Monday, May 12, 2014

Otherkin by Nina Berry Review

"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."

Shapeshifter. That is what this book is about.

Dez is a girl with scoliosis. She wears a brace to prevent her spine from moving to a worse curvature. But that isn't the point of this lovely tale. The shape-shifting concept in the leading plot of Otherkin. The shapeshifters, the Otherkin (I don't mean the book title; I mean the people), are able to shift into a certain creature. Dez's special form is a tiger, along with a house cat (which is really cute). Other Otherkins are able to shift into eagles, rat, bear, and yes, wolves. (Just don't call the wolves werewolves. They will hate you for that).

Otherkin is a book with unusual concepts and a familiar plot. Another world, like a shadow world, exists side by side with this world (our world). That is somewhat unusual. But shapeshifters? Now that is a very familiar story. Shall I name a few? Kelly (with two 'e's? I can't remember) Armstrong and her books are certainly a good example. Sophie Jordan, Cassandra Clare (although her book displays shapeshifters as secondary characters), and a few other ones. Anyway, Otherkin is a good book, but it isn't unique (a book that really stands out among others, I mean).

I'm going to continue on, deeper into this story.

The plot goes by fairly quickly. We jump right into the first shift and land into a cage with Dez. Unsurprisingly, Dez has no idea of what is truly at works. Then we somehow go from one place to another. Thankfully, it is really easy to follow along.

Are there any ugly parts? Of course, there are some.

Caleb, for one example, is pretty ugly. Yes, he's handsome, but that isn't what I mean. He is sort of a way that you can't help but despise him. I don't know what he did, but there is something about him that turns everything off instead of on. Maybe it is his personality and his refusal to tell the truth. That can really turn things off, right?

Last words: None.

Rating: Three out of Five (Caleb)

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