I had the lovely opportunity to attend Kat Kruger’s book launch party for The Night Has Teeth in January, and picked up an extra copy of the book to get signed and give away for Paris Month! So check out below, after the review, for details on how to enter for your chance to win! And be sure to come by next week when Kat stops by Paris Month with a guest post on setting her novel in Paris.
Originally from the States, Connor gets a scholarship to study in Paris and live with a young couple during his stay there. He befriends a couple of Canadians at school who seem to have a bit of history between the two but he’s grateful to not be alone in a new city. Little does he realize that his new companions would introduce him to a literally, and figuratively, underground world of werewolves . He learns that there are two kinds: those that are born werewolves and those that are bitten by them. He also soon learns that he’s being hunted by some of them, for experimental purposes. Connor struggles to stay alive while hoping his instincts steer him towards those he can trust and those he should stay far away from.
I really enjoyed the story from Connor’s POV. The protagonist is nerdy, not very popular and a bit bumbling along the way to find his footing in social situations, and life. The development of characters are great, as some of the subsidiary players take a more prominent role as the narrative develops. As the plot thickens, so the pacing of the story picks up – sending the readers racing around the city with Connor. The dynamic between Connor and the other characters are well established and compelling to read. I not only cared what was going on with Connor, but I wanted to know what everyone else was up to as well.
Truth be told, I’m not one who often reads many books about werewolves. I find they’re sometimes very hard to get right without it becoming overly cheesy. That being said, Kruger takes a more scientific approach to this genre and it works remarkably well. The reader goes on a more realistic journey with Connor, as he discovers the unusual beings that are around him all throughout the city. I appreciated that aspect of the novel – where we as the readers aren’t just expected to believe that these different types of werewolves exist. Kruger gives us the whole origin and reasoning behind it, and it works.
The Night Has Teeth is a great first book to the Magdeburg Trilogy, setting the scene for Kruger’s werewolf mythology.
As mentioned above, I’m excited to have my first giveaway for Paris Month 2013 be a signed copy of The Night Has Teeth!
- Open to residents of U.S. & Canada
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to confirm address
- Prize will be mailed out within the week. Note: I am not liable for lost or damaged packages during delivery.