January 14, 2014

Othersphere Blog Tour: Series Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the official blog tour for Othersphere! Today I'm reviewing the entire series and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! To follow along with the rest of the tour, click on the banner above!

Otherkin (Otherkin #1)
Author: Nina Berry
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Kensington


Dez is a good girl who does as she's told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change--and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them, are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Otherkin is a fantastic start to what promises to be an amazing YA fantasy/paranormal series. I haven't read any shifter books in quite awhile, so I was really interested when I picked these up for review. Let me tell you - I was NOT disappointed! This book went far beyond any hopes or expectations I may have had for it. The characters were well formed with distinct personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. I loved the main character of Dez. She's down to earth, smart, and a girl who doesn't get into trouble - she's realistic. We definitely get to see her character grow throughout the book as she begins to change into her "real" self and as she learns who - and what - she really is. I absolutely loved the background and history of the Otherkin. I wanted to know as much about them as I could, and I'm really hoping the author shares more of it in the next book. The plot was intriguing with a solid backstory and tons of action, adventure, fantasy and even some romance mixed in. There's something for every genre fan in this book, which really makes it appeal to a wide audience. The writing was incredible with a natural but fast pace and vivid details that made me feel like I was experiencing everything right alongside Dez. Definitely highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who want something fresh and different.

                                                        Othermoon (Otherkin #2)
Author: Nina Berry
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Kensington


Everyone has secrets. I had no idea mine would lead me into shadow. Dez has found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin. With Caleb. Or so she thought. As the barriers between our 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. 

In Othermoon, Dez is at it again with new obstacles to face and more mysteries she must solve about herself and her new world. This was a solid sequel in a wonderful YA fantasy series that keeps the reader coming back for more. The characters continued to be interesting and well written with realistic personalities. Dez's character continues to grow and change throughout this book, and I really enjoyed watching her coming into her power and place with the Otherkin. There's definitely more romance in this book than the first, but I feel that it only added to the story and made things more interesting - it didn't detract from the main plot of the book at all, but intertwined with it. I continued to enjoy reading as much as I could about the Otherkin and their world. The author writes about them with such vivid descriptions and detailed histories that I get completely sucked into the story from the start. The plot for this book was definitely as interesting as the first, but contained more action and romance - which definitely kept me reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. The pace was fast but not rushed, and the writing was again incredibly well done. Very highly recommended for fans of shifter series and fans of YA fantasy/paranormal fiction.

Othersphere (Otherkin #3)
Author: Nina Berry
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: December 31, 20213
Publisher: Kensington


Dez thought she knew who her mother was, who she was. Thought she had friends, a boy who loved her, and a school where she finally fit in.

But across the veil linking our world and the next lurks a monster which can annihilate. . .or liberate her. Now she must confront it there with help from one boy who loves her and one who can't stand the sight of her.

Dez thought she understood her tiger form, her deepest self. But in this treacherous place, she'll have to choose between the two halves of her soul--and determine which world survives.

Othersphere is the third and final installment in Nina Berry's acclaimed young adult Otherkin series, which blends romance, fantasy, and action in a powerful story of friendship and self-acceptance.

"Filled with suspense, action, friendship, and love, this book will have you on the edge of your seat until the end, when you'll cry out, 'I need more!'" - ParanormalReads.com review of Otherkin, book 1

Othersphere is the final installment in the Otherkin trilogy and a magnificent ending to Dez's story. I was immediately sucked back into the world that the author created as soon as I started reading this book, and I didn't come up for air until I was finished. There's a ton happening in this book, but it flows very well together and doesn't overwhelm or confuse the reader. Dez continues to be a great leading lady - realistic but with flaws such as self doubt. I really loved her as the main character in this series - she's definitely a strong female lead that makes a great heroine. The other characters were well written too, all with distinctive personalities along with their own strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the series I felt like I knew each of the major characters on a personal level - which made me all the more invested in the outcome of the story. The plot in this final book was fantastic - it was full of action, fantasy, adventure, and romance, but it also deals with more serious issues like loyalty, love, family, and accepting who you really are. It sends a great message underneath all the shifter action. The writing was nothing less than wonderful, which isn't always the case with the last book in a series. I've found that some books in a series get increasingly worse - whether it be the plot, the writing, or both - as the end draws near, but this series is an exception. Every book in this trilogy was exceptionally well written and engages the reader in the world that the author creates. This final book has it's own plot with obstacles, romance, and the final outcome, but it also ties up loose ends for the series and doesn't leave the reader hanging with unanswered questions. It was a great ending to an awesome series that I highly recommend to everyone who enjoys YA fiction, especially fantasy and paranormal.
Nina Berry is the author of the acclaimed YA paranormal OTHERKIN series from KTeen and the upcoming historical thriller PAGAN JONES series from Harlequin Teen. She grew up bodysurfing in Hawaii, learned to throw snowballs at the University of Chicago, and now lives and works in Hollywood, pretending to lead the glamorous life.

When she’s not traveling, reading or tweeting links to save the tiger, she writes all kinds of things, some of which might surprise you.

Nina blogs at ninaberry.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @Ninaberry or hang out with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/writerninaberry.

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