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River Paperback – March 25, 2006
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Quite honestly, the thought of trying to cope with High School, Special Ed classes or the age of fifteen is horrifying enough without the added complication of being a wolf in human skin. River has learned enough to mimic borderline human behavior, but the rules of teenagers is beyond that of most humans. Worse, River is an adult as a wolf, with a mate (wolves mate for life), the teenage angst, cruelty and sexual games are additionally horrific to her.
My empathy level shot through the roof when reading this book. Viewing humanity from River's point of view, our species comes across as shallow, stupid, vindictive, incomprehensible. River has the option of adapting to our ways, or being true to her wolf instincts. She can no longer be a wolf, nor can she be a human, because she isn't one. No easy choices, no magic wand to give her back her real life, this is a book about coping with unacceptable truths.
I would love to read a review of this story by a literate teenager, since it is their age group that is specifically under a microscope, but I would not classify River as a YA novel, it's too profound to be ignored by the rest of us.
At last, here is a novel about werewolves where they actually exhibit wolf-like qualities! The author has clearly done her research, and knows something about real-life wolves. These true-life details bring an element of realism to the novel that makes River's journey even more compelling. As for River herself, she is a fascinating character who balances cynicism with dark humor. Her wolf nature and her initial hatred of all things human mean that she seldom bothers to hold back, either with her words or her fists, a situation that at first makes her an outsider but later places her in the position of protector to her friends and foster-brother. But, beyond the frequent action that kept me riveted, RIVER is a story about learning to accept oneself, about forgiveness for past mistakes, and about the love of friends and family--or of a wolf for her pack. This book is a permanent addition to my keeper shelf, and will be revisited many times in the years to come.
River Wolfe is trapped in a human body and forced to endure the indignities of high school, just like any other teenaged girl. However, just three years ago, River was the alpha female of her wolf pack until a mysterious male transformed her with one bite into a two legged human. River wants nothing more than to return to her pack and all of her thoughts, dreams, and sketches are of wolves and of her beloved wolf pack.
One day in her physical education class, River spots him- the hated male who bit her and forced this human existence on her. His name is Daryl Marsden and Daryl is determined to draw River out of her shell. Daryl offers River bits and pieces of information about what has happened to her and gives her hope that maybe she can return to her life as a wolf. River will have to make some tough choices regarding her future in this stunning new novel by Skyla Dawn Cameron.
No one would ever guess that RIVER is a debut novel unless you told them! Skyla Dawn Cameron has perfectly captured the angst of the teenage years in a format that will appeal to adults as well as teens. River's struggle to understand basic human interactions, such as the need for excessive words or attending a dance, is both poignant and insightful. One will clearly see just how awful humanity can be at times while reading RIVER.
RIVER is not a completely dark story, however. Secondary characters such as River's foster brother, Charlie, and her newly acquired friend, Jen, also bring glimpses into what is right about humanity. Both Charlie and Jen are underdogs who look up to River as she struggles to assert herself when challenged by other humans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Believe the stars! I was hesitant to buy this book as I'm always a bit wary when I see less than a dozen reviews and they're all 4 or 5 stars, which makes me wonder if they are... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Naomi C.
Really interesting twist on the werewolf genre. The characters were well developed and intriguing. Looking forward to the sequel!Published 19 months ago by C. Larsen
I absolutely LOVED this book--a refreshingly new take on the werewolf myth.
The story follows River, a girl living in a world that was never her own. Read more
"River" is an excellent young adult novel, a compelling portrait of a girl torn from her world. The greatest point of this book is the sense that River genuinely isn't human,... Read morePublished on December 16, 2009 by Peter Johnson
This is absolutely one of the best books I've EVER had the pleasure of reading, regardless whether or not the subject matter is about a werewolf. Read morePublished on October 21, 2007 by Kindle Customer
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (10/06)
River can never be called an ordinary teenager. Read more
I highly recommend this book. Skyla Dawn Cameron has thought of a unique twist to the werewolf novel and developed it into a refreshing read which I think will appeal to a range... Read morePublished on August 6, 2006 by Clare
With her impressive debut novel, author Skyla Dawn Cameron accomplishes what few others have by bringing much needed and refreshing innovation to the werewolf story. Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by Illinois buyer