Review: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Review: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick YanceyCurse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
Series: The Monstrumologist #2
Published by Simon & Schuster (10.12.2010)
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 444 pages
Source: Library

3 Stars

While attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, Dr. Warthrop is asked by his former fiancé to rescue her husband from the Wendigo, a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh, and which has snatched him in the Canadian wilderness. Although Warthrop also considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and rescues her husband from death and starvation, and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo.

Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?

This second book in The Monstrumologist series explores the line between myth and reality, love and hate, genius and madness.

My thoughts

The monstrous act by definition demands a monster.

I have VERY mixed feelings about this book, even more so than the first one. I loved the first book simply for the fact that it was super creepy, gripping, and was actual horror. This one was a lot more…disturbing. It was very gruesome, which I love. It’s totally twisted, but I love gory stuff! And this one was the goriest of the gory. I mean, there was a certain scene close to the end that had me all

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I think if the whole book had been like that I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The scenes where things were actually happening were engrossing. The rest of the scenes? SO. FREAKING. BORING. So boring, in fact, that I literally fell asleep reading. There were pages upon pages of mindless drivel that read like a textbook. I actually almost DNFed it because I was so incredibly bored! I ended up skimming a good 80 pages of the book because nothing was happening. It took me nearly 100 pages in the beginning to get into it before something exciting finally happened. I will say, though, that the last 100 pages were pretty much non-stop action!

I’m not sure at this point if I’ll continue with the series or not, as the slow parts really killed my enjoyment of the rest of the book.

Favorite quote

“It is a patient hunter and will endure all hardship, waiting to strike when you least expect it, and once you are in its icy grip, there is no hope of rescue. It bears you to unimaginable heights and plunges you to unfathomable depths. It crushes your soul; it breaks your breath in half. And, even as it eats you, you share in the feast. Yes! As you rise to the very gates of heaven, as you fall to the innermost circle of hell, you rejoice in the misery it brings – you become the hunger. Flying, you fall. Gorging, you starve…”

Overall Assessment

Plot: 4/5 
Premise: 4/5 
Writing style: 3/5 
Originality: 4/5 
Characters: 2/5 
Pace: 1.5/5 
Feels: 2/5 
Cover: 3/5 
Overall rating: 3/5



5 skulls


Jessi (Geo)

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