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From the best-selling author of the Supervillainy saga

Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her 18th birthday promises the beginning of her teenage dreams coming true.

Unfortunately, her birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend's sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect. Allying with an eccentric FBI agent, the local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow, Jane has her work cut out for her in turning her big day around.

Thankfully, she's game.

Set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.

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

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My favourite by this author!!

Jane Doe is a Weredeer, which took her a little while to fully appreciate seeing as she sees herself as the least threatening of the shifters. But she is still a formidable girl and everyone is about to realise just how special she is. When her brother is arrested on suspicion of murder, Jane is called in to use her ability to read objects to help with the investigation. What follows is a story filled with dorky references, suspense, fun, more dorky references and plenty of twists.

I've loved pretty much all the books that I've read by this author, but this one is definitely my favourite! I was captivated with the word right from the start and devoured the book as quick as I could. When reading a book by this author, you know there is going to be geeky references but this one was chock a block with them, and I loved it!! So many times I was smirking and sniggering at them!

Jane Doe was an amazing character. She is plucky, brave, geeky, and very relatable. I loved that she is a deer and not one of the more popular shifters like wolf or cats. Her family always makes deer puns, hence her name and the name of the diner. I also loved her best friend Emma. Emma is a wolf, but the two of them work so well together. Both the girls work with an FBI agent and a ganster. These guys have plenty of secrets of their own and I loved finding them out along with Jane!!

The world the author has created is fantastic!!! I see it's set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton, which I haven't read yet but must do so soon!! I loved all the different supernatural creatures and learning more about the world. Seeing how the shifters are treated by the humans brings to mind a lot of the issues we see now. It shone a spotlight on certain issues but in a way that wasn't overbearing.

In all, this was an excellent read. The plot was fascinating and filled with secrets, suspense and fun, the characters were all amazing and brilliantly written. Jane Doe reveals some incredibly shocking secrets that rock the foundation of their society! I am eager to see what else the author has in store for these characters and this world!!

I really enjoyed Arielle DeLisle narration. While her tones and voices were all similar, she gave enough subtle changes to make it easy enough to follow who was talking. Her infections and cadences brought the book to life, and her performance was nearly flawless.

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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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 04-01-18

Nearly Perfect and a Blast of a Book

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In my head when I’m writing this description I can hear the slow (and just flute version of) Morning Mood by Edvard Grieg (Youtube) because that’s what I hear when I’m thinking of a place called Bright Falls where people aren’t just people anymore. They are shifters that make up different classes and animals. There are Werebears and Werewolves and then you meet Jane Doe (aptly named) the main character who is a Weredere. She just turned 18 and is trying to work her way into enough money to get out of Bright Falls when her best friends sister turns up dead in an apparent murder. Recruited to find the murderer by her friend Jane Doe’s life will never be the same.

There are some authors that you realize that you like anything they write even when it’s not in a ‘typical’ genre. C.T. Phipps is that author for me. This is at least the third unique genre I’ve read that he’s written and I’ve liked them all. I Was a Teenage Weredeer (though the name and cover art did catch my attention) wouldn’t normally be a book that I thought “Yup! I have to read that” but… now I’m mad at myself for not thinking that. I Was A Teenage Weredeer was a blast from beginning to end.

Phipps and Suttkus kept cracking me up – all of the deer puns and the interaction between the different shifter species was great. Along with the hallowed history of Bright Falls and the mysterious “aura” and feeling that surrounded the town. I also didn’t know going into it (I don’t always read the entire synopsis for fear of spoiling the book) that this was going to be set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.

I Was a Teenage Weredeer while being a mouthful to say was one of those books that just got my sense of humor. As I mentioned above – the puns were great (and the notion that one of the stereotypes about weredeer were these bad deer-related puns). The premise of the book (a town is cursed and they must find a murderer) sounds typical but what Phipps and Suttkus do with it is far from that.

While not a perfect book it’s darn close. I ended up finishing this in less than two days because I couldn’t put it down. It should come with a warning telling you that you might lose sleep until you finish it.

I Was A Teenage Weredeer is a book for those who don’t take everything too seriously. A fantasy book that will make you laugh and a story about friendship, magic, and finding out who you really are all wrapped up into one.

The narration for this was done by Arielle DeLisle, who I thought did a fantastic job of bringing Jane to life. It was one of those voices that were so good that it’s hard to pull Arielle from Jane in my mind now.

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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Witty, well written and amusing

I Was a Teenage Weredeer by Charles Phipps and Michael Suttkus was an excellent audiobook.  The story takes place in Bright Falls, Michigan.  The town, for the most part, consists mainly of supernatural beings – vampires, shapeshifters, witches, Shaman’s, werewolves and more.  Magic is prevalent in this story as is the spirit world and the world of puns … a curse for the Weredeer!

Jane Doe discovers that not everything is as it appears – there are family secrets, deadly pacts, and revenge plots.  Jane finds herself smack dab in the middle and must discover not only the secrets and defeat the Big Bad Wolf but that she must also discover her true self.

Witty, well written and amusing.  The dialog flowed naturally moving the story along at a good pace.  The action and plot were cleverly executed.  New Detroit was mentioned several times so the story is in the same time frame as Straight Outta Fangton.

I enjoyed the characters and felt the authors did an excellent job of developing them.  I would have liked to have learned more about mom’s secret dealings but there was enough there to let people know she was NOT a good person – not evil but absolutely and undeniably NOT a good Weredeer!  I thought the authors did a great job of word-playing (puns, sarcasm, personification, etc) -  just perfect for the story.

Arielle DeLisle gave a wonderful performance; she did not stumble over the puns or other tropes. She was solid in her performance keeping the voices straight.  I found her voice entertaining and calming as well.  It was pitch perfect.

I enjoyed this book and while it comes across as a Young Adult, it is for anyone who enjoys supernatural and mystery genres.  I look forward to reading more about Bright Falls!

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Like True Blood but better

I like a light hearted and fun story, and as soon as I saw the title of this book I was interested. Ten minutes into the audio I was thinking to myself that this had some striking resemblences to True Blood, the HBO show and the Sookie Stackhouse series. The similarities are superficial, and C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus do not go into the dark places that was portrayed there. I normally do not enjoy YA stories anymore, but this one really worked and its quirky heroine, Jane Doe, really sold the story.

When he brother is accused of murder, Jane must figure out the true culprit and save him. Jane is not happy with her life, and does not really feel like she fits in with the rest of her family, and it turns out that the murder mystery is just what she needed to blossom. Her character is great fun, and if my daughter were still a teenager I think she would have enjoyed her a lot.

Arielle DeLisle brings a lot to the table as a narrator. She is very pleasant to listen to and carries a lot of emotion in her voice. She really brings Jane to life, and you feel like you've known her for a long time. She is a real treat. 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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Supernatural Riverdale

I went in to this knowing nothing but CT. firstly I didn't expect it to be a YA mystery, and secondly I didn't expect to be so in to it. but. I did. and I really enjoyed it. this book packs in a bunch in under 10 hours. so much action, so much character, so much supernatural beasties. straight onwards to book 2!!!!

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 04-03-18

A fun, relaxing mystery in a shifter town.

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Arielle has a young voice that fits Jane Doe. She also pulls off Jane's sarcastic humor of stating the obvious in a dry tone. Totally works and sounds like a young adult. Arielle also voices each character in different tones when they speak. The audio is very clear and clean listening. Arielle's pronunciation of words is clear. No distractions from the story.

Jane has a dry sarcastic humor about her, stating the obvious in a dry tone. And it totally works. Especially in audio format. Oh the deer puns. lol.

As in true C.T. Phipps fashion, we have references to t.v. shows and more throughout the book. It's not done in the Supervillainy humor but in an undertone to give a feel of what Jane is seeing as happening or a description. This is always something I find fun, as I get to see if I can pick them out and know the references.

