This book is thrilling and fast paced, the type that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the whole time you are immersed in the novel. I loved the theme of army children and the way that this book reveals some very real problems that these children face in real life every day. It was nice to have a cast of characters where everyone has faults and no one is perfect, this is a very rare thing to come across in the world of books. This novel is very down to earth and realistic and I believe that this is what makes the book so spectacular and believable when the more paranormal elements kick in. There are so many twists to the plot that you never get bored and I have to say that the ending was one of the most thought through and realistic of any horror I have ever read, and one of my favourites. My only down point is that the novel is rather slow to begin and once the action kicks in, it ends too fast, but this only adds to the suspense and build up to that spectacular ending!
First off when reviewing a screenplay your thinking has to be different when reviewing a book but since this was converted into a book I had to go in with an open mind knowing that some of the writing may be a bit different than normal. I had read a few of the reviews that had already been written about the book and the description of the book itself made it seem interesting enough that I actually pushed it up on my must read list out of curiosity and boy was I surprised. The book follows a group of students into the woods for what is supposed to be a school event but quickly turns deadly and many of those involved may not be what they appear. The best thing that I liked about the book other than being well written and entertaining is that it kept much of the plot hidden which completely sold me on the entire story. More often than not I can see what is going to happen in the book or at leave have some kind of clue the direction in which a book is going to be heading but not with WHEREWOLVES! I believe that the story that John and Olga have written for us highlights some of the real horrors of the world including relentless bulling that many individuals of all ages face on a daily basis as well as the demons that are hiding inside of us and at some point just snap. I personally love the book and would recommend it to anyone who has yet to read it and will definitely be checking in as their new work hits the shelves in the future. While the book revolves around high school students I would recommend it for older teens and adults of all ages.
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This review is from: Wherewolves (Paperback)
The last segment of our spotlight as part of Mari Wells’s WEREWOLF MONTH.
Please click on the following link to read the final interview.
John Vamvas and Olga Montes interview.
Five-star. A very real very heart stopping book. Just WoW. I can’t wait to read more. Action, secrets, friendship and enemies. What a great story!
by Scott Alexander Hess – HUFF POST BOOKS
At one point I was obsessed with werewolves.
They seemed more reckless and masculine than vampires, the way they burst out of their clothing, muscles bulging (well some of them) running through the countryside facing a bone-white moon. It all thrilled me.
Ultimately I channeled that beastly, hyper-masculinity and lyrical violence into my latest novel Three Brothers but I still love a good wolf flick, including MTV’s testosterone-soakedTeen Wolf (my boyfriend’s fave).
Most recently, I tumbled across a book trailer for the novel WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes which combines the legendary creature with a high school bullying theme. I caught up with the authors just in time for Halloween and chatted about the book, the subsequent screenplay and their dream cast for a potential film.
The book’s basic set up according to the writing team is: A group of high school seniors and their teacher, The Sarge, go on a survival training weekend and must face their biggest enemy: Themselves. A fresh take on bullying told using a fun, rapid-fire style — with edgy, layered characters and plot twists that will keep you guessing.
Scott Alexander Hess: What attracted you to the werewolf genre?
John Vamvas and Olga Montes: As lifelong horror film fans, we thought our story would best be told through the horror genre. Just like with rollercoasters, horror is popular because of the thrill-the adrenalin rush-you get from being scared. We thought our story would be more interesting were it devilishly fun. We weren’t initially planning on werewolves — they somehow just manifested. Our characters are raw, their emotions visceral, the plot and situations guttural-animalistic. Werewolves can at once be horrifying and beautiful — they’re an incarnation of primal rage, strength and beauty. The beasts presented themselves as we developed the story.
Scott Alexander Hess: What is the best werewolf book and film out there (other than yours!)?
John Vamvas and Olga Montes: We haven’t read enough werewolf novels to fairly pick one. But we are horror film buffs. Favorite werewolf movie: Though extremely difficult to choose,we’ll go with John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London. There are a lot of great werewolf films, though, (including The Wolf Man (1941 version), Silver Bullet andDog Soldiers) and we pay homage to many of them throughout the story.
Scott Alexander Hess: What inspired you to work in the bullying aspect and how does cruelty, pleasure and pain work within the narrative?
John Vamvas and Olga Montes: Apparent bullying that lead to the Columbine High School massacre, the Chardon High School massacre and other such atrocities has really marked us –especially now that we have children. We wanted to make a statement and tell a story without giving opinions, only observations. We want the reader to be left with something to think about. We present the reader with parents who serve their country, but at great cost to their children. Teachers who mean well but are riddled with their own monsters. Political events that have skewed our views of the world. Peer pressure, greed, insecurity, desensitization, it goes on. The cruelty in the story is motivated by emotional pain. One character deals with her inner turmoil by taking pleasure in inflicting physical pain upon herself — cutting. Other characters verbally abuse. Some are physically abusive and others think the cruelty is funny; unwittingly adding to the horror. Despite their lack of likability, we hope our characters’ humanity shines through, thus distorting the reader’s concept of good and bad, black and white, right and wrong. Because, what is a monster? Something that grows hair all over and howls? Could be. But the real monster is within, and when it comes out, it’s as ugly as you see it, or as it lets you see it.
Scott Alexander Hess: What’s up with the screenplay and any dream casting ideas yet?
John Vamvas and Olga Montes: WHEREWOLVES had been optioned by a production company in 2010. Though there were a lot of great people involved (including an Academy Award nominated special effects makeup artist), things fell apart in late 2011. The script is now being shopped by our U.S. literary agent, Whitt Brantley, at WBMT, Literary, Film and Television Agency. Our dream cast would include Kiefer Sutherland or Norman Reedus as Sargent Tim O’Sullivan. Taissa Farmiga as the angst-ridden teen, Doris. Vera Farmiga as her mother. And Josh Hutcherson as the tormented Jeffrey.