Lonely Werewolf Girl : Number 1 in series Paperback
Part of the Werewolf Girl series
As teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is pursued through the streets of London by murderous hunters, her sister, the Werewolf Enchantress, is busy designing clothes for the Fire Queen.
Meanwhile, in the Scottish Highlands, the MacRinnalch Clan is plotting and feuding after the head of the clan suddenly dies intestate.
As the court intrigue threatens to explode in all-out civil war, the competing factions determine that Kalix is the swing vote necessary to assume leadership of the clan.
Unfortunately, Kalix isn't really into clan politics - laudanum's more her thing.
But what's even more unfortunate is that Kalix is the reason the head of the clan ended up dead, which is why she's now on the run in London . . .
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/01/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780749942830
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Review by penwing
Although I have given this book three stars I do not feel that's an accurate representation. Storywise I loved it - 4 1/2 stars no questions. The humour, the plotting the treachery, the hissy fits. I loved it.The writing. Oh dear. Martin Millar has no respect for us as readers. He subscribes to the tell-not-show style of writing, and worse, repeatedly tells-not-shows us the same piece of information. Often within just a handful of pages (an example, three times we are told that two werewolves were once rumoured to be together but now hate each other on pages 91 and, just in case we'd forgotten, 92).With so many plot lines going on he might be forgiven for forgetting one or two, but it really frustrated me that some plot lines were brushed aside with a casual "she got the help" line well after to fact when you've been looking out for that help to be requested.All of this kept dragging me out of the story (which I stress I really enjoyed) and ruining it for me. His writing gets 1/2 a star. Three therefore is an average but utterly hopeless.
Review by Ceibhionn
Lonely werewolf girl was really an enjoyable book and I loved every bit of it. The story about a werewolf clan in modern day Brittan was amazing and really unexpected and quit funny. It was so unexpected because when thinking about werewolf’s and other fantasy creatures you wouldn’t think that they would go through problems like everyday people do (family issues, drugs, depression and some other really weird problems that you would never think of) but the main character Kalix a werewolf kicked out of the clan goes through them all, suffering from major depression and living alone on the streets of London. I would definitely recommend this book for older teens and adults who enjoy fantasy because it has all of the fantasy creature and magic of the fantasy world but with a twist.
Review by MikeFinn
This is a fun book that stays with you long after it’s finished.For the first few chapters I wondered what exactly I’d bought. Millar’s writing style is hard to tag and initially I found it distracting but as I let myself listen to the rhythm, I realised that the occasional jerkiness of the text was deliberate.It gives this book a sort of Punk energy that kept me slightly off-centre but always engaged. It’s the writer’s equivalent of shooting a movie with a hand-held camera, the result is less smooth than using a dolly but it gains a kind of credibility, a sense of really being there, that the fixed camera can’t match.This is a big book with a large character list and rich backstory. It is filled with humour even though the themes are dark and it rattles along, urging you to keep turning the pages even though you know you should have been asleep an hour ago.Initially I thought that the lonely werewolf girl of the title was Kalix MacRinnalch, a vulnerable, violent, self-abusive and anti-social young girl who is also brave, passionate and wonderfully unable to understand the world around her. By the end of book I understood that all of the MacRinnalch women qualify as lonely werewolf girls.The world that Martin Millar builds is energetic, vivid, quirky and addictiveI see on IMDB that a movie is currently under development. If they do it right I think it will make good money.
Review by Lesley_Webb
Only Martin Millar's name on the jacket could have persuaded me to buy a book with 'werewolf' in the title (I'm totally jaded with the whole current vampire/werewolf obsession). I've been a great fan of Millar's novels for about 20 years - which make me feel old though his stories are as fresh as ever. <I>The Good Fairies of New York</I> is up there on my Top Ten list and I think <I>Lonely Werewolf Girl</I> has just joined it. This book is an absolute delight!<br/><br/>Teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is an amazing character but despite beong the eponymous 'heroine' she's only one of very many equally important and unique characters that populate this book, all of them brought to vivid, crazy, pathetic, laugh-out-loud, dysfunctional life. Even the minor characters are fully drawn with their own quirks and motivations. The plot with all its typical Millaresque convolutions and sprawling subplots zips along to a frenetic (in a good way) denouement that leaves enough loose ends for a plausible sequel.<br/><br/>I've read criticisms of Millar's writing style from some who found it childish, repetitive and clichéd. I personally think his style is perfect for his characters and their stories. It's repetitive in the oral folk tradition kind of way, and his short chapters (some only a page or two long) and point-of-view hopping keep the pace up. I found it a roller-coaster of a book and compulsive reading. And the good thing about coming late to this awesome novel is that the sequel is already out - yay!