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The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  5,173 Ratings  ·  646 Reviews
Flesh-eating danger abounds in the chilling sequel to The Monstrumologist that is “as fast-paced, elegant, and yes, gruesome as its predecessor” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, his former fiancée asks him to save her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo—a creature that sta
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Vane J. Yep, there are two more: The Isle of blood and The Final Descent; the first one being my favorite of the entire series.
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Paige  Bookdragon

Reread as of February 6 2016.

It's almost Valentines Day and of course, I did read a book with a love story...*suddenly burst into tears* GOD I'M SO STUPID... *tries to get back the lost dignity*


Alright, so when I said "a book with a love story", I'm not lying. The Curse of the Wendigo did have a love story in this one. It was a different love story because....*cries again*


I need to stop.

Have you guys heard of "When She Loved Me" by SARAH MCLACHLAN? If not then click here to listen. I can say th
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
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
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
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,
Aug 14, 2016 Magdalena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016

Med står förtjusning gav jag mig i kast att läsa Wendigons förbannelse, uppföljaren till Monstrumologen som jag läste några månader sedan. Jag älskar att läsa gotisk skräck och denna serie har blivit en favorit för min del och jag var nyfiken på vad Doktor Warthrop och Will Henry skulle utsättas för denna gång?

I första boken fick vi lärt känna Doktor Warthrop och Will Henry, deras bakgrundshistoria, varför Will bor och arbetar för Doktor Warthrop. I Wendigons förbannels får vi re
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
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
Neil (or bleed)
I found a cheap paperback copy in Booksale! Hooray! So, I think I will read The Monstrumologist next. :)
Lindsey Rey
Dec 20, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
Highly recommend the audiobooks for this series!
I am going to read this for Horror Aficionados Fear Challenge for October. I was happy to read the follow-up to book #1 which already freaked me out a lot. In book #2, we focus on Doctor Warthrop's past and how the science of monstrumology is dealing with a potential take over with hunting fictional beings (according to some) like the wendigo.

Once again the story starts out with Yancey trying to find out what he can about an old man named Will Henry who died. Reading through his journals, he de
Sep 20, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually finished this book a few months ago, but I've had to force myself to take a break from Goodreads [sad face]. This fall has been crazy, in the best way, and I found myself using most of my spare time just reading reviews of books I want...ya know...instead of actually reading books. Anyhoo.

This book. The second book in The Monstrumologist series. Did. Not. Disappoint.

I genuinely enjoyed both of the settings for this story, the bleak, frozen Canadian forest and the bleak, sooty turn-o
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
Apr 10, 2011 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2011
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
Oct 16, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, best-2011, horror, ya
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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
Apr 19, 2011 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2011 Priscilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 08, 2015 Michela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nós nos esforçamos nos lugares públicos para afastar a morte de lado, para destinar-lhe um canto poeirento, mas na natureza ela está sempre presente. Os membros sensuais e entrelaçados do predador e da presa, o grito de morte orgásmico, o espasmódico fluxo de sangue derradeiro, até mesmo a inseminação inaudível da terra pela árvore caída e pela folha despedaçada; estas são as carícias da amante da vida, da outra indispensável."
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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.
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
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
May 17, 2015 Harlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Avery (ThePagemaster)
Definitely a step up from the first installment, naturally as a sequel should.

With the first book, focusing on Will's past and his character development, The Curse of the Wendigo focuses on Dr. Warthrop: especially his love life with the introduction of the character, Muriel. Before this, the first half of this book felt like The Blair Witch, with the duo(Warthrop and Will) walking through the woods, investigating the disappearance of Warthrop's long-time friend, John Chandler, until Will begins
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
Jun 11, 2012 Megan Park rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2012

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
Feb 08, 2011 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Just as perfect and amazing as the first book, if not a little bit better! I had a lot of fun reading this and can't wait to dive into the third installment!

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