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Darkest Fear

(Birthright #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,058 ratings  ·  185 reviews
Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon Pulse
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Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
From lack of excitement to a protagonist I despised to a very bizarre romantic arc, I was happy to be done with this one. To paint a quick picture: the only interesting part of this book is in the blurb.

Darkest Fear starts with an intriguing Jaguar Shape-shifting lore that, for the most part, is well crafted. The narrative when in Jaguar form is particularly clever. I was certain it was the promising start of an impressive series, especially when only a few chapters in, something monumental happ
Ben Alderson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ornella (Nyx)
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Stars

How do I even begin this review...It's going to be more of a rant because put simply this book was a mess. I think the only thing going for it was the writing style which made it incredibly easy to actually keep reading because I honestly don't know how I even finished.

The characters ... most of the secondary characters were actually pretty great and about half of them were LGBT couples which was both nice, but at the same time it felt like too much, as if she were compensating for the
Katie Walton
A few minutes ago I finished reading The Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan and after desperately trying to make more pages appear by flicking my thumb across my iPhone I sat back and had two intense thoughts that I wish to share with the world right now:
1. That was an awesome book; I need more.
2. I need more; how can it possibly have ended so soon.

Basically... and I can't iterate this point strongly enough... I need more. Do you understand me??? More!

There are aspects of this book that bridge the ga
Nov 14, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what this is but of she writes it I will read it!

Sarah Abigail
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cheers cate, fucking cheers!! Once awesome read!
Ive missed cate's writing style so much.
It felt so good and familiar.

Im excited for these series, and I cant wait to see what vivi has in store for us! ;)

And by the way, I want to be a haguara too u know.
like holy shit how freeking mental! Its way to awesome..

Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
This book had tons of problems. The writing was crap, there were too many characters, and the story seemed all over the place. I get that books end on cliffhangers sometimes (well, a lot), but this book wasn't even a complete story. And the cliffhanger was dumb. Oh, and Vivi's thoughts while she was a jaguar? I couldn't even read those. Those passages were SO AWFUL—uninteresting and poorly written.

I've enjoyed Tiernan's other work, but I definitely won't continue with this series.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Like I loved all other books by Cate Tiernan.
I Have to say it is more undefined than Cate's previous novels; the direction in which the story is going is unclear. This makes the storyline unfold a bit harphazardly and sometimes it seems like the pieces aren't comming together very well. On the other hand, it does make the story more interesting and held my attention.
Other than this, I loved Cate's writing-style. This particulary makes me love all her books so much, regardless
Stuti Rai

Overall, the book is quite good, almost contemporary NA-and yes, this is exactly what I thought NA should be like-the MC faces the same struggles a new adult would, getting out of school, facing the world, fitting in, finding her place, being overwhelmed, mending her childish ways, old friends growing apart, except, to some ahem... extraordinary capacities. So yeah, there are jaguars and family history and murders to be dealt with, but for the most part, her fears and insecurities are endemic
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how to rate this one. Is it really supposed to end that way? That was the most abrupt ending ever.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
2.5 stars

Vivi's parents told her the big family secret when she turned thirteen: she's descended from a long line of shape shifters called Haguari and can turn into a Jaguar. Instead of being thrilled about this news, Vivi was horrified, and has rejected everything about that nature since the day she found out about it. Why can't she just be normal? But when a tragedy strikes her family, Vivi is forced to confront who she is and reexamine everything she's denied about herself.

I be
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an eARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.

The sole reason I wanted Darkest Fear can be summed up in one word: jaguars. I'm a huuuuge fan of the admittedly sucktacular American football team the Jacksonville Jaguars, so once I heard about this novel and the jaguar people in it, I knew I needed it. This is poor methodology for picking out books and I don't recommend it, but you know what? It worked this time. Darkest Fear is a great st
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darkest Fear is a tale that begs lovers of paranormal stories to pick it up, promising a closer look at a lesser-known shifter than the werewolves who are so prevalent in supernatural fiction, and while the jaguar-shifter element holds us fascinated throughout, this first installment feels more like a novel-length prequel rather than the opening book in the series. We’re introduced to a variety of different plot threads–not so many as to be frustrating luckily, just enough to give the story a we ...more
Renee B.
I think we've established that I will read anything she writes, provided I can get my hands on them. Lol ...more
Emily Anne
I tried... however Darkest Fear just wasn't what I had hoped :( ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Though I ended up really enjoying the one other Cate Tiernan novel I’ve read after a rocky beginning, I wasn’t sure what to make of Darkest Fear and I wasn’t really in a hurry to read it. Still, when it came up as an option on YABC, I thought I’d give it a chance, especially since it had a couple of decent reviews from friends. My hesitance was that paranormal novels are very hit or miss for me, and
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 2.5

*First Thoughts*

As a fan of The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Cate Tiernan's Darkest Fear is yet another book that has let me down. This is my first experiment with one of Tiernan's books, and I am sad to say that I will most likely not continue further into this series.

