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- Publication Date: September 21, 2017
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Set in the same universe as Straight Outta Fangton, I was a Teenage Weredeer is set in the smaller town of Bright Falls, the informal head of the shifter clans. Our protagonist, Jane Doe, is bright, stubborn, funny, and sarcastic... and a teenage weredeer. When her friend's sister is murdered, Jane somehow falls into the middle of the mystery, a mystery which reveals a host of unsavory family and town secrets which will certainly change her life forever.
That sounds like a book blurb. But all of it is true... and I don't want to give too much away. One of the great delights I had in this book was discovering the mystery and secrets along with Jane. I liked her immediately... and I almost NEVER like female protagonists. I don't know why. Maybe it's because they're always filled with spunky agency to the point of stupidity. Or maybe because they always swoon and fall into the Obvious Love Interest's (OLI) arms. Maybe it's something else, but I liked Jane right from the start. She's smart and geeky, but tough at the same time, and not just cause she's a weredeer. She carries a tough kind of vulnerability that's really hard to portray, and she doesn't have all the answers. If I had one criticism it would be the sorceress that turned up towards the end... felt kind of like a deus ex machina. "Oh! Here's some magic stuff that will just totally solve your problems!" It was only semi-out of nowhere, but bad enough that I groaned and slapped my forehead.
The supporting cast is just as awesome with a full cast of fleshed out characters. One of the things I love about Phipps is that he includes minorities of all types, but they are never just "Oh, that's the gay character" or "Oh, that's the black character". They're just characters. The fact that they are minorities is not quite overlooked... but it's just another aspect of their characters. That sort of inclusion is priceless.
This is as close to a perfect Urban Fantasy as you can get, I think. I highly recommend it.
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.
Bright Falls is the unofficial capitol of the Shifter world. The heads of the 12 shifter clans are all there, from the powerful werewolf clan to the selkies, weredeer and werebears. The main protagonist, Jane Doe (pun fully intended) is 18 years old, and works at her family's restaurant. She is a member of the weredeer clan. Her parents are John and Judy Doe, which is a funny way of introducing a weredeer weakness, puns. Jane's sister is romantically involved with one of the Werewolf clan, and unbeknownst to Jane, so is her brother, the only member of her family not to be a shifter.
When Jane's brother is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Jane and the girl's sister Emma, who is actually Jane's best friend, start their own investigation to find out who really murdered her. What they find will shake the foundations of the town, and the balance of power throughout the shifter world. helping them along the way are Alex, an FBI mage who is kind of spacey, and Lucien, who happens to be the local gangster, and has some secrets of his own. As they continue down the rabbit hole, they discover evils perpetrated in the town by people they trusted, all in the name of the "greater good". They discover the true nature of the evil infecting the town, and in a series of climactic fights, discover that the side of the angels might not be the clean side after all. Jane has to make some incredibly difficult decisions, that may include hurting the ones she loves the most to get to the truth. Oh, and she's had a vision of her in an intimate encounter with Lucien, and also finds Alex intriguing as well. Awkward!
I have to admit I am a huge fan of CT Phipps. I have loved every one of his books, and have them all. That being said, this one was something special. I think Jane Doe may be his best character to date. She is strong, independent and stubborn enough for a dozen people. While she has special abilities because she is a shifter, she relies on her brains to get through most problems, rather than battering them into submission with stronger than human strength. That being said, she has her moments of weredeer badassery too!
The supporting cast is also excellent. Emma is a great friend character, and her romantic feelings for the very straight Jane adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Alex's spacey kind of good guy is a lot of fun, as is Lucien's bad boy allure. Alex being a mage and Lucien being a...well, you'll see, adds some real spice as well.The villains are excellently crafted as well, bringing a real sense of grand danger as well as having realistic and somewhat sympathetic reasons for their actions, at least in the case of the biggest threat. The town of Bright Falls is colorfully and carefully described, actually feeling like a character itself. Characters have always been a strength of this writer, so that's no surprise.
All in all, I feel this will appeal to a wide variety if readers, from teens to adults, male and female alike. I know this is a project of love for the author, and he is almost done with book two. Any fans of his other books should really be able to dig in and enjoy this one. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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