Four point five stars.
My Wolf and Me is a paranormal fantasy. Six year old Marlena and her family live in the backwoods, where Marlena entertains herself playing imaginary games in the forest. When she meets two full grown wolves, she’s not afraid; instead, she includes them in her games.
One day the wolves arrive with a pup, Marlena is delighted to have a new playmate, and at once the pair become best friends, with Marlena naming him Romy. Danger arrives when Romy’s father suddenly disappears, and the search for answers, from the pup’s own mother, has her returning to them close to death. With her last breaths, Romy’s mother turns into a human; she asks Marlena to look after Romy, especially when he “changes” in the future.
Marlena’s parents are rightfully fearful and reluctant to have their daughter be friends with such a dangerous species. However, her strong will and bossy determination eventually win them over, bearing in mind the obvious loyalty and protection that Romy offers their daughter.
When Marlena is old enough to attend school, Romy must share her with other humans. She makes friends with T and Hound, two boys whose respect she earns, and the trio go through their school years together. Romy grows and grows; at home the pair are still inseparable. Yet, in her late teens, Marlena notices a change in Romy; forgotten messages from her childhood return as Romy, very obviously, heads for a very difficult transition. The secrets the pair now hold become a ticking time bomb, but what happens when strangers come through the forest take their innocent beliefs to a whole new level.
Another beautifully written story from an author who gives her characters great depth of feeling, and emotions with which the reader can easily empathise. There’s always room in this genre for well written books which transport the reader to a far off place. I highly recommend this to paranormal fantasy readers who like books featuring wolves.
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Their love was innocent.
Their friendship was pure.
Their fear was real.
Their danger was true.
When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man.
Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.
This love story will haunt you well after you finally set this book down.
About the author
India R. Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels, and the music for the Forever series.
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations.
Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.