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The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

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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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books (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
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
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
Melissa Elgersma
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
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Vamps R Us
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

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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
Julia Brumfield
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
Lisa Shafer
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
This book was pretty damn funny. And cute. And ooh, the guy on the front cover is pretty damn sexy
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Ms. LaPorte
Audio - voice drew me in.

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
Tobias Vandeveld is in a bit of a bind. He's woken up in the hospital with no idea how he got there or what happened the night before. His mother is furious, the doctors are confused, and the police are involved. Apparently he spent the night in a dingo pen.....naked. Now his friends find this to be the best story of the year (they don't know about the naked part), but Toby and his family are getting concerned. They have been visited by a priest and a rather surly looking man, who claim that the ...more
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!

I love the cover and love werewolves, so why not read it?

I'm glad I read it. I love male protagonists, and I think Toby was a great one. He's thirteen years old and apparently a werewolf. He was fun and always had a sarcastic comment that made me laugh. Sometimes he acted like being older, but in the end he was just a boy trying to deal with his "problem".

Not only Toby was a great character, his mother, friends, and the others were excellent. It's difficult to find an author who can write charac
Toby is a teenage boy from Australia. He lives with his mother and likes to hang out with his friends and come up with all sorts of plans that usually end with some broken bones, scrapes and bruises. But, one day, he finds himself with an unusual situation in his hands. He wakes up, in the hospital, with doctors informing him that they found him in a dingo pen, naked. He worries that everyone will found out it was him in the dingo pen but, that is the least of his problems. Turns out he is a wer ...more
Toby is the boy who woke up naked in the dingo cage at the wildlife park. No one knows how he got there, he doesn't know how he got there, but he did. he ends up at the hospital for amnesia, the doctor is speculating epilepsy. What happened to Toby must have been an epileptic fit.

Someone else knows better. Father Ramon and Reuben know that Toby is a werewolf. Toby thinks they are nut jobs. Toby wants proof. So they give him proof. An old vault in an old abandoned bank. There are s
Toby a thirteen year old boy who is found one morning trapped in a dingo pen with no idea how he got there. A priest and another man (claiming to be a werewolf himself) shows up at Toby’s house letting him know about his condition and that he must take precautions. Sceptical at first it isn’t until Toby is kidnapped that he starts to believe and see the danger he’s in.

Toby and his friends are silly thirteen year old boys. They always have some scheme whether its pulling pranks or blowing up ran
This book could possibly have the most annoying characters of any book I have ever read. I don't think there was one character in the entire book that I liked. I don't think I would push any of the characters under a bus but I also wouldn't stop and give any of them a ride if I saw them walking in the rain. Most of them were so annoying that I just wanted to slap them silly during the entire time they were on the page. Toby and his friends Fergus and Amin were probably at the top of my list of m ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, teen
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This was a highly readable book and I ripped through it in a few days. However, I loved the Reformed Vampire Support Group so much, that this was bound to be a disappointment. Jinks returned to the dangerous world of werewolf fighting with a slightly new cast of characters. In this book, the vampires take a back seat and the werewolves get the spotlight. I liked that Reuben gets some more time. And I really appreciated the resistance of the main character in the face of overwhelming evidence. To ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I really was not looking forward to this book after having read and pretty much hated The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Thankfully, this one was much better. It's still not going to be a new favorite, but it was a decent read that moved along at a nice pace.

The real difference between the two is the narrator; where Nina is bored and boring, Toby is full of energy and typical teen boy-ness. Catherine Jinks' conception of vampires was amusing, but reading about a bunch of folks who do not
Hmmm, this book was interesting... but not amazing
I actually did not know that this was a companion/ sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group. But you can read this book without reading The Reformed Vampire Support Group. This book was only interesting because it has a different perspective on vampires and werewolves. The main character Toby, is 13 but I thought he sounded/ acted a little older than that. I definitely liked reading the book from male perspective, however there was no "WOW"
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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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