Author: Michelle Chow
Rating: Two Petals
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Jeremy's always looked after his little brother, Callum, and it's his responsibility to make sure he's safe. When Callum wanders too far into the woods, and finds himself at the mercy of two wolf shifters, Jeremy's forced to act quickly.
It's not ideal waking up in a strange house, with two shifters that scare him more than he'll admit, but it's temporary. Or it should be, until Jeremy realises getting rid of the wolves is far easier said than done.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Fall started off with so much potential that it unfortunately couldn't live up to. The story begins with Callum vanishing into the woods and Jeremy, as the big brother, having to go rescue him. It works and the fight that ensues when they find the wolves was well written and interesting, but the book didn't build from there.
There was absolutely zero description throughout the entire book. I couldn't tell you what Jeremy looks like in human or cat form, nor do I know anything about Callum's looks. I didn't know how old Jeremy was until twenty-five pages in. I assumed he was fifteen given how he was acting, which informed how I interpreted his actions until the firm and rather sudden mention that he's twenty years old was randomly tossed in. Chow did give the characters strong and dynamic personalities, but I found it difficult to believe the personality traits as I was reading the story because I didn't have a firm view of each character to attribute the traits to.
I also found the plot to be very one dimensional. After the initial fight there is a very lengthy bit of time before anything else happens. There's no build up or drama to add to the plot at all. Chow instead tries to do some world-building with her characters by taking Jeremy to school, but without any descriptions about what type of school, or any depth about what Jeremy was studying, that entire section of the story instead read like badly written filler.
The entire premise of the book is that cats and dogs don't get along. That's why it was such a problem that Callum went into the woods and why Jeremy was so frightened by the wolves he encounters. However, I saw no signs of discord between the two creatures--again, because there wasn't nearly enough description in this book--and therefore the entire premise quickly started to fall flat.
The entire story lacked description to such a degree that it made what might have otherwise been an interesting story fall flat. I liked the overall idea of the story and felt that what was there was well-written, however without the description to round out the plot it became very difficult to read. I therefore can't recommend this book.
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