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Monday, October 28, 2013

Countdown to Halloween: Werewolves

We're counting down the days to Halloween by looking at the various creatures that go bump in the night. Today we look at werewolves.

    

Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac. When his dad (a former government agent) goes missing, Luke knows who took him, and is off to rescue him. Luckily, the fact he's just discovered he's a werewolf should help with this. Unluckily, his Russian mafia classmates may have also clued into the werewolf thing. It's an action/thriller/spy type novel, but paranormal abilities mean you don't need as many gadgets.

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. After her parents are murdered by a rogue werewolf, human Bryn is adopted and raised by the pack. Her humanity isn't the only thing that makes her different and when she meets a newly-turned wolf, she starts asking questions that threaten the entire pack. The first in a series, follow it with Trial by Fire.

Dead Is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez. Daisy and Ryan are finally an item, but Ryan's being really weird and distant. Daisy can't spend too much time brooding though-- a popular teacher has been murdered and it looks like it was someone in the shape-shifter community. Nightshade's paranormal community is in an uproar, unless Daisy can help solve the case. The second in a series, go back and start with Dead Is the New Black.

    

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. When Sam discovers he's a necromancer, another necromancer views him as a threat and wants Sam out of the picture. Luckily, Sam has the paranormal community (including a werewolf love interest) on his side. Follow it with Necromancing the Stone.

Fateful by Claudia Gray. Tess is a maid to a wealthy family, sailing on the Titanic. Once they get to America, she's quitting. Alec is the first class passenger who captures her heart. But there's more than an iceberg to be afraid of on this voyage-- there are werewolves, too.

Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl by Emily Pohl Weary. Sam is a bass player in an up-and-coming band and a devoted vegetarian-- until she's bitten by a werewolf. But she's not about to let that stop her-- but the lies she tells to cover her new reality might just trip her up.

    

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson. Claire has a perfectly normal life until she turns 16 and learns that she's descended from werewolves about to be initiated into the all-female pack. To make matters worse, there's a rogue wolf attacking people in town and Claire is not sure she's ready for this. The first in a series, follow it with Nocturne.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier. Micah is a murder suspect. She's fast and has an uncanny sense of smell. But she's a liar and now she's telling the truth. Maybe. Maybe the truth is a lie and this is the true truth. Or maybe this other version is.

Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz. In this e-only companion to the Blue Bloods series follows Bliss as she tracks down the Hounds of Hell, and joins forces with Lawson-- a wolf whose pack has escaped the underworld.

What are your werewolf must reads?

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