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The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  1,479 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.

He assumes that his two rambunctious best friends are somehow responsible, until he discovers that they're just as freaked out as he is. Then the mysterious Reuben turns up, claimi
ebook, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Hmh Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2010)
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In a fight between the Abused Werewolves and the Reformed Vampires, the werewolves would get their asses handed to them. On a plate. With gravy. The Abused Werewolves Rescue Group comes nowhere close to the kitschy coolness that was The Reformed Vampire Support Group. For one thing, this book reads like it's written for a much younger audience. The protagonist himself is only thirteen. Now
DNF at page 132

I really am not all that compelled to read this. Why was I forcing myself to turn those boring pages???

Toby was our dumb and manipulative 13 year old protagonist. He literally did whatever Fergus told him to do and could not think for himself. Fergus was super annoying, always trying to do things that would get them in trouble.

The werewolf subject was just meh. It didn't capture my attention. It was so bleh. I can't even describe my feelings using proper words. XD
Mar 23, 2011 Norma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series. I did not get the chance to read the first book. There were a few places where they referenced things that happened. But it wasn’t necessary to read the first one in order to understand this book.

First off, I thought that the characters were pretty weak. Toby was supposed to be thirteen, but for much of the book he was characterized as a much younger boy. His mom might as well just been holding her hands over her ears shouting “la la la I can’t hear you” for
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Paula Weston
Jan 15, 2014 Paula Weston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
These days, much of the popular paranormal fiction on YA shelves seems to be almost exclusively targeted at female audiences.

Teenage boys, however, can be thankful Catherine Jinks hasn’t forgotten them, following up her offbeat novel The Reformed Vampire Support Group (TRVSG) with another cool offering, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.

While the TRVSG was told from vampire Nina’s perspective, her latest novel is told through the eyes of 13-year-old Toby, who learns the hard way that his onset of
This probably deserves 3.5 stars, I enjoyed it more than average but it didn't wow me. I'm not very consistent in my star ratings...

I read this rather quickly for me and I enjoyed the idea but I wasn't thrilled with the main character and just before the actual excitement started half way or more through the book I found myself wondering what the point of this was. I didn't want to follow the adventures of a 13 year old in pulling pranks and making messes, I wanted to know about werewolves!

Melissa Elgersma
Jun 25, 2011 Melissa Elgersma rated it really liked it
We meet Toby the day he woke up naked and alone in a dingo pen at the local nature park. He is in the hospital with no memory of what happened. The doctors are talking epilepsy when a mysterious note shows up on his pillow that offers an explaination. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is the follow up book to Catherine Jinks's Reformed Vampire Support Group. After leaving the hospital, Toby gets two visitors, Father Ramon and Reuben, who claim to know what Toby really is.

While Toby has a hard ti
THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP is the second read of its kind for me and I have to admit it was a notch (even if only a small notch, a notch none the less) above its predecessor, THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPORT GROUP. Weather the mild betterment is truly due to an improvement in writing or has more to do with the fact that the werewolves were just far less depressing then the weak and sorely pathetic vampires, is a tough call to make.

Most of the original cast returns as secondary characters along
Amy L. Campbell
Note: Review copy provided by Netgalley.

I was hoping for something that took itself a little less seriously, instead I got a fairly typical coming of age story with vampires and werewolves tacked on and little extra added melodrama. It even came completely with a Jerry Springer-like Afterthoughts tacked on. Toby isn't a particularly interesting character and he sometimes comes off sounding more like a 13-year-old girl than a 13-year-old boy, maybe the 13-year-old inner monologues all sound the s
Christine Edison
Toby has accepted that on Monday night, he somehow got out of his house, lost all of his clothes and wound up in the dingo pen of a local nature reserve. Did he have an epileptic attack, as his doctor thinks? Did he do drugs, as his mother suspects? Or is he becoming a werewolf, as his new acquaintance Reuben claims? Toby's friends Fergus and Amin want to trick Rueben and his support team, but Toby suspects Reuben's right. He just doesn't want to believe it.

This book frustrates me, perhaps becau
I read this ARC via NetGalley.

Toby recently blacked out and woke up in a dingo pen. While the doctors try to determine whether or not Toby has epilepsy and his mother interrogates him about drug use, Toby receives a letter from a priest who has a totally different theory about Toby's blackout: he's a werewolf.

At first Toby and his mother think the priest and his friend Reuben (who also claims to be a werewolf) are crazy. Toby and his two friends go out of their way to capture Reuben's crazy theo
Oct 12, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vamps R Us
Feb 27, 2011 Vamps R Us rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The action is full speed, pedal to the metal. The motivations of the kidnappers are frighteningly plausible. I was working through escape plans and possiblities right along with Toby, Reuben, and the crew. I even found myself with a decent sized crush on Reuben...not quite sure if the author intended for him to appeal to readers this way...but heck, I am not complaining. I'd like to see Jink's write a paranormal romance with characters as strong and emotionally scarred as Reuben. ;p

See full revi
Sep 11, 2015 Alannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this book. Maybe it is because I am a 17 year old girl, and the protagonist Toby is a 13 year old boy, or maybe because I didn't realise that this is a sequel (oops), but either way this book seemed a bit ridiculous. Firstly, there were waaaaaay too many main characters. I am a regular reader but there were honestly over 10 characters which the reader was expected to remember and that made it awfully confusing and agitating for me. For example, we learn so much about Toby's two b ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby wakes up in a Dingo pen at a wildlife sanctuary and has no idea how he got there. When a werewolf and a priest try to visit him and break the news to him that he's a werewolf (it's a genetic condition), he doesn't believe them...until he's kidnapped to be used in the werewolf version of a dogfight. He needs to figure out how to escape and how to help his mother realize he really is a werewolf. Oh, and how to live with his new condition.

