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Otherkin (Otherkin #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,129 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

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
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by K Teen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 27, 2012 Brigid rated it it was amazing
This book started with a hot boy in a cage ... and it just kept getting better from there.
THAT WAS AMAZING!! Nina Berry....welcome to my fav author list! :D


I am honestly kicking myself for not picking up Otherkin the day it was released. Truth be told, I was expecting the same shifter story with your everyday run of the mill werewolves, but this book proved to be something else entirely. I was hooked from the first page and I didn’t put it down until the very end. It was a definite page-turner. Full of action, adventure, thrill, mystery, romance and a whole lot of unique
Sep 19, 2012 Lili rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I was really looking forward to this book, so it’s really unfortunate that I have to admit that this book was rather disappointing. While it did tell the tale of a female shifter trying to come to terms with her powers, I felt as if I drifted through Dez’s story in a bubble—immune to feeling anything. I didn’t find myself connecting with any characters, and instead I was just along for the ride. I was immersed in a story full of characters with names that made me cringe, but I was someh
Oct 02, 2015 Jo-Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immensely enjoyed this first book in Nina Berry's Otherkin series. The author's writing style makes for an easy and fast read and the story is interesting and the relationships within the story are complex and intriguing. Desdemona Gray is a tiger shifter who has lived her entire life believing she is a normal girl- even if normal includes having scoliosis which forces her to have to wear a back brace the majority of the time in order to prevent more damage to her spine. Imagine her surprise t ...more
Anna Silver
Dec 03, 2013 Anna Silver rated it it was amazing
OTHERKIN is truly a five-star read, and I don't say that lightly. I don't hand out five star reviews like LSD tabs at a warehouse rave. I hoard them. I savor them. I wield them like a regal sceptre, bestowing my royal blessing on a chosen few. OTHERKIN is definitely one of those few. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but it had a unique premise. I dig shapeshifters, especially when they're turning into something other than wolves. And Berry takes the whole idea to a new level. She really ele ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Henrietta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otherkin starts out with Desdemona (Dez) feeling frustrated about herself. Being diagnosed with scoliosis, she has no choice but to wear a back brace twenty-three hours every day. At 16, she feels really awkward. As an adopted child, she feels she has to act in a self-controlled manner. She feels she has to show her respect when she’s around her mom. Because of her physical condition, She feels shy and self-conscious when she is around boys. She is afraid that boys would pity her or even reject ...more
This book starts with a bang.

Dez gets asked out on her first date, finds out she can shift into a tiger, gets kidnapped, shifts for the second time and manages to escape her abductors with the boy from the cage alongside in tow. All in the first couple of pages.

And the fast paced story just continues along at breakneck speed.

The action and suspense create a very exciting story where at times it seems as if you blink and you would miss a lot of important stuff that happens. For me it was a bit to
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Actual rating 4.5. This review originally appeared HERE on My Life is a Notebook.

I’m going to be perfectly honest: I did not go into this book with high expectations. The first book I ever requested from NetGalley was a shifter book so bad I couldn’t finish it. I haven’t read anything about shifters regularly since … the Animorphs when I was about 12. BUT, this story has an awesome cover with a tiger on the front so how COULDN’T I request it?

And I’m so happy I did.

Just the first chapter is lite
Dez has always thought she was a normal teenager - apart from the back brace she has to wear 23 hours per day thanks to her scoliosis - so the day she gets angry and transforms into a tiger comes as quite a shock! The next thing she knows someone is shooting through her bedroom window and she wakes up trapped in a cage. She manages to escape captivity with fellow prisoner Caleb and finds herself on the run from a group of people she never knew existed. Learning she is one of the Otherkin is a lo ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0


As we meet 17-year old Desdemona (Dez) Grey, she is forced to wear a back brace 23 hours a day because she has a severe case of idiopathic scoliosis (curvature of the spine). The back brace is supposed to protect her spine from curving any further while she continues to grow.

