At years, he's seen a lot in his life. The fact he's the sole survivor of his species depresses him. Jake spends his time sleeping with women he doesn't love.
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There is safety in this: However, circumstances change and Jake decides to preserve his life, able to finally accept the monster he has become. Told in a journal format, The Last Werewolf is not your average werewolf tale. It truly captures one man's evaluation of his soul, his life, and his purpose for living. Jake goes through a dramatic transformation throughout the book, not just physical, but also emotional and spiritual. By the end, he's a man, who happens to be a monster, and wants to preserve his species. Definitely more on the literary side of the spectrum, Duncan provides readers with a completely unique and innovative attempt at the werewolf tale.
I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking for your average werewolf story. Duncan's attempt is much more of a contemplative, introspective look at a werewolf's life. Above all, despite previous marketing, I would not promote this as " Twilight for adults. Gore, vivid scenes of a sexual nature. Maggie is the alpha of the pack, and despite kicking some tail to get the position, she finds herself cramped under the pressure to lead not just her people, but her family, into the future.
The former alpha, Eli, was caught trying to kill Maggie's brother, so things are tense in the pack, and a series of mysterious attacks aren't helping. Nick Thatcher, the gorgeous man Maggie finds poking around Grundy, Alaska trying to prove that werewolves are real. Her libido, however, is just a distraction when it begins to look like another pack might be trying to take Maggie's territory from her. As a lead, Maggie is less fun than Mo, from Harper's first werewolf book.
She's sassy, though, and a little mean, and a heck of a lot more conflicted. Harper is an excellent writer. She weaves a tale that feels ordinary despite the mystical elements, and integrates pack mentality and politics into the Alaskan wilderness seamlessly. Definitely recommended for public paranormal romance collections, Harper's werewolf books will also likely appear to urban fantasy fans as well.
By the Light of the Moon by Larry Kerr. If you slap a howling werewolf on the cover readers know what your bad guy is and spending two hundred pages with your characters still in the dark can easily become tedious rather than a delightfully gory romp through a dark night. This is the most glaring problem with By the Light of the Moon , which stars a paranoid newspaper reporter, his girlfriend, and a small town cop squaring off against a vicious, strong, mysterious creature who gets really hungry every full moon.
It also doesn't help that the best and sometimes only real descriptions come from the characters telling each other how poignant that scene is, or how relevant this fact is. By the Light of the Moon is not a bad book. Kerr's strength is his characterization, and he recognizes how to strike all the dramatic moments. Given its higher small press price tag, it's not the best option for public collections, but werewolf fans, especially the die-hard werewolf-monster-killer fans will dig it.
Anthologies like On the Prowl are becoming more common these days, particularly in urban fantasy and paranormal romance. On the Prowl is a shape shifter-themed collection of four novellas by authors writing in pre-established worlds. It features a prequel to Brigg's Alpha and Omega series, set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson books; a side story from Wilks' Lupi series, set between the third and fourth books but starring a secondary character; a story set in Karen Chance's Dorina Basarab world but led by side characters; and a short story from Sunny that's like a summary of the first four of her Monere books.
While these types of books are more for series completists than public collections they can help fans of the genre or a particular theme learn about new authors whose works they might love. On the Prowl is recommended for collections that have a lot of paranormal readers, and of course to librarians and booksellers themselves who like to have an understanding of the variety of books on the shelves. It's a decent "sampler" of paranormal works that requires little investment and can certainly spark the urge to go out and try new books.
River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Hardcover and multiformat digital. Just as Lord of the Rings established a plethora of fantasy standards Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series has left its mark on urban fantasy. In this sixth book of the series, Mercy has made her commitment to the local werewolf alpha, Adam.
In fact, after a surprise wedding like a surprise birthday party , Adam whisks Mercy off on a ten day camping trip in a plush trailer lent to them by the fae. Since the fae never give anything for free, both Mercy and Adam are suspicious, but determined not to let that ruin their alone time. Then a river monster, an ancient Native American cannibal, rises and claims Mercy as its own. Briggs is excellent at drawing in both readers and multicultural magical elements. In this story she isolates Adam and Mercy from their pack, and sets them up against what might as well be a god.
