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From the best-selling author of The Rules of Supervillainy:  

Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.  

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.  

"Surpasses the first book in all ways." (The Bookwyrm Speaks)

"Phipps is the best thing to happen to urban fantasy." (Booknest.EU)

©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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I was a deer Caught in the Headlights!

The second installment of this wondrful series cranks it up to 11 on the action scale, and places poor Jane right in the danger zone. The tone, while a little darker than the first book is still funny and irreverant and full of puns and wiseacre remarks. This time, Jane might just be over her head in trouble, so deep in fact that she may not be a ble to hoof her way out of it in time. There is the old crew from last time, as well as a newbie named Robyn. We get to see Jane's world through her eyes in a way, which plays nicely so that we get some idea of the deeper stuff happening.

Jane is finally the Shaman she was worried she could never be, and after a terrible discovery has her hands full trying to find a baby killer. The scooby gang reunites and brings their all to find the fiend responsible for the atrocity. Problems arise when a wizard makes an appearance, and Jane has to worry about whether or not the family business should get sold or not, and if you remember she's just a poor girl from a poor family and there isn't anyone gonna spare her from this monstrosity. She is low in her cash flow, so this is a dire predicament to deal with while everything else is happeneing. Can she solve the mystery, save her family business, get her boyfriend's brother out of her hair, and stop the cult leading wizard? I can't say, but I'm just gonna tell you that the solutions to these problems are fun to listen to.

Speaking of listening, I will again praise Arielle DeLisle. She is a joy to listen to, and she has some serious story telling chops. Her pleasant tones really sell Jane, you get to see her in a way that the printed page simply cannot provide. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Very en-deer-ing

Chock full of deer puns, this new installment in the Bright Falls series did not disappoint. Comedy, romance, and a supernatural mystery all rolled into one. I liked the narrator a lot. Her voice is very versatile, and highly entertaining. Well done!

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  • Brian
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  • 04-22-18

An EnDEERing Story Full of Awesome Characters

See what I did there? If you don't like that, then this book isn't for you.  Though An American Weredeer in Michigan has a lot fewer puns than the original book in the series - they were still there and made me laugh just as hard. I can imagine Phipps and Suttkus chatting with each other trying to come up with the ultimate deer-related pun. I'm also curious which one they each liked the most.

An American Weredeer in Michigan (man, that's a mouthful - that's what she said... sorry) is one of those stories that you just enjoy.  It was pure enjoyment from beginning to end - Phipps and Suttkus really know how to write characters that you want to follow.  Jane is endearing (yes, I spelled it right this time) and a little doe-eyed at times, but she's also funny and relentless. I just love everything about her.  If she were a real person I could definitely see being friends with her.

American Weredeer and the entire Bright Falls Mysteries series was one that I jumped into not fully sure what to expect, but I came out a completely changed man.  Phipps and Suttkus have this way of writing that drew me in and won't let me go.  They're all so enjoyable and fun from beginning to end.

There was more teenage drama in this one, but what do you expect when you have a 19-year-old main character.  There's going to be drama - it's inevitable. And I thought that it was well thought out and appropriate for the amount of drama and stress that Jane and co have had to go through.

One of my particularly favorite scenes (there shouldn't be any spoilers here) was when Jane pets and nuzzles the Werewolf version of her best friend - to which she replies "you know you're the only one I let do this?" I don't know why I just found that perfect and hilarious.  I think partially because of the character building and dynamic between the two of them, but it was great.

I thought that Arielle DeLisle was perfect once again for the role of Jane and the overall narrator of the book.  She has a young-sounding voice that lends itself well to the character that was written.  She has an easy to listen to voice that made the story fly by.

Overall, I think this might have been even better than the first book - and it intrigues me to see what else can happen in Bright Falls. Phipps and Suttkus - you have me hooked!

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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Loving this series!

I am seriously loving this series. I usually do not enjoy shifter books, but this series is great! I was a little skeptical about book one but tried it because I love the author. I was excited about listening to book 2. Now I'm hoping for a book 3! A fun shifter/paranormal book with a very enjoyable narration by Arielle DeLisle!

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More Jane Doe Snark

I enjoyed the second book in the Jane Doe series. Will be looking forward to the next book

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An American Weredeer in Michigan

Good continuation of the series. Although, I enjoyed the first book more, I appreciate the character growth of the main protagonist. Another good performance from the narrator. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Great addition to the series!

This is the continuing story of Jane Doe (yeah) the weredeer from Bright Falls, Michigan. In this volume, she and her best friend are innocently walking out in the woods and they find a mass grave of infant children. And so the hunt is on to figure out what sort of monster could do such a thing, while at the same time trying to save her family’s diner from being sold and demolished to be turned into a shopping mall, and preventing a local group of cultists from moving into town and establishing a base there.

While on the case, Jane and Emma meet one of the (former) cultists, a young woman named Robyn, who seems to have a connection to the children in the mass grave. She joins the case with a vengeance for…. vengeance. Jane also gets much advice and additional information from the Merlin gun that she keeps in her pocket, which is inhabited by an angel, Raguel. Being an angel, he has a pretty convincing point of view on religious topics that come up, and they do more than you’d think, because the theme of belief plays a pretty big part in this volume. Raguel is a great character (kind of character? Sentient gun?) and I rather liked him snarking at Jane or correcting her on religious or folklore trivia, hehehe.

