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Halloween in August

August 18, 2023

I am one of the guilty that starts to celebrate Halloween and all things fall-related at the end of July. I leave some of my Halloween decorations out all year; it's now become an aesthetic that my friends and loved ones expect of me. This also means that my taste in books always leans more toward the spooky side as well, and I ramp up my scary reads the closer we get to my favorite month (hint hint, it's October). A recent read I have been obsessed with is "Such Sharp Teeth" by Rachel Harrison, because who doesn't love a classic werewolf novel? I grew up reading "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater, and "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause to name a few and when I saw this one on our shelves I knew I had to read it. 

Our book starts with Rory Morris begrudgingly returning to her hometown temporarily to help her sister. She visits her old haunts and meets an almost-flame at a local bar. Upon leaving she hits what she believes to be an animal. This one event would forever change her life, as she is bitten and things start to get weird. Rory starts to doubt her mind until she finally can see with her own eyes what is happening to her, and it's not pretty. Craving meat and supersonic hearing are not the abilities she hoped to develop with aging, but things are different when you're now a werewolf. 

Rory is a hilarious character who deals with her trauma and problems with humor, which hits a little too close to home for me but that's one of the many reasons why I adore Rory. This book reminded me of the campy '80s werewolf movies that have special places in my heart, "Teen Wolf" and "My Mom's a Werewolf" coming straight to my mind while reading this book. So if anyone out there enjoys campiness, werewolves, and an overall good time please pick up this book to start your Halloween celebrations now! 



Self-labeled as your local punk librarian, Paige is here for all forms of community support! When not at work Paige can usually be found crocheting or cross stitching something spooky, cosplaying, listening to queer horror podcasts, and playing with their cats. Paige is currently a teen librarian at the Southeast Branch Library.

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