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9th Life (The Naming of Legends #1)

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~ Concerning Zookeepers ~
Working with the wild is a diverse calling. You learn to scale heights and sedate hurts, rate scars and skin rats, celebrate life and suffer loss. Animals are freer with their acceptance and adoration, also fiercer when angered or threatened. All in all, it’s a safe way to live passionately.
So Skyler thought.
Then he came. Lines were blurred.

~ Conce
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Published April 15th 2014
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Lisservel
Apr 12, 2014 Lisservel rated it it was amazing
Just a few things you need to know before you read 9th Life…

This isn’t just another shapeshifter romance. The dialogue is witty and snarky and real – even (and maybe especially) the internal dialogue. The story is sophisticated and thought provoking and intense, but also engaging and readable and fun. The characters will pull extreme and even seemingly contradictory responses from you – loyalty, protectiveness, admiration, disgust, amusement, anger, frustration, and just downright love! And the
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Nadine
This was one of the rare books whose world-building and characters drew me right in to the point where I lived and breathed in the story's world, and didn't want to leave it.

9th Life is an engrossing, fascinating story of love, sacrifice, destiny, and the exploration of the lines we'd cross for that which we perceive as most important. Beautifully told, with a lyrical quality to the prose and smart, intriguing dialogue, the story had me turning the pages to find out what would happen next to the
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Beck told me when I started this book that it would be hard to review this book without spoilers. So true. So I am going to focus on things other than the storyline. What you see in the summary is what you get. Sort of. There is actually more that goes on, but like I said, spoilers and what not. All I will say is that the world Skyler thought she knew, it just doesn't exist anymore. Something bigger has taken its place.

The book started off confusing for me. I had no idea what was going on. But
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Debbie Herbert
Apr 06, 2014 Debbie Herbert rated it it was amazing
Beck's writing is sophisticated and lyrical. Her zookeeper background lends authenticity to her shape-shifter new adult series. It's fast-paced and steeped in romance -- a love story that drew me in from the beginning.

The world-building in this book is complex and exquisite. What makes it superior is that it explores the deep philosophical questions of how life exists, how matter and energy affect our physical bodies, and how we impact our destiny with our thoughts and actions. All that -- on to
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Kate
Apr 27, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
9th Life introduces a fascinating new twist to the were/shifter genre. At this point, I thought I'd seen every possible angle, but I should know by now that every author has the potential to bring a whole new world into being. This particular world has probably the most unique view on shifters that I've ever seen (which is saying a lot given the books I've read).

The story is full of plot twists and turns, reveals that you should've seen coming but didn't, and finishes with a need to know how the
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Anna
Apr 13, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens, new adult, paranormal romance readers
Shelves: paranormal, new-adult
This book will really appeal to readers who have matured beyond the Twilight-level paranormal book. The writing, symbolism, metaphysics, and world-building is highly sophisticated, but the main focus of the book is the intense relationship between Sky and Bastion--and that will hook the reader.

The really unique thing about this book is the level at which the author understands and communicates animal/human relationships. Most shape-shifter books use the animal/human relationship as a plot devic
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Elaine Calloway
Apr 11, 2014 Elaine Calloway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Wendy Beck's writing style and sharp humor. Fans of shapeshifter books will enjoy all the details and setup for Bastian, the hero. Loved how she used a lynx in this; it's fresh and different from other shifter books.

The relationship between Skylar and Bastian grows at a good pace; we learn more about each character as the stakes get higher.

This is her first book in the series, and I look forward to the others!

Elaine
Becca Moree
Jul 25, 2014 Becca Moree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'm not huge on shifter books, if I am being 100% honest I can't even really explain why I don't care for them but I think it has something to do with the romance in them sometimes blurring that line between human and animal and bestiality... So when I got the chance to review 9th Life I was a little bit hesitant. I went over to GoodReads and checked the blurb, I read a few reviews and then I realized that I was hooked already! I simply HAD to read this book!

To put it mildly, 9th Life is NOT sim
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Lori Beck
Apr 12, 2014 Lori Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book! This. book. Wow.

Wendy Beck takes you to such a beautiful world with compelling characters. It's so rare to find such a powerful story laced with just the right amount of humor. I would go from sobbing to roaring laughter and back again. Her humor is reminiscent of Darynda Jones' Grave series.

