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!