Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Miller
Publication: Soft Skull Press (April 20, 2008), Paperback, 560 pages / ISBN 0979663660
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
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Read: Did Not Finish
First sentence: Kalix was lost.
I wasn’t sure whether or not I should post this, but since I did plod my way through about a third of it before giving up, and since I did get it from a publisher, I feel as if I owe a bit of something.
Summary from Amazon:
While teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is being pursued through the streets of London by murderous hunters, her sister, the Werewolf Enchantress, is busy designing clothes for the Fire Queen. Meanwhile, in the Scottish Highlands, the MacRinnalch Clan is plotting and feuding after the head of the clan suddenly dies intestate. As the court intrigue threatens to blow up into all-out civil war, the competing factions determine that Kalix is the swing vote necessary to assume leadership of the clan. Unfortunately, Kalix isn’t really into clan politics — laudanum’s more her thing. Even more unfortunately, Kalix is the reason the head of the clan ended up dead, which is why she’s now on the lam in London. . . This expansive tale of werewolves in the modern world — friendly werewolves, fashionista werewolves, troubled teenage werewolves, cross-dressing werewolves, werewolves of every sort — is hard-edged, hilarious, and utterly believable.
I started reading Lonely Werewolf Girl in January (or possibly last December). It took me about two months to get to page 250, whereupon I stuck it on my nightstand and left it for “another day.” I cleaned off my nightstand this weekend, and, not having read a single paragraph since placing it there, I decided to finally remove Lonely Werewolf Girl. Honestly, there’s no way I’m going to be able to finish it. If I could actually actively dislike a book, it’d be this one. Not hate, because I think it has potential for someone to like it– but that someone isn’t me. (I feel guilty enough as it is without hating the entire book!)
I hated all the characters but one (Kalix’s fashion designer sister). The writing was much too stilted and plain for my taste. The storyline was okay but I kept getting bogged down in everything that I didn’t enjoy and it all went to pot.
I liked the unusualness of the werewolves and how they’ve set up their world (in clans, very Scottish and with castles and everything), and sometimes the story got so interesting I did want to continue (this is how I made it to page 250, by the way). But unfortunately it’s not interesting enough for me to want to pick it back up again and so I think I’d like to give it away.
First person to comment on this post asking for the book gets it. It’s quite big, however, so US only, please. (Sorry about that, but I honestly can’t afford the $12+ it’d undoubtedly cost to ship internationally.) I’m going to be sending it Media Mail rate. 😀