Media Source: NetGalley
If Vivian’s life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues
It’s three thousand miles to Maryland, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a gram of coke in my pocket, it’s dark… and we’re not wearing sunglasses. I start the engine.
“Let’s hit it.”
I may or may not have a small girl-crush on Jennifer Harlow. Between her amazing taste in music (“Feeling Good”, originally by Nina Simone, is heavily featured in this book and is one of my all-time favorite songs), her sense of humor and her fantastic books…. yup. Full on girl-crush. We should go out for coffee. (Call me!)
I reviewed Ms Harlow’s book “What’s a Witch To Do” in March of last year and I loved that. Werewolf Sings the Blues takes place a little before What’s a Witch To Do, as you get to see the beginning of the courtship between Mona and Adam Blue.
But in this book, you get to see into Adam’s life in his pack, and the romance between Vivian and Jason — a human singer trying to catch the big break, and Jason, the werewolf who has set out to protect her and bring her safely home to her absent father — whom Viv has just realized is also a werewolf, hence his absence.
As much as I dislike the use of heavy drugs, Jason (small spoiler) helps her quit that and helps make Vivian into a better person. Jason seems hard and cold and disinterested, until Vivian gets a good look into his eyes… and there you can see the shy, quiet, good man he really is. Just like Adam Blue, I want a Jason of my own.
Jennifer Harlow really got my attention with this book by bringing music into it. I love singing. It is the one thing I know I can do well and that helps me get through everything consistently. The fact that Vivian has lyrics to “Feeling Good” tattooed down her back makes me love Vivian immediately. Both characters have their flaws, but they help each other out and work through it… and when devastation hits the pack… They become stronger.
To wrap this up, I highly recommend that everyone buy this book and read it as soon as it comes out on March 8th. It’s a fantastic series that I would love to read more of. The complexity of the characters, the music, and the sense of humor she writes — all amazing. It will make you laugh out loud, hug a pillow and possibly cry… and you’ll walk away humming “Feeling Good” or “Someone to Watch Over Me”.
PS> To share my favorite cover of “Feeling Good” — look up the cover done by Muse. That’s all I’m sayin’. (I could go on and on about the song. Just don’t get me started.)