What's All This Talk About Werewolves?

4810645659 7b37926cb3 What's All This Talk About Werewolves?

Up until a couple of months ago, I had never actually read a book about werewolves (of course, I’d read a few books about vampires and other assorted monsters here and there). It’s just that the werewolf wasn’t exactly the most appealing creature to me. Perhaps this is because my only real exposure to them were cheesy films from the 80s, like Teen Wolf or one that I liked a lot more, Silver Bullet. During my young adult years, I was into horror movies, and films like the one with Michael J. Fox weren’t going to cut it. Even the recent film Wolfman didn’t really have anything in it that drew me into the werewolf craze.

Somehow, I’ve managed to evade seeing any of the Gingersnaps movies, but perhaps that might have to be rectified in the next little while. Why do you ask? I understand why you might question this decision since I haven’t really shown any interest in the werewolf phenomenon up until now. It’s more than that I’ve heard a lot of good things about these films from a Twitter friend who’s opinion I trust. In fact, my interest actually stems from having read four of the hottest paranormal reads this spring and summer, which all have some werewolves, including Jane Slayre, Shiver, Sisters Red, and Linger. If you haven’t checked out one or all of these novels, then you MUST do so as soon as you can (and if you’re Canadian, then take the time to enter my Linger giveaway before July 31st comes up and you miss your chance!)

I really love these books, especially Shiver and Sisters Red, and I can’t wait to check out the final and second installment in each of their respective series. Therefore, I felt like there was no better way to show my excitement for these YA novels, then to celebrate this mythical creature on my site with a couple of reviews, an interview and a few giveaways for some of my loyal readers. Today, however, I’m here on more business than just for the benefit of my readers.

*Whispers*: Truth be told, I’m kind of hoping that you’ll help me fill in the cracks in my werewolf reading life (and moving watching). Are there any essential books that I’ve missed so far? Have you seen a werewolf film that breaths new life and meaning into the genre? Don’t be shy – let me know, so I can stay busy all summer and fall with some hot werewolf reads and movies!

  17 comments for “What's All This Talk About Werewolves?

  1. July 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Well, since my book isn’t out until 2011, I guess I can’t really plug it (*cough* Hemlock *cough*).

    None of these are YA, but:

    Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – Brilliantly written, lots of fun, and a great take on werewolf pack structure.
    An American Werewolf in London – The King of all werewolf films and the best werewolf transformation scene of all time.
    Gingersnaps – Stop making excuses and get thee to a video store.

  2. ecnewman
    July 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. One of the best teen werewolf books. I also love the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs (though it’s not teen), the first book is Moon Called. I like the weres in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series and Charlaine Harris’ True Blood Series (used to be called Southern Vampire Series, before the show). But those again are definitely for adults. Enjoy!

    ecn

  3. July 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    you must read RAISED BY WOLVES and Moonlight.
    I <3 the idea of werewolf week

  4. July 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Kathleen, you must let me know more about your book Hemlock. Hmmm…maybe I’ll DM you about this. :)

    Hehehe…I love that you picked up on the Gingersnaps comment. I know that they definitely have Gingersnap at one video store that I go to, and it’s conveniently located right near the cash register. Project for this coming weekend or Thursday perhaps. :) Thanks for all your recommendations.

  5. July 21, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations ecnewman! I just heard of Blood and Chocolate yesterday. Maggie Stiefvater recommended it as well as one of the best paranormal books. With two people behind it, I think that I must check it out as well. I haven’t read much adult lit in awhile, but Kathleen also recommended Patricia Briggs, and I’ve heard some good things about the True Blood series as well. So maybe the universe is telling me something. ;)

  6. Rebs @ Book Rants
    July 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I agree with both above definitely check out Blood & Chocolate (Book and Movie, although the book is far better), also by Annette Curtis Klause is The Silver Kiss (about vampires, but still really good).

    As well as the Mercy Thompson books! My fav adult fantasy series by far!

    Another movie to watch is Underworld, although this is a bit darker, it’s one of my favs

  7. July 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Eeee!! Thanks for your suggestions Rebs! I might drive my bf crazy with all the werewolves, but who knows, maybe he’ll like them too!

  8. July 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions Jennifer! I’ll check them out.

    And I’m doubly excited that you <3 the idea of werewolf week! :)

  9. Jenny
    July 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Raised by Wolves is really really good. There’s also 13 to Life though I haven’t read that one, and Nightshade will be coming out in October.

    In adult fiction, Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series is really good. It’s about werecats, not werewolves, but it’s fantastic:)

  10. July 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Cool, thanks for your fantastic suggestions Jenny! *wonders what a werecat is*

  11. Clarissa
    July 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Check out The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. It’s got a bad boy and a werewolf. Can’t go wrong there. The second installment comes out in December. I am waiting on that one.

  12. July 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hehehe…yep, the can’t go wrong there part is definitely true. :)

  13. July 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Alpha and Omega series as well as Mercy Thompson series neither are YA reads though.

  14. Deanna
    July 25, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten
    Kelley Armstrong’s The Summoning
    … and sequels

    Bitten is actually an adult book though, and The Summoning is about more than one supernatural race, but werewolves feature heavily.

  15. July 25, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for the suggestions Deanna! I wouldn’t have realized that Kelley Armstrong’s books had werewolves, whether as the main characters or only part of the scene. :)

  16. Marcie Turner
    August 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Melissa, Thanks for stopping by my site. I like your idea for werewolf week. I don’t have a lot of suggestions because I haven’t read a a lot of were books. The only books I can recommend are Shiver/Linger, Werelove, Charlaine Harris (not ya, but so good). I haven’t read it but I hear Blood and Chocolate is great. Happy Reading!

  17. August 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions Marcie! I’ll keep the Charlaine Harris info in mind. :)

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