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Who's Afraid?

(Supernatural Sisters #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world's most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Hachette Australia
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Lynette Noni
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bad friend admission: I've been buds with the author of Who's Afraid, Maria Lewis, for nearly a year now, and I only just managed to carve out a chunk of time to read her wolfy debut.

Good friend admission: I absolutely LOVED it. I read it in one sitting and then contacted her at 1am once I was finished with a plethora of HOW COULD YOU, YOU HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING messages.

I will admit, I was apprehensive going into this book. I've read my fair share of supernatural books starring werewolves and I f
It's no secret that urban fantasy is one of my go to genres and I'm always excited to discover new books to cram on my overflowing shelves. Who's Afraid? is a debut novel by Australian author Maria Lewis and although it's an interesting start to a new series I did have a few issues with it.

When Tommi's mother dies she decides to travel to New Zealand to track down the father she never met but what she discovers when she meets the Maori side of her family will change her life forever. Tommi had n
Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is probably the worst book I’ve read in my life.

At its best it’s formulaic and dull. At its worst it’s offensive, and at the end of the day, it’s just badly written. It's god-awful. It took six years and 115 drafts to get to 340 pages of lazy analogies, mad-lib characters, and an unnecessary number of outfit descriptions? If this is the final product, I can only imagine that the original manuscript would have best been classified as ‘horror’.

The author, Maria Lewis, has drawn comparisons be
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Who’s Afraid?’ is the debut urban fantasy novel from Australian author, Maria Lewis.

Holy guacamole, Wolverine – I loved this book. I loved it from that clever title (echoes of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Gettit?!) right to the last page that sent me on a frantic internet search to see when a sequel would be coming (Who’s Afraid Too? – no release date yet, but I’m already salivating at the very notion!). I loved this book so much that I’m actually reviewing this after re-reading it … becaus
When Tommi travels to New Zealand to find her father she discovers two things. Her father is dead and she is a werewolf. And not just any werewolf, she is an alpha descended from the most powerful line of werewolves.

After being attacked by one of the local pack members she flees New Zealand and returns to her home in Scotland. But before long it becomes apparent that some of her problems have followed her home, a werewolf from New Zealand is stalking her and murdering the locals.

Who's Afraid?
"Who's Afraid?" By Maria Lewis is the story of Tommi Grayson. A 22 year old muay-tai loving, blue haired bombshell who after the death of her mother travels from Scotland to New Zealand in the hopes of tracking down her estranged father.

What she finds is something else altogether. Although her father died only weeks before she arrives in New Zealand, she meets the rest of her extended and slightly crazy family... And learns a whole lot more than she bargained for. After meeting her new "family".
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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For those who like their drama with a huge dollop of supernatural, full moon transformations, blood thirsty revenge scenes mingled with romance, this very adult paranormal is for you!

Maria Lewis has created a very confident, independent and as of the last full moon, very were wolf, female super hero called Tommi; blue haired, tattooed, artistic, creative, intelligent…I can see this protagonist winning lots of fans (and her “Guardian” – will inspire more than a few crushes I do think!) An
Ryan Buckby
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
actual rating: 4.5

i LOVED this book it's my first book with a heavy urban fantasy feel to it and i enjoyed it not knowing what to expect. I don't read that much urban fantasy so it was a bit out of my comfort zone but nonetheless it was a very fast and action packed read.

Tommi is a seemingly normal young woman living in Scotland with her mother until one day her mother dies and she then begins her journey half way across the world to New Zealand to track down her father and discovers her trut
Deborah Ideiosepius
This exuberant paranormal story covers Tommi, a young woman living in Scotland who, upon her mothers death, decides to return to the country of her conception, New Zealand, to search for her unknown father. Now Tommi knows there are unlikely to be warm and fuzzy reunions at hand; her mother told her she was a product of rape and she does not really know anything about her father, even the name is a guess.... Little could she predict (though we, the readers, have more than an inkling) that while ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher in exchange for a honest review

You know when you have a winner and you think okay I will hold off reading it until the last minute possible as you want to savour it and take time to write a review that will be in depth and all sorts of wonderful….

