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I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for your average werewolf story. Duncan's attempt is much more of a contemplative, introspective look at a werewolf's life. Above all, despite previous marketing, I would not promote this as " Twilight for adults. Reviewed by: Jennifer Lawrence. Maggie is the alpha of the pack, and despite kicking some tail to get the position, she finds herself cramped under the pressure to lead not just her people, but her family, into the future. The former alpha, Eli, was caught trying to kill Maggie's brother, so things are tense in the pack, and a series of mysterious attacks aren't helping.
Neither is Dr. Nick Thatcher, the gorgeous man Maggie finds poking around Grundy, Alaska trying to prove that werewolves are real. Her libido, however, is just a distraction when it begins to look like another pack might be trying to take Maggie's territory from her. As a lead, Maggie is less fun than Mo, from Harper's first werewolf book. She's sassy, though, and a little mean, and a heck of a lot more conflicted.
Harper is an excellent writer. She weaves a tale that feels ordinary despite the mystical elements, and integrates pack mentality and politics into the Alaskan wilderness seamlessly. Definitely recommended for public paranormal romance collections, Harper's werewolf books will also likely appear to urban fantasy fans as well. Contains: language, graphic sex scenes, some violence. Reviewed by: Michele Lee. By the Light of the Moon by Larry Kerr. If you slap a howling werewolf on the cover readers know what your bad guy is and spending two hundred pages with your characters still in the dark can easily become tedious rather than a delightfully gory romp through a dark night.
This is the most glaring problem with By the Light of the Moon , which stars a paranoid newspaper reporter, his girlfriend, and a small town cop squaring off against a vicious, strong, mysterious creature who gets really hungry every full moon. It also doesn't help that the best and sometimes only real descriptions come from the characters telling each other how poignant that scene is, or how relevant this fact is.
By the Light of the Moon is not a bad book.
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Kerr's strength is his characterization, and he recognizes how to strike all the dramatic moments. Given its higher small press price tag, it's not the best option for public collections, but werewolf fans, especially the die-hard werewolf-monster-killer fans will dig it. Contains: violence and language. Available: paperback and multiformat digital. Anthologies like On the Prowl are becoming more common these days, particularly in urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
On the Prowl is a shape shifter-themed collection of four novellas by authors writing in pre-established worlds. It features a prequel to Brigg's Alpha and Omega series, set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson books; a side story from Wilks' Lupi series, set between the third and fourth books but starring a secondary character; a story set in Karen Chance's Dorina Basarab world but led by side characters; and a short story from Sunny that's like a summary of the first four of her Monere books. While these types of books are more for series completists than public collections they can help fans of the genre or a particular theme learn about new authors whose works they might love.
On the Prowl is recommended for collections that have a lot of paranormal readers, and of course to librarians and booksellers themselves who like to have an understanding of the variety of books on the shelves. It's a decent "sampler" of paranormal works that requires little investment and can certainly spark the urge to go out and try new books. Contains: sex, mentions of abuse, some violence. River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Ace, Available: Hardcover and multiformat digital. Just as Lord of the Rings established a plethora of fantasy standards Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series has left its mark on urban fantasy.
In this sixth book of the series, Mercy has made her commitment to the local werewolf alpha, Adam. In fact, after a surprise wedding like a surprise birthday party , Adam whisks Mercy off on a ten day camping trip in a plush trailer lent to them by the fae. Since the fae never give anything for free, both Mercy and Adam are suspicious, but determined not to let that ruin their alone time. Then a river monster, an ancient Native American cannibal, rises and claims Mercy as its own. Briggs is excellent at drawing in both readers and multicultural magical elements.
In this story she isolates Adam and Mercy from their pack, and sets them up against what might as well be a god. Briggs reminds readers that they don't need European vampires and Nordic werewolves for intrigue and adventure: America has plenty of secrets all its own. This series is very popular, for good reason. It strikes a perfect balance between urban fantasy elements—romance, mystery, horror and magic. It is led by strong, but not perfect characters whose power might set them apart with a less talented literary hand.
