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Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Big, Fat, Hairy Werewolf Intervention-A Love Story with Fur by Rusty Fischer

My Big, Fat, Hairy Werewolf Intervention-A Love Story with Fur by Rusty Fischer
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (172 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

It's Regan's seventeenth birthday, and her sister has just picked her up from school to take her to a "surprise" birthday dinner with their single father. Soon, however, Regan realizes she's been lured not to the Grouper Grille, but to a hotel conference room, where her best friend Ava, her Dad, and Freddy Fields, the hottie thug from her sixth period shop class, are all waiting.

Could it be? Why, yes, it is . . . an intervention!

Suddenly, Regan sees lights and cameras and . . . is that Hunter Hazard, host of the Scream Channel's top-rated reality show Monster-Vention?

But why are they here? Regan's family reminds her about the bloody clothes in the washing machine, the chewed up sneaker on their lawn, and the teenage girls who have gone missing in their sleepy little town of Crescent Cove, South Carolina. The clues are piling up, and they all point to a conclusion Regan doesn't want to accept. Could she really be a werewolf?

Is Regan really a werewolf, or is she being framed?

First, I have to give Mr. Fischer credit for coming up with such an attention grabbing title. My curiosity was instantly piqued. After reading the blurb, I expected the story to be full of werewolves and humor, and I certainly found those things within the pages of this book. However, I was surprised to discover that My Big, Fat, Hairy Werewolf Intervention is much more than a book about monsters. Beneath the paranormal trappings, is a story of a seemingly normal family falling apart at the seams.

Regan is a teenager spiraling out of control. Her home life is a wreck, school isn’t much better, and she’s even distancing herself from her best friend, Ava. I could tell she was hurting on the inside, but she covers it all up with a smart mouth and loads of attitude. I couldn’t help but shake my head and sigh. As I read, I certainly felt she needed some sort of intervention, but like Regan, I thought the notion that she could be a werewolf and not know it utterly ridiculous. I completely understood her frustration as she's forced to listen to her friends and family level preposterous accusations at her. Despite the absurdity of her situation, I think Regan handles it all very well. I found it especially entertaining when something completely serious would be going on and a thought about how hot Freddie was would flit through her mind.

As bizarre as the monster-vention seemed, a lot of painful truths came out concerning Regan and her family. Regan has tons of issues concerning her mom’s abandonment, and she can hardly stand to be in the same room as her sister, Sara. I must admit I have serious issues concerning Regan’s parents. I cannot give much detail concerning that situation without spoiling the story. However, I will say something very sinister is happening in Regan’s small town, and Regan’s father has some well founded suspicions concerning the culprit. I found it extremely disturbing that Regan’s father would have such grave concerns and not take greater steps to protect his family. Rather than rallying to protect those he loves, he just lets things happen. I couldn’t help but wonder how many more years would go by and how many girls in town would have to go missing before he would do something about it.

The bulk of the book is spent discussing the broken dynamics of Regan’s family, and I began to wonder if the werewolves mentioned in the prologue were ever going to make an appearance. However, once the werewolves finally show up, the pacing of the story really picks up. The end of the story is filled with big revelations and intense battles. I must warn readers that the transformations of the werewolves as well as the wounds inflicted on the humans are described in graphic detail, and probably shouldn’t be read by someone who is squeamish.

My Big, Fat, Hairy Werewolf Intervention is a good read. The premise of the story is interesting, and Regan is an odd, but ultimately likable character. Readers looking for a young adult paranormal with a bite might want to give this story a try.

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