blo Teens Read and Write: WEREling by Steve Feasey and Contest

Friday, May 21, 2010

WEREling by Steve Feasey and Contest

by Steve Feasey
Pub: April, 2010/Feiwel and Friends
288 pages
Teen Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte is not a kid anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony—retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed. 
Enter Lucien Charron, the mysterious, long-lost “uncle” with freakish fire-flecked eyes and skin that blisters in the sun. Suddenly, Trey finds himself living in a luxury penthouse at the heart of a strange and sinister empire built on the powers of the Netherworld—vampires, demons, sorcerers, and djinn.  

And there is a girl—Alexa Charron—who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty, with powers all of her own. Trey is falling for her.  

Trey is training night and day to control the newly discovered power lurking inside him. Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. Above all,  he  must face one terrifying question:
Is he a boy . . . or is he a beast?

This is one of those good news/bad news situations. Wereling is well written with complex characters, imaginative creatures and vivid description. On the other hand, it was slow and lacked action and suspense. 

The first 70 to 100 pages sets up the story and that was just too long for me. His uncle has a lot of explaining to do and he takes his time about it. Our hero doesn't even change into a werewolf until half-way through the book. 

By the time we find out the big bad guy's dastardly plan I was kind of like "Okay..." There was no build-up, no suspense. 

The same problem occurred when they went to his hideout. The bad guy gives them the location of the hideout, they know it's a trap, and we get the old B-Horror Movie trick of building you up....and then nothing happens. Yikes, what could be behind the door? Cue scary music...Oh, nothing's behind the door. Yikes, what's behind that other door? Cue scary music...Oh, nothing again.

Okay, eventually there was something behind the door (metaphor for potential scary moment) but by the time we got to the door that had something frightening, I shrugged a "Whatever" and moved on.

Shyamalans Disease. Symptoms Include: Smothering Suspense Like a Whiny Spouse, Complaining That The Critics "Just don't get it!", Being a Narcissist Who Writes Himself Into All of His Movies 

Wereling is actually a three book series that is already out in the UK under the titles Changling, Changling: Dark Moon, and Changling: Blood Wolf. I definitely felt that this was a set-up book but with the writing being so good, the sequels have great potential. 

For more on the plus side, Trey and Alexa's romance is cute, although doesn't go anywhere...yet - did I mention the set-up book idea? - the vampire "uncle" (he's really an old friend of Trey's parents) mentoring his werewolf "nephew" was a clever twist, and the monsters are intriguing. 

Another great bit is the Demoncylopedia: A Guide to the Netherworld and Its Creatures at the end of the book. It has fascinating history and description of the various creatures and even a blurb on Flora and Fauna of the Netherworld. Very clever and engaging

The Cover: I like it. He looks creepy. You've got the moon in the clouds thing going on and the capitalization of WERE in Wereling is a nice touch. The UK cover is good too - a bit darker and more of a comic book feel.

First Lines: Trey Laporte opened his eyes, wincing against the assault of the late-morning sunshine on his retinas. Sitting up in bed, he clutched his hands to his head as a mortar shell of pain exploded inside his brain.

When I read the first line, I thought, "Great, another beginning with a teenager waking up in bed. Boring. But the second line lets me know something's wrong so I want to read on. And I like the "...mortar shell of pain..." line.

Bottom Line: Wereling didn't deliver as much action and thrills that I was looking for but for those who aren't as needy in that area, the premise, writing and characters are solid. 


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Ellz said...

Great review. It sounds like while this has some flaws, it has a good structure and idea behind the story.

Melissa said...

Very helpful review! I wasn't sure about this one, but it sounds promising, despite it all. WEREling has been on my TBR list since I first heard about it a few months ago, but I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy yet - thanks for this great contest! :)

Unknown said...

I have been hearing mixed things about this one... but I still want to read it. Thanks so much for the contest.

Jason said...

I'm interested. Thanks for the review.


elaing8 said...
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elaing8 said...

Nice review. I don't think I've heard of this book before. Sounds interesting though.

Unknown said...

I really like the cover, it looks creepy! loved the review! =)

Eric Rogers said...

I entered the contest.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Sounds pretty good, but don't go dissing Shyamalan.:-( I love his movies :-) jk

Ren @ All By Myshelf said...

Great review. Sounds interesting (even though it lacks action, which I LOVE).

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Oops, didn't mean to post that so many times. stupidslowcomputer xP

Brittany said...

Great review! I've been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. I've heard mixed reviews about it since then, but I still plan on reading it.

sRy_ said...

thanks for the review and for the contest ;)

Anonymous said...

The cover's intriguing and the plot seems pretty good; I might have to give this one a try (even if it's a bit slow). Great review!

