August 21, 2012

Review of Otherkin by Nina Berry


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.

Otherkin by Nina Berry
Publish Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: K Teen

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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I have been literally dying to read Otherkin by author Nina Berry.  I expected so much from it and guys, I got everything and the moon from the novel (what’s up in-book reference?).  It sounded like the perfect mix of everything a reader like myself could want; Shape-shifters, thrills, romance action—definitely my cup of tea.  If there’s one thing about the novel that I didn’t expect it would be the start of the novel, I seriously had no idea what to expect and was shocked to see that the novel just throws me into the story.  Otherkin is filled with non-stop action from start to finish.

The novel itself (and I feel I should put this because what I saw on the back of the book didn’t tell me much) is about main character Dez who finds herself able to shape-shift from a teenage girl with spine problems to a freaking tiger.  That’s pretty awesome-sauce already and you know it.  Care if I add into the awesomeness?  Not only can Dez shape-shift, but she finds herself on the run from a group of people called the Tribunal who have taken it to themselves to hunt down every shape-shifter.  On the run with her Caller friend, Dez has to learn to control her new found abilities before all hell breaks loose.

I make it sound pretty awesome-sauce, but I’m just telling it like it is, guys.

The one thing that I’m usually hesitant about when I read Shape-shifter novels is that I usually hate the descriptions about bones crunching and joints moving and pain.  It’s a mess in my head that I seriously hate hearing about.  Finally, I found a novel that gave me a better representation of what a “change” should feel like.  It was both realistic and actually made sense considering the type of world the shifters grow up in.

I absolutely adored the world of the otherkin because it was the type of world that I have been waiting a very long time to read about.  It’s full of secrecy and danger and shadow magic and I fell in love with it—hard.  Did I think the shifters were cool?  Yes.  Did I think that the callers like Caleb were cool?  Hell yes.  Being able to manipulate the states of matter and the shape of things is a power that I wouldn’t mind and when it came to Caleb I found Callers getting cooler and cooler.  Especially when Caleb is such a romantic and still your typical guy with typical guy responses.

While I did love the story, I found (and this is my only complaint) that this novel did have a slow start.  But that’s okay, because once Caleb and Dez finally find Morfael the story got so deep into the otherkin lore that I was hooked!  Plus Morfael was the Master Shifu of the novel (if you’ve seen Kung-fu Panda you should know that reference…).

I would recommend this novel to fans of the Nightshade series, fans of YA supernatural and readers who want some romance with an otherworldly twist. Now go find your inner animal.

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1 Comment

  1. brandileigh2003

    Sounds awesome and like a well done premise with a good main character.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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