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The Curse of the Wendigo

(The Monstrumologist #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6,877 ratings  ·  829 reviews
While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Vanessa 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
Vanessa J.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone. Everyone, everyone, everyone...

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 un
***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:

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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
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
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
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
This series continues to amaze.
I have no words right now. Review later. Maybe.
Send help, I am destroyed.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

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
Brigid ✩
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)
Sep 19, 2014 marked it as to-read-sequels  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I found a cheap paperback copy in Booksale! Hooray! So, I think I will read The Monstrumologist next. :)
Lindsey Rey
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
Highly recommend the audiobooks for this series!
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, re-read, horror
Before I got into re-reading this novel I distinctly remembered liking it much more than the first book in the series so I had pretty high hopes, and it certainly didn't disappoint. While the first novel in the series laid a great foundation for this story and it's characters, the second book really delved into a vast majority of themes that were missing from the first instalment.

Firstly, this sequel provided so much necessary character development for both Will and Pellinore. Will grew up so m
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second book in The Monstrumologist series, The Curse of the Wendigo is every bit as impressive as its predecessor. Yancey's characters are phenomenal, and his eloquent prose are a pleasure to read. Add to that a multi-layered story with interesting subplots, and you've got another 5-star installment.

This is my second time reading the series, and I'm just as wowed this time as I was the first time.

Would recommend to fans of classic Gothic horror.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-german
The writing style was easier to follow than in the first one, however, I really missed the special feeling I had while reading the previous book.
I didn't find it to be scary or exciting enough, and none of the new characters, except Lilly, made an impression on me.
I had a good time while reading, but it wasn't anything too special...
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
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 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what separates us from monsters???
towards the end of the book i found this question really getting on my nerves

well, it wasn't in at all, a little grotesque maybe but definitely not scary, though i read it mostly at night before i slept.
the language was exquisite , i loved each and every imagery ^ ^

the characters...well Will was mostly the same but Dr. Warthrope really pissed me off...i mean is believing in or considering the existence of something really that hard? is the mind of
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
As a sequel to the Monstrumologist this book disappointed me. It started off on a high note amidst the freezing unforgiving landscape of the wilderness and then halfway through it transitioned into an entirely different book. The metaphors and the gore both got so tiresome after a point that even the great Pelenor Wharthrop couldn't wade through this mostrumological mess. WE GET IT, STARE INTO THE ABYSS AND THE ABYSS STARES BACK AT YOU, DARKNESS , THE HORROR THE HORROR! MAN IS THE MONSTER. With ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

CW: graphic gore and other disgusting things, and death

On with the reread! I love it. So good.

Is that a proper review? Probably not, but I guess that’s how it rolls. The story picks up a few months after the events of the first book, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his friend’s wife to find his friend in the forest while he was hunting a monster Warthrop considers mythical.

The wendigo.

I’ve been surrounded by the mythology of the wendigo for most of my life. Ther
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Ice crystals glittered like jewels festooning his ribs… his lungs looked like two enormous multifaceted diamonds… It was terrible. And it was beautiful.”

Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his young assistant, Will Henry, are engaged by Muriel Chanler to search for her husband in Canada after he has not yet returned from his hunt for the Wendigo, a vampiric creature that gorges itself on human flesh. Dr. Warthrop refuses to believe this creature is real as it pertains to a more supernatural nature, but
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-2011, ya, 2011, horror
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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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, fantasy
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
Oct 01, 2011 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
Megan Park
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 fr
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
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aka Richard Yancey.

Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

Since then he has launched two critically acclaimed series: The Ex

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