A Fast-Paced and Enjoyable Read!

The book starts off with a young woman running away from creatures, seeking refuge with a truck driver in his cab. And whatever is out there seems to be attacking his cab as well despite him driving fast.

We are than taken back about 2 days or so prior and are introduced to Doris, a High School Student and clearly an oddball, dresses differently and likes werewolves. She does not fit in with the rest of the ‘popular crew’ at school and gets bullied ruthlessly by the others. Only Jeffrey, a fellow student, gets bullied even more. In the first chapters, we get introduced to all 18 of the students who are preparing to go on a ‘survival camp’ weekend with their ex-military teacher, Tim O’Sullivan who wants to toughen them up. Once in the camp, strange things start to happen. First, all students seem to lose all their inhibitions, which for some of them really goes beyond their usual behaviour. But it is getting worse, and something is lurking out there.

I did enjoy this fast-paced read. I understand it is written for a movie script, and I can absolutely see this as a movie. It is not just teen/slasher, but there is a deeper background. Without giving too much away, each of the 18 students has their individual story which gets revealed as you read along, and there are reasons why some of them behave in a certain way i.e. is there more to the bullying than meets the eye. My favourite character (though not one of the lead characters) is probably Dawn who is deeply traumatised by her parent’s death which she witnessed and unable to speak since. None of the kids ‘background stories’ is giving in great detail and long explanations, but is interwoven, and this certainly brings the story along without stalling and without unnecessary padding. I did find the writing very refreshing. It does get a bit gory at the end, with torn body parts etc, but this is what we expect from a werewolf story really, don’t we?

I did had a bit of trouble at the beginning to extinguish between the different teens – there are 18 of them. I had to go back a few times so see ‘so who was that again?’ – obviously that won’t be so much of an issue with a film version. Some of them are more distinguished than others, but the authors do ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ their individualities i.e. Ronald whose nickname is Obama because he looks like the president, Elie who his disliked because ‘his folks’ are to blame for the US going to war (i.e. he is Muslim). It also becomes clear that they all live near a US Army base, so the life of most of them is in one way or another effected by being the children of Army personnel. And teacher O’Sullivan might have other motives as well rather than just being someone who wants adventure for their kids.

While there are some sexual scenes, it is nothing explicit and I would think it can be read from 16+ definitely.

Overall, an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to the movie version. I did like the ending and for me personally, even though there is a lot of blot and guts here in the final chapters, in a twisted way it is also a positive story about raising above bullying and overcoming personal problems. Yes, some might disagree that it is a rather drastic way of dealing but than, it is fiction, and it is suppose to make us think and challenge.

Peggy Farooqi
http://thepegsterreads.blogspot.ca/2014/05/review-wherewolves-by-john-vamvas-and.html?spref=tw

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5 out of 5 stars SMART, SASSY and FUN!

I’m a big fan of werewolves. It’s why I was eager to read WHEREWOLVES by the writing team of John Vamvas and Olga Montes. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there’s a new wherewolf in town.

Not the same old same, it’s a new take on an old theme. Moving at the speed of light, it’s fast-paced and adventurous. With quick wit and incisive descriptions, the characters are fleshed out just enough to make them interesting and ripe for attack. Loved the book and loved the writing team. It’s a good read that delivers!

By NYWriter “Writerrrr” (New York, NY)

Spectacular, thrilling, fast paced!

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!

Rachel Simson
http://thereadingrose.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/review-wherwolves.html

5 out of 5 stars A MUST READ

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.

http://oddityreviews.com/wherewolves-book-review-john-vamvas-olga-montes/

5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Monstrous

What a truly magnificent book! I’m nearly 60 but it took me right back to my school days and the relentless bullying I endured. As I read more, I saw how in the right circumstances we are all no more than rats in a maze to be studied by cruel and insidious scientists. Congratulations to John & Olga for delivering such a fine piece of writing. I’ll look forward to reading more from you.
Carolyn

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This review is from: Wherewolves (Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/WHEREWOLVES-ebook/dp/B00BHIPYQY

Mari Wells presents: WhereWolves Part 3

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.

http://mariwells.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/wherewolves-part-3/

Mari Wells presents: WhereWolves Part 2

John Vamvas and Olga Montes interview.

http://mariwells.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/

Mari Wells presents: WhereWolves Part 1

The writing team at Wherewolves The Blog have a great werewolf novel we want to let you know about.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Exciting

By Carole A. Spalino I have to give this five stars because it was really good and it held my interest. It was actually a little unclear as to what the attackers were, what they looked like, and how they came about, but that just added to the intrigue. The story holds lots of excitement and action, and plenty of discord among the characters. Well worth your time, so don’t pass it up.

5 out of 5 stars WAS WOWED!

5.0 out of 5 stars Was wowed
By Tonya Mason

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!

http://www.amazon.com/review/R340DZCI9GL1R1/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00BHIPYQY&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text”