Now available on Kindle! https://www.amazon.com/Poet-Tongue-Ky...Ravaging Animal or Gentle Spirit?Violet is an outcast. She’s bullied at school, her boyfriend is abusive and she doesn’t have a family to call her own. But when a terrible truth emerges, Violet decides she’s had enough with the life she’s faced with, and desires to kill herself. But someone, or something thinNow available on Kindle! https://www.amazon.com/Poet-Tongue-Ky...Ravaging Animal or Gentle Spirit?Violet is an outcast. She’s bullied at school, her boyfriend is abusive and she doesn’t have a family to call her own. But when a terrible truth emerges, Violet decides she’s had enough with the life she’s faced with, and desires to kill herself. But someone, or something thinks she’s worth saving. When she’s bitten by Tohon, a werewolf warrior, they discover that Violet has the power to destroy an enemy that haunts Tohon’s pack.These new werewolf abilities might be too much for Violet to handle on her own.In this riveting Young Adult novel about facing your fears, death, friendship and love, Violet must decide who she really is; a raging animal, or a kind spirit.This book is available on Lulu:http://www.lulu.com/shop/kyla-stan/po......
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Poet Tongue Reviews
Werewolves have been used in many ways in literature and film: sometimes for horror and blood and gore, sometimes for love and lust, sometimes as symbols of humanity (or loss thereof) or as symbols of big change and transition. In Poet Tongue, the debut work by Kyla Stan, the werewolves are used to symbolize a change in character, but I was pleasantly surprised by the change they symbolized here.Violet is an outcast both in school and at home. Her father is out of the picture, and her mother barely acknowledges her existence. The cheerleaders and other popular students look down on her and bully her. And he boyfriend…well, he’s a big jerky cheater. Her only friends are Rose—another girl on the fringes of the crowd at school—and her heavy metal band mates. Things are so bad that Violet has a suicide note ready and goes to the top of a cliff in the Washington State wilderness.This is a werewolf story, so it’s pretty obvious what ultimately happens to her, and before long she’s sprouting fangs, fur, claws, and paws. But the change isn’t fueled by the moon; instead it’s spurred on by her emotional state—something she may need to learn how to control.Usually werewolves, or Skin Walkers as they’re called here, come from other werewolves. That honor goes to Tohon, a young adult member of a local pack that live in the woods. He feels responsible for altering Violet’s life forever and vows to protect and teach her. Apparently, if she strays too far from the pack, she’ll go “rogue” and be unable to control her more animalistic urges.The imagery in this story is outstanding. All scenery, particularly with the book’s emphasis on nature, is vividly painted. The character development is strong, and the relationship between Violet and Tohon evolves at just the right pace. There’s great internal conflict within Violet, and there’s also enough external conflict—a zealot and his followers out to hunt the Skin Walkers—to keep the book gripping.My only quibbles with the story concern the fates of the supporting cast from Violet’s previous life. The jerky boyfriend gets some comeuppance for his jerky transgressions, but some might think it’s a little too much. Violet’s friends in the band and Rose—poor Rose—deserve an explanation from Violet about where she’s been and headed.These are relatively minor issues, and Violet’s well-developed character arc more than makes up for them. She grows strong in many ways and finds herself along the way. It’s a nice inversion of the typical werewolf as lone wolf outcast; instead, she finds a place to belong because she chooses to defend and fight for the pack against its hunters. Though she’s a sensitive character, she’s also a tough heroine. Her toughness, and the story, is more than skin deep at FOUR STARS.
A very good read from a promising first time author. Good character development, you cared about the Violet from page one.
Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.This fantasy was short and easy to read. The plot was okay. Except for Rose liking Sid, the supporting characters had no lives outside of interacting with Violet. Violet apparently went to the worst-disciplined high school in America. First, some cheerleaders regularly threw stuff at Violet at school and beat Violet so badly she ended up in the hospital, but they got away with it. Then, Violet viciously beats a cheerleader bloody and breaks her nose in a school hallway filled with students. She isn't even called to the principal's office, never mind arrested for assault. Rose's theory is Violet will get off with a warning because she gets good grades. (I had good grades in high school. That never saved me from a trip to the dean's office.) Also, Violet suffers no physical or mental consequences for what happened to Jake, and she abandons her mother and her best friends without even saying goodbye. Somethings are too fantastical.Note: There are a few misspellings.
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway. It was only a novella and I was surprised at that when I got it. It was a good book for the YA crowd of which I am not a part.It was simply put together with a minimum of characters. I liked the main plotline of a girl who has nothing in her life except bullying and an obvious absent parent finding a family. Even if that family is a pack of werewolves. BUT, I would have liked a bit more content. Her getting away with the murder of her former boyfriend,( or I assume she did since there was no more talk of it,) was a bit unrealistic. There wasn't enough follow up to other events as well.As a teen aimed book, then points were made. I just like a more complicated tale.
I enjoy reading a good werewolf story. Stan's beautiful prose created an interesting backdrop for a girl's struggle growing up. I think that part is easily relatable to a lot of teens that feel alienated (myself included growing up).