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First Shift

(Nine Tails #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Something wicked is shifting in Seattle.

Karina Lang has enough on her mind dealing with college applications, her mother’s ailing health, and busting her butt after school at the café she works at. Forget about boys. Who has the time? The last thing she needs in her busy schedule is to be mugged by a band of thugs.

Her destiny is more important than she could ever imagi
Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published May 29th 2017 by Dark Magick Publishing, LLC
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Megan Hunt
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a complementary copy of this Novella.

Ive not read a book before that's about a Kitsune. It was quite interesting in itself. Well written, characters are defined and their roles are layed out perfectly to allow us (the readers) to understand who she truly is. We get to know a bit about the bond or reliance that Karina has on the handsome Devyn St. Cyr. looking forward to reading more.
Laurie Pace
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read

I'm still getting into this series. It seems to be getting better. I'm off to the next book in this series. I hope that you will enjoy it,as I have.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
First of... you might love this book - but I dont like books that are only 131 pages long.
I only read the description and with kindle unlimited you don't think twice about getting a book.
I enjoyed the book for most parts, but for me 131 pages is way too short. In normal books the introduction just started and here it felt the same.. after reading I was like

" Wait what? That's it?"
The book definitely got me interested, but the author wants to make 9 books out of this series and only 4 are curren
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book , it isn't your usual shifter book . We are talking Japanese anime here . I was really blown away with this book . Karina's life changes one night behind the coffee shop she works at . When two things come after her and want her soul . Enter Devyn St Cyr .wielding swords with snakes attached as he sends the two back to the other world . Well that is when Karina's life changes she shifts and finds out that she is a kitsune and with the help of Devyn who is sworn t ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
New author for me and I typically do not read YA. I have before and they never grabbed me a lot of the time. Not many can write YA successfully without making the characters sound like 5th graders. So, I avoid it. However, I decided to give this a try. I was very impressed. Its a page turner and kept my attention. The world building and characters and story were very well done. We follow Karina on her journey when she discovers she's a wee bit different. She refuses to believe such things even w ...more
Courtney  (Book Crazy Lady)
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

I have read other books by J.L. Weil and have loved them so I figured I would give this book a try. Man am I happy I decided to give this series a try. I was questioning whether I would like the book based on the description. Usually when I read paranormal romance books, they have to do with witches, werewolves, vampires, fey, etc. When I say the fox part, I questioned how good this could be. In the end, I decided a fa was close enough to w
Courtney  (Book Crazy Lady)
***I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

I have read other books by J.L. Weil and have loved them so I figured I would give this book a try. Man am I happy I decided to give this series a try. I was questioning whether I would like the book based on the description. Usually when I read paranormal romance books, they have to do with witches, werewolves, vampires, fey, etc. When I say the fox part, I questioned how good this could be. In the end, I decided a fa was close enough to w
Vickie Chaisson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Shift by J.L. Well is an amazingly well written enticing book. I could not put it down and have already down loaded the second book in the series Storm Shift. This is the story of a young teenager fox shifter experiencing her first shift and how her world turns upside down because of it. Karina had no idea of the supernatural world until she shifted and two creepy dudes tried to steal her soul. As Devyn comes to her aid she finds out she knows nothing about who and what she is and her moth ...more
Angel Leya
Karina's sole focus is on getting good grades so she can get out of town . . . until she's attacked by a group of otherworldly beings, turns into a kitsune (fox), and is saved by Devyn. Devyn tells Karina that he's there to protect her, and he needs her to save their world. She just has to do what no kitsune has done in over a century - grow nine tails. I guess college is off the table.

I found this story good, the pace fast, the romance nearly swoon-worthy. But as much as I wanted to love it, it
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This does end in a cliffhanger, it is the first installment in a series and will continue in the other books.

This was a great story. Karina is almost done with high school when she gets attacked outside of her job. She shifts for the first time and is saved by Devyn. Devyn tells her who she is and what she is capable of. Together they have some things to work out, and now there are people after her and she's no longer your average teenager worrying about everyday stuff.

I enjoyed this book and wi
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book to start of a new series and my first Kitsune shifter book. J. L. Weil does an amazing job bringing you into Karina’s story. You feel as if you are experience the story yourself. Karina is a strong young woman but very unsure with the sudden turn of events in her life. Devyn is very protective and is trying to help Karina deal with everything. Their chemistry is great and I can’t wait to see what happens in future books. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to mor ...more
Hannah Earl
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an imaginative story with a new spin on the kitsune legend of Japanese mythology. I liked the characters and the story a lot. Then why only 4 stars you ask? Well, call me unrealistic or old fashioned but I believe that teen novels don't need to encourage foul language in teen. This story should probably be considered New Adult for that reason. If my teen got a hold of this, I would be upset. As an adult, I enjoyed the story. The character of Devyn is a mystery I would love to dive deeper ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not because it is about a fox shifter. Shifter stories are not exactly my go to stories. However this book was so unique and intriguing. I loved every second of it! The intensity of the romance is to die for. I just can't wait to read and learn more! Such a thrilling story!!!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I sat down after breakfast and did not stop til it was done. I instantly started looking for possible release dates for book two because I cannot wait to hear what happens next! Will her friends learn the truth and if so how will it effect them? Does her dad know? Will her mom go home and get better? Will she fulfill her destiny? And what magic is needed to get lots of tails? So many questions and the plot and characters are so amazing I need more!
Donna Langley
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was good

