Silver White by Shawn Underhill is amazing young adult novel that treads a thin genre line. It is both a coming of age novel and a paranormal. Evie the heroine has not only been stood up by a fellow who should have been grateful to go out with her, but she just ruined a favorite pair of jeans, not by cutting them, or writing on them, but by turning into a wolf.
Evie wakes disoriented and naked outside her home, wondering how she got there. The last thing she remembered was being angry, very angry. Her mother bundles her onto a plane to fly back to her grandfather’s estate where most of the rest of the family lives.
Her grandparents’ farm with endless acres of forests always brought her a sense of peace. It feels good to be back, but different too. Everyone around her is talking in coded language; her cousin Erica has developed a sudden jealously toward her and a taste for risky behavior.
Safely, tucked away with her grandparents and cousins, Evie learns from her cousin Erica that besides turning into wolves her family has a few other oddities and checkered history. Erica and Evie decide to delve into the family history to find out what they aren’t being told. The big cats’ appearance sends the family into an uproar and stalls their investigation.
Silver White does a beautiful job on revealing the many internal conflicts an average teenage girl who has an extra issue of mutating into a wolf at will. There is excellent conflict between the cousins. Every female knows about female against female jealousy. Erica wrestles with both her affection and jealousy, for her cousin Evie. The wood scenes are particularly exhilarating.
Silver White is an excellent read for teen and adult alike. The close family unity and love is quite a change from the usual teen tales. Apparently, wolves have closer family units. It is a fast, fun read. Currently, it is ninety-nine cents at Amazon. It is a fast, fun read.