Instead Briggs keeps them human, valiant, noble, challenged and even light-hearted. Readers looking to try out urban fantasy would do well to start here, and a librarian on a tight budget will most likely see this series gives a high interest value for the money. Contains: violence, language, sexual situations. Wild by Naomi Clark. KDP, Available: Kindle ebook. Lizzie is an addict in an abusive relationship. Abandoned on the street after a fight and attacked, she's now a werewolf too.
Wild is at heart a tale of redemption and the crippling effect abuse has on a person. It's also a tale of werewolves on the cusp of exposure, fighting not to be defined by the worst and most stereotypical among them. So it's not surprising that this book has yet to really connect with its audience. Collins' Sonja Blue books. While the popularity of urban fantasy has, in many ways, led to the solidification and some might say stagnation of the genre, it's books like these with a somewhat different tempo, but excellent story lines and writing, that fall through the cracks.
Wild is a fantastic book, dark in ways that are somewhat uncomfortable, but ultimately hopeful. Lizzie's struggle with addiction and self esteem makes it a book that will connect with readers unexpectedly and an excellent addition to public collections. Contains: drug use, sex, violence, language. Review by Michele Lee. Pocket, Mo is a woman so desperate to escape her overwhelming hippie mother that she moves all the way to Alaska.
She ends up in the tiny town of Grundy, where bears and elk roam, where the whole town it seems is looking for a wife, and where her neighbor just happens to be a werewolf. Cooper has a number of secrets of his own, including his lust for the pretty new outsider. Before Mo and Cooper can get together Cooper has to face up to his past, both emotionally and literally. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a fun book, driven by a lead that's enchanting, hilarious and stubbornly charming. There's enough mystery and danger to keep things exciting, but this book shouldn't be confused with a horror novel or even an urban fantasy.
Fun all the way through, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf hooks its claws in early and drags readers along for an off-beat, wilderness-spiked ride. It's a highly recommended and quite enjoyable addition to public and paranormal-loving private collections. Contains: violence, explicit sex. Dog World by Jason McKinney. CreateSpace , Availability: New. The terror responsible for this coming apocalypse is the werewolf.
Werewolves evolved in the Dark Ages and for the most part stayed under the radar…. Not all of the werewolf population feels this way, though. There are quite a few werewolves who respect the humans and will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Together, the humans and human-friendly werewolves will battle to the death to protect the world.
The first waves of the werewolf take-over begin in Iraq with the military. Right away the action takes off. During the fighting there is a lot of military jargon. This is to be expected in a book featuring military personnel as the main characters, but as someone who is not that familiar with the military, I got bogged down trying to figure out the terms. I thought this took away from some of the action. This was disappointing and threw off the timing of the combat scenes as well as dialogue between the characters. I really felt if the book had some hardcore editing done to it, the story would have tightened up and been way more enjoyable.
There is hope. The werewolves and their plans for world domination are just beginning and McKinney left room at the end for a sequel. With a lot of editing and proofreading I believe the author could create a sequel that would showcase his talents and be an asset in the werewolf genre. Not recommended. Contains: graphic gory violence and extreme sexual situations. Review by Brandi Blankenship. The Taming of the Werewolf by Sylvia Shults.
Dark Continents Publishing, Available: New paperback and multiformat ebook. Rather, he took already existing stories and then retold them in such a way that they have endured through the ages. For those of you not quite remembering the plot, Katharina is the eldest daughter of a rich gentleman who is required to be wed before her younger sister, Bianca can marry.
Finally, a man named Petruchio presents himself and proceeds to tame Katharina through atypical, often cruel means, eventually resulting in a docile wife and a triumphant suitor. The author weaves this explanation seamlessly into the existing story, and her writing ability carries us through to an ending that suggests more of a marriage among equals, which will resonate better with modern readers.