Anyway, while Jane and her friends attempt to solve the whodunnit, we’ve got a love triangle happening between Jane and both Alex, the hot FBI agent, and Lucien, the hot drug dealer, who are foster brothers, and both still inexplicably want this girl. It has to be her sparkling personality, I guess. So, that’s still a thing. I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes a few times here in the beginning, because as some people might remember from my review of the first book in the series, I thought the romance between the three of them was hilariously contrived, but I guess if these two dudes are so determined be with this girl, then I guess it is what it is. I will give this one points for actually resolving the triangle in a way that makes sense and was satisfying. So, it’s less contrived now than it was at first. In the end, I admit that they make a cute couple, even if Jane makes some ridiculously stupid decisions along the way.

Jane is still nerdy AF, and throws out many a pop culture reference. Like a lot. So, if you’re not down with nerding out, maybe avoid this one. I thought many of them were enjoyable, and a few made me laugh. It feels like some were a little bit overused though. I mean, I’m not sure one UF novel needs two entire Star Trek Discovery references, and two entire ‘do or do not’ references. But, all the same, I nyyyeeeeerddded out, quite a bit throughout the whole thing. Today I learned (more) reasons I should not read further than I did into the Dune series. :D

The narrator, Arielle DeLisle, did a great job with this one, just as she did with the last one. She gives Jane a really good voice, and tells her story very well, as this story is told in the first person. Robyn, Maria, Emma, and Kim Su also had really great voices. Even the dudes got some great voices.

All told I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It started out a little rocky for me but once I got into it, I couldn’t help but listen to the entire thing in one sitting. I got a lot of work done. I hope to hear more of this story, because if any of Jane’s visions come to pass, there appears to be a lot of awesome on deck!

This review is based on a review copy of the audiobook :)

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  • Al
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Oh deer me

The author very kindly gave me an audio copy of his book for my listening pleasure, and perchance a review. Both of said boxes have now been ticked. There are also minor spoilers.

Jane Doe is a hoot. If you haven't read I was a Teenage Weredeer please do so right now. She's sassy, sarky and steeped in pop culture references most teenagers only know from their parents (if they don't already know everything and still listen to them). The narrator nails the job, making her sound like, well, not a pain-in-the-ass teenager.

The story moves on from the first in the series. Having completed "The Quest," Jane has gotten on with life, and much of the novel seems to focus on that. At times it seems a bit superfluous, going over the first in the series (I'm not a fan of such tactics), but it's still darn funny, so it gets a hall pass. There's a new bad guy in town, but is all as it appears to be? This is Bright Falls, so you better believe there's more twists and turns than a bag of rotini.

Similar to the Agent G sequel (which also waxed too much about the original), the action and plot really ramp it up over the last quarter of the book, and the payoff is worth it. While not unique, it's at least as funny as the original, and well worth reading/listening to. If you want a complaint, I thought the narrator didn't quite echo my take on Alex.

Check it out. You know you want to...

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I like where this is going

This book gave me the further character development I was looking for.
Jane Doe keeps changing as a character and growing up, dealing with new powers and social situations. I wanna see more about her teacher Kim as in some more backstory and its going to be interesting to see where Alex goes from here considering the new angle at the end of the book.
Look I don't want to give to many spoilers here, but this book continues to delight me as a series and I recommend it to urban fantasy fans as well as detective story fans who might not be scared of a detective story with a supernatural angle.
Jim Butcher might want to watch out this series has the potential to rival his Harry Dresden series.

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Great second book!

Jane just can't seem to get a break! Her parents are in witness protection and someone wants to buy their business. When on a picnic with Emma, she encounters not only two monster hunters, a weird religious fanatic who is an exceptionally strong wizard, but she also meets someone whom she promises to help, but that promise might just be the end of her. She is also the Shaman of Bright Falls now and is called into help with the discovery of a mass grave of infants.

I've read a few of this authors books but I have to say that this series is my favourite. Jane is just such a fun and likable character and the world the authors have created is awesome! I love the magic and fantastical creatures and the fact that most of them have come out to the world. The world building was well done and one of my favourite things about the books.

Jane is by far my favourite thing though!! Her attitude and joie de vivre just make her stand out. She is only a teen, yet has the weight of so much on her shoulders, but she always manages to stay up beat and fun. She is an admirable heroine!! I also loved that the authors kept her as a typical teen in ways. Her relationship with her BFF is awesome and I loved the dynamics between the two of them. I loathe love triangles, but I also know that a teenagers hormones will dictate things to them. Jane loves Alex and he does seem right for her, but then there is the bad boy Lucien, who she is drawn to. He makes her feel alive! I'd be happy with her ending up with either of them to be honest, but I think Alex is more suited to who Jane is.

Anyway, book 2 seems to have a lot more action and adventure than the first, which is always good!! This also felt a bit darker than the first, but still had plenty of the fun and laugh out loud moments. The authors throw out puns and pop culture references like there's no tomorrow, which makes for great reading. I sniggered so much while reading this that my kids were looking at me funny. I want to be a fly on the wall while these authors are plotting out the next book!!!

In all, this series is amazing. Well written and developed, with amazing characters and a strong female lead, it's a must read for everyone. This author duo can do no wrong!!

Arielle DeLisle was amazing. She brings Janes' sassiness to life and captures each of the characters personalities perfectly. She is easy to listen to and has a pleasant voice.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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