great story! It really shows how important family bonds are, but how sometimes you have to break away from family values to find your own path.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sarah kalaitzidis on April 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I just love how this book was written. It's a whole new take on werewolf lore. In other werewolf stories, when the werewolf is injured, it heals almost right away. In this story, a werewolf heals slowly, as a normal human would. It's more identifiable. In this story, the werewolves are huge. They're described as being the size of a human man, not the size of a normal wolf. I love how the author describes her wolves, I can see them as real creatures, not just creatures of legend. It's so beautifully written I just couldn't stop reading 'Howl' once I started.

Most of the main characters in this book members of a werewolf family. The primary main character is Sophie. She is a shy girl who follows everything her family tells her to do. Since she's not an Alpha nor Beta she can't disobey orders from her brother Gavin, who is Alpha. Despite the rules though she breaks one important rule; never fall in love with a human. The human she falls in love with is named Jaime, and he works for her brother Thomas in a research center. She felt a connection to him right away. (It should be noted that 'bonding' is a common theme with most modern werewolf stories.) Right when she touched him she felt like she wanted to be with him, despite the rules. Jaime felt the same way, even when he knew nothing of who she really was, and he asks her out on a date. Her family knew nothing of this relationship until her twin brother Tristain starts to suspect something was wrong with his sister. It wasn't long before more people found out about the relationship. Sophie was told that she either she picked to be with Jaime or she picked he family because Sophie was told that she either she has to pick to be with Jaime or her family. She can not have both. Jamie is a great human, as he loves nature and wants to protect it. He even stayed by Sophie's side when she told him that her family can't know about them, despite his own hurt. He did everything he could to make her happy and he still wants to be with her even if they were forbidden to see each other. (Can anyone else say 'Werewolf Romeo and Juliet'?) All he cared about was being with Sophie.
In this book you also meet the rest of Sophie's large family. They all have the same views on how they see humans as threats and they can't be with them or date them. As for Daniel, the werewolf love interest, I actually really loved how his character was in the story. He cared for Sophie, but has that passiveness that werewolves have when they want someone. He's described as being very sexy and hot. Sophie see's this, but she loves Jamie. It's sad when he was sent away, but I hope he comes back soon.
The romance in this is really fast, but there is a lot of gaps between happenings in this book. Sophie has (non-graphic) sex with Jamie very quickly into the book. I don't mind the fast intimacy, but as I read 'Howl' I find myself wanting them to be together. Her family forbids it, but I want it! It really is a werewolf Romeo and Juliet.
The plot of this book is great. You learn a lot about Sophie's family and how her pack works. For example, the women always give birth to more then one baby at a time. The twin bond that the babies have in turn strengthens the bonds between the pack members. When there is only one baby, it makes the pack slowly fall apart. Then you have Sophie falling in love with a human while another werewolf want to take her as a mate. The real plot line starts up in the middle of the book when people start dying in the forests around Sophie's pack. The pack is trying to figure out who is killing these people, and but an accident ends up tearing it apart. Just an overall great plot to a great story! It really shows how important family bonds are, but how sometimes you have to break away from family values to find your own path.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lucieparis on April 16, 2012 :
HOWL BY ANNALISE GREY

Synopsis
Nineteen year old Sophie Matthews is a line-walker between two worlds - human and werewolf. She lives around humans but is never truly part of their world. That is, until she is spotted by a hiker.

What should have been a passing glance becomes so much more as Sophie falls for the one thing she is forbidden from ever having: a human mate.

Adding to her stress is newcomer Daniel, the arrogant wolf on Sophie's tail.

Then several humans are killed by a mysterious and dangerous beast within the pack's hunting grounds. The humans begin whispering of wolf-men roaming the forest and the threat of discovery looms heavy around the pack.

Everything is falling apart and Sophie realizes just how little control she has over her future.

Will she risk everything - her heart, her family, and her safety - for a chance to control her own fate?

Summary:
Sophie and her family live on the fringe of the others with a heavy secret to bear. When Sophie crosses paths with Jaime, she does not expect to risk everything for love. Is she ready to reveal her true self to the man she loves? Will she take on the deadly consequences of her choices?

Reactions:
While reading, I had flashes of the Matthews family as close to the Ingalls family in the series "Little House on the Prairie." A tribe with a powerful patriarch, although in this novel it's rather an older brother who plays the alpha male.
A family with deep connections, sometimes a little out as refractory to the use of technologies, but very respectful of the rules and dynamics of the clan.

A little retro or Amish in a way of living rather refreshing. For once, we see a novel wherer family ties are important and where you take the time to do constructive things rather than to zone watching television.

So, no rebels disrespectful teenagers who do their own things but young people used to working for the good of the family and who are not part of the generation of compulsive consumers. Sophie is the only one who dares to defy the rules and taboos but for a noble cause: love …

The downside of this unusual and supernatural life being the lack of freedom and the reducing roles to which women are subject into the family. They are confined to keeping the house and procreation. I struggled not to react negatively to the vision of the woman who was proposed by this fiction. Fortunately the story takes a 180 degree turn in the final pages.

As for the supernatural part of the tale, it is portrayed in a pleasant and original way. Nothing to do with the werewolves of "Twilight," or those of « Wolves of Mercy Falls » series by Maggie Stiefvater. The author has found her own place with a story with the right amount of twists.

If the start is a lovely enough with a special attention given to the relationship between Sophie and Jamie, the end becomes much more nuanced. The reader witnesses the awakening of the animal that sleeps within the characters with scenes more dramatic. I admit I preferred the story from the arrival of Daniel and then when the secrets come to light.

The universe described has carried me in a pleasant world during my reading, I was part of the clan so I'd say this story made ​​me have a good time ... I would read the next opus when it will be released...

Sentences

From Sophie: « My future, my choice. No matter what. »

From Jaime: « I'll still make out with you. Even though you feast on Bambi. »



HOWL BY ANNALISE GREY

Synopsis:
Sophie Matthews, dix-neuf ans, est un mélange de deux mondes - celui de l'homme et celui du loup-garou. Elle vit autour des humains, mais n'a jamais vraiment partie de leur monde. C'est juste, jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit repérée par un randonneur.

Ce qui aurait dû être un coup d'œil en passant devient plus important lorsque Sophie succombe à la seule chose qui lui est interdite à jamais: un compagnon humain.

Pour ajouter à son stress, le nouveau venu, Daniel, un loup arrogant sur la piste de Sophie.

Puis plusieurs hommes sont tués par une bête mystérieuse et dangereuse dans les terrains de chasse de la meute. Les humains commencent à chuchoter au sujet d'hommes-loups se baladant dans la forêt et la menace d'être découvert s'amplifie autour de la meute.

Tout est en train de s'effondrer et Sophie se rend compte à quel point, elle a peu de contrôle a sur son avenir.

Sera-t-elle prête à tout risquer: son cœur, sa famille, et sa sécurité - pour avoir une chance de contrôler son propre destin?

Résumé:
Sophie et sa famille vivent en marge des autres avec un secret lourd à porter et à cacher. Lorsque Sophie croise la route de Jaime, elle ne s'attend pas à tout risquer par amour. Sera-t-elle prête à dévoiler sa vraie personnalité à celui qu'elle aime ? Pourra-t-elle assumer les conséquences mortelles de ces choix ?

Impressions:

A ma lecture, j'ai eu des flashs de la famille Matthews comme étant proche de la famille Ingalls de la série « La Petite Maison dans la Prairie ». Une tribue avec un patriarche très fort même si dans ce roman, il s'agit plutôt d'un frère ainé qui joue le rôle du mâle Alpha.
Une famille avec des liens profonds, parfois un peu décalée puisque réfractaire à l'utilisation de certaines nouvelles technologies, mais très respectueuses des règles et de la dynamique du clan.

Un petit côté rétro, limite Amish, plutôt rafraîchissement. Pour une fois, on voit un roman ou les liens familiaux sont importants et ou l'on prend le temps de faire des choses constructives plutôt que de zoner devant la télévision.

Du coup, pas d'ados rebelles irrespectueux qui n'en font qu'à leur tête mais des jeunes habitués à travailler pour le bien de la famille et qui ne font pas partie de la génération des consommateurs compulsifs. Sophie étant la seule qui ose braver les règles et les interdits mais pour une noble cause: l'amour...

L'aspect négatif de cette vie atypique et surnaturelle étant l'absence de liberté d'actions et les rôles réducteurs auxquels sont soumises les femmes de la famille. Elles sont cantonnés à la tenue de la maison et à la procréation. J'ai éprouvé des difficultés à ne pas réagir négativement à la vision de la femme qui m'était proposée. Heureusement que la fiction prend un virage à 180 degrés dans les dernières pages...

Au niveau de l'histoire surnaturelle, elle est dépeinte de manière agréable et originale. Rien à voir avec les werewolves de « Twilight », ni de ceux de la série « Wolves of Mercy Falls » de Maggie Stiefvater. L'auteur a su trouver sa propre place avec une histoire bien dosée en rebondissements.

