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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  98 reviews
When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadl
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Published September 19th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Unlike many other 2-star books I've read, there was nothing outrageously bad about this book. The characters are dull and generic; despite the fact that some characters (like Meg's parents) are pure tropes, I do not hate anyone outright. Some characters are annoying, but nobody in this book grated on my nerves so much to warrant and full-on profanity-laced rant regarding their character. Mainly because the characters and their characterization is just severely lacking, and there are so many side ...more
Ash Wednesday

Know what's worse than a story that makes no sense? A story that ALMOST makes sense.

Because with the former, you could just chuck it to the dnf pile and move on, while with the latter you are trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of promise, hope then disappointment that ultimately ends in someone getting pissed because she spent an entire day suffering from a migraine… without any pay-off.

Legend has it that there once was a great war waged between wizards where they built tall towers
Mogsy (MMOGC)
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My thanks go to Strange Chemistry for providing me a copy of Skulk in exchange for an honest review! Every once in a while I’ll delve into the Young Adult genre for my fantasy fix, and this is one of those books that makes me really glad I do.

The story opens with our protagonist and narrator Meg Banks busy sneaking out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night, carrying a backpack full of spray paint. 16-year-old student b
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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Now I'm thinking and realizing that we don't have enough shapeshifting books out there, or it's just me not finding them. I have no idea. But when I first saw that this was a book about shapeshifting I needed to read it. Luckily I have got a chance to do so.

One night after out main character Meg sneaks out to paint graffiti something unusual happens. She sees a fox, dying fox but in the next moment that fox turns into man. Even though scared she cannot but b
Wyatt Packard
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
Meg Banks leads a secret life outside of her controlling mother and partying friends. She lives to sneak out during the night and creates art with her trusty spray paint and the walls of public buildings. One night as she creates what she thinks is her best piece yet, she is interrupted by a dying fox. She is even more shocked when, as the animal dies, he reverts to the shape of a man. She takes the stone the man entrusts her with and runs. After that Meg's life is never the same. She discovers ...more
Initial thoughts: About a 3 star read for me. The narrative slowed down a little for me in the middle, however I did enjoy Meg's character. She was very easy to relate to - an awkward, overweight girl who expressed herself through graffiti. Her parents were vile, especially her borderline abusive mother and her almost invisible dad. I liked the shifter lore in this book and how the shifters were organized based upon the animal they shifted into.

My review:
Not sure how to rate this one. It was OK
I couldn't get into this one enough to enjoy it. I liked the atypical protagonist, or at least the idea of her -- I liked that she wasn't stick thin. Her mother seemed more than a bit like a cartoon villain, though, even though I know such mothers do exist in real life. It just didn't ring true, somehow.

I did like the fact that all the shapeshifters are urban creatures -- no wolves or bears or wildcats in the middle of the city, here. That aspect worked well, although the reason for their existe
Arra Abella
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adult
Strange Chemistry has been really good to me. Thank God for them. They've released some of the great YA books this year (in my opinion), including Skulk. It is one of the most interesting and engaging story I've read this year so far. Skulk is not your paranormal shapeshifting novel. The idea of using animals that are not often used for shapeshifting is refreshing. It was also impeccably written that it didn't take long to draw me in to the story. The events in the book was so vivid that again, ...more
2.5 Stars

Skulk is original. I'll give it that. It has a heroine who is a slightly overweight graffiti artist from England with parents who are abusive and absent in completely different ways than the average YA. SKULK is also an utterly unique view on shape shifter. No wolves, Lions or panthers here. Nope, these shifters are foxes, crows and spiders. Yes! SPIDERS of all things.

Unfortunately, this was not enough to keep me interested. After the initial novelty of it all I quickly become numb to
Kirsty-Marie Jones
The night Meg snuck out of her bedroom to leave her mark behind her schools wall as graffiti artist Thatch, she gets a little more than she bargained for in the form of a dying fox...that transforms into a human right in front of her eyes and hands her a stone. On a night out with friends, on the verge of getting attacked Meg...shifts into a fox, and within doing so gets sucked into an underworld of rivalry and the power of The Skulk- the foxes, like her, and other shape shifters. The Rabble- Th ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'd seen Skulk mentioned on a couple of blogs so when I saw it was available to request on NetGalley I couldn't resist, and kept my fingers crossed! Skulk tells the story of graffiti artist Meg, who stumbles across a fox one evening who shifts into a man before her eyes. Soon she is drawn into the hidden world of the Skulk, a group of s
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As far as I know, I haven’t read many novels that focus on shape shifting. I have heard of the cliché’s, sure, but I hadn’t actually read many. I knew when I started reading Skulk that it was about shape shifters, but not your usual kind. That’s what initially attracted me in this book. It sounded original, something different than the usual wolf shape shifter or whatever has been used a million times before. The book didn’t disappoint, it was different, imaginative, fun to read and had a strong ...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Skulk starts off very slowly and awkwardly. In fact, these pages were so off-putting to me, that I dropped it the same day I picked it up, around the 60 page mark, for a few weeks before reading it again. The writing coupled with the main character just put me off entirely.

But today I picked it up again. I also finished it on the same day because I didn't stop reading for an hour and a half after finding it again. After the initial hundred pages, the plot picks up at an extraordinary speed and t
Online Eccentric Librarian
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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Now that was a fun book with a unique plot, likeable characters, surprising twists, and diversity that is so lacking in the YA urban fantasy. It is by all means a YA book but it doesn't pander to its audience nor use the genre as an excuse for weak writing.

