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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
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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by K Teen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sam
2.5 stars

Shifters are some of my favourite paranormal creatures to read about. Needless to say, I was greatly looking forward to this book. I wish I could say it lived up to my expectations, but, unfortunately, Otherkin turned out to be nothing more than mediocre at best.

There were very few aspects of this book that I truly enjoyed. The start of the book was an explosive one and it all looked very promising a couple of chapters in. We start off with a boy in a cage and Dez, our tiger shifter, in
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Brigid
This book started with a hot boy in a cage ... and it just kept getting better from there.
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THAT WAS AMAZING!! Nina Berry....welcome to my fav author list! :D

UPDATE!!!!


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
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Lili
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
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Henrietta
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
Anna Silver
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
Sarah
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
Katie_la_geek
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
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
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Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I thought Otherkin was an okay read. It took me about a month to read though. For me it was the type of book that I could easily put down and not feel the need to pick back up.

The beginning of the novel basically went straight into the action. The problem I had with that was that there wasn't any sort of build up. It just happened. And there was zero time for me to get to know the main character Dez. Thankfully, by the end of the novel, I felt l
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Sana
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
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Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
Full Review at: www.readtomyhearts.blogspot.com


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
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Kate
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
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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
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Lauren
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
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Sobia
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 scene....it was way too easy. And seriously unbelievable...you get through the whole book, and it's like, that
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Ana Domingos
I wasn´t 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 rela ...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
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
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* YA Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0

**Review**

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
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Montana G.
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
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Helene
(This review was originally published on helenesworldofbooks.blogspot.com)

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
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Alice Of Wonderland

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
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Maddi Zoe
One of the best books I've read. I did feel it started a little too quickly but that didn't matter by the time I was reading the rest of it. I picked it up by chance at the library, and am I glad I did!
It's got everything I ask for in a book; something supernatural, adventure and action, romance, some points of comedy, and friendship. I love all the twists and turns. It was very hard to put down when I had to stop reading. Safe to say I will be reading the rest of the series.
Waverly
I won a copy of the final book in the Otherkin trilogy (squee! you can be jealous now) as part of Goodreads First Reads contest. Berry is both nice enough and sneaky enough to send a signed copy of the first book, gratis, with a "hey there!" note on personalized tiger stationery, too. Ha, but I had to bring something to this relationship... namely, the middle book in the series.

You bet I'm good with that.

The premise of the series is that certain people and objects have a parallel universe count
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Tammy
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
Zoe Mark
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.
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
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.
Ashley Chen
Jun 26, 2012 Ashley Chen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I like stories.

I grew up in Hawaii, went to school in Chicago, and now live in Hollywood, working in TV by day and writing by night.

My first series was a paranormal young adult trilogy from KTeen. The books are OTHERKIN, OTHERMOON, and OTHERSPHERE. What started off as the story about a girl with a back brace who discovers she can shift into a tiger became a saga of love, adventure, and friendship.
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