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September 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary – Review and Guest Post

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary

presented by Razorbill Canada!

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Sometimes Living in the Big Apple Really Bites!

Eighteen-year-old rock star Sam Lee isn’t like other girls. She’s the super-talented bass player and songwriter for an all-girl indie band and an incurable loner. Then one night after a concert in Central Park, she’s attacked by a wild dog. 

Suddenly, this long-time vegetarian is craving meat–the bloodier, the better. Sam finds herself with an unbelievable secret and no one she trusts to share it. And so begin the endless lies to cover up the hairy truth… 

When a new girl gang appears in the city–with claws and paws–Sam suspects there’s a connection to her own inner beast. Trapped in a tug-of-war between her animal and human selves, forced to choose between the guy who sparked her carnal appetite and the one who makes her feel like a normal teenage girl, Sam has to unravel the mysteries of the werewolf world before her bandmates, her mother, and the media catch up to her.

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Publication Date:  September 24, 2013
Publisher:   Razorbill Canada

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We were in no way paid for our opinions **

MaryAnn NewI was pleasantly surprised while reading Nor Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary.  What I was expecting was just another werewolf story but with an older female lead.  Yes, it is another werewolf story, but it was better than what I had hoped for!  The voice that was given to main character, Sam Lee, is one that keeps the reader’s attention.

Not your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary is a story about rising rock star Sam Lee who unfortunately gets bitten by a werewolf.  She in turn begins to turn into a werewolf, herself.  Not only does she have to start getting used to these changes happening to her, but she must also deal with a crazy werewolf, Owen, who has decided to stake his claim on her.  Thank goodness for his totally sexy brother, Marlon.  Marlon has taken it upon himself to watch out for Sam as she goes through her transformation, and to protect her from his crazed bro.

But Sam’s transformation is doing a huge number on her career, as well as to her friendship and potential relationship.  The hunger for food is overwhelming, and the thought of taking a bite out of those closest to her scares the crap out of her.  Who could have bitten her and why?  Does the appearance of an insane all girl gang have anything to do with this?  And what part does Sam have to play in all this craziness…

What I really loved about this book was how Sam’s transformation is described.  Her thoughts and feelings come to life as she tries to deal with her new reality.  We see her anger and pain, and we witness how she deals with everything.

And I was torn between which boy I wanted to see Sam with.  Of course, Marlon is bad boy sexy.  But I loved that deep down he is sweet and romantic and thoughtful.  And I loved the protectiveness he had with Sam.  Harris, at times, would be sweet as well, but with a few drinks he turns into something that I really didn’t care for.  And I felt that Mr. Obvious was so quick to want to jump into bed with Sam, mere moments after a break up with his long time girlfriend.

I loved Sam’s friends/band mates, Jules and Malika, although Jules was questionable at times.  But Malika was a friend through and through, one that I would proud to have.  In fact, I loved the way in which all the characters were introduced and written.  Everything flowed so well together, that this ended up being a really quick read.  The pages flew by quickly and the end came fast.

Fans of reads involving werewolves will fall in love with Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl-Weary.  A little bit of rock, and whole lotta fur.

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Top Favs with Emily Pohl-Weary

You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
My mate, Jesse Hirsh. My laptop, so I can keep writing. I feel like that’s it. If pressed, I’d say my purse with ID in it?

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why
Isabel Allende (House of the Spirits, Vida) – beautiful, political magical realism
Marge Piercy (Woman on the Edge of Time, Braided Lives) – fierce and flawed women characters who fight for what they believe in
Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, Palomar/Heartbreak Soup) – Maggie and Hopey and the others characters were the first great women I discovered in comics, and made me want to write them

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why
candy, coffee, candy

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why
Nancy Drew by the many writers with the penname Carolyn Keene – adventure, mystery, strong-willed girl, George!
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor – magic, intergenerational conflict, strong women (a recurring theme for me)
Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block – short stories that felt like they were about my life and people I loved but also contained magical and larger than life happenings

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why
Today? Um…
Nelly Furtado – “Big Hoops”
Broken Social Scene – “Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl”
Cat Power – “Nothing But Time”
Warren Zevon – “Werewolves of London”

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why
Transport myself physically (to the mall, a cafe, etc.). Listen to music or watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why
Show Me Love, Pride and Prejudice, Raising Victor Vargas

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why
I like trees. I like cities. I like people. I love anywhere I’ll be left alone to write for long stretches.

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Award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary has published five books, a series of comics, and a literary magazine. Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, her teen werewolf novel, is forthcoming this fall (2013) from Skyscape (U.S.) and Penguin (Canada).

She’s currently writing a new collection of poetry and a screenplay, Life on the Edge, which received support from Astral Media’s Greenberg Fund.

In 2008, Emily founded the Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth in the neigbourhood where she grew up. For three years, she also led a weekly writing workshop for residents of Sagatay (Na-Me-Res), a long-term transitional home for First Nations, Metis and Inuit men. Her writing workshops focus on writing skills, creative empowerment, learning tools for conflict-resolution, and finding our own unique voices.

In late 2011, she and Jesse Hirsh founded the Academy of the Impossible, a community learning and arts center where people teach each other how to achieve their dreams through innovative artistic, technological, social and literacy programs.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this tour!

September 18: Conversations of a Reading Addict

September 19: Me on Books

September 20: Chapter by Chapter

September 21: Maji Bookshelf

September 22: FireStar Books

September 23: Emilie’s Book World

September 24: A Lot of Loves

September 25: The Crazy Book Worm

September  26: Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf 

September 27: Booking it with Haley G 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Sophia Rose
    9/20/2013

    This sounds really good. I love werewolf stories.

    Thanks for sharing your review thoughts.

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