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“Being a werewolf is harder than it looks. Everyone thinks it’s just morph at the full moon, kill, morph back. That’s not true. It’s a lot harder than that. Especially if you are seventeen years old.” More
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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 78,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301484041

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Review by: Alana McKinney on Feb. 12, 2014 :
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I would highly recommend Willow by Amy Richie. This YA story about Willow, a 17 year old werewolf, is one personal growth. Willow has never wanted to fully immerse herself in the roles of a female werewolf. She longs to blend in to the high school crowd, but her surrogate mother, Bella, moves her and her sister, Ivy, too often to make that dream a reality. Willow hunts only out of necessity, and never imagines herself following in Bella’s footsteps as a pack leader. However, as she quickly discovers, Bella has a plan that will force Willow to accept a leader role, whether she wants to or not. As the plot unfolds, Willow makes many mistakes as she settles into leading her young male pack, but she learns from them and remembers the training Bella instilled in her throughout childhood. Despite her initial resistance, Willow begins to accept her role and her pack quickly becomes allegiant to her leadership. I liked that this was an easy read, and it left me wanting to read the next book in the series!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Caissy Boudreau on Nov. 09, 2013 :
OMG..I loved this book from the beginning. It keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book. I loved experiencing the journey with Willow.. The story is about a young girl who turns into a wolf..She is made a leader of a pack at the age of 17. This is a must read for all ages..I highly recommend this book to everyone..So what are you waiting for get your copy now!!!!
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Coventry on May 01, 2013 :
This is probably my first book that I have ever read with a were as the main character. Most of the books that I have read had weres as supportive characters. That being said, I did enjoy this book, as I usually do those published by the Anchor Group.

Willow is already well aware that she is a werewolf, and has had some inkling of her destiny, thanks to stories told to her throughout her childhood after she was turned. Suddenly, she is whisked away and has to become the leader of her own pack, and to protect them and guide them. But she still has so much to learn and hates what she is, anyway.

What I liked about this book was its quick pace and ease of reading. Willow does grow and mature somewhat through the book as she has to take on more responsibilities. I liked most of the other characters and their chemistry.

I did feel a little lost here and there like I had missed something and felt like some areas needed more development. Some things were explained away rather quickly. But I have faith that as the series continues, the story will grow stronger. I look forward to checking out more of it in the future.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: m Williams on April 28, 2013 :
I read Willow by Amy Richie. I recommend this book. It starts with a 17 year old girl named Willow. She's in high school but she's also a werewolf being raised with her younger sister, Ivy, by a surrogate mother, Bella. She is of age to lead her own pack of werewolves, but isn't sure she wants it that way. I love that for this book, the females lead the males. It makes it exciting and a good different dynamic than other books! Willow is given a pack because the female was killed and the males needed a leader. Willow does not want this but is not really given a choice. She was taught well but she's still young. She tries and makes mistakes. But with a male werewolf, Gage, sent to protect and watch over her, she persists. A nightmare she's had since she was little comes to fruition, but a little less severe. There is love and danger as well as conflict. This is a great easy read that makes you want to read more. Can't wait to check out book 2 of the series! I was given this book for an honest review.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: Justine Bowman on April 25, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I love werewolves!!! They are so hot and sexy! Think of Alcide from True Blood, yum yum :) Willow gives there reader another perspective on pack life, the pack is lead by a feale alpha. I don't think that I have read another book like that. Even though it was about big, bad wolves, Willow was a cute and fun read. I also enjoyed all the SHOCKERS!!! Although I did find one of them predictable but still surprising at the same time. Like your reading it and you make a prediction and you know it is right but you don't want it to be true. There were also a few random romances and one serious one that I can't wait to see where it ends up. This book just had that"it" factor for me, I just wanted to read until I was finished.
I loved these charcters. I felt like they are had extreme chemistry adn were very comfortable with each other. They all fought and bugged each other like siblings but would also die for each other. You could really see Willoe mature a lot but I know she still haves a lot to learn to go from a good leader to a great one. Those boys, good thing they are hot because sometimes they aren't very smart lol. I can't wait to follow up one everything in the next book.
"Fern" is going to be so intense! Will good prevail or will evil dominate? That is the question. And I can't wait to find out the answer. I would recommend this book to paranoraml lovers and werewolf fans.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on April 19, 2013 :
Willow by Amy Ritchie is the story of a 17 year old girl, Willow, who is struggling with trying to be a normal teen when she is anything but. Willow is a werewolf and as if that isn't difficult enough, she is given leadership of a pack of high school age male
I really enjoyed this story and thought it was a fun read. I loved the different spin on the werewolf pack dynamics - one female leader with a pack of males devoted to her...what girl wouldn't like that. I also really liked the characters in the story. All of the characters were well developed and had their own unique personality. I enjoyed getting to know the boys of the pack and I liked seeing how their personalities blended together and made the pack stronger. I really liked Willow and I thought that she was a great heroine. It was interesting seeing her grow from a teen who didn't want to be a pack leader to a strong leader who's pack stood behind her against enemies. I also enjoyed the interactions between Willow and Gage and her pack.
The story was a little predictable at times (for example, I guessed Gage's secret very quickly) but there were also some surprises (like the friendship that develops between Willow and Carlie).
If you enjoy YA paranormal stories and werewolf stories, then you should definitely check out Willow.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

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