Author: Nina Berry
Release date: July 31, 2012
Published by: Kensington Teen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Set in the current time with a twist, Otherkin is an action-packed adventure. Shape shifters are a natural part of the world, but they stay hidden to protect themselves from every day humans AND the Tribunal—a group that is out to wipe shifters out of existence.
Dez, the main character, feels like a freak amongst her peers in high school because she wears a back brace. She soon discovers that a back brace is not really the strangest thing about her when she is kidnapped after shifting into a tiger. Of course, this freaks her out, but a sweet boy named Caleb helps her to quickly escape and teaches her a little about herself.
After learning that shifters stay within their tribes, often fighting each other rather than their common enemy, the Tribunal, Dez realizes that the only way to protect herself, her family, and the other shifters is to ban together. Can one girl unite them all against their common enemy in order to save all shifters?
I really enjoyed this story. In fact, I stayed up way too late finishing it because I was immersed in the moment of defiance and action. It is powerful, and you won’t be able to put it down!
The cast of characters is awesome. It is always the characters that draw me into the story and keep me connected, and Dez is the perfect main character for that. She has body issues that she must overcome in order to be who she is supposed to be. She is funny and has a lot of courage and isn’t afraid to right a wrong. Her strengths are her weaknesses, and they include her lack of knowledge of the shifter world and her compassion.
The supporting cast, including Caleb—the love interest, is unique. London is a broken girl with dreams that go beyond her wolf shifter family; Arnaldo is a geeky bird shifter who struggles to fit in everywhere; Siku is a strong, manly bear shifter who is suspicious of everything; and November is a sassy rat shifter who tells it like it is. Caleb, on the other hand, can call the shadows and is a mysterious guy with secrets. Dez wants to trust him because of all he has done for her, but she can’t because she knows he is keeping secrets. Yes! A love interest with a shady secret…What could it be? You’ll have to read to find out, and you’ll enjoy the surprise.
Not only do the characters intrigue and delight, but so does the plot. Nina Berry creates a very believable world—because it is our world, just with shifters and a mysterious connection to an otherworld. Berry jumped right into the action at the start of the story, which I love, by having Dez kidnapped and having her quickly discover the shifting world.
Final Thought: Pick this story up come July because you will not be disappointed. It is another good versus evil story that works! I’m already waiting in anticipation for the next book in the series, Othermoon:)