Author: Karen Kincy
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy, Romance
Series: Other #1
Publication Date: July 8th 2010 (first published July 1st 2010)
Source: Own Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.
When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.
I had bought this book a few months after it was published, maybe by 2011. It was about shapeshifters, werewolves, and this new things I had never heard of, pookas. And until recently I got interested to finish reading it.
The story starts with Gwen, a half-pooka that has to contain her nature to shift into animals, most commonly a black stallion. She lives with her mom, step-dad and step-sister. What I liked at first was that we see how difficult the situation is to Gwen having to live with normal people when she is anything but that. It’s as if it’s a disease, something that might be her fault, or something along those lines. She tries to live with her secret, until she has to be courageous and tell her boyfriend, Zach, about her “special condition”. In any other case this would have been nothing to worry too much about, except that Zach and his family were very religious people, considering beings like Gwen children of the devil since biblical times.
To top it off on Gwen problems, someone has been on a killing spree of Others, and things become more serious when a friend of her dies in the most horrible way. All signs point to the new Werewolf clan as Gwen and her new friend Octavian search for clues as to who is the murderer, and if they’re next in line.
This story had it ups and down. The writing style can be confusing and boring at first, but you get used to it. There was a cliche where a girl can’t live without a boy, how she can’t move on, and bam she’s with someone else instantly. I
hate dislike female characters like that. Other than that, Gwen was okay I suppose.
One of the things that made me like this story was the mystery in it. You don’t know who’s the killer, you have your suspicions, but there’s something there that doesn’t quite fit in the picture. That kind of mystery was well written by the author making me turn the pages to know who was it. And the paranormal aspect to it was different than the normal myths and legends, incorporating additional supernatural beings other than the traditional vampires and werewolves.
I’d recommend this read if you want to read something fast involving paranormal, a hint of romance, and some crime and mystery. As long as you don’t have too many expectations, then you’re okay.
Rating: 3 stars
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