Fourteen-year-old Trey Laporte was “just a kid.” Not anymore. Not after the day he wakes up in agony – retina-splitting, vomit-inducing agony. His clothes are torn. His room is trashed.
Now, demons are closing in on every side, and the most psychopathic bloodsucker to rock the Netherworld wants to destroy him. And Trey is falling for a girl who is half vampire, half human, and insanely pretty. Above all, Trey must face one terrifying question: is he a boy…or is he a werewolf?
Wereling is the story of Trey, for all intents and purposes an ordinary boy. Until he isn’t. After one night where he wakes up aching and sick, he is suddenly whisked away by a stranger claiming to be his uncle. All too soon, Trey is living with the reality of vampires, demons and werewolves. The werewolf? Trey. His life? In danger from a power hungry vampire.
Wereling starts off strong. The description is great and Trey’s emotions come through bright and clear. Right from the start, we’re thrown into the action of the story and it seems that the reader is in for an intense and fun ride. It fell flat all to soon (for me, at least). As soon as Trey guesses that his “uncle” is a vampire, I was thrown for a loop. Trey comes to that conclusion very quickly, and seems to accept the idea as fact right away. I can live with that, though, even if it’s a little abrupt. The writing is still good, I’m liking Trey and the promise of action is still there.
So everything’s going pretty good, until I reach the end of the book. Although written in third person, the narration focuses on Trey…until two chapters near the end that disregard Trey completely and focus on Lucien, Trey’s vampire “uncle”. A little odd, but ok. But the end! It made me feel like I had been watching a tv show. The main plot of this first book was wrapped up nicely, everyone’s back home and sitting around (though Lucien is a little worse for wear), when suddenly…big reveal, and off they must go on another adventure. Very episodic feeling and it just didn’t sit right with me.
Something I did enjoy – the blurb on the back of the book mentions Trey falling in love with a half-vampire. While this mini-romance is present, it’s incredibly realistic and I enjoyed that aspect of the story. Trey acknowledges that he thinks Alexa is beautiful and that he likes her, but they don’t immediately start going out, being in love, etc. In fact, they can argue pretty well with each other. It’s nice to see a book with a romance aspect still rely on the action part to drive the story. Trey’s transformations to a werewolf are perfect, too. Instead of the actual wolf most werewolf books are sporting today, Trey turns into more of a wolfman – still standing on two legs, just covered in fur and with a wolf’s head.
Overall, Wereling is a good book with an awesome werewolf and some great action, and I enjoyed it. Definitely worth a try if you like werewolves! The sequel, Dark Moon, will be out in February 2011.
I received this book from a contest held by Teens Read and Write.