“Review originally posted on my blog: [a href="http://www.abookobsession.com/2013/01/early-review-othermoon-by-nina-berry.html"]A Book Obsession..[/a]
Despite the looming threat from the Tribunal hanging over her head, Dez had thought her life would be a little easier now that she has finally found who she really is, an Otherkin that can shift into a tiger. Being with other people like her and her boyfriend Caleb, she thought she had finally found her true home. But when loyalties are tested by differing opinions, a wall starts to form between Dez and the people she's come to care for, Caleb most of all. Dez will have to decide between standing up for what is right or losing Caleb for good.
The thing that really makes this series is the characters. I mean, don't get me wrong, all of the paranormal elements are stellar themselves, it's just that I love the characters even more. Just simply the way all of the students have come together despite their original mistrust is astounding. They couldn't have come from more different backgrounds. Despite being able to shift into animals or manipulate the shadows, the only thing any of them really had in common was their suspicions of the other clans. So now to see them not only getting along, but also defying their parents and the shifter council to work together fighting against the Tribunal, it just incredible. But, even better, the characters are just as amazing individually as they are as a whole as they each have their own unique personalities. From Dez's fierce determination to fight for what is right, to November's playfulness, and even to Morfael's mysteriousness, you won't find a two dimensional character in the bunch.
I have to say that I'm not entirely sure how I feel about what is going on in the love department in Othermoon. At the start Caleb and Dez couldn't possibly be any more in love, but it doesn't take long for the happy glow to start dimming. In all honesty, it is both of them that are equally the problem, especially since neither one wanted to budge at all. If they had only taken a step back to consider the other side of things they wouldn't be at such odds. Relationships take work normally, but when you stack in the odds against them, it only makes it more important for them to really try. I'm not really sure how I even feel about them as a pair anymore since neither one seem prepared to fight for the other. Also, there did seem to be a possible love triangle, which honestly has me less than thrilled, but perhaps it might work out for the better in the long run if Caleb and Dez don't get their act together.
I was utterly astonished with the ending of Othermoon. While it wasn't a cliffhanger, I still feel like I was sucker punched in the gut. In fact, I had to take a step back for a few days before writing this review otherwise my rating probably would have been much lower due to my devastation. Now that I've had a little time to separate myself, I realize that regardless of my feelings about the ending events, Othermoon was still a very good book. In fact, while I might like the way things ended up, I do have to applaud Nina Berry for her guts in making that hard decision. Although I have to be honest that it does make me rather nervous to see what shockers are in store next since this is only book two in the series. Fans of the the first installment will be more than pleased with Othermoon as it provides a solid block of entertainment that will leave you breathless in the end. Quite simply put, this is the most unique series I have read in a very long time and it is not to be missed!”