Off the bat we get a lot of information. Wow. The first chapter is packed full of names and world info. It almost feels like an info dump. I don't think I'm going to remember all the names as they hit me so fast here. Once you read through this, and you are great through the remainder of the book.

Being a shifter is dangerous now. The world knows of vampires and shifters, but fears them all. It's set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton, but you don't have to read it to understand the world here. (I haven't, yet.) This story is in Bright Falls, Michigan where Straight Outta Fangton is in New Detroit. But what happened with the vampires there affects the shifters here, and we hear about some of that, which then also makes me curious for the vampire book. People, states, and government have not taken well to the reveal of vampires and shifters. It's dangerous to go other places because of the laws.

A mystery! This is a shifter town where a murder has happened. Actually, we find out this is the third murder. Jane has the ability to read items with a touch, so she becomes important in helping with the case. Her mom and her best friend (who's sister was murdered) want her to help with the case, and clear her brothers name. Jane's visions help point her in directions, but don't give her the complete answer. So she works the case, looking for answers with the clues she finds.

I look forward to Jane "reading" items when she wants. She gets enough to send her in a direction, but learns there is more to the vision than she saw. Cool. I'm glad things aren't always black and white. Jane also has a new friend that's not really a friend or alive. It's the gun. It's actually cool, and reminds me a bit of the gun from Wynonna Earp. Jane also seems to find herself with new friends she never expected; Lucian and Alex. Lucian is the towns bad guy and drug dealer, but there maybe more to him. And Alex is new to town. We have Jane's long time friend Emma, who's part of the powerful family in town. It's a neat little group of people here. I even like Maria who finds herself as an ally.

The town is neat with all the shifters. Many shifters have abilities that come in handy. They have a social structure based on their were-animal as well.

Something that pops up through the book is prejudice. Jane sees it with the social structure of the weres and she even sees herself referencing it as that's what has been drilled into her from the old ways. Jane is working past the prejudices though.

I found this mystery story to be relaxing with Jane's personality and small jokes and puns. I look forward to Jane continuing to learn magic and spending time with her friends. Also, there are a few visions she had that may, or may not, come to pass. I'm curious if they do.

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Super fun!

As a huge fan of Urban Fantasy, YA, and paranormal romance, I'm all about this type of book. It's the best kind of mashup, with quirky dialogue and crazy characters. As a fan of Phipps Supervillainy series, I can say this is an epic evolution. Loved Jane Doe and her silly, crazy story.

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Fun Story

Imagine Veronica Mars, meets Twin Peaks, and also make Veronica a shapeshiter (a weredeer to be precise) and you have a good idea of what I Was a Teenage Weredeer is about. Our heroine Jane Doe is stubborn, sincere, and intelligent. She's investigating a murder case in which her brother is the prime suspect. We have a lot of enemies, allies, and enemies that become allies.

There are a lot of deer puns in this book. I'm not a pun person, myself. Though neither is our hero, which does help. There is a self-awareness to the story because it's an ode to fiction that came before it. It's a little too heavy on the pop-culture references. Many of those references feel a bit too dated for our 18-year-old heroine. My suspension of disbelief can totally accept this town of shape-shifters, however the commanding knowledge that the two teenage leads posses of 80's/90's pop-culture was a bit too much. This being said, despite my dislike of puns and the double-helping of pop-culture, the novel sucked me right into it. This is a fun listen. And as much as I groaned at the deer puns (I had no idea there could be so many puns made about deer) I kept reading because its a damned entertaining story.

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Great shifter series

This is an excellent start to a new shifter series! I'm normally not a huge fan of shifter books. Most modern ones can get a bit cheesy. But, I've enjoyed other books by C. T. Phipps and had heard good things about this book so I thought I'd give it a shot. So glad I did! Great story and great narration. It was a fun listen and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

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A great new Urban Fantasy!


