Sunday, 31 August 2014

Review: The Night has Teeth (The Magdeburg Trilogy #1) by Kat Kruger

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15780926-the-night-has-teethGoodreads Synopsis:
There's a darkness that lurks in the City of Light

Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school.

Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up. On the first day he befriends two military brats, and he may finally get a taste of what it’s like to be a normal teenager.

It doesn’t last.

His host family — an alluring young tattoo artist and her moody, handsome boyfriend — inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good.

Connor’s loyalties are tested as he becomes embroiled in a conflict where werewolves, mad science and teen angst collide.

RATED T - Teen 13 and up: May contain violence, crude humour, suggestive themes and/or strong language.

Alcohol - Reference to alcohol use 
Blood - Depiction of blood
Violence - Includes scenes of violence


Review:
***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***

The Night has Teeth doesn’t sound much like a light and funny read, but it had a fun atmosphere that kept you turning the pages. I’ll admit the mysteries and suspense helped too… This book managed to have it all: the teen angst, funny banter, intriguing secrets, malicious agendas as well as paranormal beasts.

The characters however easily stole the show. They were all so unique; straying from the stereotypes I’ve had my fair share of in the YA genre. In particular is Arden who I have to admit is not the main protagonist, although you can’t consider him a sidekick either. If Connor called him that… well I don’t think he’d live long enough to see the reaction on his face. The dynamic Connor has with Arden is great to read because of Arden’s sullen character which clashes with Connor’s wit. It’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the sequel, where I can expect the events in this book will have a drastic effect.

The different relationships Connor has with the others, made this a much more character-driven story than anything else. I liked the direction of the plot, and there were plenty of twists along the way but the synopsis revealed a bit too much for my taste.

This however didn’t decrease from my enjoyment reading the book, so I can see why it won the 34th Atlantic Writing Competition, and I’d definitely recommend to YA readers who want a very quick read.
Favourite Quotes:
“In retrospect, an all-you-can-eat buffet of raw fish is probably not the best idea, unless you’re a penguin. It was like playing “Find the Tainted Meat,” and after three plates, I won!”

“I feel like I gave you my whole life story.”
She casts me a wry look. “If that’s the whole story, your life is pretty lame.”

“Sometimes there’s no shame in running away from our problems. Especially when your problems have sharp fangs and claws to match.”

“The funniest thing about time is that you don’t ever really notice it until you’re waiting for something to happen.”

“Stars are always aligned; it just depends on where you’re standing.”

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