Si le démarrage est un peu gentillet avec une attention toute particulière donnée à la relation entre Sophie et Jamie, la fin devient beaucoup plus nuancée. Le lecteur assiste au réveil de l'animal qui sommeille avec des scènes plus dramatiques. J'avoue avoir préféré l'histoire à partir de l'arrivée de Daniel puis du moment où les secrets éclatent au grand jour.

L'univers dépeint m'a emporté ailleurs et pendant la durée de ma lecture, j'ai fait partie du clan donc je dirais que ce récit m'a permis de passer un bon moment... Je lirais la suite avec plaisir dès sa sortie...



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Thanks for letting me read this book.
Lucie
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: MaryAnn Schroeder on April 05, 2012 :
This book is a great read! Sophie is 19 and a werewolf. Her pack family has been living in secret from the humans, but what happens when she falls in love with one? Why are there suddenly humans being murdered near their home in the national forest? There is also a male werewolf who is vying for Sophie’s attention and perhaps more suitable for her according to her family.
Will the family remain intact, or be torn apart? Can she follow her heart or her family’s wishes? Will the humans find out about the werewolves?
I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one!
This book was given to me by the author through the Goodreads group Basically Books for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on March 26, 2012 :
Werewolves, mystery and love are combined in Howl to make a fascinating and original tale.

I think lovers of werewolf books are use to seeing a normal girl fall for a werewolf boy. In Howl, you will discover that the story is just as good with the roles reversed, it creates a refreshing take on a favorite genre of many. Annalise Grey also has an eye for the intricate details that added immensely to the overall story. The over-bearing, protective nature of the Alpha, the submissive ticks of the pack, the multiple births of the werewolf females, how the wolves act in wolf form. Those are just few. They added an authenticity to the story that is sometimes overlooked by authors.

Sophie was the perfect voice for Howl, in my opinion. The struggles she had to deal with made her an accessible character that was easy to like and relate to. The gradual growth was realistic, adding an even flow to the story. In fact, each character was strong in their own ways, they each had their own personalities that never once blended into the background. Annalise was successful in evoking emotions from each character as the story unfolded. The sense of family shone through with a brilliance that pertained to the 'pack' loyalty that was needed. My absolute favorite character was Tristain, Sophie's twin brother, I loved the emotions he brought forth, the loyalty and love that radiated off of his character.

The plot line was original, throwing me through a loop that was highly unexpected. The mystery was succinctly solved, but giving way to the bigger mystery that successfully set up future books in this series. The sub-plots add to the intrigue as the reader will sense that not all is revealed when it comes to the Mathew's family. There was, however, something that was preventing me from being fully swept away. There were parts that fell flat, for me, things that were unnecessarily over detailed, like a trip to the grocery store. And although the romance between Sophie and Jaime is extremely sweet, I was still left wanting. It never evoked a heart-fluttering response from me. The romance wasn't delved into deep enough, it almost felt that the majority of it was skimmed over, lending a sub-plot feel to the romance. Maybe that was Annalise Grey's intention, I have no idea, because I can also say that there is more between Daniel and Sophie than just simple attraction, something deeper that will remain a mystery until it is revealed. I did really enjoy the story and look forward to seeing how the future books in this series will pan out.

There is no doubt that Annalise Grey knows how to weave an original, interesting tale that will reel readers in. If you are looking for a new, refreshing werewolf story, then I highly recommend Howl to you!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Phaedra Seabolt on March 01, 2012 :
This was a wonderful werewolf story. I LOVE werewolves, so when I saw this book, I had to read it. I will say that I kind of wish that there were more scenes of the characters actually being werewolves. This story focuses a lot on how a family of werewolves are living as much like humans as they can. The entire family lives together in a very secluded national forest, but they hold real jobs and interact with humans enough to not seem like recluses. Unfortunately that is also the main problem encountered in the story. Sophie falls in love with a human which is pretty much their primary werewolf law not to do. No human lovers are allowed, especially for the women. Why? Because the werewolf gene is passed through the women and not the men. If a male werewolf were to get a human woman pregnant, there is really no need to worry since the offspring will be human. However, all werewolf women will have wolfkin babies no matter who the father is. It is quite a dilemma for Sophie because she is also not supposed to reveal her true nature to any humans. The reason for this is your normal situation where humans can't process something so out of the ordinary. There is a lot of other history involved in this, but you should read the story to discover all of that.

