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The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,975 ratings  ·  529 reviews
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Vane J.

August 25, 2015:

God damn bless Rick Yancey for writing this absolutely amazing series. I've read it three times already and I can tell it's one of those that can be read and reread and it will never get old. It should not be surprising then to hear me say it's my absolute favourite book series. I'm also not exaggerating when I say it kind of changed my life and affected me in a slightly personal way.

Really, if you have not read this, I know not what you have been doing with your lives up until
***This book was written by Rick Yancey in exchange for !,#,^,^*,@-- feels***

I can't write reviews to save my hide from being flayed by a Wendigo, so before yall's waste any time reading words I've strung together, here are more eloquent reviews from my Monster Buddies:

Vane's Review
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Haley''s Review

Obviously, with my 5 star rating, The Curse of the Wendigo does not suffer from sophomore slump. If I can add another half a star to it I would, because this is way better than the first b
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
The sequel to The Monstrumologist is like a punch to the gut, and an arrow through the heart.

I must say... it was quite a torture reading this but it's a blissful one. No kidding.

This was great. If not better than the first book itself. Granted. By the time, I finished the book I was left with a tinge of sorrow and my poor head was full of conflicted thoughts that I couldn't even write a proper review for this.

Let us go then, you and I, like Alice down the rabbit hole, to a time when there sti
5.0 stars. After reading the first two books of the Monstrumologist series, it has quickly become one of my favorites. I am at the point where I will purchase the next one immediately upon publication.

This book belongs to a new sub-category of horror/fantasy/SF that I am calling “House” Stories (after the main character of the TV show played by Hugh Laurie). I came up with this because I am finding a similar type of character emerge recently in speculative ficiton that reminds be, on the surfac
Paige  Bookdragon
Final review

This is the true face of love.


This is painful.

Damn Yancey and his ability to make his readers die of heart attack.The Curse of the Wendigo is the second book of the Monstrumologist series and one of my favorites because really, a book that can hurt you so bad and at the same time you want to read it again and again should be a favorite.

If that isn't love, then I don't know what to call it.

What should I say to convince you to read this book? I don't know. I can't even tell you how a
If I could describe my opinion of this book in one word, that word would be dualistic. It feels like The Curse of the Wendigo is made up of two books: one I loved, and one I didn't. Thus, my feelings toward it are currently one huge, messy, emotional ball of contradiction and ambivalence.

Let's start with the synopsis, giving away as little as possible: Will Henry and Doctor Warthrop are off once again, only this time their location is much more wild- the Canadian bush- and their quarry is much
Things I Have Learnt From YA Books #678019 : When the Monstrumologist gets scared… you should too.

Honestly, I didn’t think that Mr Yancey could top The Monstrumologist but he did… and then some.

The plotting is immaculate. The characters are absolutely superb. The setting is one of my favourites. It is both terrifying and heart breaking. Stomach churning and butterfly-inducing. Thought-provoking and all the superlatives I can think of.
“Let us go then, you and I, like Alice down the rabbit hole, t
William Thomas
So I have to give Mr. Yancey a very firm handshake or a big damn hug if I ever meet him. I'll tell you why: books that change the mythos of a legend that dates back hundreds or even thousands of years irritate me. From Anne Rice to Stephenie Meyer, the warping of an ancient legend seems to be the fashion. And I can understand the point that you are writing fiction and you have poetic license over your story. Agreed. But this still irritates me because your poetry can be contained to the story su ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAHHHHH I don't even know where to begin.

I have already torn through the first three books in this series and can't wait for the fourth one. There was one morning where I actually sat down and read pretty much the entire second half of this book and then about half of the third one. And that was a good 550 pages or so. I can't remember the last time I read that much in one sitting.

So anyway, out of the three books so far, I think this one was my favorite.

I thought things couldn't get scarier aft
Lindsey Rey
Highly recommend the audiobooks for this series!
Neil(ed) it!
I found a cheap paperback copy in Booksale! Hooray! So, I think I will read The Monstrumologist next. :)
Haley Nguyen

I can't believe I had waited this long to start such a wonder of a series. Gosh... to think it has been sitting on my e-shelf for nearly two years, probably since I finished reading The 5th Wave, what did I even think??? Why, why, why on Earth had I thought I would not like it??? Why??? For the love of heaven above I am loving it to bits and pieces.

*Totally IRRELEVANT rambling alert.

Everything about The Curse of the Wendigo is just perfectly perfect. In fact, I can't even s
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I only really read The Monstrumologist last month because I got into this agreement with Aaron and Tricia that I will read the second book with them. What is it with me scaring myself silly all of a sudden, yes? I don't know, either. If it were up to me, I would probably wait another year to read the next book in this series to give me (more than) enough recovery time. But because I can be such a pushover sometimes, I gave in and read The Curse of the Wendigo soon a
Book classifications get silly sometimes, especially when they are used for books like Rick Yancey's THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST and this fine sequel, THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO. Any adult fan of the supernatural could pick this up and read it start to finish without guessing it is written for teenagers because, well, it's only partly so. Yancey's muses are Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and, to a lesser extent, Justin Cronin of THE PASSAGE fame.

Once again we're in the hands of young n
Quick and dirty book review:
I just don't see enough horror of this caliber, particularly for teens. The Monstrumologist, the first in the series, was a top read last year, and this one may be even better, because it raises the stakes for poor, doomed apprentice Will Henry and his recalcitrant master of monstrumology, Dr. Warthrop. I don't love the series just because it's gory, atmospheric, and frightening; I also love it because the characters, and their relationships with each other, have such
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Somehow Mr. Yancey managed to make this book even more disturbing than the first book. Beautiful prose, even when the images evoked were sickening. No choice but to give it five stars even though this book freaked me out! Loved the Algernon Blackwood nod!

