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I Belong


Review: Foxfire by Karen Kincy

Title: Foxfire

Author: Karen Kincy

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Other (Book 3)

Publication Date: October 8, 2012

Format: Paperback, 297 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738730572 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738730578 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

Tavian Kimura has never forgotten his kitsune mother, a shape-shifting Japanese fox spirit who abandoned him as a baby. While visiting his adoptive grandparents in Japan, Tavian learns his mother is still alive and that a faceless ghost is haunting him at every turn. The ghost’s warning is clear: Leave now. It is almost too late.

After a pack of vicious dog spirits attacks him, Tavian discovers that his paranormal fox powers are failing, killing him at an accelerating pace. Desperate to find a cure, he must track down his kitsune mother in Tokyo’s dangerous underworld. She is Tavian’s last chance to survive not only the fatal illness, but also the dog spirits who hunt him relentlessly.

Quick & Dirty: Shape shifting travels to Japan, where history and culture add more to the mysteries of the Kitsune.

Opening Sentence: Cold. Bitter, bone-deep cold, the kind that gnaws at your toes and nose.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

In the third and final installment of the Other trilogy, Karen Kincy brings us Foxfire. I read Foxfire as a standalone, not having read the others. I was worried that I would lose the integrity of the story and miss many things that I would have found relevant if I read the whole series. Gladly that isn’t the case. Kincy did a great job allowing the reader to feel involved in her world from the beginning. I enjoyed the story and the characters, convincing me to go back

In Foxfire, Gwen and Tavian travel to Japan to visit his adopted grandparents for the holidays. Tavian, a kitsune, or a shape shifter who takes a fox form, was born in Japan. His birth mother was also a kitsune, but disappeared when Tavian was only six years old. But as Tavian landed in Japan, he began to see a faceless ghost. He begins to wonder who haunts him, only to be contacted by his estranged mother. Tavian uncovers so many truths about his past, putting him in harm’s way.

Tavian was a voice that was easy to get to know and understand. The first chapter was a flashback to when his mother disappeared. It was heart-breaking, and allowed me to instantly connect with him. There were times when I disliked him and his personality. He always seemed so strong, and here he is so vulnerable and filled with doubt.

The kitsune folklore is one that I knew growing up. Japanese folklore is filled through the pages of Foxfire, blending old history with common day interpretations. Kincy brought an interesting take, one that I enjoyed. From the customs and traditions, it was enjoyable to see how Tavian blended into Japan in present day. It’s not always easy to bring folklore into the present day, but I think Kincy did a good job. Kincy brought a Japan that is filled with wonder, magic, and danger. From the evil doings of the Yakuza, to the deadly traits of the assassins, Foxfire is filled with a lot of action.

Kincy has this quality about her that allows the reader to get lost in the story. You’re quickly immersed into her world, absorbing the different details that she brings forth. I liked the familial dynamic that she portrayed in the story. It brings another layer of this particular plot. Man vs the supernatural is always one of my favorite, and she blends it well with various subplots.

Foxfire is filled with mystery and secrets, culture and history – all elements that make a great story. Foxfire is a good read, something that I recommend to urban fantasy fans.

Notable Scene:

“You are broken,” she says softly, almost as if I wasn’t meant to hear.

I clench my firsts and jaw and stomach, then let the tension go all at once, drawing on the power inside me to push my body from human to fox. My heartbeat stutters, then stops. I gasp and stagger forward. My heartbeat stumbles back, erratic, weak, and I open my eyes. I’m on my hands and knees in the snow, naked. White snow fills my sight. My kitsune mother speaks, but her voice sounds too faraway to hear. My eyes slip shut as the pain gives away to sweet numbness.

Okasan.

Darkness overtakes me.

Other Trilogy:

1. Other

2. Bloodborn

3. Foxfire

FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Foxfire.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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