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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Review: Wereling by Steve Feasey

Wereling by Steve Feasey
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 288
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte is not a kid anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony—retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed.
Enter Lucien Charron, the mysterious, long-lost “uncle” with freakish fire-flecked eyes and skin that blisters in the sun. Suddenly, Trey finds himself living in a luxury penthouse at the heart of a strange and sinister empire built on the powers of the Netherworld—vampires, demons, sorcerers, and djinn. And there is a girl—Alexa Charron—who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty, with powers all of her own. Trey is falling for her. Trey is training night and day to control the newly discovered power lurking inside him. Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. Above all, he must face one terrifying question: Is he a boy . . . or is he a beast?

My Review: Wereling delivered an engaging storyline with detailed and explosive action. Trey, an orphaned teen, wakes up one day to have his whole life turned upside down. His "uncle" Lucien, who is a vampire, revealed to him that he was a werewolf. A lot to swallow in one day right? Trey didn't surprise me by his reaction of wanting to run away, that would be my initial response as well. I enjoyed his realistic behavior and willingness to deal with the crazy changes. Lucien made it his business to protect and train Trey for the future attacks that might be coming his way. Some of you might be thinking, a vampire training a werewolf? Yes! A refreshing twist to the vampires vs. werewolves battle in most YA books.

Lucien's daughter, Alexa was also an interesting character. She was down to earth and got along well with Trey. I was expecting some type of romance to blossom, however it never happened. Usually, I'd be disappointed since I'm a hopeless romantic, but I was pleasantly fine without it. The book's plot held my attention long enough without realizing that slight detail until the end. The story concluded with me wanting more and yearning to read the sequel! Overall, Steve's writing is simply amusing and colorful. Since this series was released in the UK first, I believe it's a good addition to the US market for supernatural books and look forward to its future releases.

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Author's Info:

STEVE FEASEY lives with his family in Hertfordshire, UK, where he sometimes hears a strange and unidentifiable howling just after midnight. Wereling is his first venture into teen fiction.

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Dazzling Mage said...

I must say the cover is captivating. It seems like an exciting read!

ladystorm said...

So can't wait to read this one!!!

celi.a said...

Just the title of this one had me hooked...but the blurb sounds absolutely fantastic as well. Great review!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

detailed and explosive action? I like that...
There are books that puts the romance part of the character a little bit in the back burner, sometimes I am fine with it and sometimes I kind of want more. Looks like in here that worked?
Maybe I'll check out this book :)
Thanks for reviewing.

Ky said...

Sounds awesome! Any book that has djinn in it has me hooked! Lolz. And well you know of course vampires and werewolves too. I really want to read this now. XD Great review!

Kelsey said...

Sounds really cool! I hadn't really heard of this before. Glad you enjoyed it :)

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I really want to read this book! I kinda dig the fact that it doesn't have any romance in it. And I'm glad to hear that the vamps and weres aren't at each other's throats in this one. What a nice change of pace!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I read this book and really enjoyed it too! I can't wait for more :)

Manga Maniac said...

Thanks for the review - I wasn't sure if I should give this one a try, but you convinced me to give it a shot.

Steve Feasey said...

Thanks for such a great review. I was stoked to see that so many of the commenters are going to read it now. It's great to have new readers of the series in the US (we're up to book three here in the UK, with book four coming out in September).

Steve Feasey

Anonymous said...

Nice to know an author realizes there can be a good story without a romance being part of it. Romance doesn't consume our lives, it shouldn't consume the lives of characters in books we read.

vvb32 reads said...

cool, i'm adding to my list. i like the crossover.

Penelope Sanchez said...

Excellent story. I loved the characters especially Tom. This is a very fast paced story that makes you say "Just one more chapter." Reminds me a bit of some of Darren Shan's work. This is basically a coming of age story for a werewolf. Throw in a cute girl, as is done, and it is complete.

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