I admire her rendition of the main plot. However, the lack of subplots leaves the overall work a bit wanting. Not having these tangents in Taming of the Werewolf at best leaves the novel used up too quickly, at worst creates some noticeable holes in the plot. The most glaring example of this is how Petruchio recognized Vincentio, the father of one of the callers, on a road. Not only had he never met the father in this retelling—he never met the son, either! If only Shults had spent a little more time further developing the story…but alas.
Contains: brief sex scene. Reviewed by: W. Battletree Books, Entitled "A Story of a Weir-Wolf", it was originally published in Set in the Middle Ages, it is a finely woven tapestry of intrigue, betrayal, love and tragedy. I would also highly recommend it as an addition to the personal library of anyone who enjoys reading classic literature.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and Barger's introduction of the history of the werewolf in literature was priceless. Contains: mild violence, some peril. Review by: Rhonda Walton. Visible Ink Press, Available: New and Used. If you want to expand your interest in werewolves and other shapeshifters beyond fiction, to the realms of history, science and the occult, start with this book. Not only does The Werewolf Book have entries on all manner of shape shifting beings from myth, and accounts of supposed real life were-critters, it also encompasses the books and movies that influenced the image of shape shifting and werewolves throughout history and made it what it was today.
Nothing is treated as trivial. Even the effect of comedy, such as Abbot and Costello's monster movies, on the mythos, is dealt with respectfully. While the encyclopedia isn't exhaustive in its entries, it does offer a plethora of titles to seek out for further research. Certainly a core reference for the study of shape shifting beings, The Werewolf Book is an essential part of collections that cater to researchers, occultists, writers, and anyone interested in lycanthropes. Contains: some disturbing descriptions of witch trials and tortures Review by Michele Lee.
Unfortunately; there's a very old werewolf curse on her family, and although the conditions for the inheritance are real, they are also a means to lure Sophia to the arms of an evil creature that prowls outside the castle. It's not a bad book, but it's too passive for urban fantasy fans, and too vague for hardcore historical lovers.
Scent of the Wolf is a stylish old classic werewolf tale that would especially appeal to fans of werewolf horror movies An American Werewolf in London, The Wolfman, etc. Ivan is a total bad guy, a complete jerk who can point out people's stupidity with sinister calm while gleefully killing them. He's also the cargo of two stone cold, no-nonsense mafia transport men who are taking him across Florida to Too bad Ivan just got loose and is now roaming suburban neighborhoods slaughtering people.
Jeff Strand's Wolf Hunt is a wild ride, full of characters who don't fall for all the typical horror novel tropes, and who face their circumstances with casual sensibility. This is definitely a stand out in horror fiction, not just werewolf tales. This is the story for people disillusioned with all the other werewolves out there, especially the thinly veiled alpha male stereotypes.
Highly recommended for private and public collections. Contains: Language, violence, gore. He is starting to believe it may very well consist of a full staff of werewolves. Lupo knows that getting himself involved in this case also puts his closest friends, including his girlfriend Jessie, at risk of harm as well. Could the two be connected? Will Lupo be able to take down this shifty group no pun intended before anyone else gets hurt?
Once again Gagliani has created a wonderful addition to the werewolf subgenre. Fans of this subgenre will definitely want to check out this novel, along with the two previous books in the series, as Gagliani puts a bit of a spin on werewolves. Most werewolf novels tend to either have all good werewolves or all bad, but Gagliani mixes things up. Arctic Wolf Publishing, Many contain paranormal elements and some are written as human horror, but all of them are worth reading.
I found each story to be easy to read, allowing readers of all levels to enjoy this collection. Not to name all of the stories in this book, but three in particular stood out to me. Most people would expect a very different destiny for a werewolf, but Jason feels strongly about his decision and has given up everything to make it happen.
What is the secret and what is the great sacrifice? I would recommend this collection to all horror fans and especially those looking to get into horror without worrying about picking up a book containing extremely graphic sex and gore. Contains: Adult Situations, Adult Language. Review by Rhonda Wilson.
Yet another literary mash up, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a telling of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in.
If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a high brow romance then peppered in some morals, you'd get the same effect. Grand mimics Alcott's style very well, even rounding the edges a bit. Readers who loved the original will likely enjoy this tale particularly because Alcott also wrote gothic style novels, thus the set up of this being the "original" version of Little Women that was rewritten into what we know today is fitting.
While it has a certain charm it also is unlikely to appeal to the contemporary audiences of most paranormal and horror books because of an overdose of generally repressive morals and a lack of plot. The book encompasses about six years in the girls' lives, and a lot happens. Overall, despite promising prose, I found myself disappointed. Those acquiring for public collections should be assured that there are better mash ups out there.
Contains: violence and some gore. Deadtown by Nancy Holzner. Available: mass market and digital. Deadtown depicts a world where parahumans have no civil rights and are forced to live in one area of town, to the point where they have to have permits to leave that area of town. The lead character is Victory Vaughn, the latest in a recent line of Welsh true shape shifters, and a demon hunter.
When one of her clients is found dead Vicky realizes that the Hellion that killed her father is now hunting her. She has to balance her personal life with dealing with a scientist who wants to make her a lab rat, and protecting a client who by all rights she should want dead. Somehow, she must also find it in herself to stop the demon she fears. Deadtown has all the makings of a good urban fantasy, but falls flat in the execution.
Most of the characters are either blah, or completely annoying. Holzner has created an interesting world with her oppressive society, but the plot doesn't revolve around making things better. The characters consistently make choices that are stupid, dangerous and even violent. It's hard to connect with the people in this tale, making it a lackluster example of urban fantasy. Deadtown is not without its charms, so collections that service voracious paranormal readers—or those with no taste for the full-on erotic scenes in other books—will still have a place for Deadtown in their collections.
Contains: Violence, language. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews. Magic Bleeds is the fourth book in Andrews' a husband-wife writing team with a shared pen name Kate Daniels series. Set in a semi-post apocalyptic Atlanta where magic and technology are warring for supremacy over reality, it follows Kate Daniels, a mercenary turned knight protector of the city with a dark secret and a thing for the head of the city's shape shifter organization, Curran.
The fourth book in the series, where Kate faces down magical versions of the crazy and deadly family aunt and magically sentient viruses is not the place to start reading the series. However the whole series is fast paced, action-packed and features some of the best writing in urban fantasy today. Magic Bleeds , as well as the whole series, is highly recommended for collections as Andrews is only a few steps behind standards like Hamilton, Briggs and Harris in popularity. Contains: violence, language, sex.
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs. Orbit, Available: New, used and digital. Raised by the ruler of the werewolves, and loved by the local pack alpha, one would think she's safe. But what kind of a story would that be? In Bone Crossed , the area vampire queen, Marsillia, has discovered that Mercy killed two of her followers and in turn is trying to kill her, permanently.
In a brutal first move, she drains Mercy's vampire friend Stefan and drops him into Mercy's lap, waiting for him to do the killing for her. But the depth of Marsillia's cruelty doesn't end there. Bone Crossed takes a wicked look at the vampires other series are painting as sexy, but ultimately benign fanged creatures.
Briggs' vampires are malicious, sinister immortals who only have quests for power and socio-political manipulations to pass the time. Another popular series, Briggs' Mercy Thompson books are essential to a good modern paranormal collection, not just because of their reader base, but because Briggs gives a good, solid entertaining read every time.
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. Available: hardcover and digital. With the fifth book in her Mercy Thompson series Patricia Briggs moves away from the seemingly more popular vampires and focuses on fairies, also known as the fae. Still shaken after a friend was set up to kill her in the last book, and being brutally raped the book before, Mercy's understandably having problems fully trusting her new role as Adam's mate in the local werewolf pack.
It doesn't help that someone in the pack is actively trying to kill her, using her new link to the pack to do so. The local fae are baring their uncomfortable faces when Mercy receives a cryptic message telling her to take care of the book of fae fairy tales in her possession. Apparently it holds the key to an ancient fae weapon with a past drenched in blood and torture before it was ever even used. Briggs' books are dark, and not without a sexual thrill, but they focus on supernatural creatures as a threat to ordinary lives, rather than as a way to improve them.
