Friday, June 24, 2011

De-romanticized Vampires and Werewolves for Young Adults

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is a young adult book I received as part of the Amazon Vine Program. This is a sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group. I didn't read the first book, but I don't think it made any difference. I had no trouble picking up the plot, the story was fun, and it was an easy read. Toby the thirteen year-old narrator, wakes up in the hospital, after being found in a dingo pen on a wildlife preserve. He has no idea what happened to him. From the title of the book, I made a pretty educated guess.

The story starts out a bit slow but the pace picks up and the light-heated tone turns dark. I'm not a big fan of first person narratives. I think it limits the insight into the other characters. That, plus the uneven pacing and lack of transformation made it less entertaining for me. But I do think the story will appeal to younger horror fans.

Product Description From Amazon

"When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen. He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous “condition.” Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It’s not until he’s kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them—and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means."

Available at Amazon:About the Author

CATHERINE JINKS was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and later spent four years studying medieval history at the University of Sydney. After working for several years in a bank, she married a Canadian journalist and lived for a short time in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is now a full-time writer, residing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales with her husband Peter and their daughter Hannah. Catherine is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award, and has also won a Victorian Premier's Literature Award, the Ena Noel Award for Children's Literature, and an Aurealis Award for Science Fiction. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal

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