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- Publication Date: June 7, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B072184C8Q
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There were several things that set "Trials of a Teenage Werevulture" apart from typical young-adult stories that appealed to me as well. I was very happy that there was NOT a love-triangle in the story. In fact there was hardly any romance or teen angst in the story at all. Lisette did lament the fact that 'vampire-pumpkin boy' was hot but already had a girlfriend but that was the extent of the romantic discussions in the story. The focus was on Lisette's relationship with her best friend Kegan and with the members of her family (her mom, dad and two sisters). She actually has two parents who love her and two siblings whom she seems to get along with fairly well (one older and one younger). Lisette isn't a super-hero. She is plenty afraid of getting hurt and not sure of what she should do throughout the story but she knows that she doesn't want those around her to get hurt and that she needs to do something. I also really like her dedication to honest. "I didn't believe in white lies. If people would lie about little things, they'd lie about big things, too. But I wished I could have trusted him."
There is lots of action throughout the story and the reader isn't always sure how things are going to get resolved but it does all come right in the end and everyone can breath a collective sigh of relief as the final page is read. The specific set of dangers are resolved as the "Trials of a Teenage Werevulture" story wraps up but there are plenty of threads left to carry forward into the next book of the trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
I am also intrigued by the world that the author has created and am hoping for much more than just a trilogy. I am fascinated by all the historical allusions that have been made in this first book and am wondering if some of the different threads will be pursued. Was the "real" explanation behind Frankenstein's monster that he was really tainted? What about the assassination of John F. Vampireclanrakshasa? Also it seems that in the world of this story, those who shift are the 'norm' and 'humans' (those who do not shift) are considered abnormal and not 'people'. I am wondering if I correctly understood this perspective and if it will be described further in future books. I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next book in this series.
I received a free copy of this book from the author to review before it was generally available but I liked the story so much that I paid full price to purchase a copy of the digital book from Amzon before submitting this review.
Sex - none
Language - none
Violence - a few minor injuries from falls and one person is said to have been killed but no descriptions of violence at all which is amazing for a teen-level action/suspense story
Religion - none
With the exception of that, the writing is excellent, the book is comfortably long.
I am looking forward to the next book.
My problem was that I could not tell why the kitchen sink of supernatural fiction was used in this book. Was it homage? Spoof? The idea to have a world like the one in Robin McKinley's Sunshine, just executed poorly?
Why do nocturnal creatures sleep at night? They should be active! Why can't werebats see? Bats actually have decent eyesight! And why, why does Lisette dig for brownies in the garbage when her were instincts get too strong? Shouldn't she be digging for meat? I feel as though the author needs to re-research animal behavior, but particularly the behaviors of the birds she uses.
Some ideas, like Flyer's Ed, made perfect sense. Other ideas...most of the ideas...would have maybe worked with a stronger sense of the world and how it functioned. And some, like Ghoulgle, I jist found silly.
I liked that the author used creatures I wasn't familiar with. I don't like that it feels as though an entire creature encyclopedia was dumped into the plot just to be cool and different.
This story takes place in a world populated by every kind of magical creature you ever heard of, and quite a few you haven’t. They are organized into clans which are most important to their society. Most of them are some kind of shifters. They seem to be able to shift at will. But also they appear to have to shift into their magical forms at the full moon, or at least the were- species do.
Lisette’s family are werehawks. When it is time for her to turn, she wants and expects to be a werehawk as well. This happens at her seventeenth birthday, considered by most people in her clan the best time to turn. But something goes wrong, and instead of becoming a werehawk, Lisette turns into a griffon vulture.
There are some disgusting side effects of this, and her werehawk relatives are repelled by her in her vulture form, but for Lisette the worst thing is that there appear to be no clans of werevultures.
Then she receives an invitation to join a new clan, called the Rarity Clan. At first this seems like a wonderful opportunity. But it turns out that the people running this clan seem to have sinister ulterior motives.
Lisette and her best friend Kegan the banshee take it upon themselves to figure out what the mystery is and save their community from the machinations of this group of people. But without Lisette’s special ability many of the clans would be exterminated anyway.
Thanks to the author for a free copy of this book.
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