Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:  Penguin
Publication Date: 4 January 2011
ISBN: 9780141333397
Stand alone or series: Series
Pages: 432 pages
Book Received from: Penguin Aus
First Lines: Drew knew there was a predator out there.

Synopsis:
'You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it...Conquer it'. When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms ...Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?
 
My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying I love how books like these include maps of the world the characters live in.  I find it hard with some books that are complete fantasies that don't include them.  Its all well and good telling us about a place but being able to see it on a map really helps the imagination.  So thumbs up there!

I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, since when it comes to werewolves and what not I like the ones that are on four legs not two but my mind was quickly changed the further into the book I got. 

Drew is such an easy character to love.  Right from the beginning when his father is pushing him that bit harder than his brother Trent, I knew right then I was going to have a soft spot for him.  Bergin was also a favourite of mine.  The description easily has me picturing him as a big burly man (like Hiccups father in How to Train Your Dragon) and good hearted!

Curtis has done a fantastic job in creating unique and lovable characters.  He also knows how to create a bad guy well!

This book has definitely got both thumbs up for me and I look forward to reading the next installment in this series! 
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