Dez is rather tall for a girl and is painfully shy around boys. She also doesn’t have that many friends that she hangs around with. When someone touches her, she totally freaks out
Jul 01, 2012 Katie_la_geek rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, ebook-arc
Real ratinf 3.5

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The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for review.

Let me just start by saying Otherkin is completely unrealistic, it is not believable at all…but not in that irritating, bang your head against brick wall kinda way. Otherkin is unbelievable in the comic book, action movie kind of way. It simply doesn’t matter that things like this would just never happen in real life because this book owns its unrealistic-ness and
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: This novel has potential but with a storyline that hops all over the place and characters that I couldn’t quite connect with just made this novel a “meh” read.

Opening Sentence: “Freak.”

The Review:

Otherkin is the set up to a new series by Nina Berry that involves full moons, parallel worlds, Shadow magic, warring animal-shifter groups and a girl with terrible scoliosis. Desdemona has just had the worst day of all for a teenager. The hottest g
Sep 04, 2015 Sana rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, arcs
When secrets lie just beyond a veil of shadow magic and shifters exist alongside the callers of shadows, it is guaranteed that I will be hooked. And I was. There is never a dull moment in this fascinatingly fresh and a whirlwind of a book called Otherkin.

Dez's life is defined by her back brace so she adjusts to it despite the frustration it brings. But it's been two years and Dez is bound to snap and boy, snap she did! Before Dez knew what was happening, she was looking at a tiger in her bedroom
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
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Okay so everyone knows I love covers and if they are very special I just have to comment on them. And this cover is pretty darn amazing, huh?
I love the tiger in the background, as it seems that the tiger is a part of the girl, patiently awaiting for her. The girl herself looks like a tiger with the red hair, hidden in the grass, getting ready to pounce. I love this cover!
But with that being said, this cover is more provocative than what I think a y
Otherkin is about a teenage girl, Dez, who is kidnapped at the beginning of the story by a group called The Tribunal. The tribunal are the catalyst for Dez discovering she is a shifter. I was pleased she turned into a tiger as wolves are getting a bit boring. There is a wolf shifter, London [actually named Laurentia instead of the usual Lauren, but she’s still got the Lauren chip on her shoulder. Are there any books with nice girls named Lauren someone could recommend me? Do those exist?]
Dez’ n
Feb 09, 2013 Sobia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potential potential. Potential.

Otherkin is chock freaking full of it. It sounds like an awesome story, and it would be, if not for the pacing. Everything happens immediately . The H and h get to together, the other shifters who've spent centuries as enemies all become friends, ( koombaya!) and the final battle scene all come way to quickly, and maybe it was just me, but that last fight was way too easy. And seriously get through the whole book, and it's like, that
I wasnt expecting to be reading this book anytime soon. I participated on the Goodreads giveaway and I had no idea that I had won a copy until I saw it on my mail box. Which was a total surprise for me! First of all, let me say that this book has an incredible cover, it looks amazing and catches you right away. I was very curious about it and I started to read it the day I got it. First, I loved the idea of human beings that can shift into animals. I always lived for animals and everything relat ...more
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Jul 16, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it really liked it
Otherkin is a thrilling, action adventure. Nina Berry takes fun to a whole new level with this group of terrific shape-shifting teenagers. Berry also gives us a teen heroine to be proud of in Dez, and has written a wonderful story that shows these teens will learn they have to stand together in order to fight against the bad guys.The Otherkin series has incredible Urban Fantasy world coupled with sarcastic teen humor, a dramatic storyline, and a sweet, first love romance.

Dez hasn't been the most
Montana G.
Aug 23, 2012 Montana G. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-favorites
I thought Otherkin was an amazing start to a new series. The idea behind the book is awesome, and the main character Dez was such a great, strong heroine.

Dez is a girl who has had to wear a back brace most of her life, and has let it hold her back from doing a lot of different things, such as liking cute boys. She lives with her adopted parents. One day, she ends up shifting into a tiger and when she wakes up, she finds herself imprisoned in a cage next to a really cute boy, Caleb. She soon fin
(This review was originally published on

When I requested this title on NetGalley I really thought it would be amazing. And that's always a difficult place to start, because the chance it will be disappointing is bigger. And I'm sad to say it did disappoint. I doubted how many stars I would give it for a long time, but I just can't give it more than 2.5 stars. I started with 2, so it ended up being a little better.

The idea behind the story is great. Dez discovers
Dez is used to making her own way through life. Scoliosis has put her in a brace, but she's managed to be pretty normal despite that. Then she turns into a tiger, wakes up in a cage, rescues a boy . . . Life is about to get very, very different. Now she's learning to be a shifter with others like her, but those who took her once still want to see her dead.

I liked some things about this a lot. Dez's struggles with how she sees herself, particularly in light of her scoliosis, give her some good de
May 12, 2014 Ally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Shapeshifter. That is what this book is about.

Dez is a girl with scoliosis. She wears a brace to prevent her spine from moving to a worse curvature. But that isn't the point of this lovely tale. The shape-shifting concept in the leading plot of Otherkin. The shapeshifters, the Otherkin (I don't mean the book title; I mean the people), are able to shift into a certain creature. Dez's special form is a tiger, along with a house cat (which is really cute). Other Otherkins are able to shift into eag
Imagine you're a teenaged girl with scoliosis and a back brace and your biggest fear is that the cute guy you're crushing on noticed your brace when he touched your waist. (Side note: When I was young it seemed every single book was about a girl with a back brace and how she felt about it. So the day I had to go to Shriner's to be examined for scoliosis was a frightening time indeed. I was fine, fyi, we went to breakfast then saw Return of the Jedi.) Anyway, Dez is that girl, and I super enjoyed ...more
Melissa E.
Objectively, I know that this book is terrible in many ways. It's cheesy, predictable, and some of the plot is utterly ridiculous.

But...I still had a hell of a lot of fun reading it.

There was just something so nostalgic about this story. It reminded me so much of the old school YA that I read back in the 90s that I couldn't help but enjoy it, right down to the eyeroll worthy one-liners tossed out by the characters in the middle of a firefight.

There's nothing new here. The characters are famili
Zoe Mark
Oct 12, 2012 Zoe Mark rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. There was never a dull moment. There is a romance, but not the bad kind where that is the only thing that is in it.There is always something interesting happening whether it is training or even battle. I couldn't put it down.
Feb 03, 2015 Keatley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, fluff
Full disclosure, I read this because it was in my sister's Nook account and I was looking for something I didn't have to actually go out in the cold and get from the library, but I actually enjoyed it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars for YA fiction and would recommend it for adults looking for something in this genre (like me haha, its good reading for long commutes). The characters are teenagers and some of the themes are young, but it wasn't so much so that I felt weird reading it as an adult. Berr ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Lorinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desdamona Grey is a typical teenage girl, at least that's what she believes. Suffering from scoliosis Dez wears a brace 23 hours a day to try to keep her spine from twisting. Two years she has worn the brace, hiding in unflattering clothes, trying to keep others from viewing her as different. But Dez is about to find out just how different from other girls she is. Turns out she is a shifter, and she can change into a rather large Syberian Tiger.

I enjoyed this book so much that I am going to fin
Stephanie Ward
'Otherkin' is a fantastic start to what promises to be an amazing YA fantasy/paranormal series. I haven't read any shifter books in quite awhile, so I was really interested when I picked these up for review. Let me tell you - I was NOT disappointed! This book went far beyond any hopes or expectations I may have had for it. The characters were well formed with distinct personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. I loved the main character of Dez. She's down to earth, smart, and a girl who doesn't g ...more
Pam Vlieg
Aug 02, 2012 Pam Vlieg rated it it was amazing
Fast paced, brilliant world, easy to love characters. This book was a huge hit for me!
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I liked a lot of things about this one. Review to come.
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