I love a good werewolf story, and The Werewolf Whisperer didn’t disappoint. It is not the typical tale of a person being bitten and turning furry when the next full moon shows. Instead, it tells the tale of two Californian women, Lucy and Xochitl, whose paths converge when a virus breaks out that turns some people into different forms of werewolves; weres, beasts, and ferals. Lucy is a police officer who appears to have a special ability to control the werewolves, and Xochi, a blonde of Mexican origin, was her informant for a bust of illegal dogfighting. They need each other when the virus breaks out and Xochi’s little brother appears infected and goes missing.
What I liked about The Werewolf Whisperer
Ms. Ochlan and Ms. Gutierrez have written a very entertaining story, with ample descriptions to set the scene. The two main female characters are well fleshed out, which makes it easy to put yourself in their mindset and agree with their actions. And there is plenty of action. Punctuation and grammar are of such quality that they don’t distract from the reading pleasure. Dialogue is kept authentic with lots of Mexican slang thrown in, so a little knowledge of the Spanish language doesn’t go amiss (although they have a list with specific words used on their website).
What I didn’t like about The Werewolf Whisperer
I had a bit of a problem with the continuous flipping forward and backward in time. As I could only read a little at a time, it was hard to figure out what timeline I was reading when I picked up the book mid-chapter. The story is about twice as long as a standard novel, so I think it may have been better to split the book in two and stick to one timeline per book. There was also a short dialogue happening at the start of the chapters between people with code names. I still don’t know who these people are, and what the dialogue was about. I guess this is explained in the follow-up book The Alpha & Omega. The ending of The Werewolf Whisperer was open, which I didn’t like at all, and it left me with a lot of questions unanswered. As my reading time is in limited supply, I’m a little sad that I will never know the answers.
All in all, The Werewolf Whisperer is a well written, entertaining, epic story about what could happen when people suddenly turn into werewolves by a virus. I’d recommend it to any (Spanish speaking/understanding) teenager/adult interested in the paranormal, especially the furry kind, who loves to see strong, female protagonists, and who has plenty of time to read the follow-up.
The Werewolf Whisperer is available on Amazon.