FCT: Who's Afraid? - Maria Lewis

First Chapter Thoughts for…

Who’s Afraid? by Maria Lewis

Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite

'It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring . . .'

Tommi Grayson's never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . .

When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage - and it's a whole lot more than merely human.

Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside - and within. Worse still, something has followed her home . . .

With the clock ticking, can Tommi learn to control her new powers in time to save the ones she loves?

Mixing elements of fantasy, mystery and romance, Who's Afraid? is a must-read tale about one woman who takes on the world, one bite at a time.

Kudos for an author who is half-Maori having a half-Maori protagonist.

While recommended by a friend, and generally very compelling (spunky werewolves, sexy older mentor) I'm put off by several things.

Main character isn't easily likable. Fine. But she also is very quick with pop culture references. I'm not saying she's a Mary Sue, but… Add the sexy mentor and I'm getting Buffy vibes. A couple of years ago that would have been great, but it doesn’t pull me anymore.

Main character is product of rape, and she’s going to meet his family. Who is recently morning his passing.

There were also way too many nicknames. Pocahontas? “Poc.” Native American eagle tattoo? What even is that? Chocolate skin? So much no. Possibly we’ll meet all these folks again, but within a couple chapters we’ve met like a dozen people, and none seemed memorable.

I’m tempted to say ‘someday, possibly on a beach’ but if I’m realistic, I don’t think I’ll ever be compelled to read this.

(This is the second book Darynda Jones has blurbed that I haven't been able to get into.)

Verdict: Unlikely.

Pages: 352
Year: January 12th 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia