I would like to begin by thanking Book Nerd Tours and Nina Berry for including me on the tour for OTHERSPHERE (Otherkin #3). Let me first introduce you to book #3, OTHERSPHERE and then I will give you a little more information on the other two books in the series.
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.
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My thoughts on OTHERKIN, OTHERMOON, and OTHERSPHERE:
I struggled on how to write my review of all three books. Should I do each individually, give each a big space on the page, or give an overall series opinion? I decided to kind of give my thoughts in one section, with a little bit on all three books.
I have to begin by saying I was not very certain this was a series that I was going to enjoy reading. I started to question my choice in books and tours that I participated in. I am not sure if I was just grumpy at the time or really concerned that if I enjoyed this series, I would have to stop giving my husband and kids grief about some of their choices of movies and games that they enjoy watching/participating in. It didn’t take long before my son saw the cover of OTHERKIN and began kind of jabbing me about the book and what it might be about and whether or not I was going to sit down and come to the ‘other side’. It was quite annoying actually and I really thought I might not enjoy reading this book if it got my son’s attention like that.
As I began the series, I have to be honest, I wanted to not really like it. If I liked it, then I might have to admit defeat. You see, in my household there have been a few games and movies that my husband and sons play/watch that I have made a stink about avoiding. They continuously invite me to participate and I dramatically decline. It is quite the debate in our home, but I have to give credit to Nina and say, I read the books and didn’t die. I survived and even enjoyed them and enjoyed stepping outside of my comfort zone. I also appreciate that I was able to read the entire series together. I am often ‘late to the party’ with a series because I really don’t like reading book one, waiting a decade for book two, and then an eternity for book three. I was able to sit and read OTHERKIN, