Snowball

Chronicles of a Wererabbit

Young Adult - Coming of Age
248 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2015
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Author Biography

M. Y. Zeman has a Master's Degree from Stonybrook University and a BA in Mathematics. She followed in her mother's footsteps and became a teacher of computers and math. She has worked as a professional web/graphic designer, creating many sites, including Tony Award winning actor Michael Cerveris' official site.

She has been writing since she was old enough to read and has written short stories, articles and poetry. Her first book, Running into the Black is a NA courtroom drama about PTSD.

A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she is happy to be writing the new series Chronicles of a Wererabbit. It takes place in an alternate version of our world with vampires, wererabbits, werewolves and many other amazing creatures. The series will span seven books chronicling a girl's journey of self discovery and learning to find the hero in herself.

Miss Zeman currently lives in New York with her wonderful dog and three adorable dwarf bunnies. She is working on the fourth book, Snow Road.

    Book Review

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.

Gisela Dixon

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman is a fantasy book with cute characters and a deeper, powerful message. The story begins with Snow, a baby “wererabbit” who lives in a research laboratory and believes that is all she is destined for. Her dream however, is to one day become a hero. Her life changes when John, a vampire breaks into the laboratory in search of his missing research and rescues her in the midst of a fire. John brings her home and finds himself in the position of a caregiver and a parent. With encouragement and support from his closest friend, Edgar, he sets out to raise the rabbit who as she grows up, is able to shift her form and become a girl or rabbit at will. However, humans are on the hunt for vampires and John and Edgar have to flee. As Snow grows up, she makes friends with creatures including werewolves, Charlene, the telepathic mouse, searches for werewolf serum, and finally comes into her own to fulfil her destiny. This coming of age story with its twists and turns as the trio run into dangers from all directions forms the plot of the novel.

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman is a surprisingly endearing story about Snow. All of the characters in the book, including Snow herself are well drawn and I found myself rooting for Snow, John, and Edgar. The bond between these three and especially Snow and her “dad”, John is heartwarming. Along with the action and mysterious happenings, there is also a good dose of humor and warmth that make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. The artwork interspersed throughout the book adds extra charm to the story. This is a book that anyone, adults and youngsters alike, would enjoy.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman is the story of a fluffy hero. When Snow was born, she was a rabbit, with a destiny to die at the hands of a scientist in a laboratory. John is a vampire and he has lost some research. He wants it back and he breaks into the laboratory to look for it. Rescuing Snow, he leaves the lab burning. Snow soon discovers that she isn’t just any old rabbit. Edgar, John’s partner, tells him that he has a responsibility to look after Snow, that he is now her father. At the age of three, Snow gains a new ability – she can turn into a girl. Now it’s time to start discovering who she really is, why she has the ability to shift between human and rabbit form. Join hands with Snow and tag along on her journey; meet vampires and werewolves, things you thought were the creation of an imaginative mind. Watch her as she struggles to learn how to control her ability to shift between rabbit and human; the trials of school and the tribulations of growing up. Join her in a battle to save lives and join her in her dream to become a hero and, most of all, to be accepted.

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit by M.Y. Zeman was a great book. It was a unique story that made a real refreshing change to read and I thoroughly enjoyed every page. It has everything – a great storyline, fantastic characters, humor, and emotion. There were a few little surprises along the way and the story rolled on, building tension as it went, until the climactic finale. It felt like a fairy tale and was written from two points of view – that of Snowball, telling her own story of growing up, battling through school and making friends with Charlene, David and Josh; the second story is John’s, the story of how he and Edgar met and how their friendship has endured the years. There is also a nice twist to the epilogue, which leads me to believe that there may be another story in the making. I seriously believe that, no matter what age you are, you will enjoy this book. There is nothing about this story that isn’t to like and it made a really nice change to sink into something of this caliber and be swept along by the story. Loved it and I hope there is more.