01/06/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Quercus Publishing Plc. 397 page small enlarged paperback. Price: GBP 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84916-324-8).
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‘The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group’ is the latest book from Catherine Jinks who’s first book, ‘The Reformed Vampire Support Group’, introduced us to the pale and sickly creatures, the real vampires, well away from the dark, sexy image of literature and film. This time it’s the turn of Tobias Vandevalde to find out that the teen-age life he took for granted is about to be turned upside down.
When Toby wakes up in hospital he is disturbed to find he was discovered naked in the dingo pen at the local wildlife park. His mother is distraught at the prospect of him being labelled epileptic but there is worse to come. His fairly normal Australian childhood is about to take a turn to the dark side because someone called Reuben has come to tell Toby he is really a werewolf.
Denial, anger and acceptance are all here as Toby falls into a new world. It’s not long before he meets more than enough new ‘people’ to make his head spin. He has to choose between his old friends and his new acquaintances but it’s too much to get his head around. There’s another problem, too, werewolves are prized fighters and he will be struggling for his freedom before long.
‘The Vampire Support Group’ was a nice intro to a world where there is no glamour when being a vampire means feeling permanently ill and sucking on a guinea pig for sustenance. If we are looking at manageable conditions, the whole werewolf thing means locking yourself in the cellar for a couple of nights every month and having a highly-developed doggy sense of smell. I think the first book is better but I like the idea of this and it’s has a hokey Addams Family feel which makes a change from the rather poncy vamps that populate every other book aimed at this market. There is definitely scope for more stories from this group and I look forward to them.
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