Two years ago, James Manarro risked his life to kill the werewolf that stalked Wolf Creek. Now sixteen, James struggles with the pressures of being a teen: dating, math, and the knowledge that he, too, is a werewolf. Then the murders start again, and the victims are all tied to James, who worries that he just might be responsible. When his favorite teacher discovers James’s secret and tells James he can help him learn to control the wolf, James jumps at the chance. But things are becoming more and more suspicious to his girlfriend Shaniqua and her friend Watts, who set about trying to uncover the truth. Little do they know that the killer has arranged to meet James in a brutal showdown that will shock the entire town and leave James wondering if he will ever be able to restrain the wolf…
TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Moon Watch by Lisanne Harrington, James Manarro is now two years older than he was in the last book. He also knows that he is a werewolf. Now the killing has started again, and people with a connection to James are dying. He killed the last rogue werewolf who was terrorizing the town two years ago. That werewolf had a virus that made her kill, but why is this one killing? James is having a heck of a time dealing with all the changes in his life, even without being a werewolf, like fighting bullies in high school, falling for a girlfriend—to tell her or not to tell her, what should he do? Sometimes, life just isn’t fair.
I enjoyed this second installment of the story very much. Harrington introduced a lot of new characters, but we also saw a good deal of growth in the ones who remained from the last book. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.
REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Moon Watch by Lisanne Harrington is the sequel to Moonspell. Two years have now gone by since the end of Moonspell, and our young hero, James Manarro, is still hurting from the loss of his best friend to the rogue werewolf that terrorized the town and killed so many people. But life moves on, and James is trying to do the same. He is sixteen now, and though he discovered he is a werewolf at the end of the last book, he is learning to control it. He now has a girlfriend—a new girl who has just moved to town—and James is trying to decide if he dares to tell her his secret when all hell breaks loose, and people start dying again, just like two years before.
Harrington’s character development is first class. I really like how James struggled with his condition and how much he grew over the course of the story. His character has a real ring of truth to it. You just can’t help caring about what happens to him.
The boy ran frantically through the heavily wooded park. Trees seemed to reach out and grab him, ripping the flesh on his arms and bloodying his face. His breath came in short, hard bursts. His skin was on fire, as though he’d been stung by a thousand pissed-off hornets. Blood pounded through his veins, his heart beat like a crazed drummer, and he felt as though his head would explode.
He glanced over his shoulder, searching for what—he didn’t know. The moon dueled with the sun to see which one glowed brighter. As he looked forward again, he tripped over a tree root, stumbling several steps, but managed to keep to his feet. The boy paused to catch his breath.
That’s when the pain hit.
His bones snapped. The skin across his shoulders stretched and shifted like angry snakes fighting over a rodent. Hair grew from every pore, covering his face and arms, like wild ivy in a neglected garden. It was more than he could bear.
Then just as suddenly, it ended.
He gazed up at the moon again. But this time, there was nothing creepy or sinister about it. Instead, there was an affinity. A familiarity. An understanding.
A deep and profound joy.
And the werewolf howled his devotion.