I must admit that the love scenes in this story feel rushed a bit. However I am used to reading stories where an entire chapter might be dedicated to such a thing. I felt like details were left out, but that was probably on purpose. This book is suitable for teenagers as a result. Also, I wanted to scream at the end. It has an amazing cliffhanger if you are one of those people that like to see the main character end up with the man (or woman) you wanted for them. This story leaves only a hint of who Sophie will end up with, but no definite answer. I sat there trying to flip to the next page on my nook hoping it would say something about Sophie's decision in her mate. It's not like the book doesn't end happily, but rather ends with you knowing that there is a lot of work ahead for Sophie and her family. It's a realistic ending for a supernatural story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: laura thomas on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Imagine my delight when I found out that I had won this book. I've been wanting to read it and now that I have, i urge you to do so.
I sat down last night and started reading. At first it was a bit slow, but then I glanced up at the clock and four hours had flashed by and I was finished.
Howl is about Sophie and her family of werewolves, trying to live as a pack and remain undiscovered. Glimpsed by a hiker in her wolf form, Sophie later meets him again in her human form. A mutual attraction grows, but since it is forbidden to be with human mates, Sophie secretly starts dating Jaime.
The pack has troubles of their own when people are being viviously attacked and sitings of an unusually large wolf are reported.
I really want to tell you more, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
Annalise Grey gives you just enough detail, with flowing dialogue and well developed characters that you feel connected to.
Upon reaching the end of the story, I was left wanting more and I will be watching for another book, hopefully several.
If you are looking for a "howling" good read, this is it. What are you waiting for?!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Feb. 10, 2012 :
First I need to say thank you to making connections and the author for giving me a copy of this book for a review... Now here's what I NEED to say... PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME YOU ARE GOING TO CONTINUE THIS!!! I NEED IT- BAD!!!

Ok, sorry but I had to get that out :) first, let me say that this is a MAGNIFICENT werewolf story!!! There's a girl- isn't there always a girl lol!- that's a werewolf and she falls for a human... Now, I know most people are thinking that's always the case, but first, there's some really good twists here and the plot is AWESOME as Sophie and her family try to find the "bad guys". The writing is just fantastic, I believe I am still feeling wolf-ish and can smell and hear things like Sophie can. I want to run in the night and I can feel her pull to Jamie and her bond to Tristan. These people have to be real as her characters are so well developed and I swear you invest in each of them!

Sophie is a strong, smart, loving girl who values nothing more than her family and pack. That is until she meets Jamie. She learns and grows throughout this story what it means to be a true pack and to fight for what you believe is right.

Tristan is Sophie's twin brother and he is just my cutie pie! He's her other half and even when he knows there's trouble he'll do anything to protect his sister. I just love a guys like Tristan!

Jamie-*sigh... I love you* you know how you meet those perfect guys that don't seem real... Well I want a Jamie! He's just great and even in his faults he still makes it all better :)

Daniel- I don't wanna give anything away but there is ALWAYS competition and I am seriously praying that there is another book for this to continue!!

I read this book in 3.5 hours (I'm usually quick) but this book had me flying to know the end! I am pretty ecstatic about this book, and in case you didn't see earlier, I reeeeeeaaaaaallllllllyyy hope this turns into a series and gives me more!!! I might lose it if you end on that LAST SENTENCE!!! You just have me begging!!! Really, I'm on my knees! :)

5 majorly, seriously obsessive PAWS from me :). Maybe even more hahaha but my paw scale only goes to 5
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Hannah Bolin on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I can't say enough about this book! Though Sophie's character is kind of immature in the beginning (she seems pretty selfish at times) she grew on me because she changes so much. I loved her family and how they all interacted with each other! Daniel was incredibly mysterious and rather sexy. I wasn't sure which way he would go but I was totally rooting for him more than Jaime!! I hope there is a sequel because I want to know what is going to come next!!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Raven on Jan. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
This book 'Howl' is great. I loved it from the beginning. I couldn't stop reading it for a second. The words that I read formed scenes in my mind and I could see it play out before me,detailed and perfect. This book is definitely a five star book. It's one that I could read over and over and never be bored with it, but only love it even more. I recommend this book to all readers.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Oferta Ruiz on Jan. 17, 2012 :
Kept me up late reading. Cried some. Very well written.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amber Marie on Jan. 10, 2012 :
Howl is a really good book. The story moves fast. Seeing how Sophie has to make decisions is interesting. She has so much to go through. Everything makes it seem as if she's loosing control. She takes a huge risk with her love life. She loses family. But yet, she holds onto herself. I loved the ending. Even though it had its sad moments, Sophie finally takes control of everything. She comes through and protects her family. Just a warning, it does get a little gory, but nothing too bad. I had no problem with it. I say check it out.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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