Tuesday, July 14, 2015

"Summer of the Wolves" by Lisa Williams Kline {Teen Week!}

{Welcome to Teen Week! Every quarter we're going to try and do a Teen Week! A week where every weekday has a new review of a Christian book written just for teens! This week will be a little different with a new review and an updated review on Friday! You’re reading the second one of this quarter's! :) } {Day 1 Here!}

About this book:

  “Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe...
  Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it's pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana's anger issues and Stephanie's fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there's any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Sisters in All Seasons”.

Spiritual Content- Three Prayers; A few mentions of God; Mentions of youth group & a few discussions are remembered.
*Note: “Paybacks are hell” is said; A mention of the Greek goddess named Diana; Mentions of the Cherokee Indians beliefs (talks about spirits and the Milky Way)

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a form of ‘darn’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘freaking’, a ‘geez’, a ‘heck’, a ‘oh my gosh’, a ‘p*ssed’, a ‘prissy’, a ‘son of a gun’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘sucked’, two ‘gosh’s, two ‘idiot’s, two ‘shoot’s, two ‘suck it up’, three ‘blah, blah, blah’, three ‘omigosh’s, three ‘what the heck’s, four ‘duh’s, eight ‘stupid’s; Sarcasm; Yelling at people that you hate them; Diana & Stephanie bicker; A mention of a tattoo Diana tried to get (her mother wouldn’t let her); Eye rolling; Blood, pain and surgery (up to detailed); Many mentions of wolf attacks, hunting wolves, road kill and dead animals, & mistreating wolves (up to semi-detailed); A mention of drinking wine & drunk men; Both girls parents are divorced; Stephanie’s mom says catty things and those thoughts pop up in Stephanie’s mind;  
           *Note: Diana takes pills for her anger issues.

Sexual Content- Mentions of a cute boy; Stephanie & Nick hug (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the girls’ new parents making out; Lynn & Norm give flirty smiles, kiss and he calls her ‘babe’ once; a ‘baby’;
            *Note: a “pain in the you-know-what” and “butt out of my life!” are both said once; Maggie smacks a horse’s butt; Mentions of underwear.

-Diana, age 14 (almost 15)
-Stephanie, age 13/14
                                         P.O.V. switches between them in first person
                                                        238 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating- 
{Girls interested in becoming a veterinarian, add 1-2 stars. Girls who have a stepsister, add 1-2 stars.}
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. Wolves aren’t really in my top 20 favorite animals list. I was pretty disappointed with all the minor cussing and lack of Spiritual Content (though, the latter might change as the series goes on. Not sure about that). I’ve said it before on reviews that I’m not one for blood or gore, and the surgery scene was more than a bit much. Very interesting storyline to say the least.

See y’all Tomorrow with a new Teen Week review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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