Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Otherkin (Otherkin, #1)” as Want to Read:
Otherkin (Otherkin, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Otherkin #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,349 ratings  ·  213 reviews
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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Otherkin, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Otherkin

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.85  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,349 ratings  ·  213 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 09, 2015 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
 ♥Lynn ♥
Very different from anything I've read before. That storyline kept me reading.
Gretchen Hohmeyer
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 li
*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 28, 2012 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
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
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc, ya
Real ratinf 3.5

For this review and more visit my blog

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
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
Full Review at:

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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2012
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie 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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Marília Domingos
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
(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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I liked a lot of things about this one. Review to come.
Pam Victorio
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, brilliant world, easy to love characters. This book was a huge hit for me!
Ashley Chen
Jun 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Dez is a normal girl who is very shy and is somewhat embarrassed... because she wears a back brace and has worn it for the last 3 years. No one but her parents and best friend Ivy knows about it. But when a boy asks her to prom and tries to show her how to dance, only to accidentally touch her back brace, Dez goes home and begins to panic. Now someone knows about her brace and she will be made fun ot.

The more and more Dez thinks about this, the angrier she gets. Until she gets so angry that she
Andria Potter
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans for fans of Dun Lady's Jess, T'witches, and the Sweep Series
This is a wonderful story about a girl who looses her cool and transforms into a tiger. If that doesn’t catch your attention, then maybe this will: she goes to a school similar to that of the xmen only these teenagers just shift into animals, they don’t have other abilities. Each comes from families of shifters of that animal, and each has their own unique power-as well as their own unique names. We’ve got November, Saki, Morfael, and normal names like Caleb. The ultimate badguy is a man named X ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The writing was good although it took time for more action to actually happen than most book. Humdrums is still not my favorite word none magical/shifter people. Totally guessed after the second mention of the old man at the orphanage who it was. Kinda feels like there's too much going on with Dez and her shifting as well as personal life or it's so obvious it's annoying not sure. Liked the characters but have no investment in them. Don't feel like reading the next book but I didn't hate the boo ...more
Jenna Underwood
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I finished this book a week ago, and overall it was pretty dry and lifeless. It was quite lacking in emotions, believability, and relativity, even for a fantasy book. Quality of writing was excellent with good descriptive writing and sentence construction. The story was pretty boring, but the characters were well developed. The writing quality was the only thing that kept me reading. I would not read it again.
Specific ratings:
Storyline/plot-- 3 stars
Characters-- 4 stars
Writing quality-- 5 stars
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first experience reading books from this author. This fiction is written on a perspective of a teenager facing her fears of others' judgments and learning to accept herself with flaws and all. This is a story about first love and growing up by giving others a helping hand. I enjoyed the characters strength and can't wait to dive in the next installment of the Otherkin series by Nancy Berry.
YA Reads Book Reviews
Originally posted on, Reviewed by Nichole.

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.
Dez has always been slightly abnormal in the society she grew up in. She was adopted from Russia when she w
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Divided (Setenid Blight, #2)
  • Blood Fever (The Watchers, #3)
  • Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)
  • Kept (Coveted, #2)
  • Yoke (Bound, #1)
  • Breaker (Ondine Quartet, #4)
  • Dusk Conspiracy (Werelove, #1)
  • Amarok
  • Crux
  • Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies #1)
  • I Am Forever (What Kills Me, #2)
  • Moonglow (The Darkborn Legacy, #1)
  • The Shapeshifter's Secret (The Shapeshifter's Secret, #1)
  • Redemption (Hearts of Stone, #1)
  • I'll Tell You Mine
  • The Rise (The Alexa Montgomery Saga, #3)
  • Slipstream (A Crisis of Two Worlds, #1)
  • My Heart Be Damned (Damned, #1)
See similar books…
Thanks so much for checking out my author page and my books! I no longer check messages or friend requests here on Goodreads, so please check out my website for more info or if you'd like to get in touch.


YA writer, redhead, bodysurfer, Nina is the author of THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES, CITY OF SPIES and the OTHERKIN series. Born in Honolulu, she now

Other books in the series

Otherkin (3 books)
  • Othermoon (Otherkin, #2)
  • Othersphere (Otherkin, #3)