Beauty and The Wolf

Young Adult - Paranormal
398 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2015
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Author Biography

L.A. MALDONADO was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. At the age of 17, he moved to West Texas for the next 16 years. In 2010 he thought it would be a good idea to head back to his roots in home state.

Maldonado now lives in Lehigh Acres, Florida, with his small family and two dogs, Esme and Sammy. He's a fan of most things geeky (think: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, all kind of books like Beautiful Creatures, The Vampire Chronicles, Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Fear Street, Harry Potter...). He has been in love with books since he was given his first novel on his 8th birthday called "I Know What You Did Last Summer" by Lois Duncan, way before Hollywood ever thought of making a Blockbuster movie out of it.

Everyone who knew him in school says that he is caring, giving, and the brave one out of the group of friends. Every time you see Maldonado, he always has a book in his hand reading. While he was in high school he wrote poems and short stories and had a number of them published in the school newspaper.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

Her very own apartment, and at only sixteen; it all seemed surreal to Claire, but then again so did the fact that she would never see her mother again. Her mother had finally lost her battle with cancer, and now Claire was in a new town, a new apartment, just down the street from her aunt and uncle, but on her own so to speak. First day of school and Claire spots loner Adam and is immediately drawn to him. Jeannie takes Claire under her wing and they become best friends quickly, but trouble in the form of Billy Ray, or Bully Ray as he is called behind his back, is headed her way. Billy Ray has taken an interest in Jeannie, and he doesn't take kindly to being told no. When Billy Ray forces the issue and kidnaps Jeannie, things go from bad to worse and in ways Claire could never suspect. Beauty and The Wolf follows the unlikely team of Adam and Claire as they work together to help Jeannie and bring Billy Ray down. L.A. Maldonado gives the reader a complex story of rules and anarchy, set within the confines of high school life.

L.A. Maldonado's Beauty and The Wolf is a young adult book, and sometimes it seems that the average life of that age character gets lost in the story. In this story, the author really tries to keep you remembering that the characters are only sixteen, they are in high school, they are solving adult problems and dealing with adult-like situations without having the learning or experience to deal with them. Bullying and rebelling against the perceived unfairness of rules are the big themes in this story, which are perfect for this age reader, and are dealt with in a manner that makes them understandable for the reader.