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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas is the first book in the Little Werewolf series. Giselle has spent her whole life bouncing from place to place. Like clockwork on the full moon, when her inner wolf surfaces, her current foster family sends her back into the system to be shuffled somewhere else. Her counselor says this new place will be different. Sneaking out on her first night, she discovers her new family has a secret. She's finally found everything she's always wanted; a family and other wolves that can teach her. This has to be too good to be true. When she meets another wolf at school, he tells her that not everything is as it seems with her new family, and warns her of a long time feud that may lead to a war. Could her new family really be behind a mysterious disappearance? What really started the feud between the families all those years ago? With surprising allies, Giselle digs into the past and discovers a shocking secret.
Pretty Little Werewolf has a lot of werewolves, but Katie Salidas grounds the story with realistic characters and every moment felt real within this world. Giselle's personality is closely tied to her lone wolf status, independent and brisk, not too keen on following orders, but she's also funny, caring, and loyal. She's used to being on her own and now she's being put in the middle of an old family feud and pack politics, so she's very cautious and careful about who she's trusting. To top it off, she has a fun and intriguing love triangle with a wolf and a witch. She has two very different relationships with them. One is more carefree and has a sweet flirty quality to it, and the other has chemistry, but is also serious and brisk. It's easy to fall in love with her story. The relationship she has with her potential new sisters, Diana and Taylor, is sweet, funny, and very realistic. They may disagree and bicker, but they're loyal and protective, and have some of the best scenes. This is a coming of age journey as she finds her place in this new family and what sort of wolf she wants to be. Pretty Little Werewolf is a rare gem, putting a fresh spin on the werewolf story and a hero in Giselle that will resonate with everyone.