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Standard-Issue Werewolf Story
on 4 November 2012
This book starts off with a YA feel, but then the kids turn nasty and you realise it's not one for the weak of heart. The bullies in the early chapters are seriously mean to the point where it's almost uncomfortable to read. Good stuff! The town is painted nicely and the tone is perfect for the period of time the story is set in. The early scenes are paced well, not too fast to spoil the tension, but not too slow to make it unreal.
So then the werewolves come in and things carry on towards a storyline that is perhaps too complex yet thoroughly unsurprising. I've never read a werewolf story before and have only seen a couple of werewolf movies, but there is barely anything in this novel that makes its monsters stand out.
It suffers from over-editing, if there is such a thing - I picked up on sections where it seemed that maybe some sections had been deleted and it messed with the pace and/or the plot.
The final battle was a let down. The author switched to a voice that seemed full of distance, it was like reading a transcript of a boxing match commentary.
And so the book ends, and you look back and think ok, this was indeed a YA novel but with the gore-level turned up to 11.