The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks

September 11th, 2012 by

abused-werewolf-rescue-group-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this book, send them here.]

Submitted by Noah, Age 12 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group: Something to take a look at?

This book begins in a way no reader could have expected. You want straightforward werewolf action? You won’t get any. Meet Toby Vandevelde, a normal near-delinquent boy who just happens to wake up in a dingo pen. Naked. One of the dingos even sustained an injury. Toby is just befuddled by this matter, and he blames it on his friends. But then two men come to his door, and it changes everything. Thus begins the tale of this book.

This book becomes, from this point onward, a bit more interesting. But as it goes on, it feels like its running too long in this segment and it needs to do something relevant to the plot. Midway through the book, it seems to just run on and on like it’s building up to something, but you don’t feel any suspense. And when something finally does happen, even if you were expecting it, it’s nothing special.

If you hate Twilight, you will most likely like this book. Not love the book, as a oh-boy-I-feel-like-reading-this-twice-a-week. Most of the problems in the book are mostly just nitpicks, like “Too much cursing!”. Nitpicks aren’t really something to give good criticisms about, so I will move on to the major problems.

Not spoiling the ending, I will tell you that it becomes just a huge filler. It’s like the author didn’t want to give a good, long section in the book to tie up the loose ends that it had meaningfully. Instead, we get a 20 page “Psych!” where it tells us exactly what happens to every character, which, in my opinion, is a lazy move.

Another problem with the book is that you never really see the capabilities of a werewolf. We just see the evidence that there was a werewolf, not actually have some werewolf chapters.

One thing the book did right was the beginning. I wouldn’t say Catherine Jinks is a bad author, its just this book wasn’t written on a good day. The prequel to this book, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, is a much better written title.

That is it for my review on The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group. This book is decent, but I wouldn’t go out and recommend it. 3/5.

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