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An American Weredeer in Michigan

The Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 2
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From the best-selling author of The Rules of Supervillainy:  

Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion.  

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.  

"Surpasses the first book in all ways." (The Bookwyrm Speaks)

"Phipps is the best thing to happen to urban fantasy." (Booknest.EU)

©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 11-06-2018

Great second book!

Jane just can't seem to get a break! Her parents are in witness protection and someone wants to buy their business. When on a picnic with Emma, she encounters not only two monster hunters, a weird religious fanatic who is an exceptionally strong wizard, but she also meets someone whom she promises to help, but that promise might just be the end of her. She is also the Shaman of Bright Falls now and is called into help with the discovery of a mass grave of infants.

I've read a few of this authors books but I have to say that this series is my favourite. Jane is just such a fun and likable character and the world the authors have created is awesome! I love the magic and fantastical creatures and the fact that most of them have come out to the world. The world building was well done and one of my favourite things about the books.

Jane is by far my favourite thing though!! Her attitude and joie de vivre just make her stand out. She is only a teen, yet has the weight of so much on her shoulders, but she always manages to stay up beat and fun. She is an admirable heroine!! I also loved that the authors kept her as a typical teen in ways. Her relationship with her BFF is awesome and I loved the dynamics between the two of them. I loathe love triangles, but I also know that a teenagers hormones will dictate things to them. Jane loves Alex and he does seem right for her, but then there is the bad boy Lucien, who she is drawn to. He makes her feel alive! I'd be happy with her ending up with either of them to be honest, but I think Alex is more suited to who Jane is.

Anyway, book 2 seems to have a lot more action and adventure than the first, which is always good!! This also felt a bit darker than the first, but still had plenty of the fun and laugh out loud moments. The authors throw out puns and pop culture references like there's no tomorrow, which makes for great reading. I sniggered so much while reading this that my kids were looking at me funny. I want to be a fly on the wall while these authors are plotting out the next book!!!

In all, this series is amazing. Well written and developed, with amazing characters and a strong female lead, it's a must read for everyone. This author duo can do no wrong!!

Arielle DeLisle was amazing. She brings Janes' sassiness to life and captures each of the characters personalities perfectly. She is easy to listen to and has a pleasant voice.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 26-04-2018

I was a deer Caught in the Headlights!

The second installment of this wondrful series cranks it up to 11 on the action scale, and places poor Jane right in the danger zone. The tone, while a little darker than the first book is still funny and irreverant and full of puns and wiseacre remarks. This time, Jane might just be over her head in trouble, so deep in fact that she may not be a ble to hoof her way out of it in time. There is the old crew from last time, as well as a newbie named Robyn. We get to see Jane's world through her eyes in a way, which plays nicely so that we get some idea of the deeper stuff happening.

Jane is finally the Shaman she was worried she could never be, and after a terrible discovery has her hands full trying to find a baby killer. The scooby gang reunites and brings their all to find the fiend responsible for the atrocity. Problems arise when a wizard makes an appearance, and Jane has to worry about whether or not the family business should get sold or not, and if you remember she's just a poor girl from a poor family and there isn't anyone gonna spare her from this monstrosity. She is low in her cash flow, so this is a dire predicament to deal with while everything else is happeneing. Can she solve the mystery, save her family business, get her boyfriend's brother out of her hair, and stop the cult leading wizard? I can't say, but I'm just gonna tell you that the solutions to these problems are fun to listen to.

Speaking of listening, I will again praise Arielle DeLisle. She is a joy to listen to, and she has some serious story telling chops. Her pleasant tones really sell Jane, you get to see her in a way that the printed page simply cannot provide. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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  • Wendy Williams
  • 18-06-2018

I like where this is going

This book gave me the further character development I was looking for.
Jane Doe keeps changing as a character and growing up, dealing with new powers and social situations. I wanna see more about her teacher Kim as in some more backstory and its going to be interesting to see where Alex goes from here considering the new angle at the end of the book.
Look I don't want to give to many spoilers here, but this book continues to delight me as a series and I recommend it to urban fantasy fans as well as detective story fans who might not be scared of a detective story with a supernatural angle.
Jim Butcher might want to watch out this series has the potential to rival his Harry Dresden series.

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  • erobbins33
  • 22-05-2018

Very en-deer-ing

Chock full of deer puns, this new installment in the Bright Falls series did not disappoint. Comedy, romance, and a supernatural mystery all rolled into one. I liked the narrator a lot. Her voice is very versatile, and highly entertaining. Well done!

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  • Brian
  • 22-04-2018

An EnDEERing Story Full of Awesome Characters

See what I did there? If you don't like that, then this book isn't for you.  Though An American Weredeer in Michigan has a lot fewer puns than the original book in the series - they were still there and made me laugh just as hard. I can imagine Phipps and Suttkus chatting with each other trying to come up with the ultimate deer-related pun. I'm also curious which one they each liked the most.

An American Weredeer in Michigan (man, that's a mouthful - that's what she said... sorry) is one of those stories that you just enjoy.  It was pure enjoyment from beginning to end - Phipps and Suttkus really know how to write characters that you want to follow.  Jane is endearing (yes, I spelled it right this time) and a little doe-eyed at times, but she's also funny and relentless. I just love everything about her.  If she were a real person I could definitely see being friends with her.

