Okay so I guess to counterbalance that series of rants, it is time for Werewolves I Am Totally Stoked About. Some of these stories have cute werewolves, and some have cute non-werewolves, but the point is, I really enjoyed them.
The Cage, by A.M. Dellamonica - a community of lesbians rallies to protect a baby werewolf. It’s really heartwarming.
Surviving Frank, by David A. Page - it’s a buddy cop book, except one of the cops is a huge slobby werewolf. This is so up my alley.
Iron & Velvet, by Alexis Hall - light on the werewolves, but so many lesbians! What a fantastic urban fantasy novel, man. Where was this when I was hitting puberty. I hear it has a sequel, which is on my to-read list.
Prisoner, by Lia Silver - adorable werewolf marine gets kidnapped by secret government, accidentally winds up dating secret genetically engineered black ops agent god they are so cute together. It has sequels, also on my to-read list.
Fame and Misfortune, by Kel McDonald - can I just recommend Kel McDonald herself, because all of her werewolves are great. Fame and Misfortune has a big burly grumpy lesbian werewolf bodyguard, I love her and her accidentally-bitten maybe-werewolf maybe-girlfriend.
Sorcery 101, by Kel McDonald - more of a mixed urban fantasy story like Iron & Velvet, but plenty of werewolves, and they’re great and plenty of them are queer.
Misfits of Avalon, by Kel McDonald - okay, it’s a talking dog shapeshifter instead of a werewolf, but if I’ve convinced you to read the rest of Kel McDonald’s stuff, you’ll like this too.
Bisclavret, by Marie de France - an old timey poem with a werewolf who gets betrayed by his wife but then becomes the king’s buddy. I’m fond of this particular translation, but there are plenty of others. If you liked this story, Sir Marrok is a pretty similar one, except Arthurian flavored.
Bisclavret, by Kel McDonald - ha, did you think I was done reccing Kel McDonald because I totally wasn’t, she did a Bisclavret comic too.
Prague Race, by Petra Erika Nordlund - one of the main characters is a trans werewolf and there is an entire werewolf pack and I’m really stoked about it, you guys
Sing the Moon Down, by MasterLoki - Adorable witch and werewolf romance, and it’s queer too!
Wilde Life, by Pascalle Lepas - Grumpy teenage werewolf in a red hoodie accidentally befriends a writer and gets dragged into supernatural shit.
How To Be A Werewolf, by Shawn Lenore - Werewolf barista discovers other werewolves for the first time, learns to control her powers, supernatural shit ensues.
The Glass Scientists, by Sabrina Cotugno - Rookie mad scientist is accidentally a werewolf, joins mad scientist community.
Royal Bloodlines, by Mike Resnick - this is a great comedy piece about a werewolf in a dog show and I wholeheartedly recommend every line of it EXCEPT THE LAST ONE DANGIT MIKE.
Thor, by Wayne Smith - okay, the werewolf in this one is the evil serial killer type, but the protagonist is a German Shepherd and I really love him and his perspective. It’s a cute book and it made me cry.
Wolf Hunt, by Jeff Strand - another evil serial killer werewolf, but I’m in it for the buddy goons transporting the werewolf for the mob. A great comedy, but heads up for the awful gory bits. Ignore the sequel.
That’s a lot of cool werewolf stories (my god, Kel McDonald is a quarter of this list, protect her at all costs) to choose from, not counting the sequels. Don’t despair for the future of werewolf media, there are plenty of diamonds in the dogshit.
(Please god nobody add the Mercy Thompson series, the Bitten series, the Parasol Protectorate series, the Dresden Files, or the Kitty Norville series to this post. Been there, done that, never again.)
Alright, I read some more werewolf books on my to-read list.
Partner, by Lia Silver - the werewolf marine and the genetically engineered assassin are still cute together, you get a lot of great backstory and new werewolves, and all the setup with the plot and the supporting cast pays off. Definitely read this if you liked the previous one. There’s another one in the series with a different protag, but I’m not gonna get to it, so you’re on your own there.
Angel in the Attic, by Rebecca Tregaron (aka Lia Silver) - It is super cute, but it’s literally a third of a story. So there’s a cute lesbian werewolf, some sexual tension, a lot of interesting food, and a sex scene before it cuts off, but there are a ton of characters who get introduced, and conflicts set up, and worldbuilding explained, with no payoff. I’m sticking around in hopes of the next two books getting published, but if you don’t read works in progress, skip this one.
I’ve definitely read more werewolf books than this but there’s a limit on what I will admit to, let alone recommend to the internet at large.
OP here with more werewolf updates!
Shadows & Dreams, by Alexis Hall - turned out amazing, just as good as Iron & Velvet. werewolves aren’t the focus, but there are a few running around and they get a great fight scene, and there are plenty of lesbians
Weregirl, by C.D. Bell - awesome YA book about a girl on the track team who is accidentally elected champion of the wolves (via wolf bite) and has to untangle a local conspiracy.
The Better To Find You With, by Kel McDonald - A werewolf wakes up in the pound and teams up with the overenthusiastic vet who patched up his silver bullet wound, trying to find a new werewolf and a werewolf hunter before it’s too late. It’s great to see recurring characters from Kel McDonald’s other werewolf comics, and this was really cute.
Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu - a young witch who works in a bookstore is reunited with her nonbinary werewolf friend, and together they try to solve a magical mess
Still Waters by Alex Gabriel - honestly, this isn’t a werewolf book, it’s about a nix, but he does live in a town full of friendly werewolves and there’s a really cute puppy
The Changeling Prince, by Vivian Vande Velde - alright, I’ll finally admit to this one. It’s about a man/wolf/woobie raised by a witch who turns animals into people, and people into animals. When she takes over a town, he must choose whether to protect his new friends, at the risk of permanently losing his humanity.
Still on the to-read list:
Last Night at Wyrmwood High, by Kathleen Gros - I’ve read little bits of this as a webcomic, and it was great, so I’m gonna pick up the book when I can.
Bleeding Heart, by Sabrina Cotugno - I’ll get a copy sooner or later, stay tuned.