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I Was a Teenage Weredeer

(Bright Falls Mysteries #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  94 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 o
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Published September 21st 2017 by Crossroad Press
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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
Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I Was a Teenage Weredeer (Bright Falls Mysteries, #1)
by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus
I was given this book to read and the review is voluntary, but boy would I be a real jerk not to tell everyone I could about this fun book! This book had me smiling or smirking or laughing or groaning frequently. Jane Doe, are gal of the story, yes... Jane DOE, is a shifter in the Deer family. All shifters in the area have a gift, hers is ....well you have to read the story...this isn't a book report!
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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
[Name Redacted]
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)
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
Kirsty 📚📖❤️
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Nerd Book Review
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
We discuss this book on the podcast The Nerd Book Review.

I was surprised by this book in a good way. I would probably give it a 4.25 if I was being real precise. I was expecting something corny and more YA with the title. What i got instead was a pretty fun, detectiveish, book with great interplay between characters and some well developed mythology and supernatural beings. There are actually a variety of "were" creatures in this book and where I was expecting a meek weredeer who didn't have a w
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
So many opportunities to include deer puns and I didn’t go there…

This was a good popcorn read with some surprisingly dark content and a plot that is more complicated than it first appears. This story doesn’t have any qualms addressing racism, drugs, or even unhealthy abusive family relationships but it comes off feeling very light between the mc Jane’s glib tone, the puns, and pop culture references. It’s an odd contrast that works.
I really liked how twisty the plot was and how just when I tho
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here, on my blog

This book was fun!

This is the story of Jane Doe (yeah, really), who is a deer shapeshifter living in the town of Bright Falls, Michigan. Vampires came out to the world in a different book in this world, and as a sort of consequence to that happening, all the shifters sort of inadvertently came along for the ride, so, they live… publicly, but not exactly freely, in the various states wherein they can live without being legally shot as vermin. Uh, there’s 2 of those
Jane Doe is a Weredeer, which took her a little while to fully appreciate seeing as she sees herself as the least threatening of the shifters. But she is still a formidable girl and everyone is about to realise just how special she is. When her brother is arrested on suspicion of murder, Jane is called in to use her ability to read objects to help with the investigation. What follows is a story filled with dorky references, suspense, fun, more dorky references and plenty of twists.

I've loved pr
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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

Other books in the series

Bright Falls Mysteries (2 books)
  • An American Weredeer in Michigan (Bright Falls Mysteries #2)