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I Was a Teenage Weredeer

(Bright Falls Mysteries #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her eighteenth birthday ...more
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Published September 21st 2017 by Crossroad Press
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Re-read audible book version July 2019
I Was a Teenage Weredeer
Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 1
By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
The only thing better than reading a hilarious Phipps book is having someone else reading it to you, someone professional! Yep, this book was awesome! Who knew deer love puns? It is an informative book too! Lol! They must have a sense of humor because Jane Doe, yes, Doe as in
Petros Triantafyllou
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Urban Fantasy at its finest.

Jane Doe, as the title indicates, is a teenage weredeer. Now, one would think that being a weredeer is a big deal, but for Jane it's just life. After all, the rest of her family are weredeers as well, and they live in a small town in Michigan which is full of other shifters. So Jane leaves an ordinary, mundane life. Or at least she used to, up until the moment her best friend Emma (who's a werewolf btw) informs her that Jane's brother is the prime suspect for the mur
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was a fun YA UF comedy that had a feel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars about it. The world was fun and packed with some cool magic. We got shape-shifting, spirits, and all sorts of other crazy magic. The story had plenty of humor and a bit of action and mystery. Some parts of it were weirdly dark despite the light tone!

The story followed 18 year old weredeer Jane Doe as she got caught up in solving the mystery of an occult killing of one of her classmates that her brother has
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Jane Doe feels trapped. She’s a weredeer, in a family of weredeer, all residents of Bright Falls, Michigan, a town full of shifters. In this world, supernaturals have been outed, at least in part, since the vampires’ decision to reveal themselves. But that hasn’t led to peace and happiness for all, instead shifters have dangerous lives outside specific safe havens, with the possibility of being shot just for who they are. She wants more, but she’s stuck. Thankfully, on her birthday, the
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Fabulously entertaining read-check and double check-because, yes, there is a murder mystery to solve, and no, it wasn’t the butler.

When her eighteenth birthday was ruined by the murder of her best friend’s sister and her brother is the primary suspect, Jane Doe, weredeer, waitress and psychic must put her plans to escape small town life on hold, possibly indefinitely. There is a murder to solve and a brother to save, and Jane is on th
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was entertaining. I am not going to lie - the thing that really caught my attention about this book was the title. Weredeer? Have I ever read a book about a weredeer? Of course not so you know I had to give this book a try just to find out more about this weredeer. It ended up being a really clever story with some great world-building. I am glad that I took a chance on this fun little story.

Jane Doe is a weredeer. I should proba
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Urban fantasy isn’t one of my usual reading genres. Young adult isn’t either. Neither is humorous stories. Be that as it may, I decided to cast caution to the wind and give I Was A Teenage Weredeer a go, certain that these authors could wow me as much with this creation as they did their space opera Lucifer’s Star.

Set in the same world as Phipps’ Straight Outta Fangton, Weredeer takes place in the small town of Bright Falls, Michigan: the home of the shifter cl
Dyrk Ashton
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trueblood meets Nancy Drew in this snarky urban fantasy with rapid-fire dialogue and action.

I enjoyed the hell out of this. It's YA, but that doesn't bother me at all. I read everything, even grade school and teen. It's where I find half if not more of the most interesting stories and characters, to tell the truth. There's nothing childish or naive about IWATWD, though. The characters are interesting and savvy, with a great sense of humor, and some quite new and refreshing. The story has harrowi
M.L. Spencer
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Was a Teenage Weredeer is a fantastic first installment of The Bright Falls Mysteries Series that I found positively deerlightful! I’m not usually a fan of Young Adult or Urban Fantasy, but this novel is truly a departure from the norm.

This is a story that transcends genre and plays on tropes, offering a rather cynical side of YA that I found to be refreshing.

Written in the same world as Phipps’ Straight Outta Fangton, Weredeer introduces a new protagonist in the form of Jane Doe (yes, you rea
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I think the best case I can make for this book is that, after simply describing it to my friends, ALL of them now desperately want to read it. Twice in the last week, people have yelled at me for not having a copy on hand to loan them!

