Publisher: FB Publishing
I wasn't born with a scar on my forehead. I'm not an heir to a distant kingdom. I was born a rabbit. My destiny was simply to die in a laboratory. But becoming a hero doesn't happen overnight and destiny is a funny thing. In one moment the kindness of a stranger- or in my case a vampire - can change everything.
My name is Snow and I am a wererabbit.
Snow Everly was born a rabbit and believes that her destiny was to die in a cold laboratory. Then one winter night, a vampire named John breaks in searching for his missing research. When the lab goes up in flames he goes back and rescues her. He names her Snowball and has no idea that she is no ordinary rabbit. John's partner, Edgar tells him that he is now a father but it takes time for John to realize how right he is. When Snow turns three years old, Snow gains the ability to shift into a girl. Why was she created? Who and what are the mysterious figures following her? Follow Snow on her journey as she makes friends with werewolves, a telepathic mouse and searches for answers. Her dream is to one day become a hero and above all else - she wants to be accepted for who she is - a wererabbit.
WHERE TO FIND ELIZABETH:
I was utterly charmed by Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit. It is listed as a YA novel appropriate for ages 10-18, and it works very well as such. I imagine I would have enjoyed a novel like this very much as a young teen, and adults wanting to introduce younger readers to urban fantasy would do well recommending this title. There was plenty for adults to enjoy as well - especially if you are looking for something earnest and hopeful as a relief from the more cynical, gritty fare that’s common in the genre.
Most of the book chronicles Snow’s life from the time her foster father, three hundred fifty year old vampire John Everly, rescues her until she is about fourteen. Much of that time she is in rabbit form. No matter which form she is in, Snow is always a rabbit and has great difficulty relating to humans. The author clearly knows and loves rabbits, judging from the detail she puts into Snow’s life as a rabbit and John’s experiences learning to care for her.
Much of conflict of the narrative comes from all too real but mundane problems, such as stranger danger and bullying in school. The unknown forces whose experiments resulted in Snow’s creation don’t reappear until near the end of the book.
I appreciated the author’s creation of some truly unusual and interesting characters. John is strange even for a vampire - a sort of absent minded professor who, while seemingly unsuited for fatherhood, makes a great dad for Snow. Edgar, on the other hand, is an adventurous type who refuses to indulge John’s homebody personality and frequently leaves to pursue his own life. Their relationship is not idyllic and is more interesting for that, but he balances John as Snow’s second father. It is clear that character development is the author’s strongest suit. Snow herself is an amazing character and a good role model for young girls.
I have very few quibbles about this book, but I have to mention my main one. There is a decided lack of female role models in Snow’s life. She has two dads (which I applaud), but other female characters are few and mostly negative. A young werewolf friend, David, fulfills an older brother role for her. Snow’s best friend Charlene is literally a mouse (not a were-mouse, but an actual mouse). All the girls her age are stereotypical mean girls, and adult women are barely present (a brief mention of one teacher and a librarian at school). At one point a principal (a woman) lists a long string of negative character traits she attributes to girls in general. What message does that send to young girls reading this book? Even John’s sister Victoria is a villain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She has been writing since she was old enough to read and has written short stories, articles and poetry. Her first book, Running into the Black is a courtroom drama.
A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she is happy to be writing the new series Chronicles of a Wererabbit. She currently lives in New York with her dog and three dwarf bunnies and is working on the third book, Snow Island.
Author Links: Website