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The abused werewolf rescue group
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2011
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  Booklist Review

This stand-alone companion to The Reformed Vampire Support Group (2009) follows Toby after he is found unconscious in a dingo pen, minus his memories. Soon he is approached by strangers who claim Toby's a werewolf. Toby is understandably creeped out by their offers to imprison him during full moons, and though he visits their supernatural support group, their self-absorbed lecturing fails to convince. When Toby is kidnapped for a werewolf fighting ring, his love of Jackass-style stunts and DIY inventions gives him the admirable resourcefulness to engineer his and another boy's escape but their plan is complicated by a vengeful werewolf. Toby's talky narrative is agreeably direct, but it also frequently summarizes what should be pivotal scenes, such as Toby's first transformation. For a novel about werewolves, there's surprisingly little werewolf activity even the horror of the fighting ring is muted by only being talked about secondhand. Despite the slow start, diehards will be pleased to find that the action picks up as it goes.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The satire isn't all that's biting in this darkly comedic sequel toThe Reformed Vampire Support Group(2009). Archetypically sullen and uncommunicative teen Toby is thrown for a loop after waking up the morning after a full moon naked in a nearby wildlife park. He finds himself caught between the smothering attentions of his annoyingly smart adoptive mother and the bizarre but enticing warning delivered by a scarred, dangerous looking stranger named Reuben that he's a werewolf. Barely has Toby begun to take that idea seriously than he's kidnapped by promoters of international werewolf death matches and taken to an arena in the remote outback. Rescuers appear quickly; as it turns out, werewolves aren't all that uncommon and even have organized self-help groups. Nor are they the only supernatural creatures around, as Toby discovers when Reuben shows up with a band of startlingly pale, sickly but uncommonly resilient helpers who display a sharp aversion to daylight. Jinks has a few other surprises in store too, but (in possibly deliberate imitation of a certain wildly popular penumbral series) she challenges readers first to slog through hundreds of pages of snarling dialogue, repetitive ruminations and aimless plotting. Not to mention unresolved issues and an unwieldy supporting cast, both of which are likely to spill over into further sequels. By the end it's hilarious, but many teens may struggle to get that far.(Satiric fantasy. 12-15)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale Wildlife Park. In a dingo pen. He assumes that his two best friends are somehow responsible, until the mysterious Reuben turns up, claiming that Toby has a rare and dangerous "condition." Next thing he knows, Toby finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It's not until he's kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them--and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.
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