Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school.
Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up. On the first day he befriends two military brats, and he may finally get a taste of what it’s like to be a normal teenager.
It doesn’t last.
His host family — an alluring young tattoo artist and her moody, handsome boyfriend — inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good.
Connor’s loyalties are tested as he becomes embroiled in a conflict where werewolves, mad science and teen angst collide.
Fierce Ink Press has blown me away with this debut book from their press. It has an impressive cover, a slick package and best of all, a captivating story. Now prior to the Linger series, I was all meh to werewolves. They did nothing for me, and worse yet, there was something decidedly weird about having a werewolf love interest. I do not want my boyfriend to occasionally turn into a pet wolf. It would be like dating a bipolar German Shepard. See? Now that's all you're going to think of next time you read about werewolves.
Kruger, like Stiefvater before her, gives werewolves a new and intriguing spin. I especially loved the born vs. bitten bit. How appropriate that plain old humans make shitty wolves. There is also a delightful added twist to the story line that involves sinister religious-like cults and creepy scientific experiments. All of these things give an extra dimension to the run of the mill werewolf story.
Connor, Madison, Josh, Amara and Arden were the icing on this cake though. Strong, intriguing and very well fleshed out characters, they made a fascinating group full of contradictions and mysteries. Plus they were funny, and who doesn't like a good snicker while reading?
"Then why bother?" I press. "And why take in a student?"...Arden was actually kind of my favourite. So impossibly difficult and rude, which became down right endearing at certain point. I would make some glib comment, at this point, about my "type" but the hubby reads the blog on occasion and the grovelling I would have to do hardly seems worth it.
He finally says, in a tone that for once doesn't sound very serious at all, "It was what Amara wanted. She doesn't think I'd make a very good father."
I look around for hidden cameras in case I'm being punk'd. "Um, you'd make a terrible dad."
With a wave, he writes me off. "What would you know?"..."You try my patience."
"That's what kids do," I explain. "Besides, you haven't exactly been all warm fuzzies."
"That's called mollycoddling."
"No, it's called being hospitable."
"Hospitality is for strangers," he remarks.
"Well at least you could have given me that courtesy," I fire back.
I'm some sort of guinea pig in a home economics crash course for werewolves.
A terrific story, with a riveting plot, great characters, and best of all, some worthy new twists in an old genre, I can hardly wait for part two. An excellent October read, and even better yet, a thrilling sign of the great things to come from this burgeoning new Canadian press.
The Night has Teeth, by Kat Kruger
Published by Fierce Ink Press, September 23rd, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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