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by Nina Berry, Lisa Jackson

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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


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.

"Be prepared to lose some sleep. Otherkin is full of non-stop action and suspense, and you're not going to be able to put it down!" --Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series

"Get caught up in a dangerous world of shadow magic, shifters, and secrets." --New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep

"Berry's debut offers just the right combination of  high-stakes exploits and steamy love scenes to keep readers up until the wee hours.  .  .ripe with issues that will resonate with readers. From body image to friendship, first love and betrayal, [OTHERKIN] explores the truth that no matter who or what you are, there's no escaping the politics of high school." – Kirkus Reviews

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VOYA - Mark Flowers
After the most perfunctory of introductions to her life as an ordinary teen, Dez quickly discovers that she is one of the otherkin—humans who can shift into the form of a particular animal, and who have been hunted and killed for millennia by a mysterious group called the Tribunal. Dez is not just any otherkin, though: not only is she an incredibly rare tiger-shifter, but she also seems to have special powers that no other otherkin has. If all this sounds a bit cliched, then readers of contemporary supernatural literature will not be shocked to find out that Dez's first stop after discovering her nature is a school for otherkin, where her aura of specialness brings her under the suspicions and jealousies of her classmates. Within the first few pages, Dez is hopelessly in love with a tall, dark stranger with a secretive side. In other words, this is lazy plotting at its worst. Although it moves quickly and entertainingly enough, every significant beat is taken from the teen novel closest to hand. Add in Berry's stunningly tone-deaf dialogue, and there is really no need to read this novel over any of the seemingly hundreds of other paranormal romances out there. Reviewer: Mark Flowers
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Desdemona is an overlooked California teen with scoliosis until the night she shifts into a tiger and her life changes forever. That same night, the Tribunal kidnaps her and she befriends a shadow caller named Caleb, who explains the world of the Otherkin. Refreshingly, her adoptive mother (Dez was found in an orphanage in Siberia) is supportive upon realizing that her daughter is a shifter and encourages her to flee to safety with Caleb. The pair heads to a small school for shifters, where the student body includes two girls (who become a rat and a wolf) and two boys (a bear and an eagle), as well as a mysterious teacher, Morfael. Although these teens are extraordinary, they still struggle to belong and trust one another. After a short time, Dez is able to bring everyone together in unity as they strive to protect themselves and create an alliance against the Tribunal. As the novel progresses, her insecurities about her shifting and her back brace fall by the wayside as she grows confident in both her own skin and in her love for Caleb. Although the beginning is a bit slow and the writing can be clunky at times, readers will be swept away by the romance and paranormal elements of this debut tale.—Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY

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Brigid Kemmerer

"Be prepared to lose some sleep. Otherkin is full of non-stop action and suspense, and you're not going to be able to put it down!
—Brigid Kemmerer (author of the Elemental series)

Jennifer Estep
Get caught up in a dangerous world of shadow magic, shifters, and secrets.
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep

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Otherkin 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 32 and really really enjoyed this book. Finished it in one sitting. Can't wait to read the next book.
Ravelin More than 1 year ago
OMG what a roller coaster. I can say for sure I was never once bored on this trip. What drew me to Otherkin was the amazing cover. Yeah it is cover love again. But dang could that cover be any better, I think not! Just perfect. Otherkin has a good strong plot and lots of action to keep anyone entertained. The writing is good, and flows nicely. I found myself drug into Dez's life with her personality and honest reactions. I would have to say I relate more to her than I have to many other heroines. Sometimes there is that one MC that just stands out, and Dez is it. Dez is a girl who has been restricted by health issues. She doesn't feel comfortable around boys or really anyone for that matter. She is angry and frustrated as most people would be. Dez is literally caged in, waiting to break free. And boy does she ever! When Dez breaks free of her confines she turns into one powerhouse of a girl. With the restrictions removed, it's like a whole new Dez emerges from the ashes. The thing I loved best about Dez is when push came to shove she had no problem biting back. There were several times I found myself thinking "Oh yeah, now that's girl power" and "you tell him Dez" You know what I am talking about. When the leading guy Caleb starts to draw away from her, Dez doesn't do the whole OMG he doesn't like me anymore and cry. Heck no, she tells him the hell off and makes him feel the way she does. I have to admire her for this, now to me this is an honest reaction! Dez, you rock! Caleb is a very mysterious guy who Dez meets in a cell next to hers. I found him both protective and sweet. Sure he has his moments of pigheadedness, but hey once you find out why you will understand. I love that he is both protective of Dez but he doesn't try to push her into doing things she doesn't want to. He lets her make her own decisions even if there's a chance she will get hurt, not saying he won't be there to try to stop it though ;) I found Caleb to be level headed, he didn't let things get in the way of what he had to do, even if it was Dez herself. I respect him for that. Bottom line, Caleb = swoon. He has won me over. Otherkin is a great book. If you are looking for a book to take you away from the everyday, this is it. The author has an original plot filled with tons of action and an equal amount of romance. I loved to concept of Callers, very unique. I can't wait to find out more about them. I also can't wait to find out more about Dez and her abilities. I will definitely have my calendar marked when part 2 comes out. Take a chance on Otherkin, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I clicked on the reviews to see what people thougt of the book not to get the whole story and background. Please just write what you thought of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not got very far but its good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would absolutely recommend this book to others. I found it to be both different and captivating. I read this book so fast that I bought the second book within the same day and finished both books the same day. I found it to be an amazing read and I would read it again and again. I applaud the author and I am anxiously awaiting the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not even done reading this one yet and felt compelled to shout my 'Yes!' on this one! Even though this is a 'Young Adult/Teen' book, the Otherkin has captured me in Shadow and has yet to release its hold. I am 39 and cannot seem to put this book down. I have stayed up late, been late for work (thank goodness I will finish it tonight...lol). The characters of Dez and Caleb have a great chemistry that seems to be spot on with teens these days. Does not run to cheesy. Without boring details, you still get a sense of the other characters as well. Glimpsing their backgrounds and general history of Otherkin. I cannot wait to FB this post or Pin it! I hope she has more books, I think I may be adding another fav to my author list! Another reason this book intrigued me was that I was tired of vampires, wolves, shifters, wizards witches, callers, faes...etc , but the cover intrigued me, so I bought it. SO glad I did!
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Not worth it. Great idea but poorly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this was a little young for me it nevertheless was a very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book lots of action and love
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Oh yeah! This one is different and hooked me from the beginning. What made it even more appealing is that the main character, Dez, has no clue what’s going on in her life and as she finds out, so does the reader…what’s going on you want to know? Plenty! Adopted as an infant with loving parents, for the past two years, Desdemona, aka Dez, has been wearing a stifling back brace fighting the curving of her spine. Then, one night she goes to a school dance and a boy puts his arms around her, but she’s horrified he might touch her brace and rushes home. At home, she fights the anger inside of her at the unfairness of having to wear a brace 23 hours a day and bigger clothes to hide it, besides the bruises on her hips. During this moment of anger, she shifts. Yes, you read that right…shifts…into a tiger, no less. The moment changes her life as she is soon captured and introduced to the world of “other.” The world that Nina Berry has created is fascinating with teens that shift into animal shapes, others that can conjure shadows, as well as being chased by the Tribunal trying to cleanse the world of all shifters. Enter boy crush, Caleb, and the story was flowing with all sorts of twists and turns! As Dez fights to protect her parents, figure out her relationship with Caleb, and become comfortable with who and what she is, she strengthens her skills at a make-shift school for teens like her. However, as she learns more and more, she has even more questions and unusual things happening to her, just her. Read on to see what happens to Dez, Caleb, and her friends! Othermoon, the sequel, will be released in February, 2013. Favorite Quote:What are you when the moon shall rise? -Sir Henry Wotton, 1620
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book one or two?
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Otherkin' is a fantastic start to what promises to be an amazing YA fantasy/paranormal series. I haven't read any shifter books in quite awhile, so I was really interested when I picked these up for review. Let me tell you - I was NOT disappointed! This book went far beyond any hopes or expectations I may have had for it. The characters were well formed with distinct personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. I loved the main character of Dez. She's down to earth, smart, and a girl who doesn't get into trouble - she's realistic. We definitely get to see her character grow throughout the book as she begins to change into her "real" self and as she learns who - and what - she really is. I absolutely loved the background and history of the Otherkin. I wanted to know as much about them as I could, and I'm really hoping the author shares more of it in the next book. The plot was intriguing with a solid backstory and tons of action, adventure, fantasy and even some romance mixed in. There's something for every genre fan in this book, which really makes it appeal to a wide audience. The writing was incredible with a natural but fast pace and vivid details that made me feel like I was experiencing everything right alongside Dez. Definitely highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who want something fresh and different. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not even half way done with his book, and already love love love it!!!!Best book ever!!!!!!!! If you like this book,then I recomend that you read Starters.
Enponia More than 1 year ago
Awesome start to the series. If you love animals you'll love this book. It's got action, adventure, romance and supspense. I loved reading it and you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AT first I didnt want to read this book. I had picked it up by chance at my library. Im so glad I did. There was action in the first chapter that held you until the last page. Nowadays, supernatural romances are really just mushy chick-flick worthy stuff. But not this. Granted, the moments inwhich passion sparked could have been placed better and at times seemed random and out of place, but the writing was still there. Better yet, this book had a plot! An compelling, original, thoughtout, crazy-good plot tgat was worth writing about! (Avoiding spoilers here) All in all, this book was top knotch and I cant wait for more. Amd if you get this book, neither will you.
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I bought this as a special of the day book. Im so glad i did. I frequently read paranormal books, but not many about shape shifters. This book has a great and active story plot behind it that continues until the very end. I cant wait to read the second one.
PatU More than 1 year ago
forgot to rate this in my previos review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book - it was a very easy read, but interesting enough to keep the pages turning. The story, I think, was geared to the youth to mid-teen audience so made for a light read. This is the first of three, so it will be interesting to see the continuation of the story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-stop right from the start, you will love all the different characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!!!!! This book is soooooo actiony and suspensful (I think thats how you spell it). Any way, this book is really good, I recommend it to sci-fi fans ages 11 and up. This book is really good (yes, im saying it again, sorry for the mispellings), I loved it so much! GO GET THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (IM SERIOUS, GET IT NOW AND STOP READING THIS) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =] !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :)