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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of the Supervillainy saga
Jane Doe is a weredeer, the least-threatening shapechanger species in the world. Blessed with the ability to turn furry at will and psychically read objects, Jane has done her best to live a normal life working as a waitress at the Deerlightful Diner. She has big dreams of escaping life in the supernatural-filled town of Bright Falls, Michigan, and her 18th birthday promises the beginning of her teenage dreams coming true.
Unfortunately, her birthday is ruined by the sudden murder of her best friend's sister in an apparent occult killing. Oh, and her brother is the primary suspect. Allying with an eccentric FBI agent, the local crime lord, and a snarky werecrow, Jane has her work cut out for her in turning her big day around.
Thankfully, she's game.
Set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.
©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson
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"I can't recommend it highly enough." (The Bookwyrm Speaks)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-07-18

My favourite by this author!!

Jane Doe is a Weredeer, which took her a little while to fully appreciate seeing as she sees herself as the least threatening of the shifters. But she is still a formidable girl and everyone is about to realise just how special she is. When her brother is arrested on suspicion of murder, Jane is called in to use her ability to read objects to help with the investigation. What follows is a story filled with dorky references, suspense, fun, more dorky references and plenty of twists.

I've loved pretty much all the books that I've read by this author, but this one is definitely my favourite! I was captivated with the word right from the start and devoured the book as quick as I could. When reading a book by this author, you know there is going to be geeky references but this one was chock a block with them, and I loved it!! So many times I was smirking and sniggering at them!

Jane Doe was an amazing character. She is plucky, brave, geeky, and very relatable. I loved that she is a deer and not one of the more popular shifters like wolf or cats. Her family always makes deer puns, hence her name and the name of the diner. I also loved her best friend Emma. Emma is a wolf, but the two of them work so well together. Both the girls work with an FBI agent and a ganster. These guys have plenty of secrets of their own and I loved finding them out along with Jane!!

The world the author has created is fantastic!!! I see it's set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton, which I haven't read yet but must do so soon!! I loved all the different supernatural creatures and learning more about the world. Seeing how the shifters are treated by the humans brings to mind a lot of the issues we see now. It shone a spotlight on certain issues but in a way that wasn't overbearing.

In all, this was an excellent read. The plot was fascinating and filled with secrets, suspense and fun, the characters were all amazing and brilliantly written. Jane Doe reveals some incredibly shocking secrets that rock the foundation of their society! I am eager to see what else the author has in store for these characters and this world!!

I really enjoyed Arielle DeLisle narration. While her tones and voices were all similar, she gave enough subtle changes to make it easy enough to follow who was talking. Her infections and cadences brought the book to life, and her performance was nearly flawless.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 04-01-18

Nearly Perfect and a Blast of a Book

4.75 out of 5 stars

In my head when I’m writing this description I can hear the slow (and just flute version of) Morning Mood by Edvard Grieg (Youtube) because that’s what I hear when I’m thinking of a place called Bright Falls where people aren’t just people anymore. They are shifters that make up different classes and animals. There are Werebears and Werewolves and then you meet Jane Doe (aptly named) the main character who is a Weredere. She just turned 18 and is trying to work her way into enough money to get out of Bright Falls when her best friends sister turns up dead in an apparent murder. Recruited to find the murderer by her friend Jane Doe’s life will never be the same.

There are some authors that you realize that you like anything they write even when it’s not in a ‘typical’ genre. C.T. Phipps is that author for me. This is at least the third unique genre I’ve read that he’s written and I’ve liked them all. I Was a Teenage Weredeer (though the name and cover art did catch my attention) wouldn’t normally be a book that I thought “Yup! I have to read that” but… now I’m mad at myself for not thinking that. I Was A Teenage Weredeer was a blast from beginning to end.

Phipps and Suttkus kept cracking me up – all of the deer puns and the interaction between the different shifter species was great. Along with the hallowed history of Bright Falls and the mysterious “aura” and feeling that surrounded the town. I also didn’t know going into it (I don’t always read the entire synopsis for fear of spoiling the book) that this was going to be set in the same world as Straight Outta Fangton.

I Was a Teenage Weredeer while being a mouthful to say was one of those books that just got my sense of humor. As I mentioned above – the puns were great (and the notion that one of the stereotypes about weredeer were these bad deer-related puns). The premise of the book (a town is cursed and they must find a murderer) sounds typical but what Phipps and Suttkus do with it is far from that.

While not a perfect book it’s darn close. I ended up finishing this in less than two days because I couldn’t put it down. It should come with a warning telling you that you might lose sleep until you finish it.

I Was A Teenage Weredeer is a book for those who don’t take everything too seriously. A fantasy book that will make you laugh and a story about friendship, magic, and finding out who you really are all wrapped up into one.

The narration for this was done by Arielle DeLisle, who I thought did a fantastic job of bringing Jane to life. It was one of those voices that were so good that it’s hard to pull Arielle from Jane in my mind now.

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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4 out of 5 stars
By G. P. Brown on 03-26-18

Fun UF story!

This was a fun YA UF comedy that had the feel of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars about it. The world was fun and packed with some cool magic. There was plenty of humour and a bit of action and mystery. Some parts of the story were weirdly dark despite the light overall tone!

Jane and the rest of the characters proved a likeable and interesting bunch so it was easy to get sucked into the story as she used her powers to try and clear her brother of murder charges.

I'd have rated this even higher but I felt like the second half of the story was just not quite as strong as the first half.

I felt like Arielle DeLisle did a decent job with the audio. She has a good voice and seemed to get the tone of the story and the timing of her comedic delivery right most of the time. The one flaw was that a few of her secondary character voices could have been better. Still, on the whole I did like her performance.

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