Weregirl: Tyhpon by C.D. Bell
Weregirl: Typhon the final installment of the Weregirl Trilogy has been my literary letdown of the year. I was immensely impressed with the opening book Weregirl. The main character, Nessa, is your average teen girl from a single mother home who has a great heart, strong moral compass, and burning passion and drive for running. She is close with her mother, sister Delphine, and austistic brother Nate, who is in the monitoring program of Pravada, the new company funding the health clinic overseeing the care of children potentially exposed to toxic chemicals and the Michigan town’s cleanup of the defunct chemical company. A convergence of unusual circumstances and a twist of fate gives Nessa the ability to change into a wolf and makes her the unlikely hero in saving the children and resident wolf pack in her town from Pravada’s twisted schemes. Nessa’s search for understanding of her transformations is helped along by her best friend, Bree and Luc, a young wolf-shifter who is also a runner on the team. The more they dig the more they realize Nessa’s mom has kept secret information about her past and Nessa’s father. It also reveals the sinister intentions behind the supposed benevolent actions of Pravada. Weregirl is a high-suspense, action packed thriller that is perfect for teens but so well done that adults love it too. In book two of the series, Chimera, Nessa and her now boyfriend Luc are on a mission to save the wolf pack and dismantle the continued suspicious activities of Pravada; unethical, biomedical research. Her mother’s secrets, about her past and the children’s father, come out as Pravada attempts to eliminate any threat to their research. The uncertain future for Nessa and Luc, her mother, and Nessa’s hometown make for another thriller.
Both Weregirl and Chimera are great books with strong characters that interact with each other in authentic and even plausible ways. Even though Nessa shifts into a wolf, it is presented in the context of genetic manipulations which makes the premise seem plausible. Details, established character traits/personalities, and plot lines all weave together to make two really fascinating reads.
I say all this for you to understand my expectations for the final installment of the Weregirl Trilogy. The editorial team that had hatched and developed the idea for Weregirl , which C.D. Bell was tasked with writing, had set the bar high. So while Typhon is definitely not the worst book I have ever read, I would even call it a good book, it fell significantly short of being great like the first two books were.
There were a number of glaring issues that kept me agonizing for weeks over this review. I really wanted the finale to be good, not only because I personally liked the first two books but because I’m not naturally a super critical person. With that said please take this review as constructive suggestions that could make Typhon better but, decide for yourself if the critiques are enough to keep you from reading it. First, there were a number of instances where people, specifically Nessa and her father, seemed to say and do things that were out of character. It got to the point where I felt I was reading about a different girl than the one in the first two books. There were also a number of rabbit holes, leading you off the beaten path for no apparent reason. The introduction of a band of “lost kids” with their dogs, squatting on her father’s high security compound and her father’s uncontested acceptance of them just because of his conflict with Delphine, seems absurd. I had no idea what their presence and the resulting confusion to Nessa’s sexual identity accomplished. Throughout books one and two we were led to believe there was a profound significance to her relationship with Luc, but in book three he falls off the radar. Then, out of nowhere, she has this spontaneous lesbian attraction to a feline-shifter, whose existence is not explained. By the end of the book this relationship has no resolution or seeming significance. I would much rather see a teen marketed book completely stay away from relationship/sexuality content if it has no bearing on the story. Finally, while the first two books were a thrill ride of unexpected twists and turns, Typhon came to a predictable and unoriginal end.
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.