Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: The Night Has Teeth by Kat Kruger

The Night Has Teeth (The Magdeburg Trilogy, #1)Title: The Night Has Teeth
Author: Kat Kruger
Source/Format: Purchased, ebook
More Details: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher/Publication Date: Fierce Ink Press Co-Op Ltd., September 23, 2012
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Synopsis from Goodreads...

There’s a darkness that lurks in the City of Light...

Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school. Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up. On the first day he befriends two military brats, and he may finally get a taste of what it’s like to be a normal teenager.

It doesn’t last.

His host family — an alluring young tattoo artist and her moody, handsome boyfriend — inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good. Connor’s loyalties are tested as he becomes embroiled in a conflict where werewolves, mad science and teen angst collide...
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up The Night Has Teeth by Kat Kruger. I’ve had it on my ereader for a long time, and I finally decided to give it a read. I’m happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint me, and by far, it exceeded my expectations. I was impressed by Kruger’s ability to create an engrossing story.

The book is told from Connor Lewis’ point of view, and follows his life after he leaves New York to study in Paris on a scholarship. He ends up right in the middle of some trouble, only, it’s the supernatural kind. At the core of The Night Has Teeth are werewolves. The concept, to me, was handled really well. The supernatural aspects were introduced gradually, and it was easy to get into the story.

Connor was a good narrator. I enjoyed reading from his perspective as the story unfolded. His inner dialogue was really entertaining and I was able to get a clear picture on who he was as a character. The supporting cast of characters were also interesting, but I won’t say much about them. They were complex, with their own stories and secrets. Their personalities were vastly different, which was great.

The Night Has Teeth was just an excellent book. The story, plot, and characters worked really well together. And that ending, oh man, that caught me by surprise—and now, I really want to know how this trilogy ends.

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