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HAVOC by Jeff Sampson


From the Deviants series, volume 2

by Jeff Sampson

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 24th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-199278-0
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins

The second exciting installment in the continuing saga of a dorky daytime girl who morphs into a savvy, hot chick and/or werewolf at night.

New readers are given enough information here to follow the plot, but they won’t enjoy its full impact unless they have read the first book. Emily still feels guilty about killing, as a werewolf, the scientist who murdered another of her wolf pack. At least, she feels guilty in the daytime. At night, she learns that she can choose among any of her three personae: dork, fearless chick or wolf. However, a new element threatens her now: After dark, terrifying shadow men appear to be stalking her, even in her own bedroom. Meanwhile, Dalton, another werewolf in her pack, recovers from his gunshot wound. The two of them track down another female werewolf, then, with the full pack, they break into the research facility that Emily suspects made them werewolves in the first place. There, Emily finds a major surprise. She also learns that she’s the alpha wolf in the pack, the leader responsible for all the others. Sampson employs a fluid writing style that charges into the story, especially when he writes as the aggressive Nighttime Emily. His characters stand out well as individuals, but suspense is the main attraction here.

Plenty of thrilling action, clearly with more to come. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)