Instead you are getting this because lets face it, I’m a massive fan of shifter stories and the fact that is set in my home country was added bonus as it was about time I re
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: maybe-read

I received a free copy of this book from Hachette Australia via Netgalley.

Who's Afraid? sits firmly within the paranormal sub-genre and in any ways uses its usual tropes but it contains some original angles on well-worn themes that make it of particular interest.

There are mild spoilers ahead, but I'll only tag one bit of it as a specific spoiler as most of what I'm going to cover is already described in the book's blurb.

Warning: there is quite a lot of violence and a scene of near-rape in the
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A new urban fantasy series begins with Who's Afraid, and it's not quite like any other urban fantasy I have read to date. Tommi is a smart, sassy young woman in her early twenties who is on her way to being a very powerful werewolf. Not that she knows that as she leaves her home of Scotland for a visit to New Zealand, where she hopes to meet the father she has never known. However once she arrives there and visits a small settlement outside Rotorua she finds far more than she bargains for. That' ...more
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an epic urban fantasy!!! In a world of Paranormal Practitioners and Askari-the nerds of the outfit (my favourite lines of the book) comes a story about Tommi who travels to the other side of the world for information on her estranged father, only to find that her heritage is not what she thought it to be.. A carefully plotted story with creative world building and whitty dialogue, this story brings Maori culture and fantasy together.. This is a gripping story that leaves you gobsmacked on t ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and full of adventure. Tommi is such a fantastic character, and she's so fleshed out that you can see every aspect of her (including her flaws) and understand why she makes every decision. Such a page turner! I struggled to put this book down. ...more
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I kindly received this ARC from Hachette Australia, Piatkus via NG in return for an honest review.

"It took me a second to realise that I wasn't screaming at all. Following me down into the unknown was a piercing howl."

Alright ladies and gents, let's hop straight into the plot!

Tommi Grayson is 22 years old, living in Dundee- Scotland,
a passionate curator and artist, an eccentric blue haired gal, mourning the loss of her mother.
Tommi decides that the only way she'll cope is if she finds h
Stewart Tame
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Tommi Grayson works for an art gallery in Dundee, Scotland. She's fierce, independent, and sports bright blue hair. Following her mother's death, she decides to track down her estranged father, which takes her to a remote corner of New Zealand. There she finds relatives she didn't know she had, and more trouble than she knew was possible. Because her family on her father's side isn't, well, human, and her life will never be
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

It's very different from what I usually read but it was so fun yet very dark!

I feel like this is a perfect book if you're wanting to get into adult urban fantasy but do not know where to start.

Bear in mind that this is not YA, and I don't think I'd classify this as NA tbh but certainly aimed towards the adult aged range.

Tommi Grayson is such a kick ass protagonist and I adore Lorcan with a burning passion!

I do have to give a trigger
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me and if I’m being honest I wasn’t particularly excited about it. Finally I decided to pick it up and give it a go, and I’m so glad I did...even if it broke my heart!
Maria Lewis is a sassy queen and I stan.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story was very fast paced which is definitely what I am in the mood for. I did like Lorcan but I didn't really understand the relationship between him and Tommi. For instance, Tommi said that she at first was angry with him, then annoyed, then she liked him. Tommi was angry with him one time, annoyed twice but kinda liked him throughout the whole book? I do feel like their relationship was a bit forced and I hope it doesn't turn out like Dimitri and Rose from the Vampire Academy series (Tea ...more
Anika Claire
Review posted on Tea in the Treetops review blog in January 2016:

A society of werewolves and other paranormal creatures in Scotland, in New Zealand and around the world – sound a bit familiar? Who’s Afraid? is certainly similar to other paranormal stories in some ways, but has more heart than many I’ve read.

