Book Review: The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey


Young Adult > Horror 

(The Monstrumologist #2)

While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that Homo vampiris, the vampire, could exist, his former fiancée asks him to rescue her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo—a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh. Although Dr. Warthrop considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and performs the rescue—and then sees the man transform into a Wendigo. Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, and whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?

Book 1: The Monstrumologist review


… so was it really a Wendigo or not? *lost*Okay. So either I didn’t get it, or I just took the horror of monsters too literally. Ha! Well, I thought I was into another (gleeful) nightmare similar to the Anthropophagi from The Monstrumologist. Wrong expectations from my side. I admit the nightmare here in The Curse of the Wendigo is still as horrifying as it comes from Yancey’s standards, but I was looking for more tangible and honest-to-goodness monsters that will scare the crap out of me!

The part I liked the most is when Dr. Warthrop, Will and their guide were traversing the Canadian Wilderness. There’s something about that place that made it creepier, darker, and scarier just by having night talks about the Wendigo. Despite the doctor’s warning that it is nothing but a myth, Will cannot helped but be doubtful, because why is there a pair of red eyes following him? The most palpipating scene ever: Dr. Warthrop and Will on the run for their lives, with an unconscious John Chanler in tow. *shivers*

Now I am starting to doubt if I did read anything that suggested of the existence of the Wendigo. Heh.

Although I got to know Dr. Warthrop’s history, and how he came to be what he was with Will. The relationship between them was a toxic one, but Will cannot deny that beyond the doctor’s brusqueness, inconsideration, and abruptness with him, he realized that the monstrumologist was the only family he had. And this boy will sacrifice himself for the sake of his master. The catch: The doctor felt protective of Will Henry, despite his decision to be alone.

The Curse of the Wendigo delves deeper on the personal lives of Dr. Warthrop and Will. I don’t mind that, I really don’t, but maybe more of the monsters I’m used to from The Monstrumologist are present here. Not gonna happen? Oh, well.



Paperback, 424 pages

Published September 13th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

3/5 stars


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