This series is a success with readers, as well as being valuable to collections as an excellent example of modern, entertainment-based fiction. Add to this that the Mercy books have been upgraded by the publisher to hardback release giving the books longer shelf life, and increasing the demand for lower-income readers it makes Silver Borne exactly the kind of book that should have a place in public collections. Contains: sex, violence, language.
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris. Available: Hardcover and digital. The popularity of the True Blood television show alone gives the Sookie Stackhouse books of which this is the latest a place on the popular fiction shelves of public collections. But beyond that there's also the bonus of hardback releases leading to longer shelf life and increased demands from lower income readers, and of course, there's the plots.
Any reader or librarian not already aware should quickly learn that the television show is quite different from the book, so audiences might not necessarily cross over. This book is a particularly good example as a lot of the plot involving fae who want Sookie dead, werewolf pack take over and vampire murder attempts seem incidental and wedged in between the day to day occurrences in Sookie's life.
Sookie's life just happens to include a vampire lover, a werewolf friend, a werepanther brother and a fae cousin. Dead in the Family sees Sookie trying to maintain Eric as a lover, without ending up a target for the people who want him dead. A full moon night where she lets the local werewolf pack hunt on her land lands her in the middle of another plot on her life when a body shows up buried on her property. And members of the fae who tried to kill her in the fae war in the last book are still aiming at her, blaming her for their exile from the fae lands.
Altogether it's another book sure to keep readers hooked, but far too busy to be a good place to start the series. Contains: sex, violence. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris. ISBN Available: New and used, hard back, mass market and digital. No one can deny that the Sookie Stackhouse series is popular, but this book book 8 is a hodgepodge of elements rather than an over arcing plot. In From Dead to Worse readers finally learn where Sookie's mind reading power comes from, there's a werewolf war, and another vampire king makes a move to take over the Louisiana territory, which has been significantly weakened by Hurricane Katrina.
But all the conflicts are solved quickly, and largely without much involvement from Sookie. This is a plate-cleaning book for the series, and the start of a slate of books where reader absolutely must read earlier volumes in the series first to understand the significance of the events within. It does deserve a place in public collections, in the interest of series completion and meeting the needs of readers seeking out the current slate of popular fiction.
Contains: Sex, violence. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. Available: New and used, hardback, mass market and digital. Tying fictional worlds to real world happenings is always a delicate affair, and it's almost impossible to assume that a series based in Louisiana would ignore Hurricane Katrina. All Together Dead begins shortly after the hurricane.
As the human and superhuman beings of the area try to recover and help others who need it, a big vampire meeting is happening and the vampire Queen of New Orleans demands that Sookie attend, knowing full well that the other vampire leaders won't be able to resist testing her significantly reduced strength. At the posh vampire hotel, Sookie is reunited with Barry, the only other telepath she knows of, but even they can't protect their patrons from good old human hatred.
The Sookie books have undoubtedly earned a place in public collections due to their popularity and thus they can be expected to be in great reader demand. But they also stand out as unique, and in a way, cultural mirrors of our time, making them weightier than the standard beach read. Contains: violence.
Llewellyn, Available: New and used. This is a New Agey manual on the fantasy creatures we know and love. How to find them, identify them, protect yourself against them, run a basic investigation, as well as a hodgepodge of history and cultural takes can all be found in this book. The author contradicts himself on several occasions and his facts absolutely must be taken with a cup or so of salt.
But each section vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, angels, fae, mermaids, dragons and spirits is also filled with clear historical research, as well as including non-Western folklore. Primarily suited for heavily used New Age or occult collections Monsters is a reminder of just how little we understand about nature, the past, and the world around us. From a cursed former Catholic priest seeking redemption to teens finding themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, there is something here for everyone.
What Adam discovers is that werewolves are guardians of the gates of Hell and keep demons from crossing into our world. The wolf that killed his child succumbed to the temptations of the devil and went rogue. Adam decides to become a guardian to atone for the killings of the other guardians. I love this story because Keith uses Christian lore as a basis for the existence of werewolves and portrays them as good creatures, not the murderous beasts we usually see them portrayed as. A female wolf has lost her mate to a car and her pups have been stillborn.
