Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Otherkin by Nina Berry

Otherkin #1

Author: Nina Berry

Publication Date: July 21, 2012

Publisher: K-Teen

Genre: Paranormal



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.

My Thoughts: This is not your typical were/shifter novel.  Berry brings fresh ideas to an ever growing genre.  Otherkin are humans with the ability to shift into an animal by drawing powers from a dimension parallel to ours.  There used to be all kinds of Otherkin before a secret organization that was once part of the Catholic Church began hunting them down and performing genocide in the name of God.  Now, only few types of Otherkin survived.

Desdemona (Dez) is just your typical girl.  With the exception of the massive plastic back brace that she has to wear twenty-three hours a day to keep her spin from twisting further.  When, in anger, she suddenly shifts into a giant tiger only to be shot by a tranquilizer dart and abducted she has no idea what is going on. 

Caleb is a mysterious boy who Dez meets in an adjoining cage.  When Dez busts them both out, he seems to know what to do and where to go.  Fueled by fear of those who are hunting them, they flee to a safe haven for Otherkin where Dez learns more about what she is and how to control it.

I like the idea that these two meet in adjoining cages - romantic, right?  They were just such a cute couple that they had me hooked from the start.  I really enjoyed this book.  It had twists that I wasn't expecting and managed to catch me by surprise, which is a rare and welcome quality.  The foreshadowing for the next books in the series are dark and blatant and keeps you guessing.

Overall, if you like books about shifters, werewolves and the like you will probably love this fresh take on a similar universe/concept.


  1. Not the hugest were fan, but if I am going to try something in that genre , it might be this, since you loved it so much!

    1. It isn't your typical book in this genre and I really enjoyed it. :)

  2. I was hesitant about this book, but with your recommendation I'll go ahead and read it!


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