- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Crossroad Press
- Audible.com Release Date: April 3, 2018
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BW34DD8
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An American Weredeer in Michigan: The Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Jane, now shaman of Bright Falls, prances across a gruesome find in the forest near her home. She finds herself herded into a quest to find and slay the Earthmother’s avatar, mother of her half-druid friend Robyn. Aided by Alex and Lucien, two brothers who are both in love with her, Jane bounds out to challenge forces that seem well out of her league—but, rest assured, Jane is in a league all her own.
I really love the Weredeer series by Phipps and Suttkus. It presents us with a strong female lead in Jane, who is reminiscent of Bella from Twilight—but actually likeable and capable. Jane is wise (most of the time), cynical, quick with puns and yet very human (for a weredeer). Like Twilight, this series comes with its own shapeshifting love triangle with brothers Alex and Lucien—one a hero, the other an antihero. This is not a series that takes itself too seriously, but rather satirizes typical genre tropes. Nevertheless, it makes for a great story with characters that are deep enough for readers to really feel invested in and plot that is never predictable.
The one problem I had with the book is that I am not sure who the target audience is meant to be. I feel that this story is written for YA females, but I’m not sure if some of the pop culture references might be a little dated for that audience. That being said, Phipps and Suttkus have certainly cast a wide net, as this novel can be enjoyed by a much broader range of readers. I highly recommend this novel to people who enjoy YA and adult urban fantasy.
So, when the new Shaman of Bright Falls, Jane, discovers a mass grave of discarded babies she already had a lot on her plate. Someone has been discarding newborns for the last hundred or so years, and it's an atrocity that can't go unpunished. Teaming up with her crew from the last book, Jane is on a quest to stop the murder of innocent lives...
Until a few more things come up. First, there's a cult leader/wizard who wants to find the person or being responsible for the massacre and harness them for his own purposes. Also, money is an issue for the young and inexperienced Jane, and she's struggling to make ends meet when the current leader of the werewolves wants to buy out her family business. Jane is, of course, reluctant to sell.
Oh, and her boyfriend's brother is super into her. Her day is going to be a busy one.
Jane is a snarky protagonist in the vein of Harry Dresden and I love her for it.
I like ( a lot) how Phipps makes you feel the tension between Alex, Jane, and Lucien. The relationship, or confusion considering it, between herself and Lucien, and herself and Alex, is something that Phipps and Suttkus build up really well. Robyn, a new character introduced in this story, I like specifically because of her "Watson-esque" role she's taken over for Jane. She becomes our outsider that helps us understand things while playing a pivotal role to the story, and I love that. She also feels like she came from Straight out of Fangton (another book that takes place in this universe, but not in this series), in her personality, which really helps tie the two series together in a thematic way.
I can't recommend the Weredeer series by Phipps and Suttkus more. We have books that we read for fun and enjoyment, and we have books that we read as guilty pleasures. This is one of my guilty pleasures, falling into the snarky hero/urban fantasy genre that I always go back to.
5 out of 5, will grab up the next one as soon as it is out.
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