What worked:

I really liked Toby. On the whole, he seeme
This book is first-person perspective, for those interested in reading it.

When I started this book I hadn‘t read a YA fiction book in a while. I like them, but good lord. there‘s a lot of them and they‘re all the friggin same.
So yes, The Abused Werewolf Resuce Group was a refreshing read.
I‘m always attracted to the idea of vampires being sickly and weak. They are dead, after all. I first reas The Reformed Vampire Support Group years ago but remember the idea being fresh, funny and adorable. a
Sep 27, 2015 Sevan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was...weird. That's honestly the best word I have to describe this book. The first and second act acts out as boys just being boys; making plans, playing around, not really having a care about themselves even though the main character went through something disastrous. The third act feels like a slap to the face. Before, Toby just did not believe he had a condition and thought that whoever was 'helping' him was downright insane. It was just then when he gets kidnapped and sent somewher ...more
Nicole Edwards
This was pretty entertaining. I liked the humor. So much humor. Love that. And it was a fresh take on the whole werewolf thing: Kids being kidnapped for blood sport? Interesting. Oh, and it was set in Australia. So that was fun.

Here's the thing: This book was written for boys. I bet pre-teen boys would love it with all the idiotic boy-things these kids do and the main character being a 13-year-old boy. Seriously, teenage and pre-teen boys are gonna love it!

It just wasn't for me so much. While
Oct 14, 2015 Ernest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Tobias wakes up in hospital with no memory of the night before, he is told that he was found unconscious in a dingo pen. Assuming his best friends have played an effective, if slightly dangerous, prank, he finds out that they know nothing about it. And when some people turn up claiming he has a ‘condition’, Tobias has to confront the possibility that he might be a werewolf, a possibility that others are willing to assume and deal with.

Tobias and his friends are written as early teenagers, a
Lisa Shafer
Apr 06, 2014 Lisa Shafer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This isn't really much about werewolves. It's really more of an action/adventure book. Toby, the protagonist, is kidnapped early on, and most of the book is about his attempted escape, the attempted rescue, and the attempted revenge on the kidnappers, who supposedly run something like a cock-fighting ring, only with werewolves.
The book has guns, high-speed chases with guys climbing onto a truck a la Indiana Jones, and a house in the desert. But not once do we actually see any werewolf action. No
Oct 02, 2015 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-paranormal
Toby is your regular 14 year old boy. He likes pulling practical jokes and pranks with his two best friends fergus and amin. When he wakes up in a dingo pen completely starkers, he thinks it just another one of his friends practical jokes gone wrong. This take an interesting turn when a priest and a scruffy, bruiser named Ruben visit Toby in the hospital. These strangers tell Toby that he's part of a special group of people who need help managing their abilities as they age. This was a really in ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Aynab rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disease
This book was pretty damn funny. And cute. And ooh, the guy on the front cover is pretty damn sexy
This book was a struggle for me... It had SO much detail in it that i was bored with it.. This book wasnt what i thought it was going to be..I think the story line was ok-but i just couldnt get into it and i eventually kepted falling asleep.. Because of this it took forever to make progress with the book..

One of the things that bugged me was that some of the characters were young and I didnt like Fergus's influence on Toby.. Yeah there kids but still....

At page 200-ish i started skimping and s
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Exciting story in the "what if X were real" vein. Boy is found unconscious and naked in the dingo pen at some wildlife refuge near Sydney. Mom goes berserk, frantic to know if he's using drugs or liquor, or maybe if some pervert got hold of him. The police are curious too, especially about the dingos. Then he gets a letter from a priest that says he may have a condition. One on a lunar cycle. Turns out, he may also be in danger, due to the "condition." It's a fun story to read, with drastic even ...more
A sequal of sorts to The Reformed Vampire Support Group, this was populated with some of the same characters and taking place in some of the same locations but, I felt, lacking in the same dry wit that made RVSG so enjoyable for me. The writing was solid, but it just didn't have...something. If I said I was disappointed because nothing happened that would be unfair because that's also true of RVSG. It was, essentially a book about nothing. But I guess I found the nothing in RVSG more enjoyable. ...more
Audio - voice drew me in.

Julia Brumfield
Apr 23, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, book
I had just recently got done with reading "Team Human" by Larbalestier & Brennan, which also included the typical vampires, werewolves and zombies characters that are taking the literary world by storm so I had serious misgivings on this book. Would this book turn out to be such a dud as the last one I read? And would it take me forever to get myself through it like the other?

Catherine Jinks has definitely restored my faith in good writers for such characters as vampires, werewolves and po
Apr 16, 2014 Nessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing sequel that impressed me far beyond the standards I had expected. A while ago I read The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and I LOVED it. Of course, I had no idea there was a second one until now.

First of all, Jinks did an amazing job with writing her characters and their perspectives. The main example that comes to my mind being Estelle, while Nina in the first book saw her one way, Toby saw her in a completely different light, making her a Hero in one mind and a smoking
The Abused Werewolf Support Group is about a boy named Toby who wakes up in a Dingo pen one morning. As this isn’t typical behavior on his part, his mother takes him for all kinds of tests. Then one day a boy and a priest show up at his door telling Toby and his mother that he is a werewolf. At first Toby doesn’t believe anything they tell him and thinks the whole thing is a crazy practical joke. Then Toby is kidnapped for a werewolf fighting pit and he slowly comes to realize that maybe he is i ...more
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Catherine Jinks is the Australian author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award(three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Her work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, ...more
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