American Weredeer and the entire Bright Falls Mysteries series was one that I jumped into not fully sure what to expect, but I came out a completely changed man.  Phipps and Suttkus have this way of writing that drew me in and won't let me go.  They're all so enjoyable and fun from beginning to end.

There was more teenage drama in this one, but what do you expect when you have a 19-year-old main character.  There's going to be drama - it's inevitable. And I thought that it was well thought out and appropriate for the amount of drama and stress that Jane and co have had to go through.

One of my particularly favorite scenes (there shouldn't be any spoilers here) was when Jane pets and nuzzles the Werewolf version of her best friend - to which she replies "you know you're the only one I let do this?" I don't know why I just found that perfect and hilarious.  I think partially because of the character building and dynamic between the two of them, but it was great.

I thought that Arielle DeLisle was perfect once again for the role of Jane and the overall narrator of the book.  She has a young-sounding voice that lends itself well to the character that was written.  She has an easy to listen to voice that made the story fly by.

Overall, I think this might have been even better than the first book - and it intrigues me to see what else can happen in Bright Falls. Phipps and Suttkus - you have me hooked!

I was voluntarily provided with a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review in any way. If you enjoyed this review, please vote for it! Every vote helps.

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  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
  • 16-04-2018

Loving this series!

I am seriously loving this series. I usually do not enjoy shifter books, but this series is great! I was a little skeptical about book one but tried it because I love the author. I was excited about listening to book 2. Now I'm hoping for a book 3! A fun shifter/paranormal book with a very enjoyable narration by Arielle DeLisle!

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  • travis
  • 26-12-2019

Another great one

I have enjoyed C. T. Phipps's writing style because of all the interesting pop culture references he puts into it, and have accepted that the story may not be the best but I cut it some slack for this reason. I feel his weredeer series really outshines my expectation, and is a great stand alone story series. I know that the fact she is a "weredeer" was somewhat of a joke from pulling Jane into his other books, but the world he has built is solid, and the mystery detective style stories that go along with it are great. Hope they keep coming.

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  • Casey Krise
  • 11-12-2019

Awesome listen. Very entertaining!

Yet another great book, 2 for 2 in the series. If you like shape shifers and magic and being highly entertained I definitely recommend!!

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 06-10-2019

Couldn’t put it down- highly recommend!

An American Weredeer in Michigan (The Bright Falls Mysteries Series, Book 2) by C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus and narrated by Arielle DeLisle is an excellent second book to the series. Recommend if you enjoy a little sarcasm and mystery with your fantasy.

The story continues about a year after the previous book, with nineteen year old Jane being Kim Sue’s apprentice. Her parents are in witness protection, the diner is not doing well, and to top it off she and Emma stumble across a mass grave site of children while in the woods. A variety of characters enter the mix- a preacher who heads a religious cult, hunters who hunt the supes, and a new girl with her own unique powers. Previous characters make a come back (Merlin gun included) and Jane struggles with Lucien and Alex (not in an annoying way). Once again the pop-culture references/humor knock this book out of the park. The beginning offers a brief recap of past events and you could pick this one up and understand what’s going on, I wouldn’t recommend it as you will miss out on the fun and key elements of the first book. I appreciate this series has some darkness to it but can also poke fun at itself.

“There were only so many times you can wrestle with death before you lost.”

The narrator, Arielle DeLisle, did a great job again. Distinct voices, easy-to-listen voice. Would listen to another by her in a heartbeat.

Overall I highly recommend this series, especially if you enjoy urban fantasy with a slice of mystery, darkness, and sarcasm.

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  • JulieM
  • 11-09-2019

So good, I'm ready for book 3!

This book keeps Jane’s story rolling because she’s now 19. Her parents are in witness protection. She’s been pulled between Lucian and Alex. Plus, there’s a new/old mystery in town that needs Jane’s unique weredeer shaman energy to solve it.

The main cast from the first book are back, but the world grows a little with a real estate expansion and a new goddess for Jane to go up against. We get introduced to part-dryad Robin, who just might be sticking around in Bright Falls a while longer.

This is fun urban fantasy, and because it came from Phipps and Suttkus, the pop culture references are overflowing. The magical action is great, and the whole plot moves along smoothly from start to finish. The best thing I can say is that I immediately started this book after I finished book 1, and I’m already ready to devour book 3. (Ready, guys. Any day now, please. Chop chop.)

As for the tone of the book, some have compared it to Buffy meets Veronica Mars. I think this would appeal to both teens and adults, and though Jane herself is still a teenager at 19 in the story, she is depicted as an adult making adult decisions.

As this was an audio copy, I should mention the narrator. She does a great job with a variety of characters who ae different ages and genders. You never get confused in who is talking, and she’s got very good coming timing, which helps in delivering Jane’s snark.

Highly recommended for readers/listeners who like urban fantasy with shamans, shifters, and an anything goes magic system. It might seem “out there” as a concept at first, but it really works. If you want to start this series, though, do yourself a favor and go back to the first book, I Was a Teenage Weredeer.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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