Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Otherkin by Nina Berry

Book description:

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed.
Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself.
Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change -- and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Jenny's Review:

Dez is a normal teen who has never been close to a boy, until the one day a boy touches her waist and feels the brace that constrains her. In her embarrassment and frustration she runs home and feels the deep despair that haunts her.  The next thing she knows she has become a tiger and is being attacked by a crazy man. She wakes up in a cage and meets Caleb who is in the cage next to hers. Here she finds out what she is, a tiger shifter.  She is trying to process this information and is forced to escape and help Caleb escape with her. On her escape home she finds out a lot about herself and Caleb and the strange world of shadows and shifters. Nothing can compare to what happens when the Tribunal finds her again. For the safety of her family Dez is forced to have her mother run for their lives and she is forced to try to find a hidden school for kids like hers. At this new school she is challenged to shift every day and is learning about her new life. None of the other shifters there want to work with her, as the different tribes stick together. But when all their lives are in danger Dez has to find a way to unite them together.
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I really liked that Dez had grown up completely unaware that she was really a tiger shifter. I thought the story of her growing into accepting herself for who she was, was a great lesson for teens. This book had a ton of action and was filled with interesting mysteries to it. You know that Dez is falling for Caleb and think he is to, but there is something he is hiding from us all.  I loved the way the otherkins did not work together and were separated until Dez was able to convince them that they needed each other and should work together. All in all a terrific read and there is another book in the series coming in Othermoon, February 2013!  I think that this is a perfect read for high school readers and older.

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