Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wereling by Steve Feasey

Book:  Wereling
Author:  Steve Feasey
Published:  April 27, 2010 from Feiwel & Friends
My edition/number of pages:  ARC/288

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?:  Yes. First book.

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?

Wereling was a surprisingly good book.  I know that sounds negative but when I started the book I honestly didn’t expect to like it.  I don’t really know why my expectations were so low but as I read the book I realized that they were very wrong.  By the time I reached the end I didn’t want to stop reading.

Trey Laporte is a normal teenager or at least he thinks he is.  That all changes one morning when he wakes up to find his room trashed and mysterious Lucien Charron shows up claiming to be his uncle.  Trey is normal no more and his life is turned upside down.  Everything Lucien tells him is unbelievable but turns out to be true.  If Lucien is to be believed someone wants Trey dead.  Will he learn to master his beast before its too late?

Wereling is one of the fastest paced books that I have ever read.  Once the plot picks up it does not slow down.  There was always something going on so the book was never boring.  I loved that about the book and it made it very easy to get into.

The characters were actually pretty well-developed for the first book in a series.  Trey seemed kind of dumb at first for trusting Lucien but it was the right thing to do.  I liked seeing the relationships grow, such as Trey’s and Alexa’s.  She was my favorite but I would have liked to know more about her relationship with her dad.  I look forward to finding out more about all the characters in the next book.

Overall, Wereling is a fantastic book that I highly recommend for both guys and girls.  It’s the start of a new series that I cannot wait to read more of.

First line:  Trey Laporte opened his eyes, wincing against the assault of the late-morning sunshine on his retinas.

Writing:  5

Characters:  4

Plot:  5

Ending:  4

Originality:  5

Overall:  23=A-

Cover:  4=B-

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9 Comments

  1. Karen Denise

    From the brief description, I wouldn’t expect to like it either. It kinda sounds like we’ve heard it before. But as you said, I love when a book surprises me, so I’ll be adding this one to my list too. Thanks!

  2. Bere

    Fantastic review, Katie! I had seen this one before but really didn’t pay it that much attention. But now after reading your review I think I will pick it up. Thank you! =)

  3. Steve Feasey

    Katie,
    Thanks for such a great review of WEREling.
    It’s always good to read that somebody has ‘discovered’ your work by chance, and even nicer to read that they have enjoyed it.
    I hope the WEREling series is going to do really well in the US, and reviews like this can only help!
    Regards,

    Steve Feasey

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