Wednesday, June 26, 2013

eBook Review: The Better to Bite

Don’t go into the woods.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Lambert knows that the woods near her new home aren’t safe. She’s seen the wolves that stalk through that dark forest, but Anna doesn’t scare easily.

Anna is cursed–or gifted, depending on how you look at it–with the ability to find anyone or anything that is lost. So when folks start disappearing in the small town of Haven, Anna’s father, the sheriff, has to use her special skills as they begin to hunt for a killer.

But the killer isn’t exactly human. As Anna is pulled deeper into the secrets of Haven–a town that is truly cursed–she finds herself falling for two, equally mysterious boys. With the danger closing in, one of those boys may just turn out to be her savior. And the other? He could be a very big, very bad…beast.

Beware of beasts…and boys…with bite.

I was on the fence about this book at first.  Eden drives home the fact that Anna is special so loudly that I really was hoping someone would come along and be more special just so we didn't have to hear about how special she is (didn't happen).  I was interested in her ability though.  I bet it made some things a little difficult if every time someone says to her 'lost' her ability kicks in.  I mean how do you find something when someone says to you 'get lost'?

The tension in the town however kept me reading along.  I wanted to know why people were dying, who was killing, was Anna doomed to stay with the pretty All American Brett or would she succumb to the dark sexiness of Bad Boy Rafe*?  Would her friend Jenny really date Troy--Mr. Jerky Jock of the Year?  Is Cassidy a witch?  What deep dark secrets about the town, her mother and the Curse of the Ages will she uncover by being snoopy?

So really I was into it because this is a CW show just waiting to happen.  I already have it mostly cast in my head too (sadly Brett can not be played by Brett Davern because while adorably All American he is not muscly enough :/).  Wait I went off track here.

Basically I had fun reading this.  While surprises occur (like who the bad guy is!) character motivation is largely shallow and inconsistent at times.  We're told one thing about many of the characters and then their actions speak of something entirely else going on.  This includes Anna who spends much of the book uncertain who she wants to notice her (or why).

I had originally thought this to be a solo title, but its not.  Its Book 1 and Book 2 (Better to Howl) is due out this year.  Its a good way to spend a afternoon or rainy day, but I'm reserving judgement on whether its a keeper based on how Eden fleshes the characters out.

(*) originally I had written Rafe's name was 'Rage' which is a fairly accurate description of his character in the second half of the book.