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Stormi's Review: Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Author Provided Copy Publisher: Self-Published Released: October 19th 2014 Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense Length: 469 pages Format: eBook Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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"My life is crumbling away before my eyes while I do nothing to prevent it. I have visited too many funerals, for too many friends who haunt my dreams. Everybody dies eventually, right? No, everybody dies young when they befriend me. Was I born to die young? I don't think so. I'm the only one here with the nerve to stay alive. I can't be left alone. Not with that hollow man, the one who hides his face. That's what he wants, me to be alone, because once I'm alone he's going to kill me!"

Seventeen-year-old Rosetta Harper is plagued by nightmares of a masked man. With her father’s new career move, her family has just relocated from Florida to the small New England town of Ashwood. A quiet town and close-knit community where you know your neighbors, and trouble is a word unspoken. But soon after her arrival, her world and the worlds of her classmates come crashing down. Michael hates his family and feels alone and unloved.

He only finds comfort when he's with his friends, but even they get on his nerves. Everything about Ashwood and his life bores him, until Rosetta Harper moves into town. With her as a new classmate, Michael finally gets the excitement he was looking for, but it may be at too high a cost. Three Boundless Stars

This book was definitely different. I did not know what to expect when I first started. It follows 2 kids who each are dealing with their own issues.

Michael seems like a good kid with issues at home while Rosetta seems all kinds of messed up. This book follows her and her issues with boys, friends, and the fact that she gets turned into a werewolf and has no clue. Once she starts seeing dead people she thinks she is crazy. The truth comes to light though. Mike finds himself constantly fighting for Rosetta through all the good and the bad. I did have my heart set on them from the beginning.

I honestly can't say I loved this book. It was a bit hard to keep my interest at times while other times it was so good that I couldn't put it down. I guess at times it just seemed to drag on and had areas that just didn't seem necessary for the story. Overall though, the writing was good and the book was full of action and adventure. So overall, it was a good read.

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