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Source: review copy from publisher
Published: July 31, 2012
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." (Source: Goodreads)
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, based on the cover. I had a friend tell me she'd passed it up because she thought it looked like it could end up being a semi-raunchy adult book. I don't know if I'd go that far, but it did kind of throw me at first.
This is a book about shapeshifters. You can probably guess that from the cover, so it's not really terribly spoilerish. I really like the way that Nina Berry told her story. Sure, it was pretty formulaic, but I don't recall ever having said that I didn't like the formula. It totally works for me.
Dez was a fun character and one that I could picture myself being friends with. I liked that she had her strengths as well as weaknesses and was well aware of both. I didn't see her as someone who tried to play herself down or fish for compliments. I liked her a lot.
I also really liked Caleb. He was a great character and one who left me guessing most of the time. I couldn't ever predict what he was going to do. Neither could Dez, and it drove her crazy. :)
I'm a big fan of this story and hope that y'all will pick it up. It's worth reading. Ms. Berry has a way of telling the story that keeps one completely enthralled. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it a lot and I can't wait for the sequel. It's going on my shelf for sure!
It's a 4 Eiffel Tower book for me.