Tommi Grayson lives in Dundee, Scotland. After her mother dies, she decides to seek out her father in New Zealand, believing that her mother fell pregnant after being sexually assaulted. What
Ju Transcendancing
An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Great cover and awesome title! Urban fantasy from an Australian author - I am SO there! Lots to like about this book, the friendships are great, Tommi is a fantastic protagonist who experiences her story realistically and so she comes alive in my reading of her. I really like lots of the relationships in the book – friendships and casual romance, the lead in to the ‘big’ romance and it’s realistic complicatedness
Crystal Oros
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Werewolves are one of my many favourite mythical creatures so it's no wonder this book captivated me like it did. I couldn't help but be amazed at how the author managed to blend in street art, music and the colourful parts of everyday life so effortlessly. Tommi isn't your typical everyday woman & neither is her name, this book takes you on such a journey and I truly enjoyed how Tommi came across as such a feminine character and yet so powerfully adaptable. She has some sass about her but not t ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

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Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-uf
3.5 stars

Tommi Grayson is a refreshing, kickass heroine who shows that you don't have to perfect to be an inspiring role model. She's dealing with grief from losing her mum, has a potty mouth and often has impulse control and anger management issues. Yet her wit, soul and caring nature made me really connect to her as a heroine.

What I was really glad to see about Tommi, was her biracial heritage with a Maori and Scottish background. This is heavily ingrained in her personality and it was inter
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Who's Afraid?' by Maria Lewis is an adult urban fantasy that follows blue haired, 22 year old, Art gallery curator Tommi Grayson. After her mum dies, Tommi and her friends (Mari and Joss) attempt to find out who her dad is. This leads her to New Zealand, where she finds out who her dad is, and that she is a werewolf.

Maria Lewis has done an amazing job in her debut novel. I love how she has incorporated heaps of pop culture references, as well as a strong feminist viewpoint. Both of these help
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
This post originally appeared at:

Welcome to the first book review of 2016. Hooray! While I can’t promise to review every book I read this year, I’m hoping to review at least 50%. There’s another 2016 resolution for you. Honestly I couldn’t not (soz, double negative) review Maria Lewis’s debut novel Who's Afraid?Who’s Afraid?, which hit shelves earlier this week. Prior to this week, I’d met Maria a couple of times and we have a handful of mutual friends i
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Who’s Afraid? to review from Hachette New Zealand. This is Maria Lewis’s debut novel and the first book is a series.

I hardly ever read books that are set in New Zealand. Even thought Tommi is only there for a couple of chapters (I think) it was nice to be able to read about places I’ve actually visited.

I think the last time I read a book about werewolves was the Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and I didn’t really like them. The best book in that series was Sinner bec
Shaz X
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Who’s Afraid? Follows the journey of Tommi Grayson. After a trip to New Zealand in search of her non-existent father she discovers that she’s a werewolf and a very powerful one at that, thanks to her his lineage. We watch her struggles through this with the guidance of an immortal called Loren.

Tommi is a strong female character which is usually good right? However, I had a lot of trouble liking her. She works for an art gallery in her ‘normal’ life and arranges exhibitions for local artists. Her
Romance Readers Retreat
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I am always up for trying a new Urban Fantasy series and it's been awhile since I read a really well written one with werewolves so I was quite intrigued by Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis. The lead character, Tommi travels from Scotland to New Zealand after the death of her mother, in the hopes of finding her father.  When she arrives she finds out her father had died only a few weeks earlier, but is able to meet her extended and very eclectic (moderately crazy) family.  If that isn't eno
Alan Baxter
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
If Buffy was a werewolf she'd still only be Tommi Grayson's sidekick. Who's Afraid? is a smart, snappy, blistering urban fantasy with a kick-ass protagonist. It wears its influences proudly and is heaps of fun. It's clearly the setup for a series and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. I have a feeling it's going to get darker! ...more
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Maria Lewis is a an author, screenwriter, and film curator from Australia. Getting her start as a police reporter at her local newspaper when she was a teenager, her writing on pop culture has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, New York Post, Empire Magazine, Penthouse, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Junkee and many more. A former segment producer, writer and pr ...more

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