Book Review: Wolf Land
Happy Almost Halloween, Readers!
I hope you’re having a festive spooky month. Me and the bf did our Halloween party last weekend, and it was a huge hit! I think we’ll definitely make it an annual thing. Speaking of Halloween, it’s time for another scary book review!
This time I read Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz.
This is a buddy read with one of my bookish besties Misty (this post is my individual opinion only). She recently had a friend gift her some Jonathan Janz books, and going through the list we loved the idea of this one best. I mean, werewolves are pretty freakin’ horrific, especially if they’re hungry!
I’ve read Siren and the Specter by this author before and was impressed so I was hyped to read this one. So, how’d it go? Let’s find out!
“…this is what werewolf horror is supposed to feel gruesome, bloody, dark, angry, messy, and downright terrifying.” – Howling Libraries
Aside from a quaint amusement park, the small town of Lakeview offers little excitement for Duane, Savannah, and their friends. They’re about to endure their ten-year high school reunion when their lives are shattered by the arrival of an ancient, vengeful evil.
The first attack leaves seven dead and four wounded. And though the beast remains on the loose and eager to spill more blood, the sleepy resort town is about to face an even greater terror. Because the four victims of the werewolf’s fury are changing. They’re experiencing unholy desires and unimaginable cravings. They’ll prey on the innocent and the depraved. They’ll settle old scores and act on their basest desires. Soon, they’ll plunge the entire town into nightmare.
Lakeview is about to become Wolf Land.
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Now this is horror!
This is my second book read by this author, and it totally knocked it out of the ballpark for me.
In this novel, a small town has an upcoming high school reunion. To reacquaint themselves beforehand, a number of the former high schoolers and other locals meet for a bonfire party. But when a strange and violent character emerges, chaos breaks loose, leaving numerous dead and injured. However, that’s not all. Soon some of the injured begin to notice changes within them, changes of a bestial nature. A hunger that must be sated.
I plead the fifth. I’m not the biggest werewolf fan. When it comes to the supernatural spectrum I’m a die-hard vampire groupie, but this novel definitely changed my mind!
I think the themes here really worked first and foremost. Everyone hates high school reunions, and the small town drama was really great. There’s an abundance of scandalous secrets at every turn.
The characters were pretty great and felt three dimensional. Joyce, Savannah, Duane (Short Pump), Weezer, and Glenn were the MC’s, and I liked the different perspectives we got. My personal favorite was Joyce, probably because she’s a librarian and I’m in library school. She has an inquisitive mind and looked at things from a different angle than all the others that I really appreciated. I also really enjoyed how those who were infected had different triggers. Everyone experienced lycanthropy differently, and I think that was genius.
Plotwise this was a serious roller coaster of non stop action. I never knew when things were going to go south, and that was super exciting. There was plenty of gore, mystery, and some romance elements that really tied things together. I have zero complaints.
If you’re looking for a thrilling werewolf novel, you can’t get much better than this!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!