Shape-shifting werepeople battle to survive on a remote island while vampires, Yeti-like creatures and other creeps hunt them for sport in this action-packed, goofy companion novel featuring secondary characters from the series that began with Tantalize (2007).
Werecat Yoshi heads toward Austin, Texas, looking to find his sister Ruby, who’s been missing since her involvement in the death of an evil vampire chef and a well-liked teenage werearmadillo, Travis. He enlists the unlikely help of Travis’ friends, a human, Aimee, and a wereopossum, Clyde. The trio is eventually kidnapped and spirited to the island, where the story takes its surprising Survivor/Hunger Games turn. Teens who favor humorous paranormal romance that never takes itself too seriously will enjoy dialogue that sparkles with wit, filled with both literary and pop-culture references. (“You’re saying that you and my sister perform exorcisms on vomiting children with rotating heads?”) Aimee, Yoshi and Clyde take turns narrating in the first person, each of them sarcastic, with varying levels of self-deprecating snark coloring their inner monologues.
It may be difficult for readers to keep track of the vast ensemble of characters, particularly if they haven’t read the previous four books, but many won’t care—instead they’ll be wrapped up in the playful, smart tone. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)