Otherkin- Nina Berry
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.
Dez has always been slightly abnormal in the society she grew up in. She was adopted from Russia when she was eighteen months old, and she has worn a back brace for the past three years. Her life takes an even bigger twist when she learns that she can transform herself into a tiger.
After being abducted by a crazy cult like group who wants to banish her tiger self, Dez must come to terms with who she really is. After rescuing herself and the boy in the cell next to her, she knows that she can no longer live the life she once lived. For now she is something entirely different. Join Dez and her friends in an intense journey to save themselves and their family from being destroyed.
Before I could read Otherkin, my aunt snatched it up and read it before me. She sent it back with the comment that this was the best book she had ever read. So, naturally, every five minutes my mom was asking me if I had started it. Each time I had to point out that I still had about 200 pages left of Obsidian Butterfly, by Laurell K. Hamilton, and that I did intend to finish it first. For those of you who have read the Anita Blake series, by Laurell K. Hamilton, you understand how emotionally and physically draining they are. They’re brilliant books, but all I wanted to do afterwards was just read a Nora Roberts romance straight through. The nagging was getting on my nerves, though, so I picked up Otherkin to see just how good it really was.
The beginning of Otherkin started out very strong. I was sucked in immediately. Instead of inserting too much background information, Nina Berry just jumped straight to the point with all the action. It was great. I usually have a hard time first getting into a book because of how slow they usually start out, but I didn’t have that problem with this book at all. I was immediately hooked and sucked it down in a little over 24 hours.
I loved most of the characters in this book. London, November, Arnaldo and Siku made the entire book. I literally could have got rid of every other character in the book and just read about them. I loved how they each had their own unique personality, something that a lot of authors tend to have difficulties with. I think that even without reading who said which line, I would have been able to tell you who was speaking. I was really impressed with that.
I did not like the characters of Caleb or the mother. For once it’s not because I have a hang up with parents in books, I just didn’t like the character. She was a great mother, but, man, did she get on my last nerve. I don’t know what it was about Caleb, I just didn’t like him. I got really grossed out whenever he had mushy scenes with Dez, because I found him slightly repulsive. I think that a lot of teenage girls would fall in love with him, though. Actually, I think Caleb reminded me a lot of Shay in the Nightshade series, by Andrea Cremer, which would explain a lot. I didn’t like Shay either.
This book was VERY similar to the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong. They both have totally different story lines. However, both Armstrong and Berry have very similar writing styles. That’s a huge compliment, since I love Kelley Armstrong. The Darkness Rising series is probably my least favorite series by Armstrong. However, I really enjoyed everything she has written. Because I love Kelley Armstrong’s adult series so much, I’m hoping that Nina Berry writes an adult series in the future. I think that it would have the potential of being amazing.
The ending of this book slightly disappointed me. I was hoping for a little bit more than I got. However, it’s set up really nicely for the second book in the series, Othermoon. I know that I am going to devour the next book as soon as I get it.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There are no warnings that I have to add to this book, so it’s pretty safe for everyone to read. Fans of Kelley Armstrong’s young adult series and fans of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series should fall in love with Otherkin by Nina Berry.
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Teaser Quote: “Shift here, now?” I pulled as far away from him as I could to my side of the car. “I’d fill up the whole car, break the window or something.”
“Not if you got in the backseat,” he said, sounding very reasonable. “I could help you out of your clothes first so you don’t tear anything.”
I swiveled my gaze to him, raising my eyebrows. His face was carefully blank. “Oh, you’ll help me get naked, will you? How thoughtful. And then what? I don’t know how to shift, remember? Or will you find some way to piss me off and push me to change…some very teenage boy in a backseat with a naked girl kind of way?”
He laughed. “It was just a thought.”
“Scalawag,” I said.