Book Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues

Title: Werewolf Sings the Blues
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Format: e-ARC from NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal with a good chunk of romance tossed in
Rating: 5/5

I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Jennifer Harlow. I think this is the third book of hers that I’ve read and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

Werewolf Sings the Blues (WSTB) is the second book in the Midnight Magic Mystery series – the first book is What’s a Witch to Do? (WAWTD), which I’ve also reviewed on this blog. You’re probably thinking that the events of WSTB take place after WAWTD, since that’s what the second book in a series is all about. But in this case, you’d be wrong. The events of WSTB actually take place 7 years before WAWTD and give you some background on several of the characters that play important roles, but whose personal lives don’t factor into the plot. You don’t have to read the books as a set, since the stories support each other but aren’t intertwined, although there is one HUGE advantage to reading them together. By reading WAWTD first, you are reassured that some of the characters who are in epic peril during WSTB do survive, even when it looks like all hope is lost. Which might not make any sense without a brief plot synopsis. (This is the synopsis provided by the publisher on the NetGalley page for this book. I DID NOT WRITE IT. Normally I write my own synopsis, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to do it without spoilers, so I decided to go with what the publisher thought was appropriate.)

The last thing Vivian needs is to be thrust into a werewolf war

┬áIf Vivian Dahl’s life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues. She’s pushing thirty, her singing career is going nowhere, and the partying lifestyle is taking its toll. Plus, a mysterious man is stalking her. But when she’s abducted from a singing gig, Vivian is surprised to see her stalker become her savior. Jason is her werewolf rescuer sent by the biological father who abandoned her as a baby. Finding herself on the run, Vivian drives across America with the enigmatic Jason and learns about the werewolf war her father’s pack is caught in. Now that an opposing pack has targeted her, Jason will stop at nothing to make sure Vivian’s song isn’t cut short

Sounds awesome, right? This book is available March 8, and I can’t WAIT to buy a copy for my collection so I can reread it! This is a great book for anyone who is into romance, paranormal/vampire/werewolf stories, or strong female characters. (Vivian is kickass!) Although the series has the word “mystery” in the title, I wouldn’t characterize any of these books as mysteries. Sure, there’s a problem to solve, but don’t let the word scare you away if you aren’t a fan of mysteries (especially cozy mysteries). Oh, and just as a heads up, there are drugs, sex, and violence in this story, so keep that in mind if you’re giving recommendations to library patrons. I don’t think any of it was gratuitous (meaning they always served to further the story or character development, rather than to shock), but it is something some people might find uncomfortable.