I won't lie: I had a lot of quibbles (eg: the song was simply "Lucretia, My Reflection" and the band was The Sisters of Mercy), the editors definitely need to be fired (eg: at one point the book randomly switched from 1st person to 3rd person for a single sentence)
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is something inherently likable about this novel that is raising it from the fetid mire of one-star status, but that something is ineffable, indefinable, and might just have to do with the fact that I'm a dork.

Because this is a super dorky novel.

It's a light urban fantasy that gleefully pulls from various magical and supernatural mythologies and folk traditions, all recontextualized in the modern world with a plucky young female heroine. Think True Blood, but then think Charmed instead. I
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Actual rating: 3.75/5

I love Urban Fantasy. Here and now spiced with magical and supernatural elements appeals to me in a way only few setting do. Despite being reasonably well versed in the genre, weredeers are something new to me.
And they're only one of shapeshifters species living in Bright Falls.

Jane Doe is a teenage weredeer who wants to go to college and escape Bright Falls. Unfortunately, the chances of her escaping her small Michigan hometown are pretty slim - in some states, it's legal t
Kirsty ❤️
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I've never seen Veronica Mars but I hae seen Buffy so when I saw that all the reviews liken this to those programmes I have half an idea what they meant.  This was fun and packed with some cool magic. There were shape-shifters, spirits, and so much more. The story had plenty of humor and a bit of action and mystery. 

There's so much originality in this book complete with an ancient legend and spells. So many twists and turns. Really enjoyed it. 

Thank you to CT Phipps for the ARC
M.K. Gibson
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it

Disclaimer: I know CT Phipps and I was given the audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

BLUF: I liked it. I Was a Teenage Weredeer doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is. As part of Phipps’ & Suttkus’ United States of Monsters series, along with Straight Outta Fangton, I Was a Teenage Weredeer is a great continuation on his world building. The town of Bright Falls MI is an amazing rustic place that reminds you a little of Twin Peaks and a lot off Gravity Falls.

Queen Terrible Timy
Actual rating: 3.5

I've got a copy from C. T. Phipps in exchange of an honest review. The full stuff can be found on my blog as well:

The story is set in a small town in Michigan called Bright Falls, after the Revelation – the vampires decided it was time for a coming out and humanity had to face the reality of the supernatural. Michigan is one of the few places where shapeshifters can live in peace without being hunt down without any reason. Although the
The Drowsy Bookworm
3.5 stars

I listened to the audio version of this book. I thought the narrator did a good job voicing all the different characters, from a crimelord dragon shifter to vampires, werewolves, teenagers with New York accents, etc. It was easy to listen to and the story moved at a swift pace.

The plot itself contains many elements: a murderous demon, a corrupt town history, human sacrifices, a coven made up of magic-hungry teenagers willing to do whatever it takes to obtain shifter abilities. The world
Aubrey Law
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imaginative and fun story. Definitely enjoyed!
Paul Lavender
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
King of Humour

Charles Phipps throws enough puns around in this book to bury a fleet of buses. Some of the book needs a fresh edit, but the errors don’t distract from the story. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
A.M. Justice
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun mystery with a likable narrator, an eighteen year old community college student and waitress named Jane Doe. Jane and all her family are weredeer, and they live in a contemporary-feeling United States in which supernatural beings like vampires and were-creatures are "out" in society. The same are also under threat, as their humanity is not recognized by the US government, and depending on which state they live in, they may be legally killed.

By setting his story in a state (Michiga
Al Burke
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We've got a sarky hero, pop culture references up the yin-yang and a twisting plot. Yep, we're in CT Phipps territory.

