I took a chance on this book and lost. Just a ridiculous narrative of violence and unconnected scenarios devoid of any semblance of plot or character development. No suspense. No flow of one scene to another. Just raw violence without a hint that the author had any goal other than to write a book.
Wolf Blood is the first book in a new werewolf series that should appeal to fans of good old-fashioned horror. Be forewarned, this is a far cry from the typical trend of young adult/paranormal romance werewolf books that have been the trend as of late, which is definitely not a criticism. This book gets right to the point, opening up in the forests of Romania in the dead of winter where a professor has himself holed up in a cabin where he's been experimenting with a virus that brings about lycanthropy in some victims. The virus breaks loose, spreading from the forests of Romania to London. These aren't your typical blood thirsty werewolves. They begin unleashing an evil plot to spread the disease throughout the human population, leading to the beginnings of a werewolf apocalypse. Readers should be warned that the story does contain some hints of homosexuality. Great opening to a promising new series. I was a little taken back by the number of characters introduced, but everything seemed to come together towards the end. The writing was a good pace and had some very interesting characters. The werewolves still came across as being human and staying true to their human instincts, even while in wolf form. The book was definitely gory, but not too over the top. I absolutely would be interested in continuing to read this series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My genre is romance but very occasionally a book comes along that pulls me from my romance filled comfort zone and this was one of those books. I can’t even tell you exactly what it was about the cover and the blurb that drew me in but it did.
Honestly this book wasn’t exactly what I expected and that’s not a criticism at all, it was more.
I want to say it’s a slow build but that’s not exactly true it starts in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania where Professor Norman Wiseman is holed up. It’s safe to say his life has definitely taken a turn for the worst. Until recently he’d been Professor of Emerging Diseases but after making an unbelievable discovery (that a virus was responsible for transmitting the wolf genes from one host to another) his confidential paper had been leaked to the Press who dubbed him Professor Wolfman or Doctor Werewolf. Now he’s in Romania with what were three students.
It moves at a steady pace the author doesn’t rush, he builds the story along with the characters. We get to know and understand them a little and at times they felt so real and I found myself completely hooked. I never knew which character he would kill or contaminate next which I found both interesting and annoying at the same time. Talking of characters there’s some incredible and interesting ones here and I’m struggling to let them go, I really wish the next book was available.
I’m so glad I requested this, I did pause for a while unsure if it would be too violent or bloody for me but it wasn’t. It was also great to read a book set in Britain, a rarity for me these days.
I’ve no idea how many books are in this series but I’m hooked and in for the long haul.
I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and Landmark Media.
I love zombies, vampires and werewolves. I thought the plot sounded promising. But, there wasn’t a good cohesive storyline, the characters were unevenly written and the pacing was too slow. I knew less than half way through there would be a sequel and I figured maybe this was a slow start and he would wrap up some of the storylines and find a climactic moment to make me want more. I was wrong. I’m afraid this wasn’t a good one at all.
I have to admit that this book caught me completely by surprised. I totally freaking loved it! The word building is intense and the characters are very well developed. This story starts off with Professor Wiseman proving that werewolves do exist, or in this case Lycanthropy. While he is discredited and basically called all manners of names by his peers, his students believe him. Case in point 3 of his students have turned from human into werewolves. Veritable shapeshifters and their plan is to change every human and infect them with the same virus. Lol. I love werewolves and this story took me on a totally different ride and I was pleasantly thrilled. Great start to a wonderful series!!! Well done Mr. Morris, truly well done. 5 Rip-Roaring, tear out your throat, in this case literally, stars!!!!!
Think American Werewolf in London minus the American but redone with a 21st century twist! There's no waiting for the action to start, from the beginning you're into the story line and it quickly escalates from there. The story line starts with a Scientist with a wild idea, who has escaped to the Carpathian Mountains to do research, about werewolves of all things. While we don't get a lot of back story on the research, a bit comes out during the story, the rest of the characters do keep the story moving. The students have become infected and turned on their professor. They return as werewolves to London to start the Werewolf Apocalypse with Leanne as the leader of the pack, highly intelligent and ready to take over the world one bite at a time. It is a first in a series and there are multiple lines that intertwine and follow parallel to the main line, including a headmaster who devours instead of disciplines, the police force dealing with the dismembered bodies, a high priced call girl/thief and a group of very different kids who become unlikely friends. I'll be over here on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series! I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author on a librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review
Horror fans are in for a treat! These werewolves are cunning and unstoppable at spreading the lycanthropy disease. I was very excited to read this. This author pulls out all the stops so there's lots of gore and action to be had among these pages. Loved this from the moment I started reading. This is the first book in the series, so yes, it does end on a cliffhanger, but now I can't wait for book two.
We start off with Professor Norman Wiseman who is studying the lycanthropy disease in Romania when unfortunate mishaps occur. Then the rest of this takes place in London where the werewolf apocalypse spreads like the plague. This switches around to the different characters this book centers around. Amazing details give this authenticity. You're in for a wild ride.
With the popularity of George Romero movies, The Walking Dead, and any of the many other zombie movies out recently, Steve Morris has shown us the true coming of the Apocalypse. With Lycanthropic, Morris has created a new series, of which Wolf Blood is the first installment, in which the werewolf is the true harbinger of the End Times. . . Professor Norman Wiseman has discovered that werewolves do exist, but his warning to the world falls on a disbelieving scientific community. He is discredited, but his students not only believe but eagerly become the creatures. In their human state, they do what they can to create more of their kind. This does not bode well for the rest of humanity, to say the least. . . Morris has created a new series, just released on January 1st, that is spellbinding in its telling. These characters, both antagonists and protagonists, are very well-crafted, and the story itself is a masterpiece, intertwining several smaller storylines into one fantastic tale. The pace of the action is gripping, with a sense of impending doom that will not let the reader put the book down until the end. . . My only regret reading this novel is that I will have to wait so long until the second book, Wolf Moon, is released. Steve Morris has won over a new fan, and I'm sure the rest of the series will continue to leave his mark on the horror genre.
When I first read this book, I thought it had too many plot lines and too many characters. However, after page 400, the author tied all the character stories together well. In general, the story was written excellently, with clear conflicts and character development. I enjoyed the explanation of how the wolf disease spread from person to person. I found the main character Liz to be likeable. I also appreciated the commentary on immigration, towards the end of the novel.
My only criticism is that most of the chapters were a bit short. The sections where there were consecutive chapters dealing with a character helped to balance the brevity of some of the narration, but those consecutive chapters didn't come until towards the end. Otherwise, I recommend this read, whether you like werewolf stories or just plain good horror! (Yes, I am reading the next installment.)
Werewolf books usually would not be my normal fare, but I tried it out on a whim (honestly the cover caught my eye). I really like this book. It is original, fast paced and a fun read. I also like the British flavor, always nice to hear from our cousins across the pond. I wanted to make sure to post a good review of the book since it has so few. This is a very entertaining book, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.