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(The Wereling #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Kate Folan comes from a family of werewolves. She'll only become fully 'wolf herself when she mates with a male werewolf. But she vows that will never happen. The last thing she wants is to give in to her evil heritage.
Then she meets Tom Anderson. Tom is a wereling-a werewolf who retains his humanity even in his wolf form. He was "turned" by Kate's mother, who chose wisel
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Published January 27th 2005 by Razorbill (first published December 31st 2003)
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Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this series. I thought this first book was a little slow in the very beginning but once you get past the turning point its actually quite good.

The book is much like the Twilight series or Harry Potter series, except that this one is a werewolf community. Its a very smooth and easy read like the series I mentioned above. They are quite a bit smaller then those books but very good.

The main characters are around 16-17 and even though there is attraction there, its ill-fated. The moth
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Tom Anderson's vacation turns into a nightmare when he ends up in the Folan house. He is an invalid, so why lock his door? And every suggestion he makes to leave or contact someone outside gets shot down. The enigmatic Kate may prove his only salvation . . . if both of them can trust each other long enough to get away. And even then, there may be something bigger going on than just the two of them.

What begins as an accident ends up as something far more sinister. Through no fault of his own, Tom
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, own

Wounded, Prey, and Resurrection are the books that made me start reading for fun. I remember going through the aisle's of my local book fair and seeing Wounded on the shelf. After reading the synopsis, I decided to buy it. It was also one of the first bargain priced books I ever bought (with my parent's money since I was still a kid). When I started reading, I fell in love with the story. It was interesting and kept my attention throughout (This was a big thing for me since I seem to
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: age-ya, 2008, werewolves
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May 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
I was looking for filler before the next Stephenie Meyer and Melissa de la Cruz books. This didn't do it for me. It tried too hard to be a horror/monster movie. It had moments of suspense, but the characters were too stereotypical (the bumbling British geek-turned-hero, the runaway who gets into trouble, the overbearing mother, the washed-out villain attempting a comeback, etc.). There was too much gore for my taste, also.
Yasmin Foster
This is a review of the trilogy as a whole, for these are short books and what I say can apply to all of them.

I remember reading these books when I was in school, more than ten years ago, and it’s a testament that I remember them, and certain scenes, characters and quotes, vividly. I enjoyed them then and I enjoy them now as an adult.

These are fast-paced, smooth reads and the writing is economical. The only time it does seem to stumble in its pacing in when it has to give an ‘info-dump’, but th
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love the feeling that comes with finishing a good book, the satisfaction of having done something worthwhile. The same can be said of finding a new author, or a new series and The Wereling by Stephen Cole has been added to my TBR list. I enjoyed reading about the trials and troubles of Tom, a teenager separated from his family and "turned" by Kate's parents in their attempt to mate her with another lycanthrope. It tracks their race across country dodging villains bent on their capt
Sarah Gries
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It’s short and full of suspense. The characters could be more developed in my opinion, and the length of the book should be longer because he needs to expand on some things.

It’s very fast paced which i don’t mind after reading all of Dan Brown’s books. I only wish there was more content in the book. There are some crazy ass people in this book and it kinda scared me, Im not gonna lie.

I would give this book 3 1/2 stars, but me being an optimist and all happy i decided
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. If I have to read "'wolf " stylized like that again I'm going to freak. That was so, so annoying. Writing was subpar, but the story was somewhat interesting. I finished in a day. Won't be reading the next two in the series.
Samantha Brown
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing wrong with this book, I just found the story line to be average. I'm not really feeling compelled to finish the last 2 books.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did my 25% and didn’t like it. Too gruesome for me, especially the suggestion of eating his family.
Ari Carr
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Total of-its-time early 00s teen/YA. I probably would have loved it when I was 14 or so!
Dhruv Saxena
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just. Amazing.
Amanda Gonzalez
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read from when I was in high school. It was one of the first books i'd read with a supernatural setting and I loved it then and still love it now.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Book Review of Wereling: Wounded
By Yup Myu, Grade 7, Yangon International School
“A new creature that wore his skin had crept in to replace him: something from the dark pits of a nightmare, a bestial force of hideous strength.” Stephan Cole uses these words to describe the way Kate thought when Tom turned into a werewolf for the first time in Cole’s novel Wereling: Wounded. How does Kate feel when her friend is a hideous beast? In this novel, Cole develops distractions Tom and Kate must face w
Ginna Marciel
Oct 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book Wereling because it has to do with a regular seventeen year old boy, and he is normal like everyone else but then something happens to where he goes on a trip with his family and while he was by himself, playing in the river. He got swept away by the current and well, more like everything start going downhill from that. What I didn’t like was the fact that everyone that they met were werewolves, and they couldn’t find a few nice people that were not connected to that wolves. I a ...more
Rachel Patrick
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review (and others) can be seen in all its proper formatting glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

I love this book (and, of course, series). I believe I first discovered Wounded my freshman year of high school, when I asked the school librarian for some recommendations of books I might like since I was on a Twilight high. She steered me toward Stephen Cole's Wereling series, and THANK GOSH she did--otherwise, I don't know that I would've ever known about these books, and that would be
Jennifer Wardrip
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Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson is a typical teen. Ticked off to be spending his summer vacation with his parents and younger brother, Tom storms out of their rented cabin in the Seattle forest, needing some time to himself. Next thing he knows, he's wading in a fast-moving river, with a bear between him and freedom. After being tossed unmercilessly down-river, Tom passes out--and awakes in a strange bed in a strange house.

Tom's now at the mercy of the Folan fam
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was a Goodreads recommendation. Not sure what I did to deserve it, but it's not a top-shelf book. Unless your top shelf is where you put the books you haven't quite gotten around to trashing yet, because it's certainly not a keeper. It doesn't seem to be a very popular book, either, since I had to go through inter library loan to get it and its sequel and the sequel got shipped in all the way from San Jose. I kind of feel like I should apologize to the library folks for putting them to ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2008
Tom Anderson is resentful that he has been dragged along on a boring family vacation. He soon learns how much he should have appreciated boring. After being chased by bear in the woods into a open river and getting dragged away by the current, Tom wakes up in a strange bed. He was found and nursed back to health by Marcie, a nurse, and her family. He assumes he must have been hurt pretty badly, as he feels weak and unable to get out of bed, and seems to sleep all the time, but it is not restful ...more
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Spoiler: A teenage boy( Tom Anderson) around the age of 16 went camping with his family but ends up getting bitten by a werewolf. Tom wakes up on an island inhabited by a family of werewolfs. Tom does not know the families true intents until he realizes that he has been gone for months and was told by Ted( son of the 2 were wolfs) that he is one of them and the mother murices wants him to mate with her daughter kate so the wolf in her will also awaken and so the family name will be passed down. ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
At 16, Tom is less than thrilled at the idea of a family vacation in the wilderness. He takes off hiking in the woods one morning and while fleeing a bear, falls into the rapids-filled river, ended up battered against some rocks. A kindly local family takes him in to nurse him back to health, but things are not what they seem - they are werewolves, and he's been chosen as the suitor for their duaghter, who needs a mate to turn herself. She isn't keen on becoming a monster either, though so the t ...more
Edgar A
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the book the wereling by Stephen Cole it is an amazing story that is about a boy named Tom goes on a trip with his dad and gets lost in a wave of water and when he awakens he finds that he is with this family that helped him and he thought that they were a normal family that just wanted to help him. They kept on keeping him there until he found out what they were and when he tried to leave some of their kids tried to stop him. they fought but tom won the battle to the death and ran away with ...more
Samuel Bradley
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The Wereling" is an exhilarating fantasy/horror novel by an author called Stephen Cole. The story is about a teenager called Tom Anderson who begins a vengeful mission to attempt to defeat an evil werewolf pack that battles mankind to claim human land and freedom. Tom is one of a select few people who has been bitten by a werewolf and lived to tell the tale. He is a Wereling, a human who is able to resist werewolf venom, however his resistance against the venom begins to fade and he too can be ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The story's pretty good, the beginning of the book is very strong and has this neat horror aspect to it that I enjoyed greatly. However it does have some problems, mostly that the Villains seem to know too much too fast. For example they know he's a wereling without even seeing him change. Before that the only person who would have noticed was the wolf that changed him and that wolf is dead, and was crazed at any rate.

At the end of the book there's another issue as the secondary villain is laid
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this story! There was never a dull moment! It is about a boy who is on vacation with his family (which he is not so happy about), when he is almost attacked by a bear and then washed away in a river. And if that wasn't bad enough he gets washed up on sure and taken in by strangers who claim to be nursing him back to health. Little does he know that he has been bitten by a werewolf with the intentions of being a mate for a member of the pack! After realizing what has happened to hi ...more
Kate was born into a family of werewolves, but since she is a pureblood she must mate with another wolf in order for her to become one herself. Kate dislikes what her family does (killing people) and swears that she will never become a wolf.

This is when her mother changes Tom. He got into an argument with his family while camping and went for a walk into the woods. But when he was attacked by a bear and washed down stream, he had no idea he won't see his family again.

He woke in the Folan househ
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book years and years ago. I was at the airport and I had to board my plane within a few minutes, so I picked it up in a hurry because I needed something to entertain me during the flight. I never regretted this purchase once. It is such an entertaining, fast-paced read that has none of the ridiculous nonsense that can be found in abundance in some recent series *cough*Twilight*cough*.

The characters act like normal teens, their attraction is believable, the story is exciting and keep
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Surprisingly better than I expected. Of course after just a few pages, my expectations had dropped down significantly. The character development in this series isn't that well, it's not there. Some characters are startlingly two dimensional, but yet, after the 1st book, I just kept reading. I'll tell you this much, the author did good in holding off on answering some of my questions, otherwise I probably wouldn't be reading this. I find it kind of hard to place an age limit on this due to th ...more
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See also: Steve Cole.

Stephen Cole (born 1971) is an English author of children's books and science fiction. He was also in charge of BBC Worldwide's merchandising of the BBC Television series Doctor Who between 1997 and 1999: this was a role which found him deciding on which stories should be released on video, commissioning and editing a range of fiction and non-fiction titles, producing audioboo

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