Briggs reminds readers that they don't need European vampires and Nordic werewolves for intrigue and adventure: America has plenty of secrets all its own. This series is very popular, for good reason. It strikes a perfect balance between urban fantasy elements—romance, mystery, horror and magic. It is led by strong, but not perfect characters whose power might set them apart with a less talented literary hand.
Instead Briggs keeps them human, valiant, noble, challenged and even light-hearted. Readers looking to try out urban fantasy would do well to start here, and a librarian on a tight budget will most likely see this series gives a high interest value for the money.
Wild by Naomi Clark. Lizzie is an addict in an abusive relationship. Abandoned on the street after a fight and attacked, she's now a werewolf too. Wild is at heart a tale of redemption and the crippling effect abuse has on a person. It's also a tale of werewolves on the cusp of exposure, fighting not to be defined by the worst and most stereotypical among them.
So it's not surprising that this book has yet to really connect with its audience. Collins' Sonja Blue books. While the popularity of urban fantasy has, in many ways, led to the solidification and some might say stagnation of the genre, it's books like these with a somewhat different tempo, but excellent story lines and writing, that fall through the cracks.
Wild is a fantastic book, dark in ways that are somewhat uncomfortable, but ultimately hopeful. Lizzie's struggle with addiction and self esteem makes it a book that will connect with readers unexpectedly and an excellent addition to public collections. Review by Michele Lee. Mo is a woman so desperate to escape her overwhelming hippie mother that she moves all the way to Alaska. She ends up in the tiny town of Grundy, where bears and elk roam, where the whole town it seems is looking for a wife, and where her neighbor just happens to be a werewolf.
Cooper has a number of secrets of his own, including his lust for the pretty new outsider. Before Mo and Cooper can get together Cooper has to face up to his past, both emotionally and literally. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a fun book, driven by a lead that's enchanting, hilarious and stubbornly charming.
There's enough mystery and danger to keep things exciting, but this book shouldn't be confused with a horror novel or even an urban fantasy.
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Fun all the way through, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf hooks its claws in early and drags readers along for an off-beat, wilderness-spiked ride. It's a highly recommended and quite enjoyable addition to public and paranormal-loving private collections. Dog World by Jason McKinney. The terror responsible for this coming apocalypse is the werewolf. Werewolves evolved in the Dark Ages and for the most part stayed under the radar….
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Not all of the werewolf population feels this way, though. There are quite a few werewolves who respect the humans and will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. Together, the humans and human-friendly werewolves will battle to the death to protect the world. The first waves of the werewolf take-over begin in Iraq with the military. Right away the action takes off. During the fighting there is a lot of military jargon. This is to be expected in a book featuring military personnel as the main characters, but as someone who is not that familiar with the military, I got bogged down trying to figure out the terms.
I thought this took away from some of the action. This was disappointing and threw off the timing of the combat scenes as well as dialogue between the characters. I really felt if the book had some hardcore editing done to it, the story would have tightened up and been way more enjoyable. The werewolves and their plans for world domination are just beginning and McKinney left room at the end for a sequel. With a lot of editing and proofreading I believe the author could create a sequel that would showcase his talents and be an asset in the werewolf genre.
Review by Brandi Blankenship. The Taming of the Werewolf by Sylvia Shults. Dark Continents Publishing, New paperback and multiformat ebook. Rather, he took already existing stories and then retold them in such a way that they have endured through the ages. For those of you not quite remembering the plot, Katharina is the eldest daughter of a rich gentleman who is required to be wed before her younger sister, Bianca can marry.
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Finally, a man named Petruchio presents himself and proceeds to tame Katharina through atypical, often cruel means, eventually resulting in a docile wife and a triumphant suitor. The author weaves this explanation seamlessly into the existing story, and her writing ability carries us through to an ending that suggests more of a marriage among equals, which will resonate better with modern readers.
I admire her rendition of the main plot. However, the lack of subplots leaves the overall work a bit wanting. Not having these tangents in Taming of the Werewolf at best leaves the novel used up too quickly, at worst creates some noticeable holes in the plot. The most glaring example of this is how Petruchio recognized Vincentio, the father of one of the callers, on a road. Not only had he never met the father in this retelling—he never met the son, either! If only Shults had spent a little more time further developing the story…but alas.
Entitled "A Story of a Weir-Wolf", it was originally published in Set in the Middle Ages, it is a finely woven tapestry of intrigue, betrayal, love and tragedy. I would also highly recommend it as an addition to the personal library of anyone who enjoys reading classic literature. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and Barger's introduction of the history of the werewolf in literature was priceless.
Visible Ink Press, If you want to expand your interest in werewolves and other shapeshifters beyond fiction, to the realms of history, science and the occult, start with this book. Not only does The Werewolf Book have entries on all manner of shape shifting beings from myth, and accounts of supposed real life were-critters, it also encompasses the books and movies that influenced the image of shape shifting and werewolves throughout history and made it what it was today.
Nothing is treated as trivial. Even the effect of comedy, such as Abbot and Costello's monster movies, on the mythos, is dealt with respectfully. While the encyclopedia isn't exhaustive in its entries, it does offer a plethora of titles to seek out for further research. Certainly a core reference for the study of shape shifting beings, The Werewolf Book is an essential part of collections that cater to researchers, occultists, writers, and anyone interested in lycanthropes. Unfortunately; there's a very old werewolf curse on her family, and although the conditions for the inheritance are real, they are also a means to lure Sophia to the arms of an evil creature that prowls outside the castle.
It's not a bad book, but it's too passive for urban fantasy fans, and too vague for hardcore historical lovers. Scent of the Wolf is a stylish old classic werewolf tale that would especially appeal to fans of werewolf horror movies An American Werewolf in London, The Wolfman, etc. Limited, Mass Market in December Ivan is a total bad guy, a complete jerk who can point out people's stupidity with sinister calm while gleefully killing them.
He's also the cargo of two stone cold, no-nonsense mafia transport men who are taking him across Florida to Too bad Ivan just got loose and is now roaming suburban neighborhoods slaughtering people. Jeff Strand's Wolf Hunt is a wild ride, full of characters who don't fall for all the typical horror novel tropes, and who face their circumstances with casual sensibility. This is definitely a stand out in horror fiction, not just werewolf tales.
This is the story for people disillusioned with all the other werewolves out there, especially the thinly veiled alpha male stereotypes. Highly recommended for private and public collections. He is starting to believe it may very well consist of a full staff of werewolves. Lupo knows that getting himself involved in this case also puts his closest friends, including his girlfriend Jessie, at risk of harm as well. Could the two be connected? Will Lupo be able to take down this shifty group no pun intended before anyone else gets hurt?
Once again Gagliani has created a wonderful addition to the werewolf subgenre. Fans of this subgenre will definitely want to check out this novel, along with the two previous books in the series, as Gagliani puts a bit of a spin on werewolves. Most werewolf novels tend to either have all good werewolves or all bad, but Gagliani mixes things up.
Arctic Wolf Publishing, Many contain paranormal elements and some are written as human horror, but all of them are worth reading. I found each story to be easy to read, allowing readers of all levels to enjoy this collection. Not to name all of the stories in this book, but three in particular stood out to me.
Most people would expect a very different destiny for a werewolf, but Jason feels strongly about his decision and has given up everything to make it happen. What is the secret and what is the great sacrifice? I would recommend this collection to all horror fans and especially those looking to get into horror without worrying about picking up a book containing extremely graphic sex and gore. Adult Situations, Adult Language.
Review by Rhonda Wilson. Yet another literary mash up, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a telling of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in.
If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a high brow romance then peppered in some morals, you'd get the same effect. Grand mimics Alcott's style very well, even rounding the edges a bit. Readers who loved the original will likely enjoy this tale particularly because Alcott also wrote gothic style novels, thus the set up of this being the "original" version of Little Women that was rewritten into what we know today is fitting. While it has a certain charm it also is unlikely to appeal to the contemporary audiences of most paranormal and horror books because of an overdose of generally repressive morals and a lack of plot.
The book encompasses about six years in the girls' lives, and a lot happens.
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Overall, despite promising prose, I found myself disappointed. Those acquiring for public collections should be assured that there are better mash ups out there. Deadtown by Nancy Holzner. Deadtown depicts a world where parahumans have no civil rights and are forced to live in one area of town, to the point where they have to have permits to leave that area of town.
