Thursday, 14 July 2016

Review: Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis

*****4.5 Stars*****

I am always up for trying a new Urban Fantasy series and it's been awhile since I read a really well written one with werewolves so I was quite intrigued by Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis. The lead character, Tommi travels from Scotland to New Zealand after the death of her mother, in the hopes of finding her father. When she arrives she finds out her father had died only a few weeks earlier, but is able to meet her extended and very eclectic (moderately crazy) family. If that isn't enough to take in, she is also apparently a werewolf - an alpha werewolf descendant from a powerful line. After a kidnapping, beating and attempted rape, which she narrowly escapes from, she heads back home, but her newfound problems have followed her to Scotland.
I really enjoyed this story. Tommi was a great female lead with her blue hair and self-sufficient personality. She had a big heart and was definitely bad-ass. I was immediately invested in her life and story. She went through a lot in this book and I never once doubted her ability to do so. I was impressed with Maria Lewis's writing and story-telling ability. While some of the concepts in the story are not new to the genre, I thought she definitely had some very unique elements that helped this story stand out. This showed the less glamorous side of werewolves in painful and often disturbing details (I haven't read many stories that actually have the transformation happen fully on the page like this one does). Add in some romance and this was the perfect gritty urban fantasy/paranormal read. This read like the start to a new series and I certainly hope it is! I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading about more of Tommi's adventures.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world's most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi's journey as she's thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies - this is the start of a series - and a world - you will fall in love with.

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