It was with great excitement that I placed my pre-order for the sequel to Maria Lewis’ debut novel, Who’s Afraid?

When ‘Who’s Afraid?’ came out, I was lucky enough to get to interview Maria Lewis alongside my review. To summarise, I came away from the first book with a total girl-crush on the fierce main character, Tommi Grayson. Tommi, a blue-haired Scot with Maori heritage, goes seeking answers about her biological father’s side of the family and unwittingly bites off far more than she can chew. She has to come to terms with her own emerging werewolf status, helped out by her supernatural custodian, a 400+ year old hottie called Lorcan. Not to mention all the family dramas she faces and what it costs her.

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Who’s Afraid Too? arrived at my door this week. I devoured it in less than two days.

The story starts with Tommi taking a time-out to learn more about her Maori roots before heading off to Berlin. She’s still getting used to her werewolf status, having made the decision to forego her blood pack (for excellent reasons) in the first book. Tommi is a Kahuatairingi– a lone wolf. In Berlin, she hopes to learn more about being a wolf without a pack from the Rogues, a group of fellow wolves who work together running the aptly named nightclub, Phases. The other reason for Berlin is so that Tommi can be close to Joss, her best friend, who is in hospital there receiving medical treatment. After the horror of losing  her friends Mari and Kane, Joss is one of the few people Tommi has left.

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Meanwhile, Tommi and Lorcan continue to struggle with their feelings for one another and try to hide them as best they can from the Rogues. Relationships between Guardians and their wards are kinda frowned upon.

Tommi, with the help of the Rogues, is honing her deadly skills and picking up a few new ones. Her life revolves around her training and visiting Joss when she has a chance encounter with a local cop who tells her about the kidnapping of a newborn baby. When another baby is taken, Lorcan realises that this is no ordinary spate of kidnappings (if there is such a thing) but the return of something far, far worse. Something he never expected to have to deal with again…

Tommi and her friends have to figure out how to deal with a terrible evil with limited resources, accepting help from unlikely corners.

If you like fantasy, mystery and a sprinkling of horror, this is definitely for you!

(Vague? Sorry. At least there are no spoilers!)

What I Loved.

Tommi as a character continues to be strong and resourceful. She’s willing to learn and keen to find her place in the world she’s still learning about but on her own terms. She’s quick-witted and gutsy and more than willing to call the men around her out on their sexist bullshit when it’s warranted. I won’t hesitate in passing this book on to my teenagers for that reason.

I know we live in the age of laughing face emojis and “lolz!” and I’m just as guilty as the next person of using them when I am not, in fact, laughing out loud. However, in Who’s Afraid, Too?, I did actually laugh, out loud, and more than once. Maria Lewis writes with a dry, quirky humour that really appeals to me!

The story flows along at a great pace that I found really easy to follow. The characters are likable and vivid.

What I Didn’t Love.

That it finished so quickly. I can’t blame anyone but myself for that, though. Once again, I’m going to be waiting it out for the next installment.

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If you’re looking for a wolfish story to really sink your teeth into, grab your copy of ‘Who’s Afraid Too?’ here. If you have been living under a rock and haven’t yet got your paws on the first book, grab a copy of ‘Who’s Afraid?’ here.

N.B. these are affiliate links, meaning I make a small commission if you choose to order. It doesn’t cost you anything.

 

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  • LydiaCLee

    Not heard of these. Will check out…

  • Kathy Marris

    I have known Maria Lewis since she was a little girl growing up the Gold Coast doing Nippers with my son. She always had a vivid imagination so the fact that she went into journalism and writing her own books doesn’t surprise me. I feel very proud of her. However this type of genre is not my cup of tea.

  • I love reading posts by fellow writers and bloggers, I am always learning and continue to be inspired by their writings. I must say at the outset that horror, werewolves and fantasy are not my thing, but I loved your post all the same as it has provided me with the inspiration and encouragement to tackle something that is on my hard to do list… Interviewing. I am going to set up an interview with a local French chef that I have been planning for a long time. I have procrastinated as this is out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the inspiration… Annette

    • Oh that is fantastic!! Good luck with it 🙂

  • These aren’t my sort of reads so I’ve avoided them but they’re hugely popular and I follow Maria on social media and love the excitement and hype of this new release. #teamlovinlife

    • She’s a very creative person even if you aren’t in the wolf pack! 🙂

  • Sue Loncaric

    Not actually my genre in books but you wrote a great review. I haven’t actually heard of Maria but the book certainly sounds like something I should read – just to mix it up a bit. #teamlovinlife

    • She’s well worth a follow on fb- a very inspiring lady!

  • It doesn’t sound like my style of book BUT the fact that you read it all in two days is testament to how great it is. I’ll put it on my list! #teamlovinlife

  • I love your passion Amy! It’s not something I could read but what I love is when you find something that is wonderful, engaging and attracts your interest!

    • You never know, Denyse- might convert you yet 😉

  • writeofthemiddle

    Sounds like my kinda book! Adding it to my list! I like so many different genres and this is one of the ones I like! I’m currently watching the Shadowhunters on Netflix. Know that one? I read the series of books because my daughter had them. They’re young adult but who says a middle aged adult can’t read them?! I love me a bit of supernatural. 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • I’d love to know what you think of the series Min!

  • Although it doesn’t sound like my kind of book, it must be good if you read it so quickly 🙂 Keep on enjoying;! #teamlovinlife

  • budgetjan

    It is not my kind of book, but I know what you mean about not being able to put the book down. I have big form in that department.

  • Well that sounds like fun! I love finding books that make you sad they’re over when you close the back cover.
    #TeamLovinLife

  • Wow – it’s incredible how some writers have such a vivid imagination! I haven’t read anything in this genre, to be honest, but it astounds me how some writers are so creative. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the book 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • I’m so envious of all the creative writer types out there!

  • sydneyshopgirl

    This sounds good! I’m on the look out for a new read.

    SSG xxx

  • Julie Jones

    I can so relate to the anticipation of a sequel and the joy of enjoying it. I always feel crushed when I’m finished though.

  • My sister would love this. Nothing like the smell of a fresh new book!

  • It’s not my favourite genre but I love that feeling of reading a book that is so good, you just can’t put it down!

  • Wow! That actually sounds really original for a ‘werewolf novel’. Not my usual preferred genre but might give it a whirl!

    • It’s a great spin in an old favourites for sure!

  • I hate finishing books too quickly. I think I need to get my hands on the first book – Thanks for linking up with the Ultimate Rabbit Hole – Shari from http://www.goodfoodweek.com.au

    • It’s such a fun read- let me know if you liked it!