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Who's Afraid? by [Lewis, Maria]
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Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite

'It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring . . .'

Tommi Grayson's never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . .

When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage - and it's a whole lot more than merely human.

Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside - and within. Worse still, something has followed her home . . .

With the clock ticking, can Tommi learn to control her new powers in time to save the ones she loves?

Mixing elements of fantasy, mystery and romance, Who's Afraid? is a must-read tale about one woman who takes on the world, one bite at a time

'Gripping, fast-paced, and completely unexpected, Who's Afraid has more twists than a tornado. I loved this story!' Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01063XPSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Carol TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
To me this is a confusing book. I am in my late forties and I brought the book at Supanova to trial a different author.
Since starting, I had to put it down many times as it is unnecessarily complicated. I think that many references and speech patterns are more younger generation but I get the gist of it. What I dont like is the way that Tommi and the women around her are portrayed by narrow field. Women can be beautiful and intelligent but Maria describes the women characters clothes, hair and sexual prowess as something to be proud of. And yes I don't disagree with that but women are so much more that that narrow field.
The Maori people in the book were written with no redeeming qualities at all. When they are a beautiful race of people. I get that Maria wanted to make the family evil which is why she ran but there could have been other Maoris that was great to balance it a bit. (and no I am not a New Zealander)
The reason I gave it 3 stars because it does have a certain something. In some places it was well written and easy to read. Other places, I was scratching my head and put the book down. I persevered but it took me 2 weeks whilst I was on holidays to read it. (as an example - I can read a good similar size book within a day .)
Anyway, as I said it had some good parts, some obscure references, some weird storylines that really did not go anyway but it was intense and I think it could have been really good. Based on the stars in other reviews, it was good for them. Maybe they were a younger demographic era.
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Loved this! tommi is a brilliantly flawed heroine. Quite dark and graphic in places, will be very interested to see how it translates onto the small screen.
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‘Who’s Afraid?’ is the debut urban fantasy novel from Australian author, Maria Lewis.

Holy guacamole, Wolverine – I loved this book. I loved it from that clever title (echoes of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Gettit?!) right to the last page that sent me on a frantic internet search to see when a sequel would be coming (Who’s Afraid Too? – no release date yet, but I’m already salivating at the very notion!). I loved this book so much that I’m actually reviewing this after re-reading it … because it came out in January, but it’s taken me this long to really collect my thoughts and direct my enthusiasm into a halfway coherent review.

First and foremost – there was always a high chance I would love this book because werewolf stories are kinda my bag, baby. I mean – Alpha Reader is an ode to the werewolf stories that sparked my love of all things urban fantasy and paranormal romance way back when… which also means I have a pretty high-standard when it comes to my werewolf books: Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Kelley Armstrong, and Charlaine Harris are the pinnacles of my werewolfish love and I’m here to tell you – Maria Lewis is now up there with them.

What made this book even better for me was getting to read the werewolf legend in a New Zealand setting – a departure from the typical North America of modernised urban fantasy, or its European gothic origins. Lewis actually ties heroine – Tommi Grayson’s – discovery of her werewolf origins to the discovery of her estranged Maori father, which had smart echoes of Mercy Thompson’s Native American shapeshifter origins for me. But Tommi hasn’t just discovered she’s a werewolf, she’s also discovered a family she never knew she had – a highly dysfunctional and dangerous family (and that’s before they grow teeth and claws!
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Tommi's mother has died, and having struggled through her grief, she's travelling from Scotland to New Zealand to find her father. Not that she wants a relationship with him, she just wants to see him for herself, but the trip takes a sinister turn when she learns that her father's family are New Zealand's strongest werewolf clan, and as his daughter, she too is a werewolf.

Her New Zealand family aren't thrilled to see her, but are even less willing to let her go. Making it back to Scotland with some pretty hefty injuries and a mysterious guardian in tow, Tommi must come to terms with her new reality, and the very real danger she faces.

Who's Afraid? is definitely not for younger readers, it would most accurately be classed as New Adult. It contains graphic violence, including sexual violence, and strong language.

This book is incredibly intense, and Lewis doesn't pull any punches, much like Tommi. The intensity builds until a climax that blows you away.

Tommi is strong and smart and loyal, plus she has blue hair. As someone with pink (and sometimes purple) hair, I totally respect that.

I loved the use of local Dundee and New Zealand dialect, I could really hear the character's voices. There is a real sense of place in both the New Zealand and Scottish scenes.

There is some steamy romance, which I expect will develop as the series continues.

If you like your paranormal fantasy on the grittier side, then absolutely give his a go.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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At its best it’s formulaic and dull. At its worst it’s offensive, and at the end of the day, it’s just badly written. It's god-awful. It took six years and 115 drafts to get to 340 pages of lazy analogies, mad-lib characters, and an unnecessary number of outfit descriptions? If this is the final product, I can only imagine that the original manuscript would have best been classified as ‘horror’.

The author, Maria Lewis, has drawn comparisons between her book and that of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", describing "Who's Afraid" as a modern, gender-bent version of the latter "with werewolves and swearing".

This immediately makes it clear that Lewis has never been in the same building as a copy of Stevenson's book, never mind actually reading it or bothering to acquaint herself with its overarching themes.

Free lit lesson, kids: saying that Jekyll and Hyde is the story of a man that turns into a monster is like saying that Orwell's "1984" is the story of a guy running afoul of the law. Both are factually accurate statements, but are about as devoid of usefulness and meaning as the entirety Lewis's book.

The protagonist of "Who’s Afraid" is Tommi Grayson - a young, cool art curator who is probably supposed to be relatable but spends the first several pages of the book rolling her eyes and slagging off an artist she's working with. She mocks him for being pretentious and "a hack" despite his being five years older and - as the book itself tells us - a sold-out success in the local art world.

Not a solid start for creating a likable lead character.
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