Based in the same universe as the Straight Outta Fangton vampire series, I Was A Teenage Weredeer has the same comedic sensibility, but tackles a completely different aspect of the supernatural world. That would be the world of wereshifters, drug in to the spotlight with the vampires when the vampires bailed out the US government during the last economic meltdown, in exchange for equal rights and protection. Unfortunately for the shifters, they weren't included in the deal. Only two states, Michigan and New Hampshire, protect shifters from being killed outright. That's where the story picks up, in Bright Falls, Michigan.

Bright Falls is the unofficial capitol of the Shifter world. The heads of the 12 shifter clans are all there, from the powerful werewolf clan to the selkies, weredeer and werebears. The main protagonist, Jane Doe (pun fully intended) is 18 years old, and works at her family's restaurant. She is a member of the weredeer clan. Her parents are John and Judy Doe, which is a funny way of introducing a weredeer weakness, puns. Jane's sister is romantically involved with one of the Werewolf clan, and unbeknownst to Jane, so is her brother, the only member of her family not to be a shifter.

When Jane's brother is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Jane and the girl's sister Emma, who is actually Jane's best friend, start their own investigation to find out who really murdered her. What they find will shake the foundations of the town, and the balance of power throughout the shifter world. helping them along the way are Alex, an FBI mage who is kind of spacey, and Lucien, who happens to be the local gangster, and has some secrets of his own. As they continue down the rabbit hole, they discover evils perpetrated in the town by people they trusted, all in the name of the "greater good".

They discover the true nature of the evil infecting the town, and in a series of climactic fights, discover that the side of the angels might not be the clean side after all. Jane has to make some incredibly difficult decisions, that may include hurting the ones she loves the most to get to the truth. Oh, and she's had a vision of her in an intimate encounter with Lucien, and also finds Alex intriguing as well. Awkward!

I have to admit I am a huge fan of CT Phipps. I have loved every one of his books, and have them all. That being said, this one was something special. I think Jane Doe may be his best character to date. She is strong, independent and stubborn enough for a dozen people. While she has special abilities because she is a shifter, she relies on her brains to get through most problems, rather than battering them into submission with stronger than human strength. That being said, she has her moments of weredeer badassery too!

The supporting cast is also excellent. Emma is a great friend character, and her romantic feelings for the very straight Jane adds an extra dimension to their relationship. Alex's spacey kind of good guy is a lot of fun, as is Lucien's bad boy allure. Alex being a mage and Lucien being a...well, you'll see, adds some real spice as well.The villains are excellently crafted as well, bringing a real sense of grand danger as well as having realistic and somewhat sympathetic reasons for their actions, at least in the case of the biggest threat. The town of Bright Falls is colorfully and carefully described, actually feeling like a character itself. Characters have always been a strength of this writer, so that's no surprise.

Arielle Delisle is revelation as a narrator. She did a fantastic job bringing the various characters to life. She really captures Jane's snarky, sassy yet vulnerable personality, Emma's affectionate protectiveness, Lucian and Alex's tension and Kim Su's sarcasm and wisdom. Her pacing is excellent, and she is now on my "must listen to" list.

All in all, I feel this will appeal to a wide variety if readers, from teens to adults, male and female alike. I know this is a project of love for the author, and book 2 will be available soon on Audible. Any fans of his other books should really be able to dig in and enjoy this one. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 03-26-18

Fun UF story!

This was a fun YA UF comedy that had the feel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars about it. The world was fun and packed with some cool magic. There was plenty of humour and a bit of action and mystery. Some parts of the story were weirdly dark despite the light overall tone!

Jane and the rest of the characters proved a likeable and interesting bunch so it was easy to get sucked into the story as she used her powers to try and clear her brother of murder charges.

I'd have rated this even higher but I felt like the second half of the story was just not quite as strong as the first half.

I felt like Arielle DeLisle did a decent job with the audio. She has a good voice and seemed to get the tone of the story and the timing of her comedic delivery right most of the time. The one flaw was that a few of her secondary character voices could have been better. Still, on the whole I did like her performance.