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on Oct. 24, 2011 :
Six Moon Summer is a book about werewolves and it is awesome. I am not really one to read many books about werewolves because I just don’t find them very interesting. However, when I read Six Moon Summer’s description I just knew it would be one I would enjoy and I did.
Six Moon Summer had me really interested from the beginning. The details given about everything were really vague which kept me reading because I just had to know what was going on. There were some subtle clues in there that I picked up on somewhat but I was still really surprised at some of the things that happened.
I remember at one point I felt like crying because of what was going on. I felt so bad for Riley. I just really felt bad for her, especially because she just seemed like such an awesome person. Although there were times where I felt like she wasn’t exactly helping the situation.
Another thing I really loved was that this book was set at a summer camp. Not really knowing much about summer camps (living in New Zealand where we don’t really have that sort of thing) I love reading about summer camps. So that was a huge bonus.
I’m very interested in reading the next book in the series as the ending of this one was interesting. I’m just wondering what the second book will be like.
In a nutshell, Six Moon Summer is more of a traditional werewolf story and while there is a slight romantic element it isn’t there like a huge slap in the face as so many other YA books about werewolves seem to be doing. Six Moon Summer is really refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend checking this one out because it is well worth it. It’s also quite a quick, short read so it doesn’t take long to plough through. Especially when there are so many questions that kept me reading too.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
well i found that the wording was beautifully written and when it comes to the romance side of things, i definitly want to be rylie! hope there a second book.xx
(review of free book)
Tamara Rose Blodgett
on Sep. 20, 2011 :
I have never read anything like "Six Moon Summer." The narrative style is completely unique and that got a three star out of me just for its sheer difference. It had a "diary" type feel to it. I really felt like I WAS Rylie, like I was seeing and feeling things through her eyes.
Rylie's character feels like a fifteen year old that's been dropped and has a small fissure that continues to "run" like a crack in the windshield that grows. Life for her has been challenging of late as she comes to terms with her parents split while being shuttled off to a summer camp.
Her loneliness is profound and she turns inward, spending a lot of time just wanting to be left alone. Rylie has unusual coloring and looks so she never is quite successful in her desire to remain incognito. The other girls are petty and never give her a break. I felt a lot of empathy for her. Eventually she is befriended by Seth who turns into a supportive friend. The author was really clever about "outing" people that were more-or-less a surprise and I really enjoyed the way she peppered werewolf legend throughout the book. It was interesting but not like I was being "educated."
Reine was brave and never shied away from violence or the rawness of how awful things can and do happen. I really dug that. The author must be a unique person to have written this, it's just such a different perspective than I'm used to reading and that was welcome. Sometimes the YA genre gets a "homogenized" feel that gets tiresome. This work is a fine example of a "break-out" feel that is really unique, as was the premise.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 05, 2011 :
I got this book as an ebook ARC.
Being stuck between divorcing parents isn't fun, but Rylie sure would prefer that instead of the summer camp she's sent to. Little did she know, that the camp would change her life forever.
Rylie is being picked on by her cabin mates, and one night she escapes to the woods, wishing to get away. She blacks out, not remembering much, but wakes up in her own cot, back in the camp. Soon she realises something has changed, and she doesn't know what to make out of it.
When Seth gets in contact with Rylie, she learns she was attacked by a werewolf. With the help of her new friend Rylie tries to cope with the changes she's gradually going through, and desperately tries to figure out a cure. In three months she would be real werewolf.
Six Moon Summer has a pleasant flow in it, and the language is well fit for the YA audience.
The book is first tuned with some insight what will happen at the end of the book, and it sets a dooming atmosphere for the tale. I don't know why, but I had kind of a twin-peaksy feeling while reading because of it (and it's a good thing).
There are some inconsistencies in the book, some regarding Rylie and her dad, some about the cure. Hard to get into details without being too specific. Nothing major though, so they wont affect your reading experience too much.
I give Reine extra credit about how vivid the scenes with Rylie in her wolf form were. I loved those parts. I suspect Reine has first-hand experience about being a werewolf.
I did not like Rylie, but she is very real. I think teenagers can relate to her more, but at times I just wanted to smack her out of it. Your parents are divorcing, big deal, get over it already! She's not even that close with her mother, nor does she seem to like her, so why does she care they're having a divorce? Instead she chooses to be a little bastard and ends up ruining a potentially great experience.
But as I said, as much as she annoyed me, I thought she was very realistic. As a teenager the world revolves around you and everything that happens is bigger than life, and everyone is there ruining it for you. I liked Rylie more and more, when the wolf side started to affect her.
As a character Rylie is interesting to get to know. You'd think that when you don't like a character, you don't really want to read about her, but this was different. It was obvious Rylie was changing and I as a reader got to be part of it. It was fascinating, and now I have a love/hate relationship towards her. Anyway it's lovely to see a character evolving through the story.
The other characters are quite dim in the book. Even Seth - who's the biggest secondary character - comes off a bit flat, though I liked what Reine had done with him otherwise. The revelation about Seth came to me as a surprise, and looking back I could just think "duh, I should have guessed".
Also the bullies were quite one-dimensional, and I wish Reine would have done something more with them. Sure they picked on Rylie, but that was about it.
I would have loved to get to know more about Cassidy. She and Rylie barely talk to each other though, so now she was just some weird hang-around and filler, when she could've been so much more.
We don't see much of Rylie's parents, but I seriously doubt their affection towards their daughter. Rylie loses all her things during the werewolf attack, including her asthma pipe, and they don't get it sorted out immediately? Sure they have the divorce going on, but a girl with asthma in the middle of the woods, it's about life and death there, so get that asthma pipe to her!
The antagonist was easy to guess, but I had a hard time figuring out what the werewolf was trying to do while at human form, since the behaviour was quite weird at times and somewhat conflicting with the agenda.
From the minor characters Louise was my favourite, and I felt for her. The author took time to introduce her to us properly, so it feels Louise actually counts in the book, and at least I cared what would happen to her.
Reine is otherwise a strong, good writer, but I think the minor characters are a bit of a struggle for her.
My experiences with werewolf books are minimal, but I think it usually goes that the werewolf is either a monster or the hot love interest. I love that Reine chose to make her protagonist - Rylie - the howling beast instead. Reine has also made her own rules about the werewolf mythology; it's unique and refreshing.
This is a great book for all you YA lovers, who are looking for something totally new to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)