Title: The Better to Hold You.
Author: Alisa Sheckley.
Unwolf- a shapeshifter that has a genetic predisposition for changing into an animal.
Were-wolf- a "Wolf Man". Can't change into an animal, but into a hairier human with hieghtened senses.
Abra- A vet who is a student at an Animal Medical Institute. Tends to be a klutz. Loses things. Says things on her mind that offends others. Becomes an Unwolf by making love with her ex-fiance by the end of the book- Hunter.
Hunter- Abra's fiance. Now, Ex-fiance. Just came back from Romania on a journalism-turned- book research project on wild wolves. Is a Were-wolf. Cheats on Abra with his Unwolf mentor, Magda. Has the lythrocanthropic virus.
Magda- Hunter's mentor. Infertile and an Unwolf .
Red- Rednecked Un-wolf. Becomes Abra's lover by the end of the book. Works as a Wildlife Removal Operator.
Jackie- Red's Girlfriend. Is a human.
Mom/ Piper Lefever- Mother of Abra. Former big-time actress. Is in a lesbian relationship with Grania- a young Vet student who studies alot, unlike Abra, who didn't study at all.
Dad- Split with Mom. Has a girlfriend. Is mention a few times but isn't seen in the book, physically.
Moon- Dad's Girlfriend. claims she's "psychic".
Malachy- British Staff Vet., experiments on himself with the lythrocanthropic/Unwolf virus. Develops an anti-virus for Abra later on in the story but it doesn't work. It only supresses her menstral cramps and makes her lose hair.
Ofer- Student at Medical Institute. Has a background in Neurology.
Sam- Student at Medical Institute. Very intelligent.
Lilliana- Abra's best friend. Has a degree in Social Neuroscience and is fluent in the Facial Action Coding System- Re: she knows what people are really saying without speaking. She just looks at their facial expression. (Maybe I should go into that :D)
Pia- A wolf/dog hybrid at the Facility.
Duncan- Bouvier. Had a fork stuck in his cheek. (He wen't for his owner's steak and got barbed.)
Okay, even though this book has a ton of characters, it was an extremely entertaining and comical read. Not, only is the main character, Abra, sassy, she's a vet who goes through her daily life complete with twists and turns. From breaking into her own apartment when her fiance doesn't even answer his cell phone, to becoming an Unwolf. The story has a great pace and builds up with suspense by the end of the book. Everything in the story, follows chronologically. So, you can realize what goes on, even if you skip a part.