The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group
Then mysterious Reuben shows up, claiming Tobias has a rare and dangerous 'condition'. He doesn't believe Reuben and a group of strange people who say they only want to help. It isn't until Tobias is kidnapped that he starts to believe that there might be something wrong with him. But is it now too late?
This story has an intriguing premise. I like the idea of a group of people that try to help werewolves. Also the Australian Outback was a freshing backdrop. Tobias did sound like an average thirteen-year-old boy especially with some of the pranks he tries at the beginning of the story with his friends.
The pacing at times was a little slow but picks up after Tobias is kidnapped. Then the story goes through some fast-paced action where Tobias finds out his so-called helpers aren't all they seem to be. He's also pretty smart on ways to try to get out of his prison.
I do admit I skimmed through places where the dialogue seemed to drag on. I also felt there were times the plot drifted and I got confused on what exactly was happening.
This is not the typical werewolf tale. But if you are looking for a different twist on the usual paranormal story and one that has some quirky characters, do try this one. I also feel this book will appeal to boys who can relate with Tobias and some of the prank scenes. For this reason I give this book a 2 and a half star rating.
The real difference between the two is the narrator; where Nina is bored and boring, Toby is full of energy and typical teen boy-ness. Catherine Jinks' conception of vampires was amusing, but reading about a bunch of folks who do nothing but whine is no fun. Toby whines, but he also tries to change his circumstances. He also has a clear personality, unlike the vampires (who show up in this book and still remain static characters).
I still have some issues with Jinks' worldbuilding. Becoming a werewolf is evidently an inherited trait, found only in families of Spanish or Portuguese backgrounds. Not only that, but they have to be the seventh sons. Yikes but that's specific. The book even says that werewolves are typically found in South America and the Phillipines (although nothing is mentioned about Spain or Portugal...), so why are there so many werewolves running around Australia (not to mention so many werewolves in general)? With vampires, too, I am a bit concerned about their origin. Apparently, one bite turns a human into a vampire. If it's that easy, why is the world not populated entirely with very hungry vampires? Sure, the group tries not to fang folks, but all vampires cannot be that particular, especially in early days.
Overall, this was an okay read, but, should there be more books in this series, I will not be continuing on. This one was good enough to give me some hope for Jinks' other series about geniuses (of which I own the first book).