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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
As of last week, Dylan was your typical teenager with loving, normal parents, about to finish her senior year of high school. This week, she is now all alone in the world, her parents killed in a tragic car accident. She is floundering, not sure how she is going to get through this, but she has her best friend, Carly, and her mom's best friend, Tessa, to lean on. When Dylan goes back to school, she finds that the woman who has taken over at the school to replace her dad is actually nice and seems concerned about her. Maybe Dylan will be able to handle this, except that the woman's son, Jensen, seems to be taking an interest in her, which is strange because guys are never interested in Dylan. That is not the only change that is about to rock Dylan's world on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. Woven (The Mystic Valley Series Volume 1) is a young adult paranormal story of shape shifters and coming of age, making choices, romance, life and family. Author LC Taylor has developed a well rounded story that focuses on the teens in this book, but has the option to focus on the adults more in other volumes.
Woven is a series about an area of the country that is home to a group, or pack, actually two packs of wolf shape shifters. These shifters don't experience their first shift until they turn eighteen, a slightly different concept than most shifter novels. This first volume I would label young adult as it is focused on the teens, Dylan and Jensen, Kai and Carly and, as they are all just eighteen, this could also fall into that coming of age category. It has aspects of family and friends, building a life in a group of people that mean something to you, blood or not, taking care of your own. It is a really good book, but there are some consensual sexual relations between mated pairs in the book, so I would advise this only for adult or older teen readers.