Full review to be posted on Bitten By Books website.
Cindy Newton
Another gory triumph for Rick Yancey! I found the story very compelling. I don't think it quite measured up to The Monstrumologist, but that's a pretty high bar to hit, so . . . It continues the adventures of Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, eminent practitioner of monstrumology, and his "indispensable" assistant, Will Henry. They travel deep into the wilds of the Canadian wilderness in search of Dr. Warthrop's friend and colleague, John Chanler. What they find strains their credulity and challenges thei ...more
For quite a bit of this book I didn't think the horror was as intense as the first one but by the end I realize, I. WAS. WRONG. I literally had shivers running up and down my spine for an entire chapter within the last 30 or so pages.
I have such a love, not love (CANNOT SAY HATE) relationship with these books. They are almost too dense for me. It sometimes felt like a chore to make myself pick this up and continue reading. 10 pages would feel like 30 to me. It could be hard to read more than two
Mike (the Paladin)
This is listed as YA fantasy so, okay... but as noted when I reviewed the first in this series, be sure your "youth" is mature enough or ready for these.

Steven King in Danse Macabre mentioned that when writing he always wanted to go for pure terror, if he couldn't achieve that he'd settle for horror, but failing that he (in his words) wasn't proud, he'd go for the "gross-out". These books come very close to being wall to wall gross out. Just be aware of that. Where the fist book book gave us bod
I'm not going to say this book was as good as the first The Monstrumologist; I do not feel that it was. I think it lacked some of the key themes I liked seeing in the first book - the action, the suspense, and mystery that existed in the first book.

Relative to the first book, this one moves VERY slowly. It wasn't until the last third of the book before things started to pick up, which was disappointing. On top of that, the "hunt" which took place at the end was - I felt - rushed, and didn't have
4.5!! The Curse of the Wendigo has a shift in focus; less (but still very intense) monster presence, and more character development.

Initial thoughts:
1. Apparently, Dr. Warthrop cleans up nicely! We see more of the monstrumologist's backstory and personal (past love) life. Yes, there is some "romance", but it's subtle and done very well.
2. More action at the beginning, then in the middle transitions to more character development. Quite different setup, but still very effective in the storytelling
I'm not a person who likes violence and gore, so despite the brilliance of The Monstrumologist, I almost didn't read this. The first one made me physically sick, but I had to keep reading to find out what happened. But Greg and Patricia said this one was less gorey and more character-driven, so I decided to give it a try. However, they lied! This was absolutely as gorey as the first one, but it was just so good that I didn't notice as much. The writing was top notch, the story was well-paced and ...more
Megan Park

I think I am the only person who read this book and didn't like it. When I scanned the reviews everyone had great things to say about it. I didn't care for it at all. To be fair, I listened to the book instead of reading it because it was part of a list of the Best YA Audio Books 2012, but I don't even think I would have enjoyed reading it. The narrator spent the whole book telling the story of how he and his guardian are trying to save a friend of the guardians from becoming a Wendigo. The fru
I enjoyed this book a lot - Yancey continues his run of interesting monsters and wonderful characters. My biggest issue was Northrup's refusal to believe in the monster because it lacked scientific proof - the same may be said of his Anthropophagi in the first novel, yet he had no problem believing in those creatures from anecdotal evidence. This bothered me, although I stayed witht he book and I understand that his issues had more to do with his personal history. If I were an editor, we would h ...more
If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Completely blew me away! Especially the last 100 pages or so. Wow!

Great, unique story. Amazing characters - Will and the monstrumologist are so complex and real. Universal themes - love, death, loyalty . . . and dealt with in such believable, yet heart-breaking ways.

Fright factor - 10+ by the end. Completely creepy.

Loved it, loved it, loved it. Loved it more than the first by a mile. While the first was a great horror tale, this one is so much more . . .

Melissa McShane
The Curse of the Wendigo takes this series to new levels of horror and a deeper exploration of the human spirit. Dr. Warthrop is called on to rescue his friend John Chanler, who has gone into the wilderness at the behest of their mutual mentor Abram von Helrung to find a creature Warthrop is convinced is a myth, the monstrous Wendigo. Finding Chanler is only the first part of the problem, because he comes back changed--the question is, is he still a man, or is he a monster?

This installment is fa
Tommy Hancock
My very few, nitpicking gripes that kept me from 5-starring The Monstrumologist were delivered in this book, and then some! One of the better books I've read the past few years. very easy 5-star. Would give more if I could.
Emily Rose
This was impossibly even creepier and mor disgusting than the first of The Monstumologist books. I love the feel of it and the characters, except Lily...if that was her name. Sorry, I finished this book a few weeks ago so the details aren't still fresh in my mind. Lily was a bit annoying and I hope that either she becomes a more appealing person if she and Henry ever get together, or not associate with Henry at all.

Other than Lily, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, spending speedy, consecutive hou
Victoria Waddle
Because I am always looking for new series that I can recommend to teens, I don’t always get to read past the first book. But it’s summer, and I feel a little freer to pick my reading choices. The Monstrumologist had been a great read—the writing was good, the story engaging with lots of suspense. And book two, The Curse of the Wendigo was just as good.

In The Curse of the Wendigo, Will Henry is back as Dr. Warthrop’s assistant in studying, finding, and fighting monsters. It’s 1888 and the pair a
The second book in The Monstrumologist series, The Curse of the Wendigo is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. Yancey's characters are phenomenal, and his eloquent prose are a pleasure to read. Add to that a multi-layered story with interesting subplots, and you've got another 5-star installment.

This is my second time reading the series, and I'm just as wowed this time as I was the first time.

Would recommend to fans of classic Gothic horror.
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Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

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The Monstrumologist (4 books)
  • The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
  • The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist, #3)
  • The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist, #4)
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