The plot outline on the back only outlines a superficial view of the storyline - to give any more away would be to spoil the great development that will come as ou
Christopher  Nelson
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SKULK, Action, Romance, Mystery, and Banksy

Thank you to Strange Chemistry for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The front of Rosie Best’s Skulk holds all the intrigue of a summer blockbuster, from a clandestine tunnel and mismatched silhouettes-on-a-mission, to the centerpage Skulk embellishment screaming, “MORTAL KOM-BAT!”

And that’s just the cover.

Admittedly, when I heard that this was a YA shifter novel—about werefoxes and other not so terrifying critters—I was
Olivia (Bookcomet)
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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Okay, I'm not gonna lie: my expectations for this book weren't exactly extremely high. And before you go off skulking (geddit?!) let me explain.

You see, I'm not terrible keen on shapeshifter/talking animal books. Werewolves aren't too bad but generally, this is a no-go area for me. But what can I say? I was pleasantly surprised by Skulk. Hoesntly, I wasn't completely wrapped in the shapeshifter business, but really I thought that the author pulled it off quite well.

I absolutely loved the way th
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skulk is a very unique and enjoyable take on shifters. The world building is where this one shone for me. I liked the structure and system of shifters that Rosie Best put together.

Meg is a likeable main character that I immediately felt for. Not only has she been thrust into this crazy shifter world full of politics and mysteries and betrayals, but she has some crazy stuff going on at home. I also really liked that she actually had a hobby! So often I find that girls in YA books don't actually d
Lucie Paris
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
An original and exciting plot.

From the beginning of the book, I was excited about this girl who draw graffiti on the walls of London, who finds herself faced with a supernatural murder and who receive some strange power.
From the time when Meg gets the ability to transform into a fox, her life changed. And that's good because her life was pretty crappy.

Seemingly, Meg lives the life of a princess. In private, her mother belittles her and abuse of her authority. As for her father, he conveniently
Algel Crestfall
The plot caught me, shapeshifters? They're my kind of fantasy creatures aside from vampires! This is my first time to read something focused about humans shifting into ravens, spiders, butterflies, and rats. And I learned new collective terms like horde and rabble.

I like Meg's personality. How artistic she is by putting into art whatever she feels. Especially the portrait of her mother. I love how she left her artworks/graffiti on walls, bathroom doors and elsewhere she likes. I love to draw, to
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Quite liked SKULK. It was a fun adventure and Ms. Best did a damn good job bringing her world to life.

To be honest it took me a while to settle in and get cozy with the story, but once I did I found myself caring about the characters and hoping that a second book would be forthcoming.

One of the things I liked was that the romance worked and it stayed in the background where it belonged. Meg's and Mo's affection wasn't insta-love and it didn't dominate the story.

I also liked that the villains an
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Isn't it the best feeling ever when you start a book and had no expectations at all, and when you finish you're like OMG THAT WAS ONE EPIC BOOK?! You all should be preparing for when this hits shelves in October, trust me, you'd want this book! Shapeshifters, London, betrayal, action - everything that you'd want in your paranormal.

First, I adore that this book is set in London. Like, how many books mention London colleges and schools? I felt so cool when I was reading about them and I'm like I
Ryan Lawler
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A high 3.5. I did enjoy this book. It was fast paced and kinda fun. The characters were great, I quite liked Meg and a few of her new shifter buddies. The graffiti culture is well implemented. The shifter mechanics and shifter lore was well constructed too.

But' The plot was lightweight and a little flimsy. Something about a fog monster stealing sacred shifter stones for nefarious purposes, and our hero wants to protect the remaining stones and stop the fog monster. It never really got much more
Review to come for book tour. Preview of review: 1) I have yet to be disappointed by Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry. 2) OMG that ending! Is there more?! WHEN WILL THERE BE MORE? This book doesn't even publish til October 1, 2013. I'm in for a bit of a wait, yeah?
The Review;

“An excellent read. Unpredictable and enthralling with a death count that most YA Authors never reach in entire series, let alone one novel, Rosie Best makes a fantastic arrival to the Urban Fantasy scene delivering a stunning read that you shouldn’t pass up on.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"To some, Meg Banks’ life might look perfect – she lives in a huge house in West London, goes to a prestigious school, and has famous parents. O
I would really like to thank Strange Chemistry for generously giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free has no impact on the content of my review.

While this book is categorized Sci Fi & Fantasy, plus Teens & YA, I do think that those on the cusp of Teens could handle the book, knowing that there are some fairly graphic scenes of violence.

Goodreads Description:
When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given
Tsana Dolichva
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Skulk by Rosie Best is the author's first novel, and what a début it was! It's a YA urban fantasy set in London I enjoyed it immensely from the very start. The main character is engaging and realistic and the fantasy worldbuilding is somewhat original. It even has a blurb which isn't entirely made of spoilers! (Well done, Strange Chemistry.)

The first aspect that had me enjoying Skulk was Meg herself. She comes from a privileged background with a (Tory) politician mother and a CEO father and goes
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2013
Rosie Best's Skulk was one of my Anticipated Reads of the second half of 2013 and while it took me long enough to actually read it, that label was completely justified. What drew me to the book were its London setting and the fact that its main supernatural element was shapeshifting. This sounded like it would be quite interesting and I was interested to see how Best would approach the shapeshifting, would she take the were-creature approach or go for something more innate such as the Japanese K ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Skulk is a début YA novel about shapeshifters, but there are no werewolves here :D In this urban London there are foxes, ravens, rats, spiders and butterflies. Yup, butterflies. I think Skulk is a daring novel, pushing the boundaries of what is usually offered to YA readers, but I wonder if it's a little too different.

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