Golden Mane by SJB Gilmour (book 1 of The Adventures of Sarah Coppernick) is a fun book about a young girl learning she is a werewolf and that the world around her contains more magic than she ever would have dared to believe. This realization doesn’t only bring fun, however. She also learns that her parents whom she had been told were dead are really being held captive by the evilest of sorcerers who has plans to come after her as well.
You see, what it boils down to, is that Sarah is the rare type of werewolf called a Golden Main. This unusual type of werewolf can more easily control the magical forces than most so her potential enemies simply want to eliminate her as a threat before she’s the chance to become adept at her magical control. This is why her aunt and uncle (brown coat werewolves) have attempted to keep magical knowledge from her for as long as possible. They don’t want her probable hunters to simply pick her off when outsiders chance to notice she’s not quite human.
Although, keeping one’s very nature away from her own eyes can have it’s consequences. When standing up to a school-yard bully, Sarah finds she has begun to maul the stuck up girl before even realizing she could become a wolf. Her guardians realize the time has come where all the secrets now must come out.
Sarah is introduced to the magical world with a full load of new situations and new friends. Most importantly, she begins on the quest to save her parents. It may be a long hard road, but with the allies she now finds she has, even the dire situation appearing around her isn’t enough to make her lose her hope.As a final note here, I just have to say I love the story of Sarah’s ‘uncle’ Benjamin. How he was born fully human, yet through bravery earned the highest werewolf gift, that of the ‘Silver Shroud’ and became a werewolf himself; one with unsurpassed fighting abilities.
Wild Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari is the sequel to New Blood that continues the story of Emma the new vampire. In this book, her werewolf roommate David is attempting to help a group of werewolves who want to establish werewolf control of New York by forcing the vampires to leave. David has no problem with Emma herself, it’s just that vampires and werewolves are supposed to hate each other.
As the story goes on, Emma learns of the personal stake her sire’s sire holds in the fight involving the invading pack’s responsibility for his late wife’s demise. In fact, the invading lupines proudly claim responsibility for clearing the west cost of all vampires.
Emma befriends one vampire who fled from California, but he (James) is a little weary about meeting up with the vampire leader of New York (Michael). It seems these two have a slight bit of history.
Just like how all vampires may not get along, there could be some resentment and mistrust held by the wolves for their annoying, third person talking leader.
And, to top it all; if vampires and werewolves aren’t enough, by the end of the book there’s some strong evidence of witchcraft. If you liked the first Vampire in the City, you will probably like this one.
New Blood- Vampire in the City by Donna Ansari is the story of a girl who finds that surprisingly little about her life has to change when she becomes a vampire. She is also quick to learn that several of the ‘facts’ that people always claim when sharing superstition about vampires are nothing more than happy disinformation spread by the vampires themselves to stop humans from ever attempting their extermination when learning just how strong these un-dead are.
Emma lives alone and works nights for an advertising agency in New York city. One night (or early morning) as she walks to her home in Queens she manages to stop two delinquents that look to be trying to beat an innocent man with sticks and crosses. Her walking home is never peaceful; the next day she missteps into traffic and is killed by a car!
Except she isn’t quite killed, the man she saved the night before is really a vampire who turns her to prevent her death out of gratitude. From here on we watch as Emma gets pulled into the world of vampire politics, the different actions and laws of the differing clans. For one thing, she must prove herself worthy to stand among the Queens vampires by taking specific actions against their Brooklyn rivals.
As the story goes on, Emma finds her relationships with others (sometimes necessarily) changing. As her whole world is thrown upside down, it is interesting to watch how she intends to keep her life from getting any more out of her control.
Ties to the Blood Moon by Robin Waldrop is the story of the young woman, Genevieve(Gen) after she has come to Alaska to live with her aunt Bev. Gen never knew her father, and when she first came to her aunt’s house it was simply for a visit. That changed of course, by the mishap of her mother sleeping back at home when the house burnt down in the middle of the night, leaving Gen with no parent.
Living among her classmates, she can’t help but hear local legends and be invited to ritualistic story-tellings. Tales that seem to speak of werewolves and even vampires can’t really be anything more than superstition, right? Except, Gen soon learns that her new best friend’s beliefs may stem from a reason close to heart. And it’s somewhat hard to ignore that in answer to a shaman’s request that the campfire darken in the wolf-princess’s presence, causes the flames to unexpectedly go black.
It just kind of irritated me when the outsider-girl almost seemed to be proclaimed princess of an Inuit tribe. So, perhaps she’s truly related through her seldom-mentioned father’s blood, that could explain some other factors in the story that I hope will come to light within the sequel. Whatever the case, blood is important here; because remember, as legend says, vampires live among us.
As the supposedly mythical becomes less ignore-able as if it were nothing more than fiction, we hear of the horrible monster, Zane. It seems now, in this story, a werewolf can be turned by a vampire. The result? A hybrid– a horrible creature that is to a vampire or werewolf what a vamp’ or ‘wolf is to a man. And, as the story plays out, Gen is left questioning whether Zane had something to do with the fire that took her mom.
I will say this book is not just a rip-off of Twilight; not any more than all stories about politics set in DC are all rip-offs of each other. It may share several of the same elements, but it has its own story and its own unique characters. Not to say that all Twilight-lovers will hate this or all Twilight-haters will love it; I just say it’s applaud-ably different.