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Curse of the Wolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,114 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews

Kalix, a morose, laudanum-addicted, unschooled, slightly anorexic werewolf is still on the run. The youngest daughter of the Thane of the MacRinnalch Clan of werewolves, held responsible unfairly for the death of the Thane, and justifiably responsible for the deaths of a great many other werewolves, remains prohibited from returning to Scotland in order to maintain the une

Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 29th 2010 by Underland Press
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David Katzman
May 07, 2013 David Katzman rated it did not like it
I shouldn't have bothered. Why do I read this crap?

I moderately enjoyed the first novel in this series but with so many great books to read, why do I settle for moderation? I suppose the cover art hooked me. It is quite seductive. I suppose I had hopes the writing would improve from Book 1 to Book 2. Unfortunately, it got worse. I suppose I thought the characters might have a little more depth in Book 2. They were even more shallow. I suppose I thought it would be "fun" because the first was so
Oct 03, 2010 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book is awesome and reviewing it will only butcher the masterpiece.
Don't read it and go buy the book instead :)

In this story, the werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is settling down in Daniel and Moonglow's flat in London in a relatively safe situation. Though half of the werewolf Council wants her dead, her family protects her and hides her from them. Vex, the young Fire Elemental, is also settling down in Daniel and Moonglow's attic, and both of the girls go to remedial college to learn
Apr 28, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, non-us
[Review of an advance review copy.:]

I was introduced to Martin Millar two years ago when Neil Gaiman recommended Lonely Werewolf Girl to his fans. LWF was a revelation to me. Here was a book that was whimsical, violent, sad, funny and completely insane and off-kilter, and yet it was also one of the most readable books I'd picked up in a long time. I loved it with my whole being.

The sequel is more of the same, mostly in the best sense: Millar's characters, their relationships and their dialogue
Stacey Walter
Oct 26, 2010 Stacey Walter rated it really liked it
Two words - Sheer Genius!

If you haven’t read ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’, do yourself a favour and go out and get it! Especially if you like dry humour (think of something like “My Family” on BBC) and you enjoy the supernatural (Werewolves, Fairies, Fire Elementals...).

Martin Millar is an amazing writer, who not only knows how to create an entire world filled with all kinds of characters that you would never have imagined, but he has the wittiest dialog I have ever come across in a story. The world
Mike Kimera
Nov 24, 2010 Mike Kimera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that gave me the most enjoyment this year.

It seems to be in a genre of its own: violent and whimsical, fantistical and grounded in reality, funny and soaked in sadness.

This is the second volume in the Kalix series and it is even better than the first. What more can you ask of a sequel?

It seems to me the title refers not just to Kalix but to all the femal werewolves. They are all cursed in one way or another.

This is a book bursting with memorable characters and with a plot that m
Ruby Hollyberry
This was absolutely terrific! Better even than Lonely Werewolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch, #1) by Martin Millar, which was in turn better than Good Fairies Of New York by Martin Millar. More fun than almost anything I've read this year. An inspiration to fantasy writers everywhere - originality galore and the perfected art of making the implausible seem anything but.
Hannah Thorley
Jul 08, 2017 Hannah Thorley rated it did not like it
I managed 58 pages. And I only got that far through a desperate, but ultimately deluded, hope that it would get better.

In those pages, I read:
* 1 skimmed-over fight scene. This is literally the only action; the rest is just talking.
* 1 man throwing a tizzy fit because a woman was being 'unreasonable' in not wanting to be his girlfriend.
* 5 flashbacks to the exact same backstory.
* 4 separate instances of fat shaming, one of which went on for half a page.
* 1 woman trying to start a fight with a d
Apr 07, 2014 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2014
This is really a 3.5, but I couldn't bear to give it a 3!

I was really excited to revist the wonderful imaginative and sometimes slightly silly world of Martin Millar. His books always have a slapdash and childlike feel to them, which form a wonderful juxtaposition to the violence, sex, alcohol and drug abuse and cynicism surrounding most of his characters.

The Wolf Girl books have a great range of characters, all both completely flawed and oblivious to their flaws in their own ways. I love them a
Matty Millard
Dec 21, 2013 Matty Millard rated it really liked it
The first book in the series was amazing, and is one of the most refreshing books I've read in a long time. This second installment continued the series with it's quirky and loveable characters, intricately woven and over-the-top story-lines and wonderful dry and silly humour. Again, I loved it. The thing that has made me mark it down from 5 stars, is that there was quite a lot of repetition, especially in the first half of the book. This is understandable and is largely because the relationship ...more
Freish - lost in the north
Aug 07, 2011 Freish - lost in the north rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every person out there who loves werewolve's stories
Recommended to Freish by: just found it in
This story is like nothing else I've read before, and the way is written....I just don't know.... it's so unusual. But that's what makes it special!
This isn't the ordinary story of a girl who is different, alone and wants to change, well it kind of is, but please do not have any expectations 'cause this isn't the obvious story with a typical ending.

