Friday, November 05, 2021

#BookReview: Wilds, Warnings, & Little Wolves (Lyssa's Holiday Hijinks Book 1) by C.J. Kavanaugh

Synopsis: Camping is a real snooze-fest—unless you meet a werewolf.

Eleven-year-old Lyssa Klarken hates camping. Until she learns Candis Campground is home to a wealth of werewolf rumors.

When they arrive at the campsite, a poster for a missing boy catches her eye. Later that night she finds a wolf pup with a suspiciously high IQ who looks oddly familiar. Could the rumors be true after all?

Only one way to find out.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was such a cute story. I loved the story and how everything happened.  Mom says I can't do spoilers so no talking about that.  I need book two ASAP!  This one is great for middle school readers! Because its fun and engaging. 

From the Author

We've been winding our way through the rural areas of Boston since 4 p.m. It's now almost 6 p.m. Dad had promised me that camping would be worth it. An hour into the drive, I doubt that. But if there's a chance we might make a supernatural discovery while we're here, he might be right after all. Not that I believe in that stuff, though. Frankie might be a medium, but just because she can talk to spirits doesn't mean everything else--witches, warlocks, werewolves-- are real. Even though it would be awesome if they were. Come to think of it, though, if anyone would know . . .
"Hey, Frankie?" I ask, sitting forward in my seat and pulling up the website browser again. 
"Hmm?" She swivels to face me, and I gather the fabric of my hiking pants in the palm of my hand. 
"Do you, um . . . do you believe in werewolves?" I hate the way my voice shakes, and my cheeks heat up as I search her face the minute the last syllable tumbles out of my mouth. My mom and Addie have never been big fans of my fascination with the supernatural. They never discourage it, but they never play along either. Not like Dad. If Frankie believes in ghosts enough to make a job out of talking to them, then does she believe in other things too?
Laugh lines dance around her eyes, and I kick the underside of my seat. Of course not. Ducking my head, I ready myself for the lecture on fantasy vs reality that Mom so often tries to give me whenever I bring the topic up with her. Usually, Dad always comes to my defense if he's around. Will he now, if his "friend" tells me the same thing?
I peek up at him, but his eyes remain on the road and the only sign of amusement is the slight twitch of his lips. 
"You know, Lyssa," Frankie muses, and my features scrunch at the note of curiosity in her words. Not what I expected. "I'm not sure."
"Oh . . ." I trail off and shrug. The small glimmer of hope that her tone ignited in my chest snuffs out like an overused match. "Okay."
"But, hey." She reaches back to squeeze my knee. "I guess you never know, right? Just because I haven't seen one does it mean they don't exist. My job should be proof enough of that."
"Really?!" It comes out more exuberant than I mean it to. Frankie laughs and I blush.
"Why not? When you're in a field like mine, anything's possible."
My grin widens and I sneak a glance at my dad, who winks as if to say, See? I told you she was cool.
I muffle my giggle behind my palm, but by the way Frankie reaches over to squeeze his hand, she probably caught it, anyway. Of course, I already knew she was cool, but this just confirmed it.
"I guess that's true," I say, turning my phone to show her the screen. 
"Of course it is." Frankie returns my smile, keeping her gaze on me over my device. "Why do you ask?"
I shove my phone a little closer and she finally takes the hint and takes it. "The campground website says people have spotted them there."
"You never know what you might find in a place like this. I hear tonight is supposed to be a full moon." Her mischievous grin catches me off guard.
My eyes widen and my lips part. 
Dad chuckles. "Seems like you two are determined to get into trouble tonight."
Frankie whacks his arm. "Aww, come on, Grayson. What's a camping trip without a little adventure?"
I grin. Truer words have never been spoken.

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