I’m a bit behind on my reading this month. A lot (!!) of other stuff going on in my life right now. And with the Silly Season imminent, I can’t imagine things are gonna slow down much in the next few weeks.
Speaking of being busy, have you checked out my new Blogging and Giveaways page? I figured it was easier to have all the promo and guest blogging links in one handy dandy place–easier for me, that is. At least now I don’t have to update two separate pages *contemplates her own stupidity and rolls her eyes*
Anyhoo, on to this month’s book: Curse of the Wolf Girl–the sequel to Lonely Werewolf Girl–by Martin Millar.
Curse of the Wolf Girl is described by Dolly Magazine as: “A fresh take on all things scary and hairy.”
I loved both these books! They’re heart-wrenching and funny and sad and hilarious and irreverent… for want of a better description.
Here’s the blurb for Curse of the Wolf Girl (which I don’t believe does the book justice):
Meet Kalix. She’s struggling with college — and staying alive…
Scottish teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is in London trying to settle down and live a normal life. Her new friends support her as she goes to college to learn to read and write, but her old enemies won’t leave her alone. Many powerful werewolves want Kalix dead, and the Guild of Werewolf Hunters is still dedicated to wiping out the entire MacRinnalch werewolf clan.
Life might be easier if Kalix’s family was able to help, but her sister, the Enchantress, needs all her poswer to locate the perfect pair of high heels, her brother Markus is busy in Scotland organising an opera, and her cousin Dominil is engaged in her own merciless vendetta. Kalix must carry on alone, but she’s finding it difficult enough to pay the rent without having to deal with werewolf hunters and exams at the same time…
To give you a sense of the whackiness-factor, here’s just a few of the characters:
Kalix — a teenage werewolf with sub-zero self esteem. She’s the most ferocious fighter of her kind, due to having been born during the full moon when her mother was in werewolf form. She also suffers from depression and anxiety attacks (for which she takes laudanum). When it all gets too much for her, she cuts herself. And she refuses to eat except when she becomes a werewolf. She’s adopted by a kitten, and to everyone’s surprise, despite her bad-temper, she doesn’t eat the kitten when she turns into a werewolf.
Beauty and Delicious — werewolves with luridly dyed hair (pink and blue), who spend their days drinking whiskey and partying. They’re failed musicians. They’d be quite good if 1) they could overcome their stage-fright, and 2) they weren’t drunk most of the time. They’ve forgotten how to change except at the full moon, when the change is forced on them. And they’ve just started a new band: Yum Yum Sugary Snacks
Vex — a young fire elemental who wears Hello Kitty pajamas and combat boots, has bleached spikey hair, and is pretty much a failure at being a fire elemental. She’s the bane of her Aunt Malveria’s existence. She’s extremely tactless and when she reads auras, she blurts out whatever she sees. She’s totally oblivious to how she upsets people.
Thrix — Kalix’s sister. She’s an enchantress and a budding fashion designer–much to the dismay of her mother.
Markus — Thane of the werewoves. He also likes to try on women’s clothes.
Malveria — Fire Elemental Queen who is obsessed with all things fashionable, and outdoing her rivals in the fashion stakes.
Moonglow — a student Goth with a kind heart, who takes Kalix in, and puts up with all her grumpiness…. not to mention Kalix eating her out of house and home whenever she turns into a werewolf.
Daniel — Moonglow’s flatmate, has a huge crush on Moonglow… but Daniel is hopeless with girls and he always manages to say the wrong thing.
And here’s an excerpt–in fact, I wish I’d not taken the books back to the library, because then I’d be able to choose a better one to showcase the books. But hey, there were so many bits I’d have loved to share that I’d be sharing half the freaking book!
Excerpt from Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar
“Did you know there’s a wolf in the kitchen eating cat food?”
Daniel and Moonglow sprang from the couch.
“Has she eaten the cat as well?”
“I didn’t notice.”
There was a rush for the kitchen. There they were confronted by an unexpected sight. Kalix, still lusting for meat, had transformed into her full wolf shape — something she rarely did — and was now munching her way through the food in the cat bowl. Rather surprisingly, the cat didn’t seem to mind that much and was eating from the other side of the bowl, grabbing what scraps it could before Kalix got there.
“We’ll need more cat food,” said Daniel.
Kalix licked the bowl clean and still didn’t seem satisfied. Nor was the cat, which was understandable, as it hadn’t got much of its promised meat.
“You better open another tin,” Daniel said.
“I’m not sure about this,” said Moonglow.
The cat began meowing. Kalix started padding round the kitchen, panting.
“I don’t think Verasa would be very pleased about her daughter eating cat food.”
Kalix began growling, either at the mention of her mother’s name, or because she was still hungry. The cat redoubled its meowing. Daniel opened the kitchen cupboard and took out a tin.
“The public demands more cat food,” he said. “We better serve it up before there’s a riot.”
He emptied the cat food into the bowl from which Kalix and the cat again began eating.
Moonglow, Daniel and Vex left them to it, and returned to the living room.
“That was unexpected,” said Moonglow.
“She’s certainly got a powerful appetite.” Daniel was a little impressed.
“I’m not really sure about her eating cat food, though.”
Daniel shrugged. “It looks healthy in the adverts. It’ll keep her coat shiny.”
Here’s my full reading list for November:
- Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar
- Naked In Death by J.D. Robb
- The Mummy by Ann Rice
- Don’t Look Down by Suzanne Enoch
- Billionaires Prefer Blondes by Suzanne Enoch
- Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar
- Vampire Knight 12 by Matsuri Hino
- Phoenix Files: Mutation by Chris Morphew
- Wild Ones 2 by Kiyo Fujiwara
- No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
- The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
- Good Girls Don’t by Victoria Dahl
- Welcome to Temptation, by Jennifer Crusie
- A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang
- Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn