- File Size: 2087 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075TTN2FN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I Was a Teenage Weredeer (The Bright Falls Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is a story that transcends genre and plays on tropes, offering a rather cynical side of YA that I found to be refreshing.
Written in the same world as Phipps’ Straight Outta Fangton, Weredeer introduces a new protagonist in the form of Jane Doe (yes, you read that correctly). Jane seemed to be a lot like Bella from Twilight, only capable and likeable. She finds herself wrapped up in a murder mystery after her brother becomes a suspect, and finds herself teamed up with a mysterious FBI agent. Pop culture references fly like fouls at a AA ballgame.
I found Jane very easy to identify with due to her vast capacity for cynicism, sarcasm, and a never-ending supply of teenage angst. The plot moves forward at a steady pace, keeping the pages turning.
Not only is the story very well-told, a variety of societal issues are addressed, making this a weightier read than your average YA novel. There is something for everyone between these pages.
In conclusion, I heartily recommend I Was a Teenage Weredeer to a Young Adult-Adult readership. My only suggestion is to make sure you block out a good amount of time for yourself before you begin this read, as you probably won’t be going anywhere until the last page is turned.
So, first off, I enjoyed the book. It's a lot of goofy fun, but Jane's life does include drama, and serious subjects. As a member of a small town, there's a mix of a desire to break out to a larger world, the comfort of a small town that you know, and a recognition that small towns are often hives of drugs and violence because, well, there just isn't much else to do some days. The puns are omnipresent, and sometimes groaners, but they do have a peculiar charm to them. It feels like the entire town, and particularly the protagonist, are trying to be "hip", but don't quite make the mark.
The plot is fairly simple and straightforward. Jane's brother is accused of murder. She's determined to clear his name. And, in the process, she comes to grip with her identity, both as someone both reaching for and cringing from adulthood and as someone who has a mystical heritage to live up to. She's... not really good at that job, but is persistent, kind of like those kid detective books I grew up with, or maybe a bit like Scooby Doo.
I'm having trouble wrapping up my opinion of the book. Flat out, yes, it is an enjoyable read, although a bit of a guilty pleasure with the constant puns and the way that the plot relies as much on dumb luck and coincidence (or maybe destiny) as it does any sort of skill on the parts of the protagonists. The premise isn't quite as silly as the title would suggest, but it's also not extremely serious. Accept that and you'll probably enjoy the book.
Welcome to Bright Falls! You have your geeky-but-cool teenage weredeer, Jane Doe (who can read objects à la King’s The Dead Zone), in a tight-knit town of animal shifters, where the oldest, strongest families rule. Respect is critical for community harmony, and while traditions might be fading, you don’t dare step a hoof out of line. Jane Doe must break a lot of rules to find out who killed her best friend’s sister and stop a powerful entity from enacting revenge on the shifter families. Shameful, deadly town secrets will be uncovered, stereotypes will be challenged, and enemies will unite to keep Bright Falls safe. Lest I forget, there is a crafty FBI agent and a smoking hot crime lord that melt right off the pages.
The magic system, the relationships, the leap-off-the-lines personalities should not be missed! Definitely would put I Was A Teenage Weredeer on par with another favorite of mine, Rachel Aaron and her Nice Dragon’s Finish Last, Heartstrikers series.
The town recently discovers the murder of Wolf heir Victoria O'Henry and the paranormal investigation begins.
What is uncovered is a whole deceitful mess of family secrets, sacrifices and revenge. Jane and her shifter friends group together to take down the Big Bad Wolf.
The story itself can be confusing at times. I don't know if that is because the excessive detail, cheap punch lines, or silly references to movies I care nothing about. If you can get past the nerdiness of every single character and focus rather on the incredible ghost story, you will be pleased with the story.
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