It's different then the books normally read about shifters but this book kept me reading, I liked it. She's a Fox not a wolf but an important one at that! Now it's time for mom to step up and tell her daughter everything. I think she should have long ago and I feel sorry she had to find out what she was from her shaman and a hot one at that! Lol can't want to read more of their stoy
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing read

Karinas life is about to change in ways she could never imagine when Devyn shows up I her life, he lets will never be the same again. This book is awesome, you are sucked into the story from the first page and you won't want to put it down. It has everything , magic, mayhem, twists and not one hotties but two. This is an awesome read and not one that you are going to want to miss.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overall rating: 4.8 (KU copy)

The first in a series, these characters wasted no time hooking me in! Shaman and kitsune...what better way to get a reader wondering. This is a novella, so the groundwork was set quickly and just the right amount of details have been disbursed to get my imagination flying as to what the next book will bring. To me, that equals book success! Fair warning, resolution has not been found yet so book two is a must!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of J.L Weil's writing style. With that said, I had a slightly difficult time getting into this book. It did not lag at all. It was action from the very beginning and while it was predictible, it was a fun read. Not to certain about japanese mythology but I'm hooked enough to give the next one in the series a try.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story

This is the first book I have read by this author. The young heroine didn't know her heritage and found out with a bang about her origin and the problems she encounters. This story has it all touch of romance,other worlds,fierce fighter,magical creatures. Had to keep reading to finish he book.
Brandy Mulder
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This a short, but fun read. Karina is attacked a few months after her 18 birthday and finds out that her mom has been keeping secrets. The biggest one earns her a hot bodyguard. Her world is changing and fast, and she has to fight to stay alive. There is no explicit adult content, but there is violence as assassins are out to kill her.
Nikki Bao
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Karina is a high school student trying to get through life. College applications, after-school job, and a sick mom. Suddenly a mysterious man, Devyn St. Cyr, appears with a secret. She's not who she thinks she is. She's a Kitsune, a fox shifter from another world called Second Moon. She must try to achieve nine tails.
Great first book. Loved it.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I don't normally read Young Adult romance I absolutly enjoyed this books story line, this author knows how to bring a book to life and as you read it you can see it playing out vividly in your head, the only downside was with how the book ended but that's because I don't really like cliff hangers but will for sure be reading the rest of the series
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
I was given this book for a honest review.
I Loved it !!!
And I would have bought it, it was fantastic.
'Kitten' is lovely en Devyn wowwwww LOL.
I want book 2 please.
Thanks for letting me read it.
xxx Conny
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good shifter book

I really enjoyed reading this take on a fox shifter. The only negative for me was that there was unnecessary cursing in the book. I took away a stars for language, but overall, this is an excellent read.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First Shift

I absolutely ADORED this book! If you you like books about kick-ass girls and drool-worthy guys, this is the book for you! Karina and Devyn... You'll remember them and want to read more about them.
Barbara Dougherty Evans
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome can not wait to read book 2! So need to know what happens.

This is so going to be one of my favorite series. I love this author and am gobbling up the books. Everything this author writes is fantastic!
Brandy Blake
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sexy Shamans await

This is an awesome story that begins with a bang and a shift karina finds out she’s a shifter but not just any shifter a kitsune shifter and has her own bodyguard devyn who she has to learn to trust as she begins her journey for her 9 tails can’t wait for book 2
Lisa Eiff
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this YA fantasy

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters come alive and the potential element of danger keeps you glued to the page.

I'd recommend this book for readers that are fans of fantasy and love immersing themselves in YA experiences.
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
First Shift

An interesting start to this new series. I really enjoyed the world and can’t wait to discover more. I’m still unsure of the main character but I definitely love Devyn!
I enjoy the mythology and hope the author dives more into this new world and its mythology.
Margo Ryerkerk
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good introduction to a new series. I'm so glad to learn more about Japanese mythology and read about a fox shifter! The chemistry between the two characters is extremely well done. Will be reading more.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author J.L. Weil lives in Illinois where she writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course, there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks, and Jensen Ackles. S

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