The Sun-Herald book review
…as the wolf inside (Jatta) stirs, it brings with it violence, bloodshed and heartache. These wolf transformations are particularly chilling…
Outwardly, Jatta is a timid mouse, a diminutive and coddled princess. We soon learn, however, that there is more to Jatta than meets the eye. For one, there is her gigantic, armoured, blood-thirsty werewolf. Yet even when not in her wolf suit, Jatta is more than a match for her enemies who often underestimate her. Intelligent yet naïve, determined yet fragile, weak yet deadly. Jatta is all of these. As such, she is a complex character, beautifully flawed, riddled with contradictions and, thus, a delightfully enticing heroine. Arthmael, who knows and loves his sister best sums her up perfectly, ‘You know, Jay, you look like a kid, you cry like a girl, but you think like a wizened old soul.’
This is a classic-yet-reinvented struggle of an innocent girl - for the most part - against cruel men and devious monsters. From the front cover, with its striking image of the Jatta-wolf, through to the cast of tormented characters, the multifarious layers of plot, and the sweeping majesty of Hale’s sumptuous landscapes, readers will be captivated.
The Weekend Australian book review
This is a cut above much of the teenage fantasy genre…Jenny Hale even manages to breathe life into some minor characters, a feat right up there with several her heroine performs. As well as wolves and spooks there are ingenious plot twists and some convoluted ethical issues, but no sign of a heavy hand. A final bonus is some humour albeit rather dark.
Heyteenager book review and author interview
One thing which I really loved about this novel was the main female protagonist, and the book's namesake, Jatta. She grew extraordinarily through the novel, from being shy and wealthy and not questioning the things her father told her, to being independent, able to strike out on her own. I also felt that the relationships between Jatta and the other characters - especially her older brother Arthmael, who was incredibly frustrating at times, but who was only looking out for his sister - really made this novel great.
Buzzwords book review
Even when you can bear to put the book down, the world she has created swirls in your mind. Endless possibilities and hopes for the ill-fated heroine persist.
Jatta towers above mediocrity and has already won a chunk of the teen audience. I predict it will move easily into the crossover market.