Friday, February 28, 2014

The Better to Bite by Cynthia Eden
The Better to Bite by Cynthia Eden
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 12/11/13
Date read: December 13, 2013

Cynthia Eden
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Don’t go into the woods.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Lambert knows that the woods near her new home aren’t safe. She’s seen the wolves that stalk through that dark forest, but Anna doesn’t scare easily.

Anna is cursed–or gifted, depending on how you look at it–with the ability to find anyone or anything that is lost. So when folks start disappearing in the small town of Haven, Anna’s father, the sheriff, has to use her special skills as they begin to hunt for a killer.

But the killer isn’t exactly human. As Anna is pulled deeper into the secrets of Haven–a town that is truly cursed–she finds herself falling for two, equally mysterious boys. With the danger closing in, one of those boys may just turn out to be her savior. And the other? He could be a very big, very bad…beast.

Beware of beasts…and boys…with bite.
Thoughts on The Better to Bite: Oh, my goodness! I LOVED Anna's gift. Such a horrible, wonderful ability to have. To be able to give closure and potentially help people who have gone missing and yet to so often get there too late to do any good... *shudders*

Now, as far as the romance angle, I'm kind of iffy on love triangles as it is. I'm also a sucker for literary bad boys and Rafe has the bad boy thing down. He was clearly my favorite. Clearly. Brent was... okay. The rivalry between the boys felt a bit contrived. While I could see why Anna was torn between them -- for all she's attracted to Rafe from the first time she sees him, Rafe's a little rough around the edges whereas Brent is smooth and knows how to flatter -- I was more interested in the mystery of who was hunting in Haven than who she'd ultimately end up with.

Although, come to think, wondering if one of them was behind the attacks did make for some tense moments.

Bottom line, I liked the town of Haven and the secrets -- oh, the secrets! -- it hid. While I completely disagree with Anna's father not letting her in on what the town was and how it might affect her, unraveling the whos and whys made for some fun reading.

I'm going on record as saying I'd be totally down with reading more Haven-centric craziness.

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