*This title will be released on July 31, 2012*
by Nina Berry
Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publisher
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
Sixteen-year-old Desdemona Gray doesn’t even bother with crushes on cute boys now that she’s forced to wear a hard plastic back brace all day. What guy would want to literally have to knock on a girl to be let in? So she squashes down every impossible desire until an uber-awkward brush with a boy brings out all her frustration and she changes…into a tiger. In that bewildering moment, she is captured by Ximon, the leader of a fanatical group hell-bent on wiping out the five remaining tribes of shape-shifters, known as the otherkin.
With help from a handsome, mysterious fellow captive named Caleb, she escapes and goes on the run, finding allies and learning the truth behind the legends of wizards and were-creatures. Then Ximon goes too far, and Dez must tap into all her buried desires to find her inner tiger and save herself, her new friends, and the boy she loves.
OTHERKIN, the first book in Nina Berry’s new paranormal YA series of the same name, hurls its protagonist into a long fought war between the five remaining shifter species and the magic users–called conjurers–who are determined to destroy them. Magic, or shadow as it’s called, comes from another world and can be called into ours by certain people. Berry provides fresh and interesting details surrounding this idea and hints at even more revelations in the books to come.
The pacing in OTHERKIN feels a bit rushed initially, which didn’t immediately endear me to Dez. She was forced through a lot of emotions in a very short period of time learning that she’s a shifter, that she’s being hunted, and that she must leave her family behind and train at a secret school for shifters. There isn’t a lot of processing time for any of this. Even Dez’s mother pretty much goes with the flow with very few questions or concerns. I appreciated the idea behind condensing the reactions, but found it too unrealistic.
The other part of OTHERKIN that felt rushed was the romance. This is an action packed book with lots of cool fights and escape scenes. It also takes place over a very short period of time. Dez and Caleb do have intense, adrenaline filled encounters, but I had a hard time believing that anything beyond attraction could have developed between them given these circumstances. Hearing the L-word thrown around was a real stretch. I do see potential for them. Dez develops a good amount of maturity and bravery throughout the book, which makes Caleb’s interest in her very believable. And Caleb brings just the right amount of mystery and impulsiveness to make him a great love interest.
The next book in the Otherkin series is titled OTHERMOON and will be published in February 2013. Fans of shifter YA series like Kelley Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series and Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series will find plenty to like here.
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