The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group popped through my mail slot in early October and became part of my ambitious list of reading for October. Well...I almost made it, only a few days out!
Somehow I had missed The Reformed Vampire Support Group when it came out this September, so I wasn't immediately aware of what a funny, fantastic series I was getting myself into. But before I start to rave I should really give you a brief idea of what it's about.
The books starts right in the middle of things, Tobias has woken up in the hospital and is informed he was found in the Dingo cage at the zoo. Nobody is more shocked then Tobias himself who last remembers falling asleep in his bed at home, before waking up in the hospital. But things are going to get more bizarre before he figures it all out, because next up is a visit from a priest and a gruff and rough looking guy named Reuben, who are there to tell him he's a werewolf. Obviously this doesn't end up sitting to well with him and his mom, go figure, right?! Anywho, between his devilish two best friends and some bad guys who believe he's a werewolf even if Tobias doesn't agree, there's some major trouble abrewin'.
To start with the characters in this book are wonderful. Tobias and his two closest friends are so full of mischief and bad ideas, that right away you know this story is going to be enjoyable. But then start throwing in various members of The Reformed Vampire Support Group, their very patient family and friends, an out of control crazy Werewolf, and a revengeful kidnapped young werewolf and the story quickly takes off into the territory of constantly shifting, page-turning action coupled with some seriously funny situations and one liners.
So very different from the heartsick teen angsty vampires and werewolf's quickly taking over the YA genre, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group instead takes the non-romantic but much more practical view of what happens when some stranger points to a few weird physical traits and one weird incident and tells you you're a mythical human hybrid. Cold turkey, just like that. The mom's particularly belligerent refusal to accept her son's heritage even when faced with the most extremely weird situations seemed so honest I could see my mom reacting the same way. But funny at the same time! I was almost rolling with laughter by the end of the book as the situation became more out of control and ridiculous and the characters sort of just rolled their eyes as if this was, sigh, just their lot in life.
By the end of the book I was jonesing to get my hands on all of Catherine Jinks other books. Lucky me I was also kindly given part three to her The Genius Wars, so now I just have to get out to a book store and find me part 1, part 2 and (of course) The Reformed Vampire Support Group and I'll be set up for a small Catherine Jinks marathon! Talk about an author to watch out for, especially if like me you haven't stumbled on her work before.
Lots of fun and super highly recommended, shake up your paranormal reading and pick it up when it comes out in April, until then make sure to join me in some Vampire fun with the Reformed Vampire Support Group which sounds just as great (fingers crossed!).
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group, By Catherine Jinks
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 4th, 2011