- Series: Otherkin
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (July 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0758276915
- ISBN-13: 978-0758276919
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Nina Berry grew up bodysurfing in Hawaii, learned to throw snowballs at the University of Chicago, and now lives and works in Hollywood, pretending to lead the glamorous life. She’s had jobs at places like Playboy Television, Married…With Children, and That 70’s Show. Meanwhile, she got a screenplay optioned, wrote for a TV show called Ghost Stories, made it to the finals of the Disney TV Writing Fellowship, and became a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship. She currently works at Warner Bros., helping to develop new television series for cable channels like ABC Family and TNT.
Inspired by novels she loved as a teen, she sold her debut YA paranormal novel OTHERKIN to KTeen in 2011. When not writing, Nina loves to travel, read, and tweet links about saving big cats in the wild. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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I tried to read this early on but then set it aside and it took a while for me to start reading it again. Having finished it at last, I have to say that it was probably better that way. There is absolutely nothing original in this book. It's like every single element was plucked out of a generic shopping catalog and plopped in like cheap decorations.
There's the beautiful teen girl that thinks she's ugly and unlovable.
The attractive and mysterious love interest who 'sees her as she really is' tm.
REWRITTEN SALEM HISTORY!! Gee, no one has ever thought to do THAT before.
Wolf shifters. Because you gotta have werewolves.
Then there's the typical Chosen One plot, the religious fanatics, the heroine is the only one who comes up with the good ideas and unites everyone and of course sees everything everyone else misses.
There's more but I think I get my point across. Generic shape shifter YA fiction. I only gave it two stars because it's written better than most. I only found a handful of typos and they were easy to figure out what the intended word or spelling was. It wasn't a TERRIBLE book, it was just completely unimaginative. Change the names and you have just about any other shifter book out on the market today.
Purchase at your own peril.
In this fast read, coming of age book, Dez learns who she is, finds a boy who can keep up with her (no small task for a shape-shifting tiger) and finally fits in with her real peer group - at a school of other shape shifters!
A great YA book for paranormal, romance and fantasy fans and the teen in us all.
would also have liked more insight into a tribunal full of others.
OTHERKIN takes off fast. There's very little runway for that launch. I wasn't sure how I'd like that at first, but Berry is quick and smooth at filling in all the bits of information and background after the fact that weave a complete main character, world, and concept. Additionally, the back brace angle is sheer genius. Her main character, Dez, has instant likeability because of the vulnerability the brace creates in her. The romance elements are strong and perfectly written. There's just enough tension, just enough give and take, to keep you swooning all the way through.
The world Nina builds, and the Othersphere, are fascinating. I'm definitely looking forward to visiting again. And just as the plot for book one winds down, the stakes go up, so that Dez's identity and purpose keep you guessing. There are some definite unexpected surprises tucked away, which I love. Twists and turns you never see coming. And, the cherry on top: yay for Wiccan moms! Add all that together and you have a powerhouse of a novel and a running start on what looks to be an awesome series. I can't wait to see what Berry delivers next!