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The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

(Paranormal Support Groups #2)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,677 ratings  ·  254 reviews
When Tobias Richard Vandevelde wakes up in hospital with no memory of the night before, his horrified mother tells him that he was found unconscious. At Featherdale wildlife Park. In a dingo pen.

He assumes that his two rambunctious best friends are somehow responsible, until he discovers that they're just as freaked out as he is. Then the mysterious Reuben turns up, claimi
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published October 1st 2010)
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
They say one picture is worth a thousand words. So here's one picture...


And now, for the thousand words...

In a fight between the Abused Werewolves and the Reformed Vampires, the werewolves would get their asses handed to them. On a plate. With gravy. The Abused Werewolves Rescue Group comes nowhere close to the kitschy coolness that was The Reformed Vampire Support Group. For one thing, this book reads like it's written for a much younger audience. The protagonist himself is only thirteen. Now
DNF at page 132

I really am not all that compelled to read this. Why was I forcing myself to turn those boring pages???

Toby was our dumb and manipulative 13 year old protagonist. He literally did whatever Fergus told him to do and could not think for himself. Fergus was super annoying, always trying to do things that would get them in trouble.

The werewolf subject was just meh. It didn't capture my attention. It was so bleh. I can't even describe my feelings using proper words. XD
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in a series. I did not get the chance to read the first book. There were a few places where they referenced things that happened. But it wasn’t necessary to read the first one in order to understand this book.

First off, I thought that the characters were pretty weak. Toby was supposed to be thirteen, but for much of the book he was characterized as a much younger boy. His mom might as well just been holding her hands over her ears shouting “la la la I can’t hear you” for
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Paula Weston
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
These days, much of the popular paranormal fiction on YA shelves seems to be almost exclusively targeted at female audiences.

Teenage boys, however, can be thankful Catherine Jinks hasn’t forgotten them, following up her offbeat novel The Reformed Vampire Support Group (TRVSG) with another cool offering, The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.

While the TRVSG was told from vampire Nina’s perspective, her latest novel is told through the eyes of 13-year-old Toby, who learns the hard way that his onset of
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Nope. Not for me
Amy L. Campbell
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Note: Review copy provided by Netgalley.

I was hoping for something that took itself a little less seriously, instead I got a fairly typical coming of age story with vampires and werewolves tacked on and little extra added melodrama. It even came completely with a Jerry Springer-like Afterthoughts tacked on. Toby isn't a particularly interesting character and he sometimes comes off sounding more like a 13-year-old girl than a 13-year-old boy, maybe the 13-year-old inner monologues all sound the s
THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP is the second read of its kind for me and I have to admit it was a notch (even if only a small notch, a notch none the less) above its predecessor, THE REFORMED VAMPIRE SUPORT GROUP. Weather the mild betterment is truly due to an improvement in writing or has more to do with the fact that the werewolves were just far less depressing then the weak and sorely pathetic vampires, is a tough call to make.

Most of the original cast returns as secondary characters along
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this ARC via NetGalley.

Toby recently blacked out and woke up in a dingo pen. While the doctors try to determine whether or not Toby has epilepsy and his mother interrogates him about drug use, Toby receives a letter from a priest who has a totally different theory about Toby's blackout: he's a werewolf.

At first Toby and his mother think the priest and his friend Reuben (who also claims to be a werewolf) are crazy. Toby and his two friends go out of their way to capture Reuben's crazy theo
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
This probably deserves 3.5 stars, I enjoyed it more than average but it didn't wow me. I'm not very consistent in my star ratings...

I read this rather quickly for me and I enjoyed the idea but I wasn't thrilled with the main character and just before the actual excitement started half way or more through the book I found myself wondering what the point of this was. I didn't want to follow the adventures of a 13 year old in pulling pranks and making messes, I wanted to know about werewolves!

Melissa Elgersma
We meet Toby the day he woke up naked and alone in a dingo pen at the local nature park. He is in the hospital with no memory of what happened. The doctors are talking epilepsy when a mysterious note shows up on his pillow that offers an explaination. The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group is the follow up book to Catherine Jinks's Reformed Vampire Support Group. After leaving the hospital, Toby gets two visitors, Father Ramon and Reuben, who claim to know what Toby really is.

While Toby has a hard ti
Christine Edison
Toby has accepted that on Monday night, he somehow got out of his house, lost all of his clothes and wound up in the dingo pen of a local nature reserve. Did he have an epileptic attack, as his doctor thinks? Did he do drugs, as his mother suspects? Or is he becoming a werewolf, as his new acquaintance Reuben claims? Toby's friends Fergus and Amin want to trick Rueben and his support team, but Toby suspects Reuben's right. He just doesn't want to believe it.

