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(The Ark Trilogy #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Unbeknownst to most of human kind, Chimera Enterprises has resurrected a shape-shifting alien race that sank with the lost continent of Lemuria eons ago: the werekin, beings born with both a human and an animal skin, able to shift between the two at will. Seventeen-year-old Seth Michael Sullivan, a werejaguar, has grown up in the Underground, hiding from the hunters that c ...more
Kindle Edition, 355 pages
Published October 14th 2012 (first published October 13th 2012)
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Emma Sea
May 10, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: high-school, shifter, ya
While this isn't my book, I do think that it's well written, with some good ideas, is well-constructed, and has particularly great female secondary characters.

I skimmed from 30%, because I was interested enough to want to know what was going to happen, but the high-school setting just wasn't my cup of tea. I would rec it if you're into gay shifter YA with a strong high school/sports team relationship angle.

Why does this book not have more reviews? It's so awesome! Bunch of original concepts, some really cool characters and fascinating, original world building.

I loved this book! Can't wait to read the next one. Why does this book not have more reviews????
Jason Bradley
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing storytelling.
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
Wow!! How do I begin to describe that exciting ride?? OK, this is the first story in a YA trilogy with no sex, plenty of bad guys [some that you thought were good...but weren't, and others that you just knew had to be bad...and were], fantastic world building combined with a thrilling race to uncover two Werekin [like shifters...and let's not forget, this series came out before Charlie Cochet's THIRDS series] who hold the key to finding ancient knowledge left by the Werekin people on a lost cont ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kristy Maitz
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
We are presented with great story plot, interesting characters, romance, drama, action and happy ending.

All in all, astonishing very cool book.

So very big recommendation from my part.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I very much thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a great world, good pacing, etc. There were a few niggling little annoyances.

It bothered me that... the characters seemed to take their clothes with them when they shifted... without any explicit explanation. Things seemed to revolve around and rely upon teenagers far too much. The worldview made it feel like a young adult novel. There was no good reason for these high schoolers to be at the center of all the action other than that the author wanted
I don't think anything is wrong with the book, it's simply not for me. ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally like to read my books on a computer; I don't own a Kindle so my only option was to read this on my PC. I decided to give it a whirl, and I was not disappointed.

Jesse Daro creates a story unlike any other I've read. Her characters--forgive the cliche--seem to jump out of the pages and take hold of you as you read. I found myself caring for quite a few of the characters, all the way down to the family dog. One of my pet peeves with some writing is when characters seem to know more
Dee Wy
3.5 stars - This was a super interesting take on paranormal shape shifters. In this case they are werekin and they don't "shift" they "skin" into their animal form. Seth, our 17 year old narrator is werekin, specifically a werejaguar - a bad-ass big cat, though untrained.

This story is both complex and very compelling. I was fascinated with the culture, it's brutal enemies and all the humans who seem to be clueless. Being YA, Seth is in a high-school setting and has all the issues a teenager woul
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance, sf-f
Really really enjoyable. Great page turner. I found myself a little sad at the end of the book, wishing that there was more... Oh wait, there is book two, "Blood." And I will be starting that as soon as I finish this review.

I had thought this was going to be another trashy m/m novel (which I do enjoy), but after a few chapters, I simply couldn't put it down. The plot was really engaging and creative. I would adore the characters Jesse Daro created. Even Captain Hook, the family dog, was dear to
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
I don't know what to say. This book, despite the cover I don't like, was actually very good. I was paranoid starting this because it's free and hasn't been published, the last book I read like that didn't work out well. I was worried it would be awful. I have never been more glad to be wrong.

This book was so fun, not only have we a m/m romance but we also have awesome Jaguars and brave Bunnys. The characters were so awesome and I'm soooooo glad I was right about two certain characters.

I can't w
I'm really impressed by this first book in the Ark Trilogy. Jesse Daro wrote and excellent work here. I liked Seth as the main protagonist. His wit, humor and intelligence is well integrated in his character. Even more, I really loved how deeply he knew that his twin J.J wasn't the enemy. I'm happy how this first part ended with Seth and J.J reunion. I liked Marshall, too. His light romance with Seth is good part of this storyline. I'll definitely read all other book in this series. ...more
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
I really enjoyed the world here, and I wonder about how it's going to progress in the next book.

I'd love a non YA book set in this world.
Wondering who is trust worthy, and who is going to betray, was enough to keep me hooked.
The Werekin's have a different background, and aren't your typical shifters.
I liked the slow progression with Seth and his mother.
Well done.

I'm not big on YA, and I do think this would work better with non YA characters. But I still enjoyed it, and will continue reading at
Duncan Husky
Rating: 4 out of 5

What an unexpected treat!

From past experiences, I'm a little gun-shy about free, self-published books. Usually they are in need of heavy editing and have a myriad of problems with characters, plot, and setting. I'm pleased to say that (almost) none of that is present in this book, and what little there is does not get in the way of an exciting read.

Daro has done a fine job of world-building here. The ramifications of historical actions are played out in a logical manner, and th
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually wanted to give the book 5 stars, because I truly enjoyed it. I was trying to get my bosses to let me take book breaks at work (kind of like their smoke breaks) just so I could read a little bit of the book and see what was going to happen next.

All the characters were really enjoyable, and I was surprised to realize that I liked them all. Usually there one character that I just can't bring myself to like for some reason. The plot was interesting, different, and I loved the style it wa
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. Seriously loved it. Read the first two in the series in one day and am just reading the third. The concept, characters, story were all well thought out and draws the reader in. If you like paranormal action stories with a hint of mm romance - this is definitely the book (series) for you. I cannot recommend this book enough - i seriously could not put it down and had to immediately start the next book. The only thing that has started to annoy me with the last book is the c ...more
caroline wilson
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book I downloaded as a pdf file, which is not my preferred reading sample. This book needs a little bit of proof reading as there were some spelling mistakes so if your one of those readers that can't get past those, don't read. On the other hand you will be missing a brilliant book, I loved the concept of this story and was fully immersed in the story world, it even brought a tear to my eye. I'm hoping that in the 2nd book some loose ends in the plot will be solved, this is my first book b ...more
Little naive, with inconsistiencies in characters behavior & plot.
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Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
All the suspense is a little boring for my taste. In my part of the world, highschool teens are only in love with each others, playing ball between them and totally ignoring the society, wars, species and so on.
Nik Jedikam
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
I fell in love with the series from chapter one to the last chapter of the third book. Though it has it's ups and downs, the story of Seth is one that I will remember for a long time, just like all the series that helped Jesse Daro become the writer she is now that is writing such awesome books. ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Completely different from any other shape shifter series I have read. I loved every minute of it. I love the main character, Seth, especially since he isn't your typical protagonist. ...more
Read all three books, one after another.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-them, favorites
WOW!! This was awesome!!! That's all I'm gonna say. Stayed up literally all night to read this, so that's all I can say at this point. ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This was fun to read. Shifter/YA urban fantasy deal. Hard to tell who the good or bad guys were throughout.
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