The lead character is Victory Vaughn, the latest in a recent line of Welsh true shape shifters, and a demon hunter. When one of her clients is found dead Vicky realizes that the Hellion that killed her father is now hunting her. She has to balance her personal life with dealing with a scientist who wants to make her a lab rat, and protecting a client who by all rights she should want dead. Somehow, she must also find it in herself to stop the demon she fears. Deadtown has all the makings of a good urban fantasy, but falls flat in the execution. Most of the characters are either blah, or completely annoying.
Holzner has created an interesting world with her oppressive society, but the plot doesn't revolve around making things better. The characters consistently make choices that are stupid, dangerous and even violent. It's hard to connect with the people in this tale, making it a lackluster example of urban fantasy. Deadtown is not without its charms, so collections that service voracious paranormal readers—or those with no taste for the full-on erotic scenes in other books—will still have a place for Deadtown in their collections. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.
Magic Bleeds is the fourth book in Andrews' a husband-wife writing team with a shared pen name Kate Daniels series. Set in a semi-post apocalyptic Atlanta where magic and technology are warring for supremacy over reality, it follows Kate Daniels, a mercenary turned knight protector of the city with a dark secret and a thing for the head of the city's shape shifter organization, Curran. The fourth book in the series, where Kate faces down magical versions of the crazy and deadly family aunt and magically sentient viruses is not the place to start reading the series.
However the whole series is fast paced, action-packed and features some of the best writing in urban fantasy today. Magic Bleeds , as well as the whole series, is highly recommended for collections as Andrews is only a few steps behind standards like Hamilton, Briggs and Harris in popularity. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs. New, used and digital. Raised by the ruler of the werewolves, and loved by the local pack alpha, one would think she's safe.
But what kind of a story would that be? In Bone Crossed , the area vampire queen, Marsillia, has discovered that Mercy killed two of her followers and in turn is trying to kill her, permanently. In a brutal first move, she drains Mercy's vampire friend Stefan and drops him into Mercy's lap, waiting for him to do the killing for her. But the depth of Marsillia's cruelty doesn't end there.
Bone Crossed takes a wicked look at the vampires other series are painting as sexy, but ultimately benign fanged creatures. Briggs' vampires are malicious, sinister immortals who only have quests for power and socio-political manipulations to pass the time. Another popular series, Briggs' Mercy Thompson books are essential to a good modern paranormal collection, not just because of their reader base, but because Briggs gives a good, solid entertaining read every time.
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. With the fifth book in her Mercy Thompson series Patricia Briggs moves away from the seemingly more popular vampires and focuses on fairies, also known as the fae. Still shaken after a friend was set up to kill her in the last book, and being brutally raped the book before, Mercy's understandably having problems fully trusting her new role as Adam's mate in the local werewolf pack.
It doesn't help that someone in the pack is actively trying to kill her, using her new link to the pack to do so. The local fae are baring their uncomfortable faces when Mercy receives a cryptic message telling her to take care of the book of fae fairy tales in her possession. Apparently it holds the key to an ancient fae weapon with a past drenched in blood and torture before it was ever even used.
Briggs' books are dark, and not without a sexual thrill, but they focus on supernatural creatures as a threat to ordinary lives, rather than as a way to improve them. This series is a success with readers, as well as being valuable to collections as an excellent example of modern, entertainment-based fiction. Add to this that the Mercy books have been upgraded by the publisher to hardback release giving the books longer shelf life, and increasing the demand for lower-income readers it makes Silver Borne exactly the kind of book that should have a place in public collections.
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris. The popularity of the True Blood television show alone gives the Sookie Stackhouse books of which this is the latest a place on the popular fiction shelves of public collections. But beyond that there's also the bonus of hardback releases leading to longer shelf life and increased demands from lower income readers, and of course, there's the plots. Any reader or librarian not already aware should quickly learn that the television show is quite different from the book, so audiences might not necessarily cross over.
This book is a particularly good example as a lot of the plot involving fae who want Sookie dead, werewolf pack take over and vampire murder attempts seem incidental and wedged in between the day to day occurrences in Sookie's life. Sookie's life just happens to include a vampire lover, a werewolf friend, a werepanther brother and a fae cousin.
Dead in the Family sees Sookie trying to maintain Eric as a lover, without ending up a target for the people who want him dead. A full moon night where she lets the local werewolf pack hunt on her land lands her in the middle of another plot on her life when a body shows up buried on her property. And members of the fae who tried to kill her in the fae war in the last book are still aiming at her, blaming her for their exile from the fae lands. Altogether it's another book sure to keep readers hooked, but far too busy to be a good place to start the series.
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris. New and used, hard back, mass market and digital. No one can deny that the Sookie Stackhouse series is popular, but this book book 8 is a hodgepodge of elements rather than an over arcing plot. In From Dead to Worse readers finally learn where Sookie's mind reading power comes from, there's a werewolf war, and another vampire king makes a move to take over the Louisiana territory, which has been significantly weakened by Hurricane Katrina. But all the conflicts are solved quickly, and largely without much involvement from Sookie.
This is a plate-cleaning book for the series, and the start of a slate of books where reader absolutely must read earlier volumes in the series first to understand the significance of the events within. It does deserve a place in public collections, in the interest of series completion and meeting the needs of readers seeking out the current slate of popular fiction.
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris. New and used, hardback, mass market and digital. Tying fictional worlds to real world happenings is always a delicate affair, and it's almost impossible to assume that a series based in Louisiana would ignore Hurricane Katrina. All Together Dead begins shortly after the hurricane. As the human and superhuman beings of the area try to recover and help others who need it, a big vampire meeting is happening and the vampire Queen of New Orleans demands that Sookie attend, knowing full well that the other vampire leaders won't be able to resist testing her significantly reduced strength.
At the posh vampire hotel, Sookie is reunited with Barry, the only other telepath she knows of, but even they can't protect their patrons from good old human hatred. The Sookie books have undoubtedly earned a place in public collections due to their popularity and thus they can be expected to be in great reader demand. But they also stand out as unique, and in a way, cultural mirrors of our time, making them weightier than the standard beach read.
This is a New Agey manual on the fantasy creatures we know and love. How to find them, identify them, protect yourself against them, run a basic investigation, as well as a hodgepodge of history and cultural takes can all be found in this book. The author contradicts himself on several occasions and his facts absolutely must be taken with a cup or so of salt. But each section vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, angels, fae, mermaids, dragons and spirits is also filled with clear historical research, as well as including non-Western folklore. Primarily suited for heavily used New Age or occult collections Monsters is a reminder of just how little we understand about nature, the past, and the world around us.
From a cursed former Catholic priest seeking redemption to teens finding themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, there is something here for everyone. What Adam discovers is that werewolves are guardians of the gates of Hell and keep demons from crossing into our world. The wolf that killed his child succumbed to the temptations of the devil and went rogue. Adam decides to become a guardian to atone for the killings of the other guardians. I love this story because Keith uses Christian lore as a basis for the existence of werewolves and portrays them as good creatures, not the murderous beasts we usually see them portrayed as.
A female wolf has lost her mate to a car and her pups have been stillborn. In her loneliness, she seeks company, and finds a baby who she wishes to protect from its father. Again, I loved this story because the werewolf in question is by no means a murderous beast but a loving mother. This is a fun read that takes a different slant on the werewolf story.
Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, and the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate Former SEAL Jaxson River would give his life for his brothers and his pack, but if he doesn't claim a mate soon, he'll be forced to step down as their alpha. There's only one problem Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary year-old girl getting ready to start her senior year of high school in Coldspring, Texas The loss of control.
The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him Anya's been a bad girl. A vindictive plot against one of her clansmen backfired, resulting in her grave injury. Scarred and crippled, she finds nothing lovely about herself Emma Gavin writes bestselling novels about werewolves, but that doesn't mean she believes in them-and she certainly doesn't think she'll meet one Ex-Army Specialist Jace River has a lock on his bedroom door, but it's not to keep anyone out; it's to keep his nightmares from breaking loose.
His wolf is an out-of-control killer All Zach Sheridan ever wanted was to become alpha male of his Pack and be left alone. What he definitely didn't need in his life was some needy female On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident.
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Too bad she's known all her life he needs a shifter for a mate Alpha wolf Ridge Addison left his wife in Las Vegas, vowing to put their one reckless night of passion behind him and return to his clan In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life's work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence Rise Of The Arkansas Werewolves. Werewolf Guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a Code: Protect the Pack with his life.
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Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world…Until he receives new orders: Rescue female werewolf, Ava Renfroe from a Pack of rogue wolves. Being raised as the daughter of a Military General made her want independence more than air—and she has it! His brooding good looks are panty-dropping hot.
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