This book frustrates me, perhaps becau
Nicole Edwards
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This was pretty entertaining. I liked the humor. So much humor. Love that. And it was a fresh take on the whole werewolf thing: Kids being kidnapped for blood sport? Interesting. Oh, and it was set in Australia. So that was fun.

Here's the thing: This book was written for boys. I bet pre-teen boys would love it with all the idiotic boy-things these kids do and the main character being a 13-year-old boy. Seriously, teenage and pre-teen boys are gonna love it!

It just wasn't for me so much. While
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Vamps R Us
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The action is full speed, pedal to the metal. The motivations of the kidnappers are frighteningly plausible. I was working through escape plans and possiblities right along with Toby, Reuben, and the crew. I even found myself with a decent sized crush on Reuben...not quite sure if the author intended for him to appeal to readers this way...but heck, I am not complaining. I'd like to see Jink's write a paranormal romance with characters as strong and emotionally scarred as Reuben. ;p

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Victoria Maria
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a promising beginning as it was funny and didn't take itself too seriously. However, towards the middle of the book I felt like the story dragged on way too long. Furthermore, it didn't have a conclusive ending, I feel like it was sort of rushed. At the end I was so unmotivated I ended up skimming the last few pages.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boys
The werewolf part was less interesting than the innate Australian-ness of the book.

Took forever to finish because it never hooked me.

Overall, well-written, but for my tastes...blah.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Audio - voice drew me in.

~~*Julie Kawalec-pearson
check out my review on or type in nocturen reads!!!
Ek het hierdie boek teen R5,00 by die dierewelsynwinkeltjie in Hermanus gekoop.

Aanvanklik het ek gedink die leser gaan hier met 'n tipiese probleemboek te doen kry. Of, jy verwag die ergste. Het die Katolieke priester (ja!) Ramon Alvarez en die liewe Reuben Schneider, die weerwolf, nie die Vandevelde-gesin reeds gewaarsku wat wag nie? Gaan Toby gevang en ontvoer word, gaan hy misbruik word in 'n arena vir bloedsportweddenskappe, waar twee weerwolwe teen mekaar moet veg tot die dood toe? Al hierd
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay so I see that a few people didn't actually finish this book so for those of you who are curious about how the book ended but don't want to pick it up again here's what you missed:

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Holly Kench
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve been looking forward to reading “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” for a while now. I really enjoyed Catherine Jinks’ previous related story “The Reformed Vampire Support Group,” and was intrigued to see how she would follow it up.

“The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group”, however, was so much more than I’d anticipated.

It is the story of Toby (or Tobias), a teenage boy who wakes up one day in the local wildlife park’s dingo pen. With no idea how he got there, Toby assumes his friends were playing
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a direct sequel to Reformed Vampire Support Group and directly follows the events of the first book. You can probably still read it on its own, but the first one really sets up the world and mythos. That leaves room for this one to focus on expanding on that set up and mythos. Most telling, this time the main character is both younger and a boy and depending on how you feel about Toby will color how you feel about the overall story. I personally disliked him intensely, but I did remember ...more
Sep 27, 2017 marked it as couldnt-finish-dnf
Shelves: werewolves, youth, ya
I initially checked this book out because I thought it would be YA, which can be interesting. The synopsis also sounded like a different take on the typical werewolf story, and I like werewolf stories well enough.

However, our MC is only 13, and kind of an idiot, and within the first few chapters the only real questions posed within the story can be answered with 'yer a werewolf, Toby'.

I don't really have any desire to read a YA YOUTH novel about a 13-year old boy who's a werewolf, but doesn't r
Leah Zheng
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Toby is discovered in a dingo pen with no memory of how or why he got there. This is the start of a nightmarish journey where Toby learns he is a werewolf and that the world he knows is not safe. While the story was compelling, it was also horrific, brutal, and ugly. Considering this is a young adult book about a 13 yr old, it wasn’t fun or lighthearted, it didn’t feature werewolf powers or transformations, and much of the dialogue consisted of people yelling at each other. I didn’t find it enjo ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I heard this book through an audiobook and loved it. My son, who is in grade 8 with learning disabilities in reading loved this too. It started his huge craving for books in the car. He loved the characters and was riveted by the story. He could have listened to it from start to finish.
Douglas Gibson
Oct 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
How did I manged to find back-to-back "Werewolf" books that don't really have werewolves in them?!?!
This book is one of the worst books I have ever read. It goes nowhere slowly and painfully.
Samantha Breza
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best werewolf stories I've ever read. This is a excellent example of modern-day meets ancient folklore.
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