I can't believe I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this trilogy! Having read all three books a few times I can tell you the story gets better with each read! And the exciting part is that
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Paige Taylor
Apr 10, 2014 Paige Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book, and will definitely read it again…it's definitely one you where catch something new with each reading. Wendy's dialogue is so vivid…she write the kinds of conversations we all want to have! Deep, intense, thought-provoking, but with an awesome sense of humor that had me laughing out loud at times. I love the world she has created, and all of the strong and unique characters in it…she makes me want to be Ailuro! Wendy uses the "paranormal elements" in a way that made me go ...more
TheMadHatter
Jun 16, 2014 TheMadHatter rated it liked it
I purchased this book as I saw an author I like (can't remember who) promoting this book where all the proceeds go to a no-kill cat shelter. Great cause. Book only cost a few dollars. Bought it.

After I bought the book, I clicked on goodreads and noticed that it had like a 4.6 overall rating. Intrigued, I clicked on the book and noticed that all the reviews were pretty much five stars quoting things like "Best book ever". I know there is a lot of authors up in arms about negative trolls leaving b
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Lexi Wings
*** Received copy from author in exchange for an honest review***

~Review~

I believe there is a calling for each and one of us. No matter what, it calls something deep in us like, the serpent responding to the lute of his master. It awakens us from an unknown slumber, slowly and seductively. And like a serpent waiting greedily for its masters continuous notes; I read patiently savoring the voyage. Until the next time the master wakes his serpent for the next song. In other words; I was the hypnoti
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Vickie
Jul 10, 2014 Vickie rated it it was amazing
9th Life is a heartwarming shifter romance that will suck you in almost immediately. If you need a new book boyfriend, Bastian is just waiting for a belly rub. I’m totally in love with him but I’ll be happy to share. Wendy Beck is an incredible story architect; her characters, their societies and emotions are very immersive and keep the reader engaged and wanting more. The Forgotten (book 2) is already loaded on my eReader and I’m hoping to see more from this author, this series has tons of ...more
Janet Rana
Apr 19, 2014 Janet Rana rated it it was amazing
I am so not a book reader by nature but after seeing so many raves by Facebook friends, I actually read this. Love cats and loved this story. I want a devoted, sweet, unselfish boyfriend like Bastian. I want to love and be loved like these two do for each other. Read it and you will experience a wonderful escape from this real life world.
Sam Cummins
Jul 23, 2016 Sam Cummins rated it it was amazing
I have been an avid reader since childhood. Wendy Beck is now on my favorite authors list. This story captured me from the beginning and has not let go. The mixing of the worlds is seamless and leaves you wishing you could be a part of it. I cannot wait for the next chapter between these amazing characters!
Stacey Baum
May 17, 2014 Stacey Baum rated it it was amazing
The snarky commentary and the love story play a yin and yang that produces a perfect story telling theme. Beck tells a story of love and loss. She enables you to be all entranced with the characters. You want to scream at the top of your lungs for these characters. Beck is the new writer for 2014.
Ashley
Sep 07, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book took a little while for me to get into (For some reason the prologue really confused me), but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I just loved how unique this story's plot was. I've read quite a few new adult books so far, and this book really added something different to the NA drama (This is the first shifter NA book I've read). I mean, there was the typical romance that I've come to expect from the genre, but 9th Life
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Gwen
Apr 19, 2014 Gwen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, favorites
Just read book one of 9th Life series by Wendy Beck. I love the story line of devotion to each other through many trials. Love the fantasy world of having a race of people who live, love, and work together without egos and competition messing with everyone’s feelings. A race who understands that we live in an energy “field” so all of our negatives affect others, as do our positives. This race understands that the gift of one isn’t a reduction to the gift of another. Then there is also the ...more
Michael
Apr 13, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Wow. The story sucks you in & keeps you glued to the page (next chapter, next chapter, next chapter…). The characters are real and will tear your heart out when they suffer. The dialogue is smart & hilarious! Fantastic read.
Raph♛
i received a copy from the New Adult Book Club in exchange of my honest review
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4 stars
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Synopsis:

"~ Concerning Zookeepers ~
Working with the wild is a diverse calling. You learn to scale heights and sedate hurts, rate scars and skin rats, celebrate life and suffer loss. Animals are freer with their acceptance and adoration, also fiercer when angered or threatened. All in all, it’s a safe way to live passionately.
So Skyler thought.
Then he came. Lines were blurred..."



this book...this book.
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Jennifer
Aug 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Psychocat Reads Review of 9TH LIFE by Wendy Beck

Just a note before I get into the usual critera, while I enjoyed the entire book, the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter were absolute bonus gems. As a human living with two cats, and having spent my life around countless others, I found each one delightful.

