I met the wonderful Shelley Wilson at The Bloggers Bash in London some years ago. She’s a writing mentor as well as the author of several self-help books and YA fiction. I recently read her YA novel, Hood Academy, described on the cover as ‘a gothic page turner’. And it certainly is!
The blurb says:
Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?
A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.
When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.
Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.
Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.
Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.
Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her?
I’ve always loved a good werewolf story and Shelley didn’t disappoint. I took an instant like to the young protagonist, Mia who finds her life taking a dramatic turn. She ends up at Hood Academy, where she starts training as a werewolf hunter. Shelley builds the story beautifully, cranking up the tension and twists and turns all the while. It’s clear there’s more to the academy, to Mia herself, as well as her family, and unexpected enemies lurk at every corner. A thoroughly enjoyable, gripping read. Oh, and an absolutely gorgeous cover!