Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis
Series: unnamed at time of reviewing
Genre: paranormal fantasy
This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi’s journey as she’s thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies – this is the start of a series – and a world – you will fall in love with.
So, at the end of 2015, I vowed ‘you are going to broaden your reading, Karen’. Read a couple of books that are outside your normal realm and voila! Hachette approached me with this read with a very aptly named title for my situation. If you have been a follower of my reviews, you would note that paranormal is not my norm. I was afraid. So, let’s get on with the review.
Tommi, instantly likeable to me for a number of reasons. She’s an out of the box heroine both figurative and physically. I’ve never read a book where the heroine is Mauri who does Thai kickboxing. She’s engaging and I was keen to go on the journey with her to find out her heritage. I wasn’t ready for the jolt I felt when it was learned that she was a werewolf. I did groan, I put the book down and then I gave myself a stern talking too about ‘reading outside of the box’. Picking the book back up, I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.
It has a Vampire Academy feel to it and her past keeps chasing her and while she’s learning about herself, she has to deal with romantic notions and finding that the one she wants might not be available.
I’m glad to say that despite my original hesitations, this book turned out to be awesome and it left on such a high note. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next one.
I would like to thank Hachette Australia for giving me a copy of this book for review. Getting this book for free did no sway my opinion in any way.