Rachel Orvino
February 10, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Wolf Gift

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anne Rice
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B-

In this typical Rice extravaganza, vampires and witches are out, werewolves in. Reuben, a young newspaper reporter, falls in love with a mysterious estate and its owner before a vicious attack leads to quite a hairy transformation. (To be fair, a 23-year-old man who allows his family to call him Sunshine Boy deserves a wake-up bite.) The Wolf Gift is at its best when Reuben, with shades of Spider-Man, explores his new powers in a series of vigilante rescues. But the made-for-the-big-screen action falters in the third act, where the novel mutates into talky mythology. B-

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