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 e…more 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 finished this book today and LOVED it! I had a feeling it was my kind of story, and it really was! I love that there are Others ‘out’ in the world and that they live among humans. Even if they do have to hide what they are in order to not be persecuted.
I liked Gwen’s personality and felt like I could connect with her. I actually felt like that with all the characters but I have to say that Tavien is definitely my favorite character. I also liked that her parents seemed more present then some YA books.
The story moved along smoothly but as I was reading there were things that bothered me a little. But now that I finished it a few hours ago and loved it so much those little things have slipped my mind. Although I do remember that as I started the book I felt like it had a different ‘feel’ to it. It was easy to get into it, but the writing style was just different. Not bad, just different.
Overall I loved this book and wish the book was longer. I would have loved to read more about Gwen and Tavien. So I can’t wait for the next book!
I give this book 5/5 moons.
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