The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks
Publisher: Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, YA
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: Full Length (418 pgs)
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Cholla
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen. He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous “condition.” Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It’s not until he’s kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them—and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.
After being found, naked, in a dingo pen at a wildlife park, Toby Vandevelde’s world takes a turn for the bizarre. People begin telling him he’s a werewolf, but how can that be? Werewolves don’t exist… do they? And now it’s up to Toby to find out the truth. Whatever that might be. In what proves to be an exciting and oftentimes frightening road to self-discovery, Toby will learn more than whether werewolves really exist. He’ll find his true self somewhere along the way.
Toby’s a rather troubled child at the beginning of the novel. His friends aren’t the most reliable or reputable, but they are his friends just the same. However, as he’s confronted with the possibility of being a werewolf, he finds an entirely new group of people that change his life. In a lot of ways, they aren’t any more reputable than his original friends, but they are much more reliable. Toby’s outlook on life changes a lot from the beginning to the end of this story. As his outlook changes, so does his personality. At times, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to like this kid and then, before I knew it, he was doing something to completely redeem himself. It was refreshing to watch him make progress, stumble, and pull himself back together and move forward.
If you’re looking for a wild ride of a story, then The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is the book for you. Packed full of craziness from the very first page, you’re carted along as Toby and his band of mis-matched misfits are on the hunt for some very bad people… and find them much by accident. Watch as they rescue Toby and another abused werewolf from their clutches and make the world a safer place for paranormal creatures of all kinds. A highly entertaining and enjoyable read for older kids and adults alike!