By: Rosie Best
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Short Summary:
A girl who is turned into a shapeshifter and finds herself and others like her in a big problem.
The Summary (via Goodreads):
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 deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.
This has been the first book I have read (as far as I remember) about shape-shifters. I know, I know. Like vampires and zombies, shape-shifters are over done too. But at least the first shape-shifter book I read was brilliant.
I have a thing for Strange Chemistry books. They are always different, witty and full on packed with action.
Skulk was all of that. I felt an immediate tug towards Meg. I actually felt what she was feeling, not only with this shifting thing, but also the problems with her parents. Meg is so different from your run of the mill rich YA heroines. She’s got personality, she’s got talent (graffiti) and she doesn’t care much about vandalism. (lol)
There is a lot of great action, and some occasional thrilling parts, and a bit of violence. The best part, for me, was that there was no insta-love, and the budding relationship that does come up, had absolutely nothing to do with a person’s apparent hotness or drop-dead gorgeous good looks. As well, there’s no inappropriate romantic interaction in the middle of life-death consequences. Reactions, in this book, are very life like and reality based. There’s fear and death and natural feelings of selfishness, friendship, and sacrifice. The romance is at a bare minimum and just how it should have been.
The shifting is incredibly detailed. The characters are believable and the plot line makes sense all the time. Strongly recommended for everyone who loves paranormal.