The Wendigo Witchling
B. Kristin McMichael
(The Skinwalkers’ Witchling #2)
Published by: Lexia Press
Publication date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Cassie is part of it now. Turns out, she may not want to join the coven, but that’s exactly what she did when she bonded herself to Nate. Rather than face the ordeal of joining the clan, Cassie finds it’s time for a road trip with her best friend, Whitney. The road trip was to get away, maybe learn a bit more about night humans—it wasn’t to find a deep dark secret hidden in Whitney’s past, one that may hit a little closer to home than Cassie wants to admit. With their road trip cut short, it is time to confront everyone about the lies that had been their lives, but Cassie soon finds out home isn’t exactly how she left it.
Where have all the witches gone? She’s the only witch left in town when they return. Soon she is dragged into more than she bargained for and she has to make choices that will change everything. She’s finally given a choice: does she want to be a skinwalkers witch or a wendigo witch? Too bad there are more secrets than answers. Without all the facts, can she really choose her life’s direction? Time isn’t on her side as she has to make a choice. Now she just hopes it’s the right one.
The boy glanced down. “Entry denied,” he read out on the machine.
“Denied?” Cassie asked in disbelief.
“You’re not just a day human,” the boy replied, pointing to the scanner which had just tried to eat Cassie’s hand. “Anyone who is part of a ruling family must seek permission to visit before coming so that the proper welcome can be made.”
“I’m not part of any ruling family,” Cassie replied. What is he talking about?
“Ugh,” Whitney groaned. “You’re Than’s mate and thus part of the ruling family. I didn’t think about that. I figured your family or mine had called ahead of us and wanted us home. They didn’t, but this …” Whitney shook her head like she should have guessed as much.
Cassie groaned, too. Their road trip was being cut short. She just wanted to get away, and now that was being foiled by Nate, and he wasn’t even there.
“Well, technically, she isn’t part of the family yet. She has yet to complete all the bonding rituals and right now is still under her own family,” Whitney added, batting her eyes and using her movie star looks to try to win over the guy.
“Completely true,” Cassie added, trying her best to imitate her friend and her “pretty please” face.
The guy glanced first at Cassie, and then at Whitney. He gave in. “I need to verify this with my boss,” he said before he turned and walked away.
B. Kristin McMichael graduated with her PhD in biology at Ohio State where she worked as a scientist before taking her passion of writing full-time. Besides writing, she enjoys chasing her kids, playing outside, and baking cookies. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.
B. Kristin is the author of YA and clean NA paranormal fiction. Her “Night Human World” includes the YA series “The Blue Eyes Trilogy” about a midwestern girl who comes of age in a world of battling vampire clans, the “The Day Human Trilogy” that takes place among the Appalachian Sidhe fairies, and “The Skinwalkers Witchling” trilogy that follows an apprentice witch in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also the author of the NA paranormal time travel romance series “The Chalcedony Chronicles”.
The Chalcedony Chronicles: http://bkmc.me/Book1Carnelian
Night Human World Series:
-The Blue Eyes Trilogy: http://bkmc.me/LegendoftheBlueEyes
-The Day Human Trilogy: http://bkmc.me/DayHumanPrince
-The Skinwalkers Witchling: http://bkmc.me/TheWitchlingApprentice
For more information on all of her books, visit http://www.bkristinmcmichael.com
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Kiki is also a fangirl but of a science fiction tv show called Project Earth and its female lead, Dana/Calliope. Kiki is a nerd who loves tv and music and twitter, but she decides to hide these parts of herself away when she attends voice camp because she really wants to fit in, make friends, and have a chance at one of the seven scholarships that are up for grabs.
On one of the first nights, she finds an out-of-tune piano in the basement of the dorm and begins playing and is soon joined by a boy chewing on a Nutty Bar, Jack. She gets a crush on Jack and is pretty sure that it’s reciprocated.
In the meantime, she works hard at voice because if she doesn’t get one of the scholarships, she’s going to have to go to school at her father’s university where he expects her to study Latin. But things are getting tough as it seems that there is a set of rules that one of the instructors has drawn up and anyone violating those rules will be thrown out of the program. The instructor, Greg Bertrand, has also suggested that if Kiki rats on her fellow students then she would be more likely to get a scholarship. While Kiki refuses to be a snitch, she can’t be sure about her peers.
Besides being extremely well-written, the characters are also very well done. I could identify with Kiki and her thought that she is “too fat to be thin and too thin to be fat.” In high school musicals, she was always going to be the cast in the Aunt role or in the boy’s chorus. What I really like about Kiki is that she doesn’t sit around and whine. This could have been written as all angsty, but Hammerle didn’t do that and the novel is so much better for it.
Kiki’s roommate, Brie, “Blake Lively’s doppelganger,” initially comes across as kind of a prima donna, but then you see that she is actually just driven to succeed. In turn, all of the characters are well done, with no real stereotypes or cardboard cutouts.
I am fortunately at the beach on a foggy day and could read this book in an afternoon, but even so, I kept stopping just to draw the book out further. The story made me happy. I liked spending the time with the narrator. She’s funny, insightful, and self-deprecating, but also sincere and loyal.
“My first kiss is with a smarmy, shirtless guy who knows fuck-all about Project Earth and who smells like a sweaty baby. Seems about right.”
I very highly recommend The Sound of Us to anyone who enjoys well-written YA books and also music. As you can see from the quote, there is some language, but it is not gratuitous.
I love the book! And, thank you, Julie Hammerle. I hope to read many more of your novels in the future!
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Sound of Us will be published in five days!!! on June 7, 2016.
From Amazon: The Sound of Us
rating: a definite: (5 out of 5 butterflies!!!)