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Product Details

  • Series: Otherkin
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758276915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758276919
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,547,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Berry's debut offers just the right combination of high-stakes exploits and steamy love scenes to keep readers up until the wee hours... From body image to friendship, first love and betrayal, the novel explores the truth that no matter who or what you are, there's no escaping the politics of high school. A page-turner." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will be swept away by the romance and paranormal elements of this debut tale.." - School Library Journal

"Filled with suspense, action, friendship and love, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the end, when you'll cry out, 'I need more!'" - ParanormalReads.com

More About the Author

Nina was born in Honolulu, studied writing and film in Chicago, and now works and writes in Hollywood. When she's not writing, Nina does her best to go bodysurfing, explore ancient crypts, or head out on tiger safari. But mostly she's on the couch with her cats reading a good book.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait till then next book.
Carolyn Wofford
Berry managed to make it readable, the characters not too much of clichés and really make it feel REAL.
Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook
Nina Berry did a great job in the world building, and the fantasy in this book was great!
Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dez has always thought she was a normal teenager - apart from the back brace she has to wear 23 hours per day thanks to her scoliosis - so the day she gets angry and transforms into a tiger comes as quite a shock! The next thing she knows someone is shooting through her bedroom window and she wakes up trapped in a cage. She manages to escape captivity with fellow prisoner Caleb and finds herself on the run from a group of people she never knew existed. Learning she is one of the Otherkin is a lot to take in and she has little choice but to trust Caleb when he tells her about a school where she can learn about her powers and be kept safe from the members of the Tribunal who want to kill her.

As soon as I saw the cover for Otherkin I had to read it - just take one look at that image and tell me it doesn't make you want to pick up the book! I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I do it time and time again and luckily in this case my instincts were right. Nina Berry has created an interesting world with different kinds of shapeshifters, a world where two realities are layered on top of each other and the Otherkin are able to access the layer that most people can't see and use the shadow they find there to effect our world. I do still have some questions about exactly how the Othersphere works but I'm looking forward to learning more as the series continues.

The different shifters come from five different families - cats, wolves, bears, birds of prey and rats. All of the other species have died out and there are all sorts of conflicts between the remaining clans. Each group has very specific characteristics that don't always allow them to live in harmony together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
OTHERKIN was a fascinating story about a young girl named Dez who finds that she can shift and become a tiger. Dez has scoliosis and has worn a rigid plastic brace around her body for two years. She feels like a freak and her condition has made her socially isolated. She is embarrassed by the brace and doesn't want anyone to know about it. When she is asked to a dance by a cute young guy, she accepts but panics and runs when he puts his hands on her waist and feels the brace. When she gets home she takes off the brace and feels both rage and embarrassment. Those emotions cause her to make her first shift into a tiger. She doesn't even have time to be surprised by this development before she is darted by a young man standing outside her window.

When Dez awakens, she discovers that she is back in human form and is in a cage with silver bars. A young man in a neighboring cage talks with her but his conversation is more baffling than enlightening as he assumes she knows all about being a shapeshifter. She learns that she has been captured by the Tribunal - a secret organization which has taken on the task of destroying all the otherkin. Dez learns that her fellow prisoner Caleb is able to manipulate shadow. The two of them manage to escape but know that the Tribunal will soon be on their trail.

Caleb knows of a potential safe place that the two of them can go. He knows of a secret school run by another shadow caller named Morfael. The two of them manage to find the school but then have to pass Morfael's test and be accepted by the local council made up of representatives of the remaining shifter groups - eagles, wolves, bears, cats, and rats. Dez quickly learns that each shifter group is separate and hates the others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on August 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Dez has always felt like an outsider. Early on we learn that she was adopted as an infant. However that's not why she feels like an outsider, at least not in the beginning. She's always felt aloof and untouchable because of a back brace that she's been forced to wear 23 hours a day. About two years ago she was diagnosed with idiotic scoliosis. In order to prevent her spine from curving she's been forced to endure the tension and pain that comes with walking, sitting, and sleeping with a brace firmly hooked around her. She's always felt like a freak because of this brace. Not only does it cause her discomfort, it also forces her to wear very baggy clothes to accommodate the extra inches. I really felt for Dez. Because of her sense of being "different" she's shut herself off from the good and normal experiences that come with being a teenager such as meeting, interacting, and connecting with the opposite gender. As Dez says "Boys don't want to literally knock first before you let them in."

So then comes Caleb. The first time Dez meets him they are both locked within cages. After some quick thinking on Dez's part the two break free from the cages, commandeer a SUV and hightail it into the California desert to get away from the crazy group that captured Dez and caged Caleb. You can tell from the beginning that Dez and Caleb have a connection. There's definitely instant-sparkage. Dez is having a rough time dealing with that fact that she a. recalls shifting into an animal (tiger to be precise) b. was shot with a tranquilzer c. wound up in a cage and d. learnt that she's connected to a form of beings that have the ability to shapeshift into a specific animal depending on which tribe they belong to.
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