Friday, June 15, 2018

Audiobook Review - I Was a Teenage Weredeer by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

I Was a Teenage Weredeer by C.T Phipps and Michael Suttkus
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Series: Bright Falls Mysteries #1
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Date Read: June 12, 2018
Length:  9 hours 54 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA

Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her eighteenth birthday promises the beginning of her teenage dreams coming true.

Unfortunately, her birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend's sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect. Allying with an eccentric FBI agent, the local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow, Jane has her work cut out for her in turning her big day around.

Thankfully, she's game.

Set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.

My Review

This was entertaining.  I am not going to lie - the thing that really caught my attention about this book was the title. Weredeer?  Have I ever read a book about a weredeer?  Of course not so you know I had to give this book a try just to find out more about this weredeer.  It ended up being a really clever story with some great world-building.  I am glad that I took a chance on this fun little story.

Jane Doe is a weredeer.  I should probably mention that there are little bits of humor sprinkled all over this story as you may have guessed as soon as you saw Jane's name.  Anyway, Jane's family owns a local diner where Jane works as a waitress alongside other members of her family.  Since Michigan is one of only two states that are safe for shifters, the town of Bright Falls has a rather large shifter population.  Jane's best friend is a werewolf and there are all kinds of colorful characters around town.

Jane learns that her best friend's sister has been killed and that her brother has been accused of the murder and decides to investigate.  Weredeers often have special abilities and Jane is able to gather a lot of knowledge just by touching objects.  Jane and her best friend hope that her special abilities will make finding out what really happened a simple task.  Of course, things quickly get complicated and they find themselves uncovering a mystery that goes back quite a few years.

I liked Jane.  I thought she was pretty brave to get involved with everything and she was never afraid of asking the hard questions.  It was fun to watch her try to figure everything out.  There were a lot of other characters in the book and I liked most of them.  I did find it a bit difficult to keep everyone straight at times since there were so many characters that had a role.  I did think it was odd that Jane's parents were almost always referred to as Judy and John instead of Mom and Dad.

I thought that Arielle DeLisle did a great job with this story.  This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to this narrator and I was impressed by her delivery.  I thought that she was able to bring Jane to life and added a lot of emotion and excitement to the story.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to her work again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a lot of fun with it and found myself chuckling from time to time.  There were a lot of pop culture references and puns worked into the story that kept everything rather light.  I felt that the ending of this book was pretty satisfying but I may decide to pick up the second book at some point in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Audiobook Boom.
About the Author

C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" blog. He's recently released the novels The Rules of Supervillainy and Esoterrorism.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

26 comments:

  1. That titles cracks me up every time :)

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  2. The title would totally catch my attention too!!! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Well, you caught my attention with this one but I'd be hesitant to try it out. Sounds too weird for my taste, I think. Was the author going for straight-out UF or a really snarky style of writing, I wonder.

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    1. I love weird books. The weirder the better :) This is definitely UF with a dose of pop culture and humor.

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  4. This was already on my wishlist and maybe I need to bump it up. It does sound weird but it can't be any weirder than the book I'm currently reading.

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    1. I like books that are a little different. This one was fun!

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  5. I don't blame you. I would have picked it up based on the title. The fact that there is also a mystery would just be icing on the cake.

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    1. The mystery was quite complex and kept me guessing.

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  6. Thanks for your excellent review! I went with the idea it's a very serious world while Jane has a Veronica Mars-esque ability to react with quips to the most horrible of things. I'm glad you liked it.

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  7. This actually sounds really good. Unique is good and I love a mystery. Melanie reviewed this also. Anne - Book of My Heart

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    1. I remember reading Melanie's review for this one so when I saw it offered for review, I jumped on it.

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  8. 'Jane Doe'! *laughs at the ridiculously bad pun* XD

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    1. Her dad's name is John Doe which is equally amusing :)

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  9. A what now? Weredeer? That's something new! I'm glad the book delivered, too. It's always great when something can exceed expectations, because I'm not going to lie... based on the title alone, I probably wouldn't have picked this up. However, your review has made me curious!

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I guess a weredeer makes as much sense as anything else. This was a very well done story.

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  10. oh wow a weredeer is def different but it sounds cool :D maybe a great start to a series

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    1. There is a second book that I might pick up at some point.

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  11. I love all these other shifters that keep popping up in PNR. The only other weredeer story I read was Doe and the Hunter by Kristen Strassel.

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    1. It is a lot of fun to see some non-typical shifters. I liked how this book felt really original.

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  12. I'm not really a big fan of shape shifting but I like the sound of this one. Maybe because it's more mystery than romance? I agree the whole Weredeer title is pretty great!

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    1. The mystery in this story is the main focus. There are a couple of potential romantic interests in the book but I think that will play out more in later installments.

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  13. I can't say I have come across a book about a weredeer either, and so that alone would have me curious. I am glad you ended up enjoy this one, Carole. It sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the world this book was set in.

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