I am absolutely disappointed in the writing and direction that this story took. I am frustrated that such a weakly written lead character didn't do anything special to keep me excited about readi
The Introventurer
Cards on the table here, folks: I have been reading Cate Tiernan’s books since I was twelve years old. Twelve. That’s fourteen-going-on-fifteen years, and more than twenty books. I’m a fan, to say the least, and unfortunately I picked up this book with the mindset of “well it’s Cate, so I’m going to like it no matter what.”

Bad! Bad E! Smack on the nose! Being blindly loyal to an author is all well-and-good, but if you’re going to operate a book review blog, you have to be objective – you have to
Adriana C
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arc
Darkest Fear is a book I was eager to read and that caught my attention because the main character is transformed into a jaguar, and I really like books about shifters and was intrigued to see how they handled the origins of these Haguaris. But the truth is that I struggle a lot with this book, I was about to drop it because I felt that nothing was happening when in fact they were a lot of things happening because Vivi and her parents are attacked by a jaguar and from the attack only Vivi surviv ...more
Kristen Jett
You know those books that you fly through, find addictive, but once you sit down to think about it, you're left with a little confusion? This totally gave me reader whiplash.

Vivi is a shifter. She's known since her 13th birthday - and she wants to be anything but. The story starts with a flash as her parents are suddenly murdered, shredding all the plans for the future she had, and leaving her...empty. In her search to find answers about her family, she finds more questions, sending her on a roa
Alice Liu
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vivi, a reluctant jaguar shape shifter (haguara), is just like any other girl in that she just wants to be normal and fit in. She wants this so much, that she has completely shut out her jaguar culture, so that when her parents are murdered, she is completely unprepared to take care of herself. This is partly because she has been a sheltered teen, but also because her dual nature has to surface. In her search for answers, she ends up with her cousin in New Orleans and finds that shape shifters r ...more
Taylor Knight
I was really hesitant to read Darkest Fear for the sole reason the blurb says fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King will like this book. I read all three books in the Chloe King series and I really disliked each and every one of them.
But Darkest Fear was able to pull though (kinda).

I first want to call out who ever created the cover. They are stupid and don't know how to do their job. With the huge, bold print, you'd think this book was called Birthright. That's what I thought. But no. The seri
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't exactly have any intention of reading this book but I saw it in the library yesterday and thought it looked cool. We all say don't judge a book by its cover and we shouldn't. But I judged this book by its cover and I have to say, it was judging well done. I didn't quite understand what it was about when I read the blurb but I picked it up anyone. But what can I say about this book? Oh. My. Gods. This book was amazing. As soon as I realized this not your usual paranormal book I did a lit ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book by Cate Tiernan. She is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely loved the book. Tiernan is a wonderful storyteller who creates really interesting, and well developed characters. Darkest Fear tells the story of an 18 year old girl who has to come to turns with being a haguara, a person who can turn into a jaguar, after the death of her parents. In coping with her parents death, Vivi finds out that she has an estranged aunt living in New Orleans. When Vivi goes to find h ...more
(2.5-3 stars) This was nothing like I'd expected from the author who penned one of my favorite YA trilogies, Immortal Beloved. Add to that the fact that her new series features feline shifters -- Love! The shifter mythology is intriguing; the characters, for the most part, are likable; and the MC's loss and struggle to find/accept herself was touching. Yet, sadly, there was something off. I read the book in one sitting and, by the end, which was a whiplash jarring sudden stop, I was left wonderi ...more
The story was good, but I utterly loathe books which end without the conclusion of at least the basic book-story. I enjoy overarching story arcs which covers many physical books, but I like individual volumes to be complete in themselves. If feels more like cynical marketing when a single book is split into a series.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't as bad of a book as I thought it might be. It's another example why you shouldn't take reviews too seriously. My only complaint is that this should have had more action in it. Nothing exciting really happens until the very end. I might continue on with series. I'll just wait and see how I feel. ...more
Another amazing read by Cate Tiernan! Full review to come :)
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