Thursday, January 24, 2013

ARC Review: Othermoon by Nina Berry

Othermoon
Author: Nina Berry
Publication: K-Teen (January 29, 2013)

Description: Everyone has secrets. When Dez rescued a boy, Caleb, from a cage, she discovered secrets she never knew she possessed, Now she's sure she's found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin - and with Caleb. But as the barriers between the mortal world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend ...and maybe something more. Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation...

My Thoughts: This exciting sequel to Otherkin has Dez and her friends and fellow shape-shifters London, November, Arnoldo, and Siku and her boyfriend Caleb along with his half-sister Amaris trying to find a way to defeat the Tribunal which is headed by Ximon who is Caleb and Amaris's father. Ximon's goal is to eliminate all Other kind and believes he is on a mission from God.

Dez is still really coming to terms with the idea that she is a tiger-shifter and possibly the last of her kind. She was raised by humans and didn't even know about Other kind until Ximon's people tried to kidnap her in the first book in this series. Dez has many questions about her heritage. She learns a bit more in this episode when she begins getting messages from someone on the other side of the barrier separating the worlds who seems to be her biological mother. 

Dez is a strong character who is willing to do whatever she has to if she believes it is the right thing to do. This causes problems both with the elder other kin and with Caleb. It puts major strains on her friendships and makes her seem bossy and untrusting. When she works with Ximon's other son Lazar who is still ostensibly a follower of his father, it really strains her relationship with Caleb. Lazar killed Caleb's mother and  Caleb wants him dead. He can't believe that Lazar really has changed and is convinced that his actions are just part of a plot to betray the other kin.

The group has to stop Ximon before he finds a way to close off Earth from the other world and cause all the shifters and magic users to lose their powers. There are lots of dangerous situations in this action-packed story that will keep any adventure fan satisfied to the last pages. Romance fans who fell in love with Dez and Caleb together will have a much more disappointing experience but can hold on to the hope that things will work out for the two of them.

I recommend this to fans of paranormal stories. Tiger shifters are really cool! The information about real-life tigers at the end will send many readers looking for more information too.

Favorite Quote:
She bounced up and down like a six-year-old.

Skiu lifted his eyes form her jitter-bugging to me. "Two full-size Snickers and two Cokes," he said.

November shoved him indignantly. "Don't explain me!"
I get this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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