Title: Missy the Werecat
Author: P. G. Allison
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Blurb: When puberty brings on her first shift, Missy goes into the mountains for two years – until finally learning to change back. She can change from fully human in one instant to a mountain lion in the next. Everyone assumes her two-year disappearance was because she’d been kidnapped by a sexual predator that she managed to kill. She keeps her werecat nature a secret. There is no pack, no pride of other werecats, and no alpha. She’s a girl with fantastic abilities growing up and learning to do great things in today’s world, amongst humans. She only has her instincts to guide her, and those drive her to train herself to extremes. She must control those instincts; dampening the wild predator is often necessary. Her raging hormones and enhanced senses require very strong controls; she explores what happens when those controls are relaxed.
*****I received an audiobook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*****
Missy the Werecat had a lot going for it, but I also had quite a few issues with the book. To be honest, if I had not received this audio book for review I would have DNF’d it at 10%. The book immediately started off with third-person omniscient narrative heavy with narrative summary. The narration basically tells you ‘this is what is up and this is what will happen’ right to start off with. Personally, I am not into this style of narration. However, as I had decided to stick it out, I got further in and got used to the narration style and started to get really into the plot line.
The plot line itself was pretty unique in the genre. Instead of there being a ‘supernatural world’ there was one supernatural character who had a freak recessive gene that turn her and only her into a cougar. The world otherwise was entirely mundane. Missy herself kept saving children and doing all these extreme self sacrificing acts which made her hard to dislike. A lot of the book is devoted to explaining how everyone noticed her, or felt jealous of her or was attracted to her; it didn’t really bug me more just stuck out in my mind in its frequency. I was truly touched by a lot of the scenes where Missy saves a child or family or friend, who doesn’t enjoy a modest-type heroine?
There were A LOT of other characters in the book, but I didn’t feel like that much time was spent on their characterization. Her best friend and boyfriend and his sister had touches of personality, but nothing that really made me connect with them.
The biggest thing that bothered me though (which might not bother other people!) was the book is clearly written for adults, at least one of the scenes had touches erotica to it, and the ages covered in Missy’s life were from a young child to (I think) seventeen. I mean, I’m okay with books where the teens have sex (I mean, they do in real life), but a (pretty much) erotica written for adults scene with two teenagers made me feel a little uncomfortable.
For some reason, the writing kept reminding me of [author:Connie Suttle|4349456]’s work. I think people who like the way Connie Suttle writes would probably also enjoy this one.
The audio narration was great. There were a few lines of dialogue that were delivered a bit off, but otherwise without fault. There was one random nine minute stretch of silence but I think that it doesn’t skip anything, rather just takes a break.