Othermoon, by Nina Berry, is the second installment in her YA series Otherkin. This book is just as riveting as the first story in this saga, Otherkin, and layered with emotional drama that had me flying through the pages like a witch on a broomstick.
Everyone has secrets. When Dez rescued a boy, Caleb, from a cage, she discovered secrets she never knew she possessed, Now she's sure she's found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin - and with Caleb. But as the barriers between the mortal world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend ...and maybe something more. Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation...
There's YA out there that's geared pretty much for that one age group, and then there's YA that takes on a life of its own and allows anyone of any age to get sucked into the pages, which is what Nina has created here; A story of epic proportions that anyone of any age can enjoy. The typical YA is littered with locker chit chat and who's going with Betty Sue to the sock hop after school. (let's pretend it's the 50's)*yawn* That bores me, makes me want to crawl back into my coffin and sleep for the next century.Othermoon delivers on multiple levels and dishes out the adventure and drama in a very adult fashion while still maintaining that PG-13 reading level.
Now, I've personally asked Nina if this saga may kick it up a notch at some point, I'd love to see these characters hit the PNR realm. And while she never said yes or no to that exact question I take that as hope! *fist pump* But, back to the story at hand. We jump right back into the world of the Otherkin, a small group of magical other worlders who call earth home and want nothing more then to live their lives and stay in the shadows.
Out to destory the otherkins are a group of radical zealots that want to "exercise the demon" and kill every last otherkin that's out in the world. Nina sets up this second story very nicely, we pick up a few months after book one and jump right back into the young group of high-school age kids that are learning to control their shifter powers. Amongst it all is friendship, learning new ways of thinking, and forming life long bonds. Prejudice runs rampant amongst the shifters, and while it would serve them better to unite they are at constant odds with one another.
Dez and her main squeeze Caleb are a strong force, both romantically and power wise. There are some major falling ins and outs that happen this time around. I am so severely invested in this series, already, that I wanted to scream by the end! Caleb, dude, don't talk to me. *turns back on Caleb* Men in general can be pigheaded idiots and while I like Caleb to pieces, I saw a new side to this young man that rubbed me the wrong way! *throws glass of water in Caleb's face*
Othermoon is an adventure and life lesson all kind of wrapped up in one. The stakes are high and the bad guys are worse then ever, action and suspense to the max this time around! There are lots of moral issues and plenty of "what's the right thing to do" type of scenarios taking place. There are hard calls that someone needs to stand up for, and it's all very moving and heartbreaking at the same time. And I would not have it any other way!
If you've yet to check out this series now's the time! Book two hits shelves January 29th, I will recommend picking up from the start or you will miss out on all the excitement as to where we are now.
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