In her loneliness, she seeks company, and finds a baby who she wishes to protect from its father. Again, I loved this story because the werewolf in question is by no means a murderous beast but a loving mother. This is a fun read that takes a different slant on the werewolf story. I would love to see The Guardian turned into something longer—a novella perhaps? I recommend it to any horror fan. Contains: some sex and lots of violence and gore. Some books wrap themselves up in the tropes of a genre like a comfortable blanket, and others seem to transcend genre and theme with their very nature.
Silver Kiss is one of these. Labeled an "urban werewolf novel", it's the tale of Ayla, a werewolf, and Shannon, a human, trying to make a new life together as part of Ayla's Pack and family while they deal with the recent murder of Ayla's cousin Adam which drew her back to the Pack in the first place which may not be an isolated event.
There's also a new street drug that's highly addictive to werewolves and triggers their animal instincts, making them rage-filled animals ready to fight. Sure enough, Shannon and Ayla get dragged in and blackmailed , ending up way over their heads. Silver Kiss is not an urban fantasy or paranormal romance. It is a werewolf mystery, with a strong overlying theme of community and family acceptance and how it relates to humans, werewolves, and lesbians.
Ayla is a high-strung character whose nervous energy infects a book that otherwise has very much normalized the concept of werewolves and werewolf culture. Her emotionality does, at times, distract from the main plot, possibly the book's only flaw, and her independent streak leads her to distrust the people around her, even family and friends. Clark has created an interesting balance between the paranormal elements and the struggle for normalcy in what's considered deviancy even in our supposedly modern and accepting culture. Highly recommended for library collections, with a good mystery and moments of surprising depth, Silver Kiss is the sort of stand out, inclusive fiction that more collections should have on their shelves.
Contains: sex, violence, cursing Review by Michele Lee. Check that. Make it: FUN! Rarely have I read a book that thrilled me, chilled me, and tickled my funny bone throughout, but this one did so in spades. Duncan and Powers deliver a wonderful look into the world of the lycanthrope with their thoughtful Manual for the Newly Bitten. For a second take on Frenzy Way, Colleen Wanglund gives her take:. They have been hunted and slaughtered by the few who knew of their existence.
Now they have quietly assimilated into human society, with most humans being none the wiser. However when a string of grisly murders occurs in New York City, committed by a rogue werewolf, their coexistence becomes threatened. The crime scenes are left a bloody mess, with the heads of the victims missing.
Who are John Stalk and Angela Domini and what do they have to do with these murders? As Captain Mace gets closer to the unbelievable truth his superiors distance themselves from him and the investigation. Mace will risk his reputation, his career, and his life to stop the murderer from reviving an ancient conflict that threatens both sides. Gregory Lamberson tells a great story in The Frenzy Way.
He is able to wrap a crime drama around a supernatural core without getting bogged down in the details. He brings together myths of the werewolf from a variety of cultures, including pop culture icons like Little Red Riding Hood and silver bullets.
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Witches were thought to be real, why not werewolves? They really made this book for me. I also enjoyed the gore. There was TONS of it without going overboard. There were quite a few surprises along the way, and the final showdown between our rogue and Captain Mace will leave you wondering until the very end. The Frenzy Way is a must-read for any horror fan. Contains: graphic sex, graphic gore, and violence.
Review byColleen Wanglund. Part horror, part police procedural, The Frenzy Way is a madcap ride of killings and chases as police captain Anthony Mace tries to hunt down a serial killer who appears to be of the wolf variety. Is he taking these as souvenirs for himself or using them for some other reason? This is one of many questions that Mace and his team must answer as they hunt down the killer.
Along with a great cast, The Frenzy Way also has numerous graphic scenes that all gore-hounds will love. Some of my favorite moments in the book were when a girl was having sex with the killer only to turn around and see a wolf behind them. I can only imagine the terror each of those victims faced at that moment. Additionally, several murder scenes were fleshed out in detail.
