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The Last Werewolf

by Emma on August 26, 2011

in Books

I did not expect to finish this book this week. I’ve been moving, painting, working and last night I was up with a gross fever (boo!). But late last week the internet guy was over 2 hours late to showing up at my house to install the internet… and since I had not internet I just read that whole time…

Thanks for letting me vent a little. :)

Anyway, I’m not sure what I was expecting with this book but it was actually much more gritty and engaging than I typically expect from a fantasy/science fiction book. Plus werewolves are so trendy right now that I was expecting something a little more… um… entertaining and less philosophical. Not that it wasn’t entertaining, because it certainly was.

Written as a kind of diary from, yep-you guessed it, the last werewolf. Jake is over 200 years old, lonely and pretty much ready to leave this life when he finds out that he is the last of species. As a half-heartedly struggles to survive we learn more and more about what it’s like for him to undergo the change every month and what that forces him to do and be. Jake is a werewolf, and therefore he is a villain. He is quite a despicable character, he even despises what he is. And yet he keeps on living, which probably makes him an even worse person. But by the end of the book he has found a new reason to live, and as a reader I couldn’t help but cheer for his survival. How and author can get you to root for a villain is always really interesting to me. And Mr. Glen Duncan does just that.

So if you like werewolves, but are looking for something a little bit deeper than Twilight then you might want to check this book out. It’s a good read, if not a little bitter-sweet.

Have a great weekend! xo. Emma

{ 5 comments }

Gaby August 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

not a huge fan of werewolves, but i too finished a book late last night despite not feeling well. hope you are feeling better, looking forward to more book reviews/suggestions!

xxoo
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anita August 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

This is great! Defiantly have to put it on my book list now :)

Julia August 27, 2011 at 1:08 am

Ooh, thanks for the suggestion! Sometimes it’s good to have a quick read every now + again. Lately it has been taking me way too long to finish what I’ve started as far as books go…must be too much working and not enough playing.

I may just give it a try!

xx.

Sarah September 11, 2011 at 2:05 am

What are your top 3 favorite books?! I need a fresh new read!
Thanks :)
<3

Jaime October 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm

If you’re into werewolves, I suggest you check out Lonely Werewolf Girl and Curse of the Wolf Girl by Martin Millar. They are my favorite werewolf books. : )