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Posted September 19, 2012
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.
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Posted February 26, 2013
99% of the so called reviews are plot spoilers. Each of these should be deleted and the posters banned. To ruin a book for other readers is rude and inconsiderate. I bet you stand at the theater door and tell movie goers the ending before the movie starts too!
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Posted February 27, 2013
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
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Posted December 17, 2012
Posted September 8, 2012
In Nina Berry’s debut YA series, the reader is introduced to Desdemona Grey, a socially awkward teenager dealing with teenager issues including having to wear an embarrassing back brace to prevent curvature of the spine (this back brace plays a very important if not strange role later on). Her life is completely normal until one day she shifts into Siberian Tiger and is tranquilized by a group of armed assailants. After waking up in a cage across for the handsome Caleb Elazar, Dez learns that she is an Otherkin Shifter and her life as she knows it is about the change. Berry does a great job describing this new world without losing the reader’s attention.
Dez already knew she was adopted after being abandoned in the wilds of Sibera. Her mother who was somehow drawn to her, is relatively easy to convince that Dez is special. To protect her family after escaping with Caleb from the dungeon of the Tribunal (who are out to kill all Otherkin), Dez sends them into hunting and joins Caleb at a “school” for Otherkin. There she learns about herself (even though everyone seems to be frightened of her but won’t say why). She learns that Caleb is a Caller who are normally enemies of the Otherkin. Their attraction to each other is quite evident throughout the story. Dez also learns that not one of the Tribe’s (made up of all the different shifters) get along, they have always only looked out for themselves and could care less if on Tribe is being hunted to extinction. Dez knows that to survive they must work together, but how is a teenager suppose to unite everyone after centuries of fighting amongst themselves?
I definitely loved this first installment and look forward to reading book two. There is very creative writing involved in Otherkin that delivers a fast-paced intriguing read. Using teenagers to show adults that fighting among themselves will only lead to the death of all of them is ingenious on Berry’s part. I became invested in each of the teenagers of the school and can’t wait to learn more about them. Highly recommend for all YA urban fantasy fans who are looking for a new series to start.
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Posted August 27, 2012
“Otherkin” by, Nina Berry Desdemona Grey is an average teenage girl with
a couple not so average issues. Dez’s first issue is that she has to
wear a backbrace to keep her spine from curving as she grows. (Sucks
especially for a teenage girl) Dez’s second issue is that she can shift
into a huge tiger. (This would be an issue for anyone) The backbrace is
something that Dez has lived with for years but the tiger shifting comes
as quite a shock to her. After an embarrassing moment with a boy at a
school dance, Dez runs home very upset. She is in her room and is doing
her best to tear apart her brace when out of nowhere she starts to
shift. If that wasn’t bad enough, in the middle of her shift she is
tranquilized and kidnapped from her home. Dez wakes to find herself
locked in a small cage and she’s not alone. In a cage next to her sits a
boy about her age named Caleb. With a little luck, Dez is able to escape
with Caleb and find her way to a special school for shifters. (That’s
where the real adventure begins) I found “Otherkin” to be a quick read
that kept my interest easily enough. The action starts very early in the
story which is good especially for a teen read, but I was bothered by a
few things. I found it a little hard to believe that any teenager would
deal with the reality that they are a shifter as well as Dez did. I also
felt that the relationship between Dez and Caleb moved way too fast from
strangers to “Love”. That being said, I do allow for the fact that the
circumstances are extraordinary and feelings are magnified when in life
or death situations. I really enjoyed the other shifters that are
introduced in this book. We have London the wolf shifter, November the
rat shifter, Siku the bear shifter, and Arnaldo the eagle shifter. I
thought the personalities were fun and all the characters have lots of
room for growth. Even though the romance between Dez and Caleb moved
fast I did enjoy the sweet moments and hope to see the relationship
deepen in the next book. I found the magic element in this book
interesting and I like the idea of the Othersphere. With the evil
Tribunal, the shifters, the callers, and the shadows hidden in everyday
objects “Otherkin” is a fun start to a new teen series. I will happily
pick up the next book “Othermoon” coming out February 2013.
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Posted March 1, 2013
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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Posted September 8, 2012
I have been literally dying to read Otherkin by author Nina Berry. I expected so much from it and guys, I got everything and the moon from the novel (what’s up in-book reference?). It sounded like the perfect mix of everything a reader like myself could want; Shape-shifters, thrills, romance action—definitely my cup of tea. If there’s one thing about the novel that I didn’t expect it would be the start of the novel, I seriously had no idea what to expect and was shocked to see that the novel just throws me into the story. Otherkin is filled with non-stop action from start to finish.
The novel itself (and I feel I should put this because what I saw on the back of the book didn’t tell me much) is about main character Dez who finds herself able to shape-shift from a teenage girl with spine problems to a freaking tiger. That’s pretty awesome-sauce already and you know it. Care if I add into the awesomeness? Not only can Dez shape-shift, but she finds herself on the run from a group of people called the Tribunal who have taken it to themselves to hunt down every shape-shifter. On the run with her Caller friend, Dez has to learn to control her new found abilities before all hell breaks loose.
