"...The Werewolf Whisperer, a novel jointly written by Camilla Ochlan and Bonita Gutierrez blends Los Angeles' Latino culture, the werewolf genre and the tough guy (and tough girl) prototype into a hearty, smooth blend of fun reading. The premise of the book isn't groundbreaking - Los Angeles has been hit by a virus that turns its victims into werewolves - but the novel moves at a fast pace, refuses to buy into the current monster/young woman love triangle cliché, and is an entertaining read. I recommend the book heartily because, while passing the Bechdel test, the novel is fast-paced, well-plotted, and entertaining. Buy it as a beach or airport read.
The core strength in The Werewolf Whisperer resides in the solid friendship Xochitl Magaña, a former barkeep, and Lucy Lowell, the werewolf whisperer who was once a cop, share. The two women are opposites whose traits and skills complement each other well. Together, they run a werewolf catching and retraining service, and the work this entails is interspersed in the novel with each women's back story. As the first book in what I am guessing will be a three or four part series, Ochlan and Gutierrez have written a solid foundational fiction for their work..." - Alejandra Diaz Mattoni, THE WET WOMAN author
"Fantastic adventure - non-stop action from start to finish. Can't wait to see where this series goes. I love werewolf stories, but this is a new twist -- not one of those teenage soap operas with the sappy romance. More of an end-of-the-world apocalypse story...
The two female leads are very cool characters -- remind me of a modern day Xena and Gabriel, strong women, awesome friendship, and lots of humor between the two of them. Looking forward to seeing what happens next." - Cel
"Amazing writers! Must Read!" - Sharita J.
"Super cool take on a werewolf story that mixes Sci-Fi, monsters, Mexican-American culture, Los Angeles, gritty crime drama, action, and awesomeness. Really cinematic - you can see the scenes really vividly." - Positively4thStreet
"Exciting, grounded, complex. Most of all, well written! A fast pace, gripping action and realistic specifics made it all come to life. The authors created a fantastically detailed world. A thrilling launch to the series and a great read."
- Stephen Scaia, JERICHO/HUMAN TARGET screenwriter
"Forget what you think you know about werewolves, this changes everything. There is no full moon nonsense, anytime anywhere the person next to you could suddenly become all teeth and claws and rip your face off. Then there's the mystery surrounding Lucy and her ability to control homo lupus with a single command. I absolutely loved this book! Lucy and Xochi are believable well written characters, the descriptions of the settings draw you in, and the story flows with no slow spots nor mess ups. I can't wait for the second book to come out. Please write fast and well." - Sarah E.
"I'm a hard scifi reader, but I really liked this story. Accepting it's major theme was easy...
The story is fast paced, full of believable action and dialog. The attention to detail even shows up in the descriptions of the places in the story. I'm a native Californian and I've been to many of these places. I'm looking forward to the next book." - OldSailor
"Non-stop, action packed ride! So much fun, a must read!" - B. Erickson
"Excellent debut! The Werewolf Whisperer offers something rare: a new idea! Set in modern-day California, it shares more with alternate histories like Mira Grant's Newsflesh Triology and McCammon's The Wolf's Hour than urban fantasies a la J.R. Ward or Larissa Ione, but anyone who enjoys that genre will appreciate this.
There is plenty of action, lots of suspense, an ongoing mystery to unravel and a couple of badass female protagonists, but that's just the surface. Yes, the female protagonists are badass, but they're also realistic. Lucy and Xochi are complex and compelling women, and their friendship is a driving force in this book. The secondary characters are also well-drawn, and rather than just serve to move the plot, they help to reveal different aspects of the heroines.
The response of the public and various medical and military factions are also fully plausible. This isn't a magic world, despite the werewolves. As the story moves between the present day and flashbacks to the initial outbreak of the Kyon Virus, the progressive response of the world to this threat is fully realized. Of course you're going to get some Big Bads, and you also get some awesome acts of random goodness just like the real world and the writing is deft enough that you aren't always sure exactly which way things are going to fall out. It keeps the tension and the suspense well-paced throughout the book.
Rather than give any more plot away, let me say that this is a great story, well-told. It's worth a gamble even for those who don't generally read the genre -- males and females alike. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!" - EleventhHour
"This was a super fun story, which I could totally envision as a television series! It was cool having two song female leads, with male characters playing the supporting roles. I recommend this for anyone into sci-fi/supernatural TV genres. (I'd give book examples to compare it to if I've read anything like it before!) Looking forward to seeing the series unfold. :-)" - NextGenGirl
"So well written --- takes ho-hum everyday life and tweaks it just so. You almost believe this could really happen. (shudder)" - T. Leever
"This is my first werewolf read. What a great ride it has been. The book is fast-paced but the authors go back and forth in time to tease you with just enough new information in each chapter to unfold the story in one delightful twist after another. I love the clever premise of this tale but I am most impressed with the emotional depth. I care for the characters in this book and don't want our time together to end. I hope there are many more installments to come!" - Scott T.
"THE WEREWOLF WHISPERER takes the lycanthrope legend to the OPPOSITE of obedience school. The result is a feral genre mix breed that will maul your expectations as if it were a McRib sandwich.
That being said, for all it's clever twists and and savage turns, Camilla Ochlan & Bonita Gutierrez have also managed to craft two of the strongest female characters I've read in a long time. They are not superheroes nor are they the vampire-pining groupies that seem to flood the genre. Lucy and Xochitl are sisters in arms. At times, each others greatest strength. At others, each others weakness. Think Thelma & Louise if they were on a literal highway to Hell. But something tells me these two would turn their car around and chase those demonic cops right off the cliff.
The Werewolf Whisperer is the rarest of things. A monster book that never loses touch with its humanity, and might have you questioning your own. I can't wait to see what happens next.." - Brent S.