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Saturday, 17 December 2011

*** Review*** Cursed: A Werewolf’s Tale (Werewolves #1) by David Wellington

On the Back of the Book

There’s one sound a woman doesn’t want to hear when she’s lost and alone in the Arctic wilderness.

For Cheyenne Clark, there’s a bad moon on the rise. When a strange wolf slashes her ankle to the bone, her old life ends and she becomes the very monster that has haunted her nightmares for years. Worse, the only one who can understand what Chey has become is the man – and wolf – who’s doomed her to this fate. He also wants her dead.

Yet as the line between human and beast blurs, so too does the distinction between hunter and hunted... for Chey is more than just the victim she appears to be. But once she’s within killing range, she may find that – even for a werewolf – it’s not always easier to go for the jugular.

Pre Read Thoughts

Aaah, The Works, without you my TBR pile would be significantly smaller. Darn you and your 3 for £5 offer on books! Mind you, it takes more than a price tag to make me stop and pick up a book. In the case of this one I think it might be something to do with the cover. I personally think that the wolf’s muzzle really stands out against the black of the background and really draws potential buyers in. The synopsis makes me want to read the book. It sounds like the story offers an alternative to the werewolf books I tend to read and that can only be a good thing.

Post Read Thoughts

This is a book of two parts for me. I really struggled to get into the story, despite being thrown in at the deep end. Once the book had settled and I got accustomed to the author’s writing style I got into the book and found it to be a quick read. The ending was incredible and I couldn’t put the book down, in fact, I didn’t realise I was reaching the end until I ran out of pages to turn.  I also loved how the author chose to let the reader discover Chey’s back story. So many authors would’ve started with what Mr Wellington put in the middle of this.

The journey Chey went on is incredible and I really enjoyed learning about her and could really feel for her as she tried to adjust to the changes that had been forced upon her by Powell. Speaking of, Powell is a character that I like and don’t like. He’d do something really nice that endeared him to me and then I’d find something else about him or he’d do something nasty and I’d be back where I started with him. Bobby was a complete prat and a fool and I disliked him intensely from the moment he appeared on the page. Dzo is a character that freaks me out more than a bit. I didn’t really get to find anything out about him and that’s what I wanted to do more than anything.

Overall I liked this book, really I did. The characters were interesting even if they weren’t always likeable. I found the writing easy to read and enjoyable (for the most part). I loved the thought that went into the character’s back stories and there were some things about werewolves in this that I hadn’t seen explored before. I’d recommend this to people who like werewolves and I personally thought that it was much better than the YA equivalents that I’ve read.

My Rating

4 stars – A great read that really fired up my imagination. I definitely want to read the other book in the series and other books by the author and recommend him to others who are fans of the genre.

A Final Note
This is an adult book and as a result of that there is swearing. There’s also some heavy violence so this book so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted. 

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