by Edo Van Belkom
Release date : October 2005
Noble, Harlan, Argus, and their sister, Tora, are werewolves. When Ranger Brock found them in the forest after a fire, he thought they were human babies. Even when he and his wife realized that the infants were part wolf, they were determined to raise them as normal children. In Lone Wolf, a sequel to Wolf Pack, the quartet, now in their teens, face the same challenges as everyone else their age: Tora wants desperately to be chosen for the school play. Harlan, who is smaller than his siblings, is the victim of a bully, and Argus wants to help his little brother but knows it would humiliate him. Daily problems are pushed aside when the foursome must unite against a common enemy; an unscrupulous logging company is planning to clear-cut the woods in which they run freely – and secretly – as wolves. (taken from Tundra Books' website)MY THOUGHTS : I found this sequel as exciting as the first book, maybe even better. The situation is now settled, and you can actually read this book without having read the first one, and yet without any long or repetitive explicative flashbacks. The character's evolution is perfectly retranscribed, we are now facing teenagers that start growing up in their own way and also begin to have their own opinions, sometimes disagreeing with each other. This is what makes LONE WOLF even more interesting than WOLF PACK : the family spirit and group dynamics survive although the brothers and sisters grow more independant. Like in the prequel, the plot is about solidarity and protecting the environment, and the werewolf part is not the only appeal, which is a big plus. All the stories mix and the spookyness remains. I will repeat what I said about the first book though : the covers really creep me out and I think they don't represent the books at all !
Check out my reviews of the prequel : WOLF PACK, and the sequel : CRY WOLF.