Times are changing. The US government has finally acknowledged the existence of supernatural beings and accepted them as citizens. The rest of the country is not so forward-thinking, hence the existence of hamlets like Bright Falls, Michigan, where beings such as weredeer Jane Doe can exist in (relative) peace. Jane is your average awkward (but cool) 18-year old and the fastest p
Aaron-Michael Hall
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Was a Teenage Weredeer by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus isn’t my typical read. I enjoy various fantasy genres, but I don’t usually read many urban, YA, or shifter novels. That said, I found I Was a Teenage Weredeer interesting enough to keep reading. It wasn’t the typical shifter tale, nor did Phipps and Suttkus stray from the normal tropes you’d expect to find in this type of novel. That isn’t meant as a fault. I rather enjoyed the numerous deer puns, witty quips, and the carefree nature of ...more
Susanna Schwacke
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun romp through an early Laurell K. Hamilton-esque style of world, complete with a snarky main character. I enjoyed this book greatly, as well as the sequel. The characters are interesting, though I have to admit that the proliferation of J-names gets a little confusing. And, I do think that there may have been a character name changed at one point in the writing of it, as I found 2 separate names referring to the same character. My sole significant problem with the book was the fact ...more
Sean E Britten
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you watched more than one season of True Blood you probably remember after vampires "came out of the coffin" the show kept introducing more and more supernatural species and elements until the whole thing started getting faintly ridiculous. I Was a Teenage Weredeer takes this to it's logical conclusion with a huge host of supernatural creatures living openly and no one batting an eye at teenagers who turn into deer playing at being detectives, and it totally works beautifully. However, just b ...more
Carrie Chi Lough
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a Teenage Weredeer charmed and, deer I say, lifted my spirits. This book is quick-witted, sarcastic, and filled with fun references from Dr. Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and more.
Bright falls is livened with culture and depth. Along with the endeering puns, there is a cruel side to Jane Doe's world. Shapeshifters are discriminated against by the rest of the country and even among each other. For such a smart and clever person, she would be treated as a disease outside of
Frank Dorrian
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so I'm very, very overdue to review this book - I can only apologise, I've had a number of shitty things happen in my personal life over the last month that really took the wind out my sails, so to speak, and I've let almost everything on the periphery slip majorly.

But, as all things eventually come to pass, normality also returns, piecemeal, and I've finally got the concentration to sit down and do this book a review that will do it justice instead of 'buck gud, read buck'.

This is the secon
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read the next book in this series
Jamie Edmundson
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I must start with an admission that Urban Fantasy is not my usual kind of read, but I was looking for a change and had been meaning to read something by CT Phipps for a while. Comparisons with Twin Peaks, a tv series I loved, persuaded me to go for this one.

Let’s start with the humour. Lots, and I mean lots, of pop culture references, combined with puns. The humour didn’t really click with me, but it does give the book a really distinctive style, when some books in this genre feel like carbon co
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I WAS A TEENAGE WEREDEER is filled with tons of geeky puns and a fun murder mystery plot filled with suspense, secrets, and of course magic. I admit to picking up this book based on the amusing title alone and while that can be tricky but I was richly rewarded with a creatively crafted worldbuilding and the interesting experience of having a non-predatory shifter as a main character. Sometimes a book that relies on pop culture references can overuse the
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I received a free copy of this book in an Amazon giveaway and was deerlighted. This is my first leap into the work of C.T. Phipps.

Many types of werecreatures live openly in this world, and they operate within a certain hierarchy, with werewolves being at the top. As Jane Doe uncovers details of her town's past, she must face her own prejudices about other shapeshifters and trample her assumptions about good and evil.

Allow me to fawn over the character development, as it seems to be a strength he
Seth Skorkowsky
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Imagine Veronica Mars, meets Twin Peaks, and also make Veronica a shapeshiter (a weredeer to be precise) and you have a good idea of what I Was a Teenage Weredeer is about. Our heroine Jane Doe is stubborn, sincere, and intelligent. She's investigating a murder case in which her brother is the prime suspect. We have a lot of enemies, allies, and enemies that become allies.

There are a lot of deer puns in this book. I'm not a pun person, myself. Though neither is our hero, which does help. There i
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C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" (

He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Esoterrorism, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer's Star, Straight Outta Fa

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Bright Falls Mysteries (2 books)
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