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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit is a young adult coming of age/paranormal fantasy written by M.Y. Zeman with illustrations by Jason Moser. John Everly is a vampire scientist whose research has been stolen by people who will use it for evil purposes. His friend and partner, Edgar, was able to find out the address where the research was located, and John set out to retrieve it after fortifying himself with some type AB blood. The inside of the building was set up in a similar manner to his own lab, but with a few grisly differences. There were shelves filled with jars of strangely misshapen fetuses and hybrid monstrosities, and empty cages and tanks, and in one tank, John saw a small white bunny surrounded by three dead bunnies. He continued upstairs and was able to locate his research papers, but soon noticed the smell of smoke which became more intense as he headed back down the stairs. The first floor was ablaze. John put his retrieved papers in his coat and was at the door when he remembered the bunny. He couldn’t leave the little creature and ran back for it. The two just barely managed to escape the burning building before it exploded, leaving John sprawled on the snow covered ground with a little bunny watching him.
M.Y. Zeman’s young adult coming of age/paranormal fantasy, Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit, is not your ordinary wereanimal/vampire fantasy. It’s much more than that. It’s a marvelous and simple tale of Snow, a young bunny and her fathers, John and Edgar, two vampires. I loved reading about Snow growing up and witnessing her first transition from bunny to young human, and I chuckled at John’s absolute panic when he realizes that he’s suddenly the father of a human child. Zeman touches on things that cause pain in all beings, be they vampire or wererabbit: being different, being bullied by others, and the need for love, acceptance and companionship. John and Edgar are a marvelous set of fathers for the young wererabbit, with John’s studious nature complemented beautifully by Edgar’s artistic and adventurous spirit. Jason Moser’s illustrations are fabulous! They lit up a brightly glowing story even more by showing the reader tangible images of Snow and John. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a book about the coming of age of a wererabbit, but Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit surely exceeded any expectations I might have had. It’s magical, moving and, yes, it does cry out for a sequel. This enchanting fantasy is most highly recommended.