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Young Adult Fiction Contemporary

Big Bad Me

by (author) Aislinn O'Loughlin

Little Island
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Contemporary, General, Werewolves & Shifters
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
    List Price

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Canadian teenager Evie Wilder just found out she’s a werewolf. Now her mom’s gone missing, she and her sister Kate have to go into hiding, and there’s not a single helpful vampire slayer to be found.

With the help of Kevin, the dorky-hot manager of the guesthouse where she and Kate lie low, Evie starts to harness her wolfish side. But Kevin seems to know a suspicious amount about vampires…

Meanwhile, animal attacks are increasing, local teens are going missing, and Evie is about to find herself at the centre of a supernatural showdown.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Aislinn O’Loughlin grew up in Dublin. After publishing several books in her teens, Aislinn worked as a storyteller and creativewriting teacher before moving to Toronto, where she sometimes took her kids to daycare in a sled (yes, really)! These days, she lives in Waterford with her scientist husband, three brilliant children and two evil genius cats.

Editorial Reviews

"Brimming with fourth-wall-breaking asides and well-timed humor." – Publishers Weekly

"Funny and charming ... Straightforward supernatural fun." – Kirkus Reviews

“FREAKING AMAZING! The perfect story to fill that Buffy-shaped hole in your soul.” – Sinéad O’Hart, author of Skyborn

“An absolute riot – I loved it.” – Kat Ellis, author of Wicked Little Deeds

“Brilliant and completely refreshing, and simply so much fun.” – Gina Blaxill, author of You Can Trust Me

“The writing is absolutely joyful. I loved every page!” – Naomi Gibson, author of Every Line of You

“A new take on the world of werewolves that’s fresh, fast-paced and funny. Adventure, witty dialogue and romance shot through with a delicious tingle of real horror – great fun!” – Andreina Cordani, author of Dead Lucky

“Witty, funny, edgy, and smart.” – Alison Weatherby, author of The Secrets Act

“Full of fangs and fun! Big Bad Me is a rip-roaring adventure featuring a memorable cast of badass yet beautifully vulnerable characters. Sharp and witty, this is not a novel you’ll want to miss!” – Ann Sei Lin, author of Rebel Skies


"One of the best books I've read over the past year." – Alan Nolan, author of The Sackville Street Caper

'Bloodily funny and appallingly enthralling, this YA debut is a crowd-pleaser for Buffy fans.' – The Guardian

"Written with confidence, panache and oodles of humour, this book is a must for Buffy fans young and old. Great fun." – The Irish Independent

"There's blood and guts and vomiting, and yet there's also a strange wholesomeness about this "little monster family" ... endearing and action-packed." – Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times


“A werewolf fantasy that doesn’t hold back on bite.” – The Business Post
"Fast-paced adventure with lots of monsters, laughs and witty dialogue." – Irish Examiner

"A must-read for fans of teenage werewolf/vampire fiction ... O'Loughlin's novel offers more than this, however ... O'Loughlin encourages the reader to confront and embrace their own idiosyncrasies." – Inis
"Fans of gore with a humorous twist will revel in this book, heavily laced as it is with all manner of slaughtering and mayhem, topped off with quips and asides ... O’Loughlin consistently delivers laugh out loud lines, juxtaposing them with the most bloodthirsty passages to great effect." – Books for Keeps

"A very enjoyable book with its own type of humour." – Paper Lanterns

“This was honestly just the perfect novel to fill that quippy paranormal creature hole in my heart … You really don’t want to miss this!” – Han Reads Plots

“I seriously love this … an incredibly good debut novel.” – Emily Sarah Art


"Right from that flashback opening, you’re hooked ... the pace is as fast as a werewolf’s speed: an absolute twist-filled rollercoaster that doesn’t even let up, even when it says ‘The End’ at the end!" – Check 'Em Out Books


"I would definitely read it again! I recommend this book to anyone who likes vampires, werewolves, and romance." – Teen Titles


"I loved it. The book was so much fun. I loved the blending of vampires, werewolves, and lore." – NetGalley Educator
"My daughter scooped up the kindle and read it. She is 14. This review is in her words: This book was so good. I didn't want to stop reading it. I love a vampire and werewolf reads. ones that aren't super gross. This book was so perfect. I love the friendships that form. It was just fun to read." – 5 star NetGalley Review


"I loved this book! As a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I was often reminded of the beloved series, and yet Aislinn O'Loughlin's writing comes across as fresh and immediate." 5 star NetGalley Review