From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10–Trey, 14, wakes in pain with no clothes on and no memory of the night before. Everything in his small room at his British care center for orphans is destroyed. Before he can be punished for the mess, a stranger comes claiming to be his uncle and asks Trey to trust him. Trey escapes with this mysterious individual, who is neither his uncle…nor human. Lucien Charron is a vampire who has come to help Trey become what he was born to be: a werewolf. Trey learns that his parents were murdered and that Caliban, Lucien's evil vampire brother, is trying to kill him because of a prophecy. Lucien, with the help of his daughter Alexa, a sorceress; and his right-hand man, Tom, begin to teach Trey how to transform at will and keep control of his mind. Despite their combined efforts to keep the boy safe, he is attacked, and it soon becomes clear that someone has betrayed them. When Alexa is kidnapped, Trey and his protectors must face Caliban and his minions to rescue her and save all of mankind from subjugation. Paranormal fans and reluctant readers will feast on this fast-paced vampire/werewolf tale with a technological twist. A “Demoncyclopedia” at the end of the book explains the abilities and hierarchy of the netherworld creatures. Expect sequels.Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT
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Perhaps in reaction to the many classic monsters repurposed for romance, a counter-trend has emerged to bring back the scary. In this propulsive blend of action and myth, Trey is a 14-year-old orphan whose life is upended by the arrival of Lucien, a millionaire vampire who knew the boy's parents. It doesn't take Lucien long to drop the second bomb: Trey is the last “hereditary werewolf” in existence. Oh, and he might be the prophesied chosen one able to stop the dark forces of the Netherworld. It's not difficult to understand the fantasy-fulfillment offered by a character who can change at will into a seven-foot, 300-pound beast, and Feasey gets a lot of mileage from just how cool it would be—he even offers up a possible romantic interest in Alexa, the vampire's daughter. The dialogue is stiff, but Feasey's descriptions are a notch above what is typical for this fare. A sequel is already limbering up its muscles, which is a good thing: the ending as it stands feels rushed (though you'll dig the appended “Demoncyclopedia”). Grades 6-9. --Daniel Kraus