(This review may contain spoilers).
I read this book series originally quite a while ago and found myself really engaged by it. While I do think werewolves are as over-used as vampires have been, I found the Prowlers different and unique enough to really engage me throughout this book. And that was helped along by the fact the characters were interesting enough that I cared about them and what was happening.
While the start of the book didn’t really have much action to it, I found myself enjoying the relationship between Jack and his sister in particular. It was good to see the characters from each others’ eyes. The Prowlers were little more than animals, though, and I would have liked a little bit more depth than actually ended up being shown about them. The Pack hierarchy was really interesting to view, but some of the decisions made by the pack leader seemed to be really arrogant and something that would end up with them being discovered. I was left with the problem that if they didn’t care about being discovered, why would they concern themselves with hiding their lair in the first place?
One of the really interesting aspects I found about this book was the Ghostlands. There wasn’t enough detail about why only Jack could see them and not anyone else, but the descriptions of the world were enough that, in some respects, they felt more real than the world of the living.
One of my favourite parts of this book was the fact that it didn’t follow the formula of the main character being disbelieved by everyone around him. It was really good to see how he was trusted enough by his family that they knew he was telling the truth, even if Jack couldn’t tell them everything about what he was seeing.
One of my favourite characters in this book was probably Artie. He was more interesting as a ghost than he was alive and the fact that he wasn’t alive anymore added a lot of conflict and depth to his friendship with Jack that made both more interesting.
I found this book drew me in really easily once more, despite having read it before. I definitely plan to re-read the remaining three books soon in the future.