Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A chronicle of the life and adventures of a wererabbit and her vampire dads.

Snowball, more commonly known as “Snow,” is not your typical girl. In fact, she’s not a girl at all—she’s a wererabbit, a human who can turn into a bunny. Rescued from a laboratory by her adoptive father—a vampire himself—Snow learns to navigate the human world without letting anyone know who, or what, she is. Fortunately, she has her father, John, and Edgar, his on-and-off partner for the last 300 years, to support her. For the most part, the book provides an account of Snow’s day-to day life—her first day of school, bullies, crushes. But because Snow is a wererabbit, she also has some atypical experiences, including occasional kidnappings or, at one point, finding a human/reptile hybrid lurking in her room. However, by and large, the book focuses on the ordinary moments in Snow’s, Edgar’s, and John’s lives. This means that despite the presence of a wide variety of supernatural creatures, the story is full of incredibly human moments, such as Snow watching her first movie, going to her first dance, and telling John and Edgar that she loves them. It’s only in the last 50 pages that the momentum changes and Snow is thrown into a complex adventure. The tension and exhilaration in this last section, as well as the cliffhanger it sets up, make for an abrupt change of pace. In many other books, this change might be a fatal flaw, making the rest of the novel feel like an elaborate prologue. Not so here; the characters in this novel are defined so well and the dialogue and events are so engaging that reading a 250-page prelude to Snow’s big adventure isn’t a chore.

An amusing and original, if slightly convoluted, take on life as a supernatural being. 

Pub Date: July 11th, 2015
Page count: 245pp
Publisher:  F.B. Publishing
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2015




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