Wolf's Curse by Kelley Armstrong
Trapped in a dark witch’s sanctuary, surrounded by hell hounds, the twins will need to hone their leader and team building skills fast. There are battles to be waged and mysteries to be solved. Friendships to be forged in conflict and lost in betrayal. Even romances spark to life amid the turmoil.
It might not be the way Kate and Logan expected to spend their week, but it will certainly be a summer camp to remember.
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While I love Armstrong, her writing, and the Otherworld series, I was underwhelmed by the first book in this duology, but was still excited to read Wolf's Curse to find out what ends up happening when Logan and Kate go to a supernatural summer camp. My expectations were lower this time, and I was content with how this storyline resolved itself.
Better Level of Mystery
So we're finally given a real mystery for the teens to unravel and its fairly well done. With so many red herrings and finally including some interesting supernaturals, it was much more interesting to follow Logan, Kate, and friends as they figure out what's happening at the camp. The multiple levels of mystery was well done - there are a lot of moving pieces to follow, and I liked where they all lead. HOWEVER, Armstrong has said that this will be her last books in the Otherworld series, but she's left so many loose ends! Renee Livingston, Derek and Chloe, the Cabals and what's happening with the their programs on young supernaturals -- all of these are so interesting and we basically get no idea of what will happen next with them. All I can say is that I'm really hoping for some short stories and novellas to be released.
Good Character Development
While we still really don't know the new characters in this book (there are so many random campers, counsellors, on top of the new friends we're supposed to be following), we are finally given some development. While Allen felt completely pointless (interesting individual, but literally has nothing to do with the story), I did like that we saw some development of Holly and Mason. And it's about time Logan and Kate talked! The first half of this book should've been part of the first book so that we could have a stronger connection to these characters much faster. That said, I really do think we got to see more from Kate and Logan this time, which is really all I've been looking for.
The biggest disappointment for this book (and the previous one) is that it takes place over such a short period of time, making the story seem incredibly drawn out. While it seems like this would be a positive - things move quickly, stories unfold faster - it actually seemed like everything took longer to figure out because it was constantly being repeated and hashed out between different characters over and over. Maybe this is because Logan and Kate spend so much time apart, but the first half of the book felt like a recap of the first, while the second half is where we really get see the characters hitting their stride and solving the mystery. I would have preferred to scrap the first half and have an epilogue that took place a few months later, giving us a chance to check in on the characters.
Overall, this was a stronger book than Wolf's Bane, I still felt like I was stuck in repeat for at least 50% of the book. It really seemed like this book could've been merged with the first one to give a more concise story. While I enjoyed it (and we FINALLY got to hear from Savannah and Paige), I would only recommend this to people who love the Otherworld series and want a glimpse (a super small one!) into what Logan and Kate are like as teens.
FINAL RATING: 3.5/5
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