REVIEW: Pull of the Moon (Wolfblood #1) by Robert Rigby

Pull of the Moon by Robert Rigby
Series: Wolfblood #1
Published by Hot Key Books on 31st December 2015
Pages: 240
Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for another review*

The first thrilling WOLFBLOOD book - based on the smash-hit CBBC series! 

WOLFBLOOD follows teenage Wolfbloods. Humans with the ability to transform into wolves at the full moon and at times when they're stressed. This mysterious race has lived among us for centuries. Wolfbloods have superhuman powers in the form of strength, speed, agility and heightened senses, and retain these even when in human form. 

Fourteen-year-old Maddy lives with her mother and father high in the moors of the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Her Wolfblood nature - and that of her parents - is her most closely guarded secret. She tries to live as normal a life as possible, but there is danger at every turn, with her best friend determined to track down the secret of the 'beasts of the moors'; and the pull of the full moon every month tempting the Wolfbloods. And on top of this, the trials and tribulations of ordinary teenage life . . . Then into her life steps a stranger, Rhydian, and one who she realises with shock is just like her . . . 

Maddy and Rhydian must hide their secret from even their closest friends, or the Wolfblood race could be in deadly danger.

PULL OF THE MOON is the first in the series of four WOLFBLOOD books.
Yes! I didn't realise this TV series was going to be published in book form until I received an email from Hot Key Books, and I knew immediately I had to read them. When this series was first released on TV I was a big fan, but just never watched series 2 or 3. However, this first instalment did not disappoint, it is very similar to the first series, and thoroughly enjoyable. The covers are okay, they stand out and tell you what you need to know; I am also pleased they did not come out looking too cheesy.

Pull of the Moon follows a family of Wolfbloods in a small country village, as Maddy awaits her first transformation. However, the surprise arrival of the unknown Wolfblood Rhydian causes tension within their small village, as the risk of exposure becomes more apparent as the await the transformation of two new Wolfbloods.

The characters of this novel. They feel so realistic, I think it helps having watched the TV show to get a grasp of the characters, but I love seeing their passion and enthusiasm, alongside not being afraid to be who they are. The emotions exhibited were raw and realistic, and I enjoyed being able to view the plot from four points of view. Rigby did a brilliant job of intertwining all the characters, as you were easily able to identify who was speaking.

The plot of this novel as I said previously stuck very close the TV series. It was addictive and dangerous, unlike many younger werewolf novels out there; it is certainly unique! I think the only thing that knocked the star off for me was that the writing felt very simple, meaning it was very apparent that this series is targeted towards a younger audience. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less and made for an easy and adventurous read!

Therefore, I would certainly recommend giving this series a go, alongside watching the TV show, for it is certainly unique for the age range it is targeting.

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