Werewolves takes the form of an illustrated journal that plunges readers into the life of a high school girl-turned-werewolf as she makes her transformation. After Alice and her brother are bitten by what they assume are large dogs, her journal/sketchbook becomes a place for her to record the changes they start to experience her socially awkward brother falls in with some creepy new friends, and she surprises herself with new strengths and instincts and a suddenly nonvegetarian interest in raw steak. Joining the werewolf pack that bit them, they discover the pleasures and dangers that come with the cycles of the moon, including threats from “hunters” who stalk them, a researcher seeking a cure, and escalating violence within the pack itself. With a fresh take on the lore and legend, Werewolves gives fans a ripping tale to sink their teeth into.
Urban Fantasy/Coming of Age/Werewolf/Horror
Release Date: August 2010
“The first thing you notice is how utterly gorgeous the simple illustrations are. Doodles of people, random colourful scribblings, the sorts of thing someone might well sketch in their journal. Seriously, how utterly beautiful are these!! The journal entries themselves have the right feel. Sometimes Alice is focussed, needing to record certain facts, sometimes more general distracted ramblings and Alice thinks things thorugh to herself.
They build up the story as well as giving us a sense of the main characters without losing the sense of personal scribblings. It’s effective and nicely done, the art and writing complimenting each other beautifully to build an extremely enjoyable experience.”
“It’s a very interesting story with wonderful rich illustrations. The overall feel of Werewolves is one of growing isolation, even when part of the pack and through Alice’s astute comments we run the gamut of feelings with her, experiencing fear and elation and concern about her brother Mark and his role within the pack.However, having said all of that, Werewolves is one of those books that you will have to have once you’ve seen it in the “flesh” so to speak. The illustrations and storytelling is unique and beautiful, making it one of those rare books that you want to give as a gift, but you don’t want to really share it with anyone else because it is just too cool.”
-From Geek Syndacite
“In “Twilight,” the female protagonist is forever reactive, and in “Lost Boys,” the women are victims or barely-there characters. “I thought it would be interesting to take it the other way,” Jessup said. He wanted a story “not just about a girl who needs to be saved, but a girl who saves herself — as well as her brother.”
The result is “Werewolves,” Jessup’s collaboration with illustrator Allyson Haller. Its central character, Alice Carr, must use wits and courage to “get out of a horrible situation with the crazy werewolves,” Jessup says, as opposed to waiting around for her brooding vampire boyfriend to rescue her again.”
From the LA Times
The illustrations add emotional depth to the story, Haller’s drawings combined with dashes of watercolor add a degree of humanity to the werewolves in this surprisingly enjoyable novel.-
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