Meet Tommi Grayson: she’s all bark . . . and all bite
‘It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring . . .’
Tommi Grayson’s never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she’s never come close to guessing who she really is . . .
When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage – and it’s a whole lot more than merely human.
Barely escaping with her life, now Tommi must return to her her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside – and within. Worse still, something has followed her home . . .
With the clock ticking, can Tommi learn to control her new powers in time to save the ones she loves? (Amazon)
Hold on, Mercy Thompson. Step Back, Elena Michaels. There is a new female shifter on the paranormal scene and she is after the title as the most kick ass female shifter on the block. After the debut novel Who’s Afraid?, there is a very good chance she could easily claim it.
The basis of the plot is like many of the books in this genre where it is all about the lead character trying to find out who her family is, in this case Tommi is trying to find out who her father is. Although she does find out that her mother was keeping a few secrets about her father, Tommi ends up biting more that she can chew and as the premise says, that she is also a werewolf. This sets of a chain of events that results in her getting involved with a secret organisation and she ends up with a keeper/ mentor in the form of the mysterious Irish warrior Lorcan. (Who reminds me of Aiden Turner from Being Human).
This relationship reminds me a lot of Buffy and Angel’s romance, and though I had a feeling that they would get together, it wouldn’t be without a few hurdles and boy are they some big hurdles. As soon as Lorcan came “on screen” I knew that he would be going onto my list of favourite male urban fantasy male characters. He doesn’t disappoint and he does the brooding alpha male brilliantly.
However, the focus isn’t on the budding romance/relationship between Tommi and Lorcan. Instead it is about Tommi finding out about her “gift” and how she fits in the world. There are many hints to the bigger universe, but by keeping the book very intimate and focus on Tommi, it gives a great grounding for the series and allows Lewis to build on. I suspect that we will see how Tommi fits into this world that has been hidden from her.
As I have said, this book is about Tommi’s journey and throughout the book she faces many challenges and you see a real difference in her at the end. This is not just due to the fact that she has to find a way to control her wolf side, since she comes from a very strong line of werewolves. An incident that happens in New Zealand when Tommi meets her father’s side of the family has a profound affect on Tommi and while I have read other books where the character gets over this type of thing pretty quick, Tommi is still dealing with it throughout the book. While what happens doesn’t define her, it does alter her equilibrium and knocks some of the confidence she had out of her. It makes you root for her more and you want her to overcome this.
Since Tommi has to keep her wolf side hidden from her friends, you could see that this would lead to some problems. Nothing could prepare me for what happens and I had to read that chapter more than once. Let’s just say I had flashbacks to Walsh’s fate in the film Serenity. (If you haven’t seen this film, go see it). To say any more would to be spoil it and you have to read it. The ending really closes one chapter in Tommi’s life and the next is just beginning. Where it will take her, I don’t know but with the promise of a shift in location, I more than ready to see what happens next.
“Who’s Afraid?” needs to go on your TBR list because this is a book that harps back to the height of the Urban Fantasy Genre of a few years back. Lewis takes the genre and gives it her own distinct voice.
Tommi is more than ready to step up to fill the void left by Elena from the Woman of The Underworld Series and Sookie Stackhouse has left behind. Give it a whirl and you won’t be disappointed