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I Belong

Review: Otherkin by Nina Berry

OtherkinTitle: Otherkin

Author: Nina Berry

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Otherkin (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 31, 2012

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0758276915 (Kensington)

ISBN-13: 978-0758276919 (Kensington)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: This novel has potential but with a storyline that hops all over the place and characters that I couldn’t quite connect with just made this novel a “meh” read.

Opening Sentence: “Freak.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Otherkin is the set up to a new series by Nina Berry that involves full moons, parallel worlds, Shadow magic, warring animal-shifter groups and a girl with terrible scoliosis. Desdemona has just had the worst day of all for a teenager. The hottest guy in school asked her out but then he touched her back brace. Now that he knows that Dez is a freak he surely won’t want to date Dez now. Dez takes all her anger and frustration out on her back brace and in the process transforms into a huge tiger. But before she can process her new situation she is tranquilized. Dez comes to in a lab and finds that she isn’t alone. A boy named Caleb is also locked in a cage.

Caleb knows that Dez is a tiger and together they break out of the lab. Dez wants answers and she is immediately told about the magical world around her and the terrible people that hunt her kind down. Dez tries to go back to a normal life but when her family is attacked she must leave to learn more about herself and to save her family.

Caleb takes Dez out to the desert to a hidden school for shifters. The school houses one shifter of each tribe, hawk, bear, cat, wolf, and rat. Except this school has no cats and Dez is the last of the tigers, long since thought to have died out. The school doesn’t exactly welcome her with open arms. The tribunal’s first vote is to kill her but ultimately killing Dez is voted against.

Dez is of the “can’t we all just get along” mind but the other shifters have fought for so long that they don’t want to listen to her advice. The other students begin to gravitate towards Dez and they do begin to team up and work together but for how long?

Otherkin does read like a TV show. I did see that the writer has written for some well-known TV shows, so each chapter could almost be their own little episodes in a series. Although, because of this I really wasn’t sure where this story was going. I did feel that the storyline was all over the place and even a little predictable.

I really hope the next book in this series explains the magic/Shadow system in more depth. I had a hard time figuring out the magic system and parallel worlds.

Dez is a special girl who never knew about her heritage. She was adopted at a young age from Russia. She comes off as this meek and mild girl but she has no problem voicing her opinion. She is obviously going to be some kind of savior for the animal races and the worlds, bringing everything and everyone together. She is even more special than just turning into a tiger.

Otherkin was an okay read for me. I couldn’t totally get into Dez. She was an okay character that still kind of seemed like a mystery. Caleb was another problem. I really enjoyed him when he first showed up. I loved his description but then his mysteriousness didn’t intrigue me, it was more of what kind of skeevy thing is he hiding.

Overall, this series has some potential. I liked parts of it and was kind of wishy-washy about other parts. I really want to know more about the magical world. I think if Dez, Caleb and the magic hadn’t still been left with quite a bit of mystery, I may have enjoyed this novel more.

Notable Scene:

Caleb winced, and the pitch of his call wavered. The eagle cried out again, a blood-freezing scream so strong i could almost see it slicing into Caleb’s resonance, like a knife through a smothering blanket.

The hum ceased. Caleb staggered back, his skin ashen. His eyes widened, glowing with gold shot through the black irises. His face went blank as he stared right at me with a look I didn’t recognize. His legs buckled beneath him.

I was on my feet, moving toward him. As if in slow motion, he fell. All my anger at him fled as I got my arms around him in time to keep the back of his head from striking a rock.

His black eyes were spiraled with gold. It almost made me dizzy to look into them.

“The lost one,” he said, staring at me in awed horror.

“Is her okay?” November was at my side. London approached hesitantly, and Arnoldo flew in to land heavily beside her.

Caleb stared around at all of us, as if he’d never seen us before. “Vermin. Lupine. Raptor,” he said, his voice raw. “Beware. She is not one of you.”

Otherkin Series:

1. Otherkin

2. Othermoon

3. Othersphere


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


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