The Night Has Teeth by Kat Kruger
|February 4, 2014||Posted by Christa McGrath under Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Suspense, Young Adult|
This is a story about teenagers, werewolves and Paris and how lives are transformed by forces beyond their control. When Connor was 5-years-old he bit another child so hard he drew blood. While I would never condone such behavior, I did admire his reasoning behind the attack – he was defending a helpless animal that the child was harassing. I liked this character immediately. But, alas, this event haunted Connor’s childhood and he was pretty much an outcast for most of his young life; weaving in and out of situations like a shadow and never really fitting in anywhere or making friends easily. Fast forward some 12 years later, 17-year-old Connor finds himself on a scholarship to study in a prestigious school in Paris. His Parisian hosts are a young tattoo artist and her sullen boyfriend (Amara and Arden). They are a slightly aloof with him but Connor is grateful for the opportunity and takes everything in stride.
For the first time in his life he makes friends (Maddison and Josh), feels noticed, and has a sense of belonging and normalcy. He attends classes, studies, and hangs out with his new friends in regular teenage places like school, parties and McDonalds. His life takes on a happy existence … until one night—inadvertently–he discovers his hosts are actually werewolves. He never knew they existed and suddenly it seems they are everywhere. He learns there are two types: the born and the bitten, the latter of which are cursed and are known to rarely survive. Connor soon finds himself unwillingly drawn into a tangled web where born werewolves, bitten werewolves, and mad scientists clash – and at the centre of all this madness is Connor. Not knowing who to trust, his loyalty is tested beyond measure as he searches for answers as to why a not-so-wanted teenage boy becomes the newest sought-after prodigy.
While the werewolf storyline takes front and centre, there are two smaller stories being played out too and they are just as fascinating and add to the melodrama unfolding: The teenage triangle between Connor, Maddison, and Josh; and the relationship between the elusive Amara and Arden. There are sequels to this book so, I hope, if at all possible, these stories get their due.
It’s an extremely well-written, easy-to-read book. Each page flows nicely into the next and each chapter is just as captivating as the previous. Told in the first person point of view, Connor’s voice is descriptively infused in the storyline – you can sense his confusion, his fear, his determination. I particularly enjoyed how his character was developed; how a once solidary little boy who had bitten a classmate grew into a responsible and thoughtful young man who never lost his spunkiness and need to defend the underdog, despite the odds.
Kruger’s “The Night has Teeth” certainly has bite. Did I enjoy this book? More than I thought was possible and would recommend it to those of you who are adventure-seeking, werewolf-loving, and mystery-oriented.
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