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Shapeshifting can be a beautiful and deadly secret. Gwen craves the forbidden rush of leaping from her bedroom window and transforming into an owl, but she could lose it all if anyone caught her. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others. In the small town of Klikamuks, Washington, coming out as a person with paranormal abilities means staring down t ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Flux (first published July 1st 2010)
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Karen Other does contain profanity and some mature situations. I would recommend it for older teen readers.

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Janina
I was really looking forward to reading Other, and altogether, I wasn’t disappointed. The book does have some minor flaws, and it took me a few pages to get used to the very direct writing style, but I enjoyed it.

Gwen is Other, half pooka, half human, and in her small home town, this means she has to hide her true identity. Although Others are out in the open, it doesn’t mean they are accepted. Gwen struggles a lot with her situation, sometimes unable to resist her urge to shapeshift, but always
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a really interesting world that Kincy's put together. Fantasy creatures like centaurs and fairies are real, and increasingly public in their lives. Aside from the Others (or people with a paranormal identity, which is fabulously PC), this is recognizably modern America. Considering that Kincy doesn't give her supernatural characters much in the way of extraordinary powers, this isn't exactly X-Men. Or maybe it is, because The Others is mostly about the sort of prejudice that one would ex ...more
Miss Clark
Jun 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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~Tina~
TBR Reduce Challenge #25- 2011- Arlene

This element was fascinating and the plot and it's characters intriguing but I couldn't for the life of me get into the style of writing.
Not for me:(
Crowinator
I initially thought this debut paranormal mystery/romance was going to be marginal, because I found the opening lacking (it should have been an exciting scene but the first person narrative seemed bland), but the writing improved, and the appealing characters and genre blending won me over. Other takes place in a slightly different modern world, in which Others (supernatural creatures) have come out of the closet, so to speak, and are living publicly among normals. Gwen, the protagonist, lives i ...more
Andrea Hussey
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Did Not Finish
The style of the author rubbed me the wrong way, the very way she talked, what she talked about, and how she talked about it. Suffice it to say, the personality was weird and annoying. She kept trying to be funny, but missed the mark by a country mile.

I hated that she already had a boyfriend. I definitely don’t agree with that, and since I know she’s gonna end up with the Japanese fox spirit mentioned on the back of the book (and why would you give that away before we’ve even start
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Krystle
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential to be great but in the end, it mostly crashed and burned. The beginning started off with a bang, her standing in her room contemplating her shapeshifting and her desire to be free, but it took a giant nosedive after a few chapters.

Okay, there were some great things about the book that I loved. The fact that the main love interest for the girl was Japanese. That was cool in and of itself but he's *shorter* than her which made it doubly awesome. I mean, how many tim
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Jen
3.5 stars.

Other was not a bad read by any means. The world-building was wonderful and my book-tuitive bells were chiming. The idea that you could be a natural born Other or a bloodborn Other, inflicted by either bite or sexual contact. That's right. You could become an Other in the same way you get nasties in the no-no. I found that pretty creative.

Other contains a wide variety of species. Vampires, were-creatures, centaurs (non-chalant supermarket shoppers), kitsune, dryads, and pookas, as Gw
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Brianna
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm staring at the screen trying to find something nice to say about this book.

The idea was neat. Others (dryads, pookas, kitsune, werewolves, vampires, etc.) reside in a small town with humans, the humans don't know this though.

But, during the entire book there are hardly any human interactions. Gwen's parents and sister are humans (Gwen is half-pooka because of her bioligical father) but there are no others beside some nasty boys that come into town for werewolf hunting.

Other is a series but I
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Nic
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Rating - a good solid 3.5 stars!

A shudder both painful and pleasurable ripples down my spine. It almost unbearable. I hug myself tight, then grasp as magic floods my veins. My skin prickles as glossy black feathers unfurl.

I really liked Other. It was a light and fun read that was full of unique paranormal characters, mystery, action, and of course some romance.

The writing style was a little bit choppy but still easy to read. The plot was sometimes predictable but still interesting. The charact
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BOOK BUTTERFLY
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
OPENING LINE:

“I can't last much longer. It's been one week, three days and I can't remember how many hours. ”



NOTABLE SCENE:

“Whatever. I've earned this. I'll be careful. I've been a good little girl for long enough. It's easy to transform again, I'm so giddy with the lingering magic. Back to girl I go. I climb through the window and onto the roof. Naked, I curl my bare toes around shingles and grin nervously in the moonlight. I hope nobody's awake.

Wind tosses my curls. I clench my hands and
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Caro
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Kristi
May 02, 2009 rated it liked it
What a fantastic debut novel! I absolutely loved this world that Kincy created..... Where 'Others' live among humans. It's 'normal' to see a centaur beside you shopping in the produce section at the grocery store. I mean wouldn't that be a riot! It was interesting to have a novel that included an array of mythological and magical creatures. So many times a novel is focused on one being, werewolves, vampires, fae.... but Other is something unique. I'd love to hear about the research that Kincy di ...more
Arooj
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
So when I first saw this book on this site, I didn't feel like reading it. The synopsis sounded ok and I wasn't too thrilled with the cover. I thought it would be historical. After reading some reviews I decided to give it a try. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this book a lot. Read it in one whole day!

