OTHERKIN by Nina Berry

Otherkin: Book 1 of the Otherkin Series by Nina Berry

Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: K Teen
Pages: 320
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kensington

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.

Review:

Prepare for a wild ride as Nina Berry unleashes the beauty of shifting and self-image in the first book of her debut series, Otherkin. The world Berry creates in Otherkin is unlike any other in the YA paranormal genre, but readers will quickly become immersed and addicted to its dark secrets and lurking power.

First impressions of Desdemona show her temper under the shy façade she carries around like a barrier. As the tall girl wearing a back brace, Desdemona Grey is awkward and painfully afraid of boys touching or talking to her. The depth of Dez’s character throughout the story is astounding. She is so compassionate and always puts other before her and her cleverness is a step up from the many young adult heroines who couldn’t investigate their way out of a cardboard box.

Witnessing Dez’s first and unsuspecting shift leads readers to the introduction of otherkin enemies, the Tribunal, and the strangely interesting boy held captive by the Tribunal, Caleb. Realizing that Dez needs to acquaint herself with her past she seeks help from the otherkin council and finds allies in a group of misfit young shifters.  Her journey takes her through the ins and outs of her powers and she gradually becomes more comfortable in her own skin, or skins. Berry perfectly gives teens a positive message on self-image while working in the fun of shifting.

One of the most shining qualities of Otherkin is how the story jumps right in with no mercy. The first few chapters are full of danger and tension, and of course, curiosity and attraction. Otherkin is not just another shifter novel. Berry’s idea of shifting isn’t a horrendous transformation with cracking bones and agony on our beloved characters. No, she emphasizes the connection between animal and the power of shadow from the Othersphere as the otherkin dig deep inside of themselves to bring out their ‘other’ sides. The shifting is swift and graceful and the exploration of it enthralling.

There is most definitely something amazing about Dez, but the wait to continue her story will be completely agonizing for readers until book 2, Othermoon releases!

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