I make it sound pretty awesome-sauce, but I’m just telling it like it is, guys.
The one thing that I’m usually hesitant about when I read Shape-shifter novels is that I usually hate the descriptions about bones crunching and joints moving and pain. It’s a mess in my head that I seriously hate hearing about. Finally, I found a novel that gave me a better representation of what a “change” should feel like. It was both realistic and actually made sense considering the type of world the shifters grow up in.
I absolutely adored the world of the otherkin because it was the type of world that I have been waiting a very long time to read about. It’s full of secrecy and danger and shadow magic and I fell in love with it—hard. Did I think the shifters were cool? Yes. Did I think that the callers like Caleb were cool? Hell yes. Being able to manipulate the states of matter and the shape of things is a power that I wouldn’t mind and when it came to Caleb I found Callers getting cooler and cooler. Especially when Caleb is such a romantic and still your typical guy with typical guy responses.
While I did love the story, I found (and this is my only complaint) that this novel did have a slow start. But that’s okay, because once Caleb and Dez finally find Morfael the story got so deep into the otherkin lore that I was hooked! Plus Morfael was the Master Shifu of the novel (if you’ve seen Kung-fu Panda you should know that reference…).
I would recommend this novel to fans of the Nightshade series, fans of YA supernatural and readers who want some romance with an otherworldly twist. Now go find your inner animal.
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Posted August 14, 2012
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. Luckily though, Caleb himself posesses some unique abilities and is there to help her sort out the details. For instance, like there are only a few shifting tribes left, tiger shapeshifters are rare, and the tribunal (crazy group) which now knows Dez's family's location, believes shifters and all other forms of Otherkin are evil and therefore work towards eradicating them.
Otherkin is an amazing book. The storyline is so unique and interesting. Berry does a fabulous job creating such a multi-faceted, fictional world. There's a lot of deeply drawn out themes throughout Otherkin. Prejudice for instance, plays a big part along with the age-old good vs. evil. I found that those particular lines get blurred quite a bit throughout the story. Although The Tribunal makes it their mission to wipe out and cleanse the world of the "Otherkin" the Otherkin aren't exactly making the Tribunal's job any harder. The remaining Otherkin segregate amongst the different shifters, rats, bears, raptors, etc. believing that each is better than the another. They basically only look out for their own, willing to sacrifice another if it works to their own advantage. I loved the interaction and history between the shifter tribes. I thought it was well thought-out and thought provoking. I eagerly ate up every bit of information we we're thrown.
There was a wide selection of characters. Which I loved! Dez is shy and meek in the beginning but later on we discover that deep down she's incredibly strong and brave. Caleb is extremely charming yet also fiercely protective. I won't go too much into detail as to spoiler the plot, but the other group of secondary characters were just as awesome. Each one was extremely unique with their own tastes and personalities. I found that they really balanced the story out nicely.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good paranormal young adult book with shifters, adventure, romance and action. I thought the pacing was great. Never too slow or too fast. The writing was very clean and engaging with a good mix of description and dialogue. Overall I'm very eager to get my hands on book #2 Othermoon which is set to released in February. *4.5 stars*
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Posted October 27, 2013
Posted June 14, 2013
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.
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Posted September 10, 2012
Otherkin is a very great book. Very different than most I have read, because here, the characters shift into animals! Being a lover of animals, it was very fun to see what animals each character shifted to, and how they acted in their animal form. Nina Berry did a great job in writing about the animal's feelings, because it felt so real! Everything was so detailed, and I think she did a great job in writing this book! Dez, the main protagonist, has felt out of place all her life. Being adopted into a family, (but a very loving family), and wearing a back brace, and not being able to fit at school. She also doesn't know that she can shift into a lion. Until the day where she gets kidnapped and finds herself locked in a cage. Locked in the cage beside her, she meets Caleb, and that's when she knows everything about herself and her new enemies.
The adventure in the book starts immediately, and I'm glad I didn't have to wait for the story to start. It was action after action, which never left me bored. All the characters felt relatable, so I really enjoyed reading about each and everyone of them. What I really liked about this book is that it wasn't predictable. It didn't go with the flow of most books, which made me enjoy it more! I don't want to say much about this book, due to not spoiling things, but some parts made me really laugh as well. Caleb was the type of guy who was hard to understand. He wasn't a shifter like Dez, but a caller. Despite their differences, I really liked how the two worked together, and developed their trust for each other. Later we meet the other characters in the book, or shall I say, the other Otherkin. Nina Berry did a great job in the world building, and the fantasy in this book was great! The romance was the exact touch we needed. Not to much and not to little.
I have to admit that some parts in the book were confusing to understand. The fighting, and the magical part of the story wasn't clearly described. Sometimes I would find myself skimming through those parts, just to get to the good parts. Anyhow, I really enjoyed reading this book. From the characters, to the world building, everything was fun and enjoyable to read. The ending was good, but it did leave me wanting to know what happens next! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel of the book, Othermoon!
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Posted February 16, 2014
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
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Posted January 16, 2014
'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.
Posted September 1, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2013