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Review: Trajectories by Tess Grant

July 16, 2012

Kitty Irish has heard all the rumors swirling around Daniel Phinney. Most of them involve a gun, a flask, and a temper. One chance encounter with the WWII veteran over a grisly find in the woods pulls the cover off the dark secrets of their small town, and Kitty is drawn into an unlikely partnership.

Armed with an antique rifle and a handful of homemade silver bullets, the two form an efficient team. Unfortunately, their game is werewolf hunting, and disaster is only a bite away. (GoodReads)

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So, I haven’t read a werewolf book in a while, mostly because I’ve been burned out of wolves since writing and promoting Hunted. But when I was asked to review Tess Grant’s Trajectories, I was excited to jump back into the world of wolves, so I agreed and looked forward to reading it.  I recently finished it and am so glad I chose to read it!

Trajectories is a thrilling and interesting addition to the werewolf genre, one that blends real-life issues—such as having a relative in the military—with paranormal ones, thus making a well-balanced story. I really enjoyed the plot points dealing with Kitty’s father being in Iraq and the strains of his absence on the family.

Although some sentences could have been combined to add to the fluidness of the writing, Ms. Grant demonstrates strength in her descriptions, dialogue, and authenticity of the teen voice. She also successfully utilizes the third person point-of-view to portray Kitty and all her emotions, struggles, and discoveries. At first Kitty seems kind of self-centered and takes the easy way out of things, but as the story progresses, she undergoes a change and becomes a stronger person, in more ways than one.

There’s no romance in the book, but the friendship Kitty forms with Phinney is fun and a bit heartwarming to read about, and so are Kitty’s relationships with her family and friends. The strains of her werewolf hunting are wonderfully illustrated and further ground the story, making it even more believable.

With Trajectories, Tess Grant presents a well-written, action-packed, and emotion-fueled story that will leave readers wanting more. Thank goodness it’s a trilogy!

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