Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
190 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2018
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Fetch, the dog, and Cat live with their human whom they simply call Alpha, who's bitten by a werewolf during his late night running. During a full moon, Alpha transforms into a werewolf and bites both Fetch and Cat, turning them into were-humans. On top of that, other animals in the forest, from tiny squirrels to a deer, are also infected by the ‘were’ curse, creating more were-animals. An elusive, unique being has traveled far from Canada to stop the ancient ‘were’ contagion.

Now and then, I discover books that seem unassuming but are surprisingly entertaining. Norm Cowie’s Mooned is one of those books. The title is amusingly self-explanatory, and I like its concept and premise that put an alternate spin on the werewolf theme. With the exception of Fetch, Cat and their Alpha scenes, I felt there was a lot going on at first, especially when the story shifted to the were-animals and the shapeshifter-whom I'd rather not mention by name should it spoil the story for other readers. That said, everything became clearer as the story went on. Cowie’s prose has a solid flair that makes the narrative articulate and evocative.

Fetch and the aloof but reliable Cat are well-fleshed out, both in their animal and human forms. The way they-and the shapeshifter-compare their senses in their different forms is fascinating to read. Fetch, as adorable and loyal as he is, would definitely be so lost in his human form if not for Cat’s guidance. The story concludes with a lovely ending between my favorite dog and cat characters. Overall, Mooned is a surprising gem; witty, suspenseful and full of unexpected wisdom.