Kalix the emo berserker werewolf makes a moody return in Millar's witty, chaotic sequel to 2008's Lonely Werewolf Girl. Offered an allowance by her mother if she does well at remedial college, Kalix is soon distracted by the murder of her former lover. She's determined to get to the bottom of the murder but soon discovers that, in addition to being a laudanum-addicted, anorexic cutter, she's much better at mass slaughter than investigating. Only after a series of seemingly unrelated subplots come together does she stand a chance at vengeance. Millar introduces a cast of thousands, including fashion-obsessed fire elemental royalty, a werewolf sorceress, and would-be werewolf rock stars, deftly weaving together a myriad of subplots as the narrative hurtles toward the conclusion. The dialog reads like a good British sitcom, and if the characters are somewhat shallow, it has the odd effect of making their personal revelations more poignant by the end. (Aug.) (c)
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Kalix, the depressed laudanum addicted teen werewolf from Lonely Werewolf Girl (2008), is still living in London with university students Daniel and Moonglow, and now she’s also enrolled. Kalix’s mother, the Mistress of Werewolves, is paying for her to stay with the poverty-stricken students as long as they can get her to attend her remedial classes. Vex, Queen Malveria’s soon-to-be-adopted niece, has also moved in while going to the same school, where she awards herself gold stars for her poems about life as a fire elemental. Meanwhile the guild that is dedicated to the destruction of werewolves is getting bolder as one of its members starts up a romantic relationship with Thrix, Kalix’s fashion designer/werewolf/sorceress sister. While Malveria obsesses about fashion and her rival, others plot to overthrow them and steal their kingdoms. Mayhem is bound to ensue when all the players are drawn to Scotland by a fund-raising opera taking place at the same time as a Yum Yum Sugary Snacks gig. Wildly imaginative, this gore-splattered yet hilarious romp is vastly entertaining. --Diana Tixier HeraldSee all Editorial Reviews
If one appreciates satire tinged with unusual adventure stories, then this is your tale! Why not have high fashion, werewolves and life in the scrubby side streets of London all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Selome B.
I was really excited to hear that Millar had published a sequel to his Lonely Werewolf Girl. I really enjoyed that first book and I even more so love Good Fairies Of New York. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RyeOfTheDead
I was really excited about reading Curse because I love Kalix in the first book, Lonely Werewolf Girl. But right away I could see Curse needed editing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Obiwanky
I should say that I am a huge fan of the Kalix books. I have read the first two 5 or 6 times each (just got the third). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rhiannon R. Waay
I've read lots of other paranormal books and none of them compare to Martin Millar's Wolf Girl books. The story is so full and rich. Read morePublished 18 months ago by PeppyDogirl
Kalix MacRinnalch is still in London with her laudanum habit. She's now living with human friends, university students Daniel and Moonglow, and she's also enrolled in college in... Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Jan Butterworth