Lamberson keeps the story flowing from beginning to end with the reader not able to stop turning the page due to the anticipation of what is next to come! Despite her coven's attempts to save her, time has moved on, the spirit of the Wolf Mother has grown slowly inside her, and the people of the her coven have found other life paths.
Now, as their children edge into adulthood, the remaining members of the white coven find themselves under attack by Carrie, now fully under the control of the Wolf Mother and determined to take out the coven that held her bound for so long. The decision on including Of Wolf and Man in public collections is a split one. The first half of the book, if not more, is spent in slow set up, so much that a chunk of readers will not make it past page , where most of the action actually starts.
Once the plot pushes forward, so does the speed of the book and the attention to detail and story, avalanching toward a dramatic end. At first, the story seems scattered and restless, nothing but detail with no action to make the handful of point of view characters and their back stories relevant. Slow to advance, the story does bloom into a more familiar traditional horror tale, complete with complex character and plot and payoff for patient and bloodthirsty readers. Of Wolf and Man shouldn't be included because of its subject matter, but rather because of its style.
In libraries where Stephen King and his stylistically similar peers are popular, readers will find this book to be an interesting new slant on werewolves. However, wiith so much werewolf fiction available in paranormal romance and urban fantasy these days, readers coming from that angle will find this book too slow to start and lacking the drive and focus they're used to. With so much crossover between the two types of readers, librarians should consider their audience before adding this one to their collections.
Contains: sex, violence Review by Michele Lee. Wild Justice by C. Fern Cook. Createspace, Fern Cook's first book, Wild Evolution , introduced us to Dan Tucker, a rural Colorado rancher who suffered a bite from what he believed was a wild dog, but was in fact a werewolf. In this second book of her paranormal Wild Series , Cook delves deeper into her main characters, Dan Tucker and his soon-to-be-wife Angela. Wild Justice picks up right where Wild Evolution left off, with Tucker still trying to come to grips with how to handle and keep under wraps his newfound transformation ability.
Feeling removed from his pack, both in animal and human form, Tucker decides to focus his energies on his upcoming wedding and future business endeavors. Then things take a disastrous turn, and Tucker finds it necessary to transform into a werewolf once again. Without giving too much away, it is important to note that Cook touches on a some hard-hitting topics in Wild Justice that force the reader to think about and face some disturbing but unfortunately common practices. Cook effectively intertwines this subject matter into the plot of the story, which ultimately gives more depth to Tucker's character.
As with Cook's first book in the series, her writing style will appeal to a wide variety of readers of different ages. It is a quick read, and leaves off at another great cliff-hanger for the next book in the series. After reading Wild Evolution and Wild Justice , readers will find it imperative to get their hands on book three to see where Tucker's choices and actions will lead him next. Wild Justice is an ideal book for a public library collection, and an absolute must have for small town, rural public libraries. Be sure to pick up book one in the series, as these novels must be read in order.
And he REALLY wasn't expecting said animal to turn out to be a werewolf that belonged to a pack of werewolves that decide to hunt him down, since he has killed one of their own. Given a head start, Chev makes it to a little grocery store in the town of Easter Glen on foot and meets up with some townsfolk. Together they try to make a break for it, but soon Chev learns of a pact that the townsfolk have made with the werewolves. At that point everyone has choices to make. Hopefully they will make the right choices, and make it out alive, but will they? Lorne Dixon has taken a refreshing look at the world of werewolves.
He keeps you clawing at the edge of your seat up until the very end of Snarl. The story is fast-paced throughout, with enough action and plot twists to keep you guessing all the way through so that you aren't sure exactly how things are going to wrap up. It's a very powerful novella and feels more like a full novel. The main character in the story is very likable and you sympathize with him immediately wanting to help him out of his predicament, especially considering he just happened to be "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
This is my first experience with the works of Lorne Dixon, but I will definitely be looking into reading more by this fine author as I was highly entertained by Snarl. Chev, a trucker, Ross, a grandfather and David, his ten year old grandson who just lost his whole family to a house fire, all have the bad luck to find themselves in a horror novel, the kind where the characters get lost and end up in a tiny town terrorized by a gang who also happen to be werewolves.
The human townies can't give the outsiders over to the beasts quickly enough, and the werewolves want to use Chev and Ross as excuses to break the pact made between human and monster fifty years ago. Snarl is a tale that belongs with the best of werewolf movies: fast-paced, dark, and gruesome. Between humans willing to live complacently with the brutal deaths of many others as long as it isn't them and shape shifters who might have motive to slaughter, there are no clear good guys. For werewolf and general horror fans, it's a good, solid read and would make a quality addition to public and private libraries looking to expand the number of horror titles in their collection.
Contains: Gore, language, violence. Wild Evolution by C. Penumbra Publishing, The life of Dan Tucker, a normal rancher in a normal Colorado rural town with all the normal small town characters, is turned upside down when he suffers a bite from what he believed was a wild dog. Tucker embraces this transformation, but not without ramifications, such as murder, and the subsequent deteriorating friendship with his best friend, the local cop, Tony Ramirez. In this first book of her paranormal Wild Series, C. Fern Cook takes a unique spin on werewolf mythology.
She uses her knowledge of the Colorado landscape and small town atmospheres to take great care in describing the settings and interactions of her characters with nature and each other. Additionally, her background as an officer of the law helps in accurately depicting scenes involving police officer Tony Ramirez, his dealings with his fellow co-workers, the community at large, and his investigation methods. Wild Evolution is easily accessible for adult readers as well as older young adults. She uses very little profanity, and her descriptions of violence and gore are just enough to produce the desired fear and suspense effect without being overly graphic.
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Added bits of romance provide another conflict element, but without overpowering the main focus of the story. The story moves quickly beginning from the very first page, and it ends at a perfect cliff-hanger for her next book in the series. Readers will itch to get their hands on the second book as soon as possible. This is an ideal book for a public library collection, and an absolute must have for small town, rural public libraries.
Review by Kelly Fann. Wolf's Gambit by W. The second book in Gagliani's Wolf Cycle series is a bit different than the first, Wolf's Trap, as there is more than one bad guy involved. In the opening scene a man is actually killed by three werewolves near Eagle River, where Nick Lupo's girlfriend, Jessie, resides. Nick and Jessie suspect werewolves are involved, but Arnow is obviously in the dark.
What they don't know is that a man who calls himself Mr. XYZ is controlling this pack of werewolves. Somehow, Lupo needs to take down the whole pack without getting himself killed in the process. Wolf's Gambit takes on a whole new angle from Wolf's Trap with the multi-killer aspect. In the first book, Lupo only had to contend with one human killer, but in this novel he is up against a whole pack of militant werewolves that appear to be stronger than him. It's like one man against an army! I liked how Gagliani added in the emotions going on in Lupo's head when he was struggling with the doubts of those he thought trusted him.
I felt it truly gave me a more personal look into Lupo. That's just one example of character development- Gagliani showed several examples of that as well with some of the other recurring characters. This is truly shaping out to be a great series and I'm greatly anticipating book three.
Highly recommended! Wolf's Trap by W. In Lupo's first adventure, he is involved in tracking down a serial killer that seems to have some kind of strange obsession with lipstick. To make matters worse, Lupo senses that the killer is gunning for him specifically by some of the messages he is leaving behind at the scenes of his crimes. This puts a fear in Lupo that those he gets close to might also be in danger. He has been struggling with his werewolf side for years, and now with a competitor on the loose he fears that it may prove to be too much of a challenge to keep his inner wolf under control.
Gagliani had me hooked from page one with this first novel. He takes a different writing style from most authors in that he chops his chapters up based on who the main focus is and labels them as such. This made the book an extremely fast-paced read and had me flying through it! Gagliani juggles lots of interrelated storylines to clue readers into past events in the lives of many of the characters as they were growing up- events which, of course, shape the future. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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