Tegan said...

This looks good. I have to admit that the cover was turning me way. but this review makes it out to be a great book... adding to goodreads shelf

Julie@My5monkeys said...

sounds like a good book and thanks for the review

Nyxen Nadine said...

It actually sounds like a good book.
I want to read it!

Martha Lawson said...

This one sounds great! I filled out the form - hope I win!!

CHRISTIE said...

Great review! I have this one on my wish list.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I like the comparison to shyamalan! Thank you for the honest review!!

Persephone said...

I def need to check this book out. I am not too big into action, so it is okay it's lacking in that area. I am glad you found the writing/characters to be good!

Momma Told Me said...

I follow and would love to read this book!
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Jiinie said...

I've heard great things about this book and am really interested to read it.

Good luck to everyone who enters!!!

buddyt said...

I read your review and thought - no it doesn't sound that good. I won't waste my time and money on it.

But then I saw the giveaway and thought that you do like some things about it,so maybe I should enter and give it a try.

So I did !


Darlyn said...

wow..this is great..i love all shyamalans movies..he's rock!

Alexandra said...

Thanks so much for an international contest!! I hope I will get the chance to read this!

Gaby G said...

I have been wanting to read this book since I discovered. Its a shame that doesn't have much action, but maybe the next books will be better in that aspect.

Anyway, thanks for the review (and the international giveaway). :D

I prefer the new cover!

Eternal Night said...

Love your review. I've been hearing a lot of things about this book. I can't wait to read it.

Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Dani. said...

Awwwww this book looks awesome! I've heard great things about it, and now after reading your review, am DYING to read it! :)

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the review, sounds good!

Unknown said...

Great review. This books sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

Shirley said...

I enjoyed the review and would like to win the book for my grandson.

urbanL said...

This book sounds great, I'd love it and I could pass it on to my nephews. count me in.

Anonymous said...

The synopsis reads full of action and conflict. And good, honest review. I'd still really like to read it.

Melissa said...

Ooohh...sounds like a really amazing book. Would love to win it! :)

Unknown said...

Great review, you picked my interest, would love to give ita goa nd see. Please enter me. Thanks!

Yan said...

I love the sound of this book! :)

The Library Lurker said...

I've seen it around and I think that it looks really good! Great review!

Sharli said...

Although I don't usually like slow paced books and the mention of Shyamalan makes me cringe, the sinopsis still catches my attention. I'll haveto read it and make up my mind :P

Thanks for the review!

Aik said...

This really sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for your review!

EVA SB said...

I'd defnitely be willing to give this a try I often seem to go against the popular wisdom in my book likes.

debbie said...

I would love to read this, I liked your review, even the comparision to shymala.

YA Book Queen said...

Ah, the dreaded set-up's always a bummer when books spend too much time setting the stage, instead of telling the story...Great review! Very amusing, as usual :)

Mandy said...

I didnt know these were alread out in the UK. Thanks for the review (:

Kelly said...

Great review! I still think this book is worth reading! :)

mariska said...

A new book to look out to ! thanks for the review.

andrea b said...

hmmm it sounds kind of interesting... I'm not a huge fan of action books so maybe I'd like it.

Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

This book looks and sounds wicked.

Katelyn said...

Great review and thanks for the contest, I was able to read this one but it was borrowed and I'd love to own my own copy to reread again!

ExtremeReader said...

I just got this one and I am looking forward to reading it! I have an award for you guys over at my site. Go hereto view it.

Miss Bookiverse said...

The US cover is so cool but the UK cover really makes me doubt whether this book is any good.

Sarah said...

Hmm, the blurb does indeed make it sound worthwhile, but that lack of action is kind of disappointing. But I'd like to give it a chance nonetheless.
And you're right, the cover is creepy!

Precious said...

Great review! This sounds interesting. I'd like to try it.

Milka said...

Great review! Sounds very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely be checking this book out.

Van Pham said...

Been wanting to read this, sounds very interesting.

Wings said...

this book is soooo on my wishlist, it has been for a while

what was the shyalamans disease bit in the middle? of the post though?

great review btw, it may not have been enough action but i still want to read it :D

Kate said...

Id love to win this! Been on my TBR for a while! :)

sithereandread (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

I really want to read this book. Please enter me!! Thank you so much!

Unknown said...

I'd love to win this for my niece, she actually got me started on ready YA books, I love them. Please enter me. Thanks!

Shirley said...

I'd love top win this book for my grandson. He loves tio read and I like to incourage that. Thanks for the great contest!

Misha said...

I'd love to win this book . Thanks!

Kynhaa said...

Great review. This book sounds very interesting. :D

Thanks for the contest

Spav said...

Great review. This is the first time I've heard of this book.

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