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Posted June 21, 2012
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Under My Skin equals dark, mysterious, and just plain humorous! Judith Graves surprised me with a down to earth heroine with a knack for witty sarcasm and...er, violence. I couldn't get enough of Eryn's spunk, even when her human side clashed with the beastly side she had a way with words.
Eryn is sent to the out-of-the-way town, Redgrave, supposedly to stay away from paranorm trouble while the Council searches for her 'dead' parents. While running a race in the woods during gym class, Eryn is stalked by a dirty werewolf and from here the story completely evolves. There's more to Redgrave than Eryn was led to believe and she's roped up into a mission with a rogue team of hunters to find the bottom of paranorm increase in the small town.
Under My Skin is filled with all the elements to make a fun teen read: wit, romance, action, and of course, mystery. I should put most emphasis on mystery because there are still some aspects of the novel that haven't been explained. It seems that Eryn's new hunter friends, Alec, Matt, and Brit are not all they seem. While some of their secrets are outed, Alec, Matt, and especially Eryn still have some explaining to do. So far, only a few dark creatures have been introduced, but I have a feeling Graves has many more hiding up her sleeve.
"He smelled of sweet spice and possibilities. He dipped his head. His lips drifted slowly down to mine. The heat of his breath feathered over my sensitive skin. I grabbed his coat collar and pulled myself onto my toes, wanting his kiss and wanting it fast." Under My Skin (Kindle Locations 1505-1507)
The romance aspect of the novel has a different approach. Eryn isn't afraid to admit her attraction to the two men she meets, but either choice she makes can have a negative effect on her life and the life of those around her. Already, Graves is building a complex love story and fortunately, it doesn't outshine the main plot. There are so many more developments I'm looking forward to in the next installment, Second Skin. I have a feeling that it'll be even more revealing and action-packed!
*ebook provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Posted October 14, 2010
Eryn isn't like other girls. After all, that's what got her sentenced to living in Redgrave. She is a part-wolven, part-human girl banished to the small town in an attempt to destroy the magic that runs in her veins. But when she discovers that she isn't the only magical being around, everything changes. Suddenly, she is the newest member of Redgrave's own paranormal detective squad, as well as being caught in a love triangle as epic as the TWILIGHT saga's. She finds herself being forced to choose who she really wants to be with - the dark, brooding Wade, or the protective Alec. In a place where wolves are frequent guests and vampires run the town, will Eryn's life ever be normal? Dripping with wit and humor, Judith Graves' UNDER MY SKIN is electric. Eryn battles werewolves, vampires, and high school armed with her unique sarcasm that all teens can relate to. She writes with a brutal honesty that makes her story stand out in a sea of novels and connects with the readers. Ms. Graves steps inside the reader's mind and leaves with the promise of two sequels in the future to keep your thirst at bay!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2010
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Judith Graves is a Canadian author who has created a world within the paranormal realm that is unique and filled with intrigue. After the mysterious disappearance of her parents, Eryn moves to a small, isolated town thinking things are going to be perfectly normal...perfectly boring. But after only a short time she is approached by a werewolf after becoming separated from the rest of her class. Her scent is strange to the werewolf making her smell like a tasty meal, because Eryn is not quite human. But she has been raised to protect herself against such creatures. Nothing is as it appears in this seemingly perfect little town, her new friends, Brit, Alec and Matt--the Delacroix brothers, have more in common with her then she first believed. As Alec and Eryn's feelings for one another begin to grow, corruption in the police force has the entire town turned against the Delacroix family. Meanwhile, Wade, the police chief's son, is getting closer to Eryn and she's finding it harder and harder to resist his charms and the connection she feels between them when he is near. Pitted against a master vampire, the group of friends are in for a fight that none of them are prepared for, and it just might cost them more than they are willing to pay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Judith Graves pulled off an excellent book that was very hard to put down. It's brimming with the perfect balance of action and emotion which is not an easy thing to achieve! Eryn is instantly likable and her story is compelling, interesting, and heartfelt. This reads like a story that was well thought out and very well researched. You'll love it! It passed the ultimate test for me, which is: Would I buy the sequel? Heck yeah, I'd line up to buy it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2010
My thoughts...I really liked this book. Initially I was a bit put off by the cover, it is a bit plain. However, after an interview with the author, I knew this was something I had to read. I was not disappointed. The brilliantly charming personality of author Judith Graves really shone through in her writing. This is a great read for YA fans of all ages.
In Under My Skin, we meet Eryn, a girl who is not only dealing with her missing parents, but a new town full of things that go bump in the night. I liked her, she didn't take much slack from other people, but she showed genuine concern for her family and friends. She meets several people who instantly seem to click with her...and several who don't. The Delacroix brothers are fun to read, they are sort of a yin/yang pair. The characters showed growth through the story, but there was still much about them that wasn't revealed.
From looking at the cover you can logically deduce that the story is about Werewolves. This is a good werewolf story. It uses some different folk lure to explain their lives and their appearance. What sets it apart, for me, was the world building and the story structure. Graves has developed this supernatural world that has so much potential. It was described in a way that the reader can really imagine living there and experiencing these harrowing situations. There was a lot of structure laid down to create what I think could be a great series. The other part of my love for this book came in the writing of the story structure. There were a large number of subplots happening at once. Readers learn about several characters who all seemed to have a back story or mystery behind the state of their current lives. All of these stories were well written and did not overburden the reader. They did not take away from plot, but added to it in a very complimentary way. I was very impressed with the writing in Under My Skin.
Overall, I loved Under My Skin. At the end of the book, readers are treated to a sample of the next book, Second Skin. This will be on my list, as well as other books by this talented author.
Posted April 30, 2010
Upon picking up UMS I knew I was in for something different, I have read a lot of fantasy books but never have I ever read a book with such a enthralling story line, set with witty cast of characters in a familiar setting, I know any fan of the weird, wicked or paranormal will just love UMS, I know I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2010
When Eryn's parents go missing, the Council decides it's best that she live with her Aunt & Uncle in Redgrave. On the outskirts to nowhere, they suggest a paranorm-free place like Redgrave would keep her safe as they search for clues to find what happened to her parents. When animals & kids go missing, someone needs to take the blame - the Delacroix family. Eryn struggles as she discovers there's more to this sleepy town then meets the eye!
Wow, this debut by Judith is action packed! If you love paranorm, this is one you need to check out. From vampires to werewolves to witches (well there's more but I don't want to spoil it for you), there's no holding back on beasties. Eryn is part wolven (shapeshifter) and part human. Her human father had created concoctions to suppress the wolf inside of her BUT with him gone, so were the meds. Hands down, she was my favorite character in the book, with her kick butt, sarcastic attitude. Her cousin, Paige, is one you love to hate, you can't help but laugh at what she does & sometimes just want to slap her! Of course, there's a hot guy, actually two, but ones a part vampire and we aren't really sure about him. There is a downfall to adding so many characters with so many beastly abilities and unfortunately this means that the plot sorta takes a backseat for a big chunk of the book. Along the way questions are answered, but there were times when I wasn't sure exactly what the conflict in the story was all about. I think however, the very powerful ending more then makes up for this and I'm dying to see where book two takes us!
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