The Backlist: Weregirl Trilogy

Many moons ago, when I was first starting to gain traction in the #bookstagram community I was asked by Chooseco Publishing to review their upcoming book, Weregirl: Typhon. I got the book and then realized that it was third in a series. I managed to snag a copy of the first book in a used bookstore and then I got a copy of the second book through NetGalley. This is all to tell you that 2 out of the 3 reviews below are from books that were provided to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own and are in no way impacted by the publisher providing me a copy of the book.

 

Weregirl | Read August 31 – September 3, 2018 | 3 Stars (Goodreads)

Weregirl is not your average werewolf story. Instead of pack mentality and alpha wolves, we are given a shadowy bio-tech corporation and a newly turned werewolf who must figure out her new powers on her own. While I appreciated that the main character, Nessa, wasn’t a typical YA MC, many of the side characters were not fleshed out nearly enough and fell flat for me. There was also quite a bit of focus on Nessa’s high school struggles. While I tend to read a lot of YA, I have to be in the right mood to handle high school stories and I don’t think I was in quite the right mood when I read this. Though, I do feel that Nessa’s personal struggles make her relatable and vulnerable to the reader. The book was at time predictable, but I appreciated a different take on a “new werewolf” story.

 
Weregirl: Chimera | Read September 3 – September 5, 2018 | 3 Stars (Goodreads)

The 2nd book in the Weregirl trilogy, Chimera, takes us back into the life of Nessa and her newfound status of werewolf in the small town of Tether. If you thought Weregirl was wild, well, Chimera kicks it up a few notches. Which is both good and bad…
In Chimera we get more background into Nessa’s mother and her estranged father. All that background could be a trilogy of its own. Chimera felt at times, slow and then suddenly fast paced, because of all the plot and twists. This book is much heavier on the science side, with more exploration into hybrids and chimeras (whether or not the science holds up is beyond me). I also really enjoyed the relationships between characters in this book and how they evolved.

One of my biggest complaints is the writing style and this may come from the fact that C.D. Bell is actually a group of six authors all writing one book. I find that sometimes Nessa will realize something important, seemingly forget it, and then remember it all over again. Which really throws off the pacing. While I am all for collaboration, this is something that should have been noted and fixed in editing.

All in all, Chimera was a decent second book to this series. I truly enjoy the “evil science corporation” side of this werewolf story and this makes it stand out over more traditional werewolf books. A lot of this book felt like set up for the third book and that made it a little less enjoyable than the first book.

 
Weregirl: Typhon | Read October 19 – October 22 (ARC read) | 3 Stars (Goodreads)

From start to finish the Weregirl trilogy has been a solid and unique werewolf story. Weregirl: Typhon continues much in the same fashion as the first books: new characters are introduced, the story is intriguing, and I enjoy the science-y edge these books bring to the werewolf genre. However, like the first two books, there are times when the plot slows down and sometimes I want to yell at Nessa A LOT for her choices. Which, I get it, she is a teenager and teenagers are supposed to make stupid choices sometimes. Honestly I want to yell at a lot of teenagers for their choices (I swear, I’m not a bitter old lady AT ALL). Anyways, I do like how the friendship between Nessa and Bree stayed solid throughout the series. This is a great representation of friendship, especially female friendship and that is sometimes quite hard to find in YA books.

At the end of the day, there is nothing particularly groundbreaking in these books. I found them enjoyable enough, but they didn’t make my reread list which is a true sign to me of a great book (at least, a great book in my opinion). I would recommend them to anyone who likes werewolf stories and is looking for a slightly different take on typically werewolf mythology.

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