Pondo’s Review: The Wolf Within Me by Cheree Alsop

A life-threatening accident reveals that Finn is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters and is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. But Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves. Can Finn survive monster politics, life-threatening pranks, and teachers more likely to kill him than help him in time to answer the real question: Who is the girl haunting the cemetery and why does he sleepwalk to her grave each night?

I find lately I’m being surprised by the books I’m choosing to read. Thankfully it’s in a positive way.

This book was one I received from a promotion and I thought it looked interesting but didn’t know quite what to expect. Supernatural schools are not new (Harry Potter anyone?) and I really thought I’d read every angle you could take. Apparently I was wrong – and I’m happy I was.

The main character is complex and someone I connected with immediately. He experiences a wide range of emotions throughout the story and the author handles each situation wonderfully. I found he grew a lot throughout the novel both personally and with his interpersonal relationships.

I did think the formatting for text messages was a little odd being in all caps. It took a bit for me to get used to it and not read it like the characters were yelling.