Tobias Richard Vandeveld wakes up in a hospital with no memory of being found naked in the dingo pit at the zoo. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks is about Toby who thinks that he must have some kind of disorder to cause his memory loss and he refuses to believe the mysterious Reuben that he is a werewolf.
Toby is torn by the information he is given, on the one hand he realizes that not everything is okay with himself but on the other he just wants to be a normal teenager and allows his friends to convince him that Reuben is just messing with him. Toby agrees to attend a meeting with Reuben where others like him will be but it isn’t until Toby is kidnapped that he really starts to believe that not everything is as it appears.
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is a new take on the werewolf mythology. The novel is geared more towards a young YA as Toby is just entering his teens and there is no female love interest in the story. That being said, it was an interesting read that takes place in Australia. Because of the situation that Toby finds himself in, he is forced to grow up quickly and really start to think about the person he wants to become. Reading about Toby’s change from a thoughtless teen into a serious youth who goes out of his way to save a stranger was entertaining and unique. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group has a bunch of characters from The Reformed Vampire Support Group so fans of the first book should enjoy the appearance of the characters.
You can read an excerpt here.
Author: Catherine Jinks
Page Nos.: 416
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Release Date: April 2011
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.