I really liked the kind of awkward way in which the story is written.
No obvious happy ending, no eternal love stories, no perfect match, no evil-wil
Feb 04, 2012 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dunque, avete presente il meme che gira ogni tanto in cui si deve fare un elenco di quei libri che _dovevamo assolutamente avere subito_ e poi sono rimasti sui nostri scaffali per anni? Ecco, Vex e Kalix per me è stato esattamente quel genere di libro, ma finalmente l'ho letto e non potrei essere più soddisfatta.
Oct 16, 2010 Spencer rated it it was amazing
A terrific book, but not nearly as brilliant as Lonely Werewolf Girl. Still I haven't read anything that Martin Millar wrote that wasn't great.

Lonely Werewolf Girl had a very satisfying ending, so there was no need for a sequel. That being said, I really enjoyed seeing what happened everyone.

The one thing I missed from the first book were the many references to The Runaways. Perhaps the buzz around the movie made Mr. Millar remove them.
Ryan Mishap
Jul 28, 2010 Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fantasy
I love this and the first book unreasonably. I will hear no criticisms nor notice any failures in the text myself. You have been warned. Do not attempt to criticise this novel in my presence.
Zoe Barnard
Aug 13, 2010 Zoe Barnard rated it really liked it
I learned NOTHING from this book, and that's good. I did enjoy it quite a bit.
Lillith Mitchell
Feb 08, 2017 Lillith Mitchell rated it did not like it
Shelves: can-t-finish
The first book was good as it was written mostly from the perspective of Kalix and college kids, so the relative lack of maturity made sense. However, this book is written from many perspectives and I feel like all the characters kinda blended together, and none of them showed any maturity or responsibility. I just couldn't get into it though I definitely tried
Pia Ferrara
Apr 27, 2014 Pia Ferrara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya
La recensione è anche su Fantasy Magazine:

Proseguono in Vex e Kalix (Curse of the Wolf Girl) le avventure della lupa mannara scozzese Kalix MacRinnalch, alle prese con metà del suo clan intenzionato a eliminarla, le indagini per scoprire chi ha ucciso il suo amato Gawain, la scuola e la prova più dura di tutte: pagare l'affitto. La sua amica Agrivex detta Vex, spirito del fuoco patita delle magliette di Hello Kitty e degli anfibi, dovrà invece lottare per
Sep 11, 2010 Kerstin rated it really liked it
Teenager-Werwölfin Kalix MacRinnalch hat immer noch so einige Probleme: die meisten ihrer Verwandten wollen sie tot sehen, die Gilde der Werwolfjäger sowieso. Das verstärkt Kalix" gewaltige Depression ziemlich. Diese mit Drogen zu bekämpfen, vereinfacht die Sache allerdings auch nicht gerade. Zum Glück hat Kalix ihre menschlichen Freunde Daniel und Moonglow, die ihr in London Unterschlupf bieten und sie dazu bringen, zur Schule zu gehen.
Doch die beiden Studenten sind keine wirkl
Sadie Bermingham
Nov 12, 2014 Sadie Bermingham rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to confess that I absolutely love Martin Millar. Throughout the nineties and noughties he produced some of the most brilliant, concise, tongue-in-cheek, contemporary fantasy novels ever written. When you read Millar you can pretty much guarantee certain tropes; you will meet characters that you should hate but wind up loving or wanting to protect within a handful of (his notoriously compact and economically written) chapters; there will be musicians/poets/writers/game fanatics ...more
Die Booth
Oct 31, 2011 Die Booth rated it really liked it
The sequel to ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’, ‘Curse of the Wolf Girl’ picks up the tale of Kalix MacRinnalch, a troubled teenage werewolf who is currently in London, being hidden from her many foes by human students Daniel and Moonglow.

Even for a fantasy novel, the plot of this series with its intricate history-building, political intrigue, Heat-magazine-worthy gossip-mongering and cast of literally hundreds of characters, requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. It’s convoluted, silly, dramatic, ang
Jun 14, 2015 tsukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Bella Heart
Apr 16, 2014 Bella Heart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kalix MacRinnalch just cannot catch a break. Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager with an eating disorder, a drug problem, struggles with depression and then the fact that she has werewolf clans trying to hunt her down and a clan of crazy werewolf hunters as well. Then there's friendships and family drama to deal with. No wonder Kalix is a little nuts.
There is something a little absurd about Millars world and the characters with in it but at the same time, even when they are run
I have read Millar’s other works and I loved ‘The Good Fairies of New York’ and the first in the wolf girl series ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’. Both of those works are dazzling and some of the best urban fantasy reading I have ever done. The follow up to ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’ is somewhat of a disappointment.
Picking up from the first novel we see Kalix the teenage werewolf trying to make a normal life, she is attending school and trying to get along with everyone. A series of events bring back into c
Mar 18, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
After reading Lonely Werewolf Girl, I eagerly ran out and bought this book not much time later. And of course, I was not disappointed. This book is much the same as the first, the characters are brought over well, much unchanged.

I believe the only character that really grew any was Agrivex (and maybe, slightly, Kalix), all the others seemed much the same, which was a minor point of complaint to me; do we all not grow some in life? Even so, most of the characters are the same and quite likable.
Jul 28, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it
Kalix MacRinnalch is not a happy werewolf. Now that her brother Marcus is Thane and her mother remains Mistress of the Werewolves, she is relatively safe in London. She has friends now, the two humans she lives with and a teenage Fire Elemental. Still, Kalix remains her usual depressed, anorexic, and angry self. She’s tired of her life. She doesn’t want to have to go to remedial college or fight werewolf hunters. She doesn’t want to have to fend off other members of her clan intent on killing he ...more
Nikki Bywater
Sep 28, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it did not like it
Scottish teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is in London trying to settle down and live a normal life. Her new friends support her as she goes to college to learn to read and write, she is struggling with college and staying alive due to her old enemies that won’t leave her alone. Many powerful werewolves want Kalix dead, and the Guild of Werewolves Hunters is still dedicated to wiping out the entire MacRinnalch clan.

Life might be easier if Kalix’s family was able to help, but her sister, the En
S.J. Bell
Lonely Werewolf Girl was one of those books that made you struggle to figure out which genre it belongs in. In hindsight, however, I think the best comparison would be a webcomic in it's early stages. It had a continuing storyline, which appeared to have been sketched out in broad strokes. The details were being made up as the author went, with no going back to shore up earlier bits. Instead it embraced an episodic structure, which ensured that every chapter was meant to be read for what it was, ...more
May 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite characters are back again to take on even more troubling prospects.

The werewolf hunter guilds are recruiting more and more people. The only goal these hunters have is to kill any werewolf they stumble across. But some hunters have more than just killing on their minds. They were affected by some werewolves in a more personal matter and they will do anything to get what they want.

Kalix, her friends and family are in more danger than they think. Not only are there now more hunters, ot
Grainne Rhuad
Dec 23, 2010 Grainne Rhuad rated it liked it
In comparison to the previous book, 'Lonely Werewolf Girl'.Lonely Werewolf Girl This one fell short. It had none of the edgy-ness and was rather more like a soap opera on The Family Channel than books that Millar normally puts out.

The characters came off as whiney and frustrating. While this is probably what was intended, I wasn't able to lose myself in it.

Still and all, it is a new look at a monster genre that doesn't get near enough attention. Also I love making playlists from Millar's chara
Apr 27, 2014 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millar's books are always so fun to read!I think though I liked the first one a little beter maybe because this was a transitional book. Everyone goes through stuff and end up changed in the end. My wayyyy favorite in this book was Vex. I just love her. She may be in her own world but she has a good heart. I also think she showed great courage in defending the volcano. She even managed to touch coldhearted Malveria. Kalix was horrible in this book but there is light on the horizon, as she showed ...more
May 25, 2013 astrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Ich kanns wirklich nicht erklären, warum ich die Reihe doch ganz fesselnd finde, denn viele Szenen erscheinen beim Lesen recht überflüssig und auch der Schreibstil ist nicht der beste. Interessant ist jedoch die Erzählperspektive und allein schon die vielen einzigartigen Charaktere sind toll!
Im Vergleich zum ersten Buch merkt man hier am Ende auch eine deutliche Reife mancher Charaktere, sodass ich schon sehr gespannt auf den dritten Band bin. :)

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The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub-cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural. There are elements of magical realism, and the feelin
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