Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: Other by Karen Kincy

Author: Karen Kincy
Publication: Flux (July 1, 2010)

Description: Feathers unfurl from my skin. My plummet curves into a swoop, and I tuck my talons beneath my body. From girl to great horned owl in about a second. Pretty good, huh?

Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter. Never having known her Pooka-spirit father, Gwen must struggle with the wild, wonderful magic inside of her alone—and in secret. While society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in Klikamuks, Washington, who don't care for her kind.

Now there's a new werewolf pack in town, and Others are getting killed, including Gwen's dryad friend. The police are doing zilch. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen meets a cute Japanese fox spirit who's refreshingly comfortable with his Otherness. Can Gwen find the courage to embrace her true self and find the killer-before she becomes the next victim?

My Thoughts: Gwen is an almost normal teenage girl except for one small thing, She is half Pooka and can shapeshift into many different kinds of animals. She has kept this a secret from her boyfriend because there is a lot of prejudice against Others in the town where they live and she doesn't know how he would react. She finds that she was right to keep her Otherness from her boyfriend. When she tells him, he dumps her.

Her best friend Chloe is a dryad who runs a B&B. Gwen feels comfortable being herself with Chloe. However, someone is murdering Others and the police don't seem to be doing anything. Gwen and her boyfriend find a couple of drowned water sprites. At first Gwen suspects the werewolves who are new in town. She has a prejudice against them because they are bitten and not born Others like she is. She also thinks that they are violent. When Chloe is killed Gwen first thinks it was done by her werewolf boyfriend.

As she investigates and get to know the werewolves she eliminates them as suspects because members of their pack are being killed too. Then she wonders if the murders aren't some of the local bullies. Gwen meets Tavian in a local bookstore and they become friends. He is an Other too. There is no need to keep secrets from him. They become close while trying to find out who is murdering Others.

I liked the mystery in this one. There were lots of suspects and lots of suspense. I recommend this book to YAs who want a different sort of paranormal. It also had both mystery and romance.

Challenges: 2010 YA Debut Author Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge, Paranormal Reading Challenge

1 comment:

I love getting comments. Let me know what you think.

This blog is now officially declared an Award Free zone! I do appreciate your kindness in thinking of me and I am humbled by your generosity. Your comments are award enough for me. Comment away!