When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious.... At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen. He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous condition. Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It's not until he's kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them - and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.
©2011 Catherine Jinks (P)2011 Listening Library
Mommy of twins
THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP is the second read of its kind for me and I have to admit it was a notch (even if only a small notch, a notch none the less) above its predecessor, THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPORT GROUP. Weather the mild betterment is truly due to an improvement in writing or has more to do with the fact that the werewolves were just far less depressing then the weak and sorely pathetic vampires, is a tough call to make.
Most of the original cast returns as secondary characters along with some new ones including a new protagonist; this time (if not obvious from the title) the lead role revolves around a young werewolf instead of a vampire. And so we meet Toby, a 13 year old Australian who is forced to come to terms with the fact that werewolves are real and he happens to be one. Not that he accepts this easily or without overwhelming amounts of evidence, but it hard to deny his... ahem, change in species once bad guys kidnap him for the sole purpose of caging and forcing him to fight other werewolves to the death. And thus the rescue antics begin.
Although not a huge improvement over the first book, the intended humor is much better received coming from the mischievous and newly “wered” teen boy’s POV, him having far less baggage then Nina, the gothy half-starved 52 year old teen vamp girl of book 1. But to be perfectly honest, I think my enjoyment of this read was greatly influenced by the novelty within the format of which I “read” it. You see, I actually read (in paperback) REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPORT GROUP and I audio booked this one and the added novelty of the narrator’s Australian accent just might have played a role in holding my attention. All in all it’s a decent little quirky paranormal series that is really geared for the teen and tween crowd, but if you’re over the age of 17 and are still considering giving this book a look, I highly recommend checking it out in audio format which is well narrated by Grant Cartwright. (3.5 stars)
First, this book is geared towards a younger audience, so consider yourself warned. Having said that, I must confess that since I myself am a sucker for werewolf literature, I listened to it anyway. The plot was original, and the characters were well developed. I even found myself chuckling throughout the book, which was a pleasant surprise. I also couldn't have guessed the ending if you paid me, so I must give the author her due. I did find, however, find that certain parts of the story tended to drag a bit, and on a scale of 1 to 10, the levels of violence and action were about a 3. Though I loved the narrator's accent, he was a bit on the hysterical side. I waited for him to calm down, but he seemeed to remain that way throughout the entire story. I found this a bit distracting,but I eventually got used to it.
Due to the author, lack of action, and juvenile nature of the book, I must say I was a bit underwhelmed. Nice read for youth, though.
I seriously enjoyed the vampire academy better I thought the characters would be more in this book too but not to much, Nina and a couple of others were. The language put me off more then anything I would have enjoyed it that much more if they didn't use God and the other word together its disrespectful!
the fantasy of it all the fact on how it depicted them.
the cussing hands down.
hmmmmm im really not quite sure
yea God bless you all live laugh love
Absolutely. I listened to whole book in less than a day.
The story is incredibly realistic.
This story was truly written as though someone really experienced it. I couldn't stop listening. I would truly love to have a chat with the author.
Without giving anything away, all I can really say about this book is that for a story about werewolves, vampires, and zombies it is curiously mundane. Despite the more fantastic elements, this is essentially the story of a few weeks in the life of a 13 year-old Australian boy. Even when calamity occurs, it is dealt with the way it would have to be dealt in reality. There's a portion of the book that relays the teenage werewolves being kidnapped and held in underground cages by an international illegal werewolf fighting ring, and details how they escape against all odds...and I found that part unspeakably BORING. Most of this time is taking up by matter-of-fact descriptions of what is required to neutralize the situation without killing anyone or calling the attention of the authorities rather than with any real action.. It's so frankly realistic that if you intend to listen for escapism, as most people who enjoy werewolf novels would be, you'll be disappointed.
On the other hand, despite the often dragging points, I enjoyed the book and acknowledge the author's skill at being able to deal with supernatural elements in such a realistic way. Just don't go in expecting your usual fun werewolf/vampire novel.
I was very disappointed in this book. The main character, Toby, is a thoroughly unlikable fellow. Weak, whining, and irresponsible, he is a kid who does what he wants regardless, lies when things go wrong, and then gets mad when his mother doesn't believe his lies. His freinds are much the same, so that by the time the bad guys show up I was hoping the kids would get some well-deserved pain and suffering. About a third of the way through the book, I started fast forwarding and jumping chapters, trying to find an enjoyable section. No such luck. The poor writing was not aided by the narrator, who sounded like he resented having to read the subject material. He was very stilted at the beginning, improving a little as he got further along. The tone of voice and delivery were more like a Prosecuter delivering the final address to a jury. In this case, the verdict is Guilty of wasting my time and money.
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