Friday, May 12, 2017
Wererat by Jonathan P. Brazee
Rafe comes from a long line of shifters. His father is a werewolf, and his mother is a weretiger. As he reaches puberty, he eagerly awaits his First Shift and finding out just what is his animal form. What powerful animal will complete him?
Much to his disappointment, after going through the agony of his First Shift, Rafe discovers that he is not a wolf, tiger, or bear. He is not even a coyote or raptor, forms considered perhaps less prestigious in the tribe, but still acceptable. No, Rafe is a wererat, the only wererat in anyone’s memory.
Events work out to drive Rafe away from the tribe, to live out in the world at large. When he finally comes back for a visit, the tribe comes under attack from a group dedicated to eradicate all shifters from the face of the earth. The question is whether there is anything Rafe can do to help his tribe survive. Does he have value in a tribe of powerful shifters, or is exile the proper place for a genetic regression such as him?
(Synopsis from Goodreads.)
Every now and then, I like to step out of my comfort zone, and read books that aren't in my usual genre. I don't typically read books about shifters. It's just not my genre. I typically find them filled with a ridiculous plot, and very awkward sex scenes. However, I found myself drawn to Wererat by Johathan P. Brazee. I'm glad I read it. I ended up loving it.
Wererat was the complete opposite of your typical shifter book. It had an intense plot that kept me intrigued from being to end. The plot was very fast paced. There was so much going on in just under two hundred pages. However, the plot didn't feel rushed at all, which I enjoyed. It felt like the reader got a full story, with no loose ends. I loved seeing how Rafe dealt with being a wererat. He took something that most people would think of as a disadvantage, and used it to help, more than anyone else did. Also, for being a shifter book, there was no sex, which was a nice change of pace. In fact, I think I would consider this book a young adult book.
There were a couple of minor things that did bother me about the book. I wasn't a huge fan of the way it ended. I mean, I understand why Rafe made the decision he did. I wanted him to make the opposite decision though because of the time he spent with his family. Part of that might be because I wanted to read more of the characters though. I would love to see more of his sister. Also, I found it kind of weird that MJ let Rafe borrow her car for that long. Most typical girlfriends wouldn't do that. If I was her, I would have flipped.
Wererat is probably one of my favorite indie books that I've read recently. Even though it's not in my favorite genres, I loved most of the book. I don't know that it will happen, but I really hope that Jonathan P. Brazee writes books about the side characters in this book, especially Tabitha or Trevor. In the meantime, I plan on reading some of his other books. I recommend Wererat to anyone looking for a good book that's outside the realm of normal.
I give Wererat: 4/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.