The Characters: Thank you Wendy for creating a heroine that is absolutely a blast to get to know. From the beginning of the book, the things that Skyler thinks and says made me absol
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Margaux Espinosa
Sep 02, 2014 Margaux Espinosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
*Received a copy from author in exchange for an honest review*
I really enjoyed reading this book, the words flowed so smoothly and the story line is fresh and unique. This is a whole new spin on shape-shifting and the paranormal, one that was fresh and exciting, not to mention the love story woven so perfectly throughout. Wendy Beck wrote the conversations we all wish we could have and did them with exceptional timing, thought provoking, deeply intense at times, but with a wicked sense of humor
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Tiffany
Aug 27, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Bastian, Bastian, Bastian...

"She asked you to stop."
Hudson turned frowning. "And I asked if you were seeing my girlfriend."
"I'm asking if you're hearing your girlfriend."
To my shock, Hudson threw a punch at Bastian's face. It never landed. Bastian didn't even blink. He simply caught the fist in his hand, his calm unwavering.
"Stop," he repeated, but Hudson pulled back his other fist - and that's when Bastian's amiable nature ran out. That punch was never thrown.
Hudson hit the wall with Bastian'
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Shaili
Aug 29, 2014 Shaili rated it really liked it
This is a really nice new shapeshifter YA romance novel. The dialoges are really real, sassy and relatable and just a typical response you would expect. The story line is very simple yet very unique in its own way. The plot is just so intriguing that you just want to keep reading. The Characters go through extremes and they all are so loyal, brave and quite stubborn at time (But still loved it!) And then comes the romance..... MY OHHH MYYY! where do I begin??? Its absolutely breath-taking and ...more
Zach Sutherland
Jun 17, 2014 Zach Sutherland rated it it was amazing
After my wife ignored me for 10 hours straight to read this book I had to give it a try.

I found this book to be surprisingly masculine. While the the love story does take center stage the author doesn't water down the adventure to highlight the romance.

I loved being taken to another world with the Ailuro shifters and seeing how Skylar and Bastian navigate between the Ailuro reality and the modern world. The relationship between the two of them is quite unique and will hook you instantly. By ch
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Caryn Watson Watz Books and Teasers
"There's only One. All of us. Everything."

To Me that one quote stood out and was my guideline to the book. this isn't your typical shapeshifter book so get that out of your head right away. this is a masterpiece with characters you love and find addictive.
I'm not sure how to express how much i loved this book I'm still trying to come up with the right words, but cant wait to continue reading the other books in this series.

I recommend it to everyone that loves a story that feels real and drags
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Sgiova
Aug 25, 2014 Sgiova rated it liked it
I received this book in return for an honest review.
I enjoyed the read. It was fast and easy. The characters were mysterious and entertaining. Even when you thought you had them figured out you realized there was still more to learn. I loved the drama and how not only the characters kept you guessing but so did the plot. I had to continue the journey with the other two books and am not disappointed and would expect that if you gave this a chance you wouldn't be either.
Beatrix
Jun 09, 2016 Beatrix rated it liked it
Good book with unexpected twists. Struggled to put it down!
Cecilia Dominic
Jul 03, 2015 Cecilia Dominic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up and put it down several times. Each time I did pick it up, I was drawn into the lyrical writing, but I got impatient with what felt like a slow pace and lack of conflict. Bastian seemed like too perfect a hero. Then the book hit its stride, and wow. History, secrets, and magical elements all collide to bring the heroine Skye and the reader along on a strange and powerful journey. I'm now really looking forward to the rest of this series.
Ima
Nov 25, 2014 Ima rated it it was amazing
Incredible and well thought out story for the beginning of a trilogy. Mrs. Beck is a dream come true for any literature geek!! 
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Zookeeper-turned-author Wendy Beck is more accustomed to wrestling gators than grammar. She has a conservation biology degree from Oglethorpe University and learned a whole lot of hands-on studying killer whales in Puget Sound, loggerhead sea turtles on Cumberland Island, and everything else at Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove. She went on to serve as the animal caretaker for
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The Naming of Legends (3 books)
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