Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blog Tour ~ The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle ~ (Review)


Blog Tour ~ The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle ~ (Review)


Blurb:

Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.
Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.




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As much as I wanted to love this book, I just couldn't do it. In all honesty, I had a tough time mustering the energy and inclination just to finish it. The first half of the book seems to drag on forever and the second half just lost me. There were quite a few instances where I found myself trying to figure out who was speaking as it wasn't always clear. I never connected to the main characters. Both Henry and Jamey were different than I expected. Younger and less mature than I expected. Neither had any idea about their true selves and who or what they really are. Jamey had his issues with accepting himself and moving past what he'd been taught by his parents. Combine that with the many different characters we meet throughout the story and I felt like never truly knew the boys. While I did truly like the premise of the book, I felt there was just too much going on. Too many elements and tropes. Between the love story, self discovery, familial burdens, murder mystery and fantasy elements there was more to the story than I went in thinking there'd be. I love shifter books but this one was not really my cup of tea. If you are a fan of fantasy books, I think you'll get a lot more out of this story than I did. 3 Stars! ***A copy of this book was provided by the publisher to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review***


About the Author:
Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001.
Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.
The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.
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