What I really liked was that in this book there were other paranormal creatures besides the usual werewolves and vampires. There were pookas (shapeshifters), Japanese spirit fox, dryads, an
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
I knew I was in trouble a few pages in when the angst-ridden narrator described herself as "snarky" no less than 10 times, but when the boyfriend showed up speaking like a love struck knight out of a bodice ripper it was all over. The parents change character so much I started to believe they were "other" too, although all the characters seem bent to dramatic emotion shifts and "I'M SUDDENLY SO ANGRY BECAUSE I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH" dialogue. The foreshadowing is like a brick over the head, about 50 ...more
Grace
Apr 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-or-syfy
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Darcy
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
I only made it 70 pages into this one before giving it up. I did like the world that the book was set in, liked that there were creatures in this book that you don't normally see. But Gwen just seemed to grate on me and as the story went on I found I just didn't care what was going on. I also didn't feel like subjecting myself to a story that looked like it was going come down to a religious batter between Christians and the Others of this book. In the end this one just isn't for me.
Crystal Collier
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This alternate reality story was a fun take on the issues of diversity, acceptance, and discrimination. What if we lived in a world where fantasy creatures had recently "come out" and declared their uniqueness, struggling to be accepted as part of the general population?

I liked the character conflicts. To me, the struggles felt human and very close to home, but at the same time, the fantasy element kept me entertained. The red herrings didn't keep me from putting the pieces together long before
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Grace
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
It starts off a little slow but builds into a decent story. The ending is really satisfying and doesn't require you to read the next book to get the feel of a full story.
Ashley
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.


Other by Karen Kincy is a strange book to try and review. Because, while I did genuinely enjoy this book, there isn't a lot to be said about it. It was enjoyable, but didn't evoke any particularly strong emotions, positive or negative. However, there were some definitely pluses and minuses to the story.

I loved the world Kincy created. Mythological/Paranormal/Fantastical creatures are real, (the politically correct term if 'Oth
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Amelia
Great idea, not delivered well.

Bout the only thing I liked about this book was the humor. I found myself laughing--in between the time I was either laughing AT the book, or just ready to throw it across the room. I figured, Okay. This Gwen girl looks pretty good. And I've read a lot about her, including a character interview. She looked like a cool enough girl.

Then I read it.

This book would have been a lot longer if actual detail had been added. There's just no depth. I felt no sympathy for Gwen
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Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
Cant say I didn't like it; it was more than I expected. I can finally think that I dont regret buying it a long time ago. And it makes me think why I didn't finish reading it sooner. Review to come soon :)

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You can find this review and others on my shared blog http://boricuanbookworms.wordpress.com


I had bought this book a few months after it was published, maybe by 2011. It was about shapeshifters, werewolves, and this new things I had never heard of, pookas. And until recently I got inte
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Natalie
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Other, so a huge thanks goes out to the folks at Flux for sending me a copy!

As much as I love the genres of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I have to admit that, after awhile, the ideas sometimes start to blend together and seem repetitive. I was happy to discover that this is NOT the case with Other.

If there was one word to describe Other, it would be unique. The main character is a half-pooka (which is a Welsh shapeshifting spirit). Other th
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Kristin
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Gwen lives in a world where the people know that "Others" exist but it's not something that's flaunted in her neighborhood. Gwen has always hidden what she is, half-pooka from everyone, including her boyfriend of over a year. However, someone in her town is targeting Others and killing them. Not wanting to sit by and watch friends and neighbors being killed, she decides to discover who the killer is and have them stopped before they can kill anyone else, herself included.

For those wondering wha
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Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
“I can't last much longer. It's been one week, three days and I can't remember how many hours. ”

I don't know how I feel about this book so this review is going to be short. The world that Karen Kincy has put together in this book is incredible, people know about vampires, werewolves, and they also know about others. An 'other' is exactly what Gwen is classified as, Gwen is half pooka from her dads side, A pooka is a mythical creatures that shows up as a dark horse with glowing golden eyes, sta
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kari
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2010
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Danielle
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Kincy spends a thrilling tale, filled with mythical creatures, danger, and suspense.

Gwen Williams has kept her shape-shifting secret from everyone due to the prejudices against Others. But when Others start turning up dead, Gwen is determined to get to the bottom of the murders even if her own life ends up on the line. I thoroughly enjoyed the world that Kincy created. I never thought I’d be reading about a pooka (a shapeshifting spirit), but Kincy had no problems drawing me into Gwen’s world o
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Jenna H.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gwen's an Other, a shapeshifter, who hides her true self to escape persecution and prejudice in a world that "tolerates" paranormal beings.

The thing that struck a chord with me the most was how Gwen struggled with being Other. Not just with feeling out of place among humans, but the actual physical struggle between her human side and her pooka side. She often feels as if she has to suppress her "pookaness" in order to prevent herself from shapeshifting. This cause a physical reaction of pain tha
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Krystal
So I just finished reading Other. Let’s see what can I say… I liked it, it was ok but I also didn’t like it. I feel kind of undecided about this one. Other was interesting it was unlike any book I have read before. For one I never heard of a pooka. This is my first read by Karen her writing style is a little different but that’s ok. The storyline was great the pace was a little slow and it was a little boring at the beginning.

All the characters were good. I can’t say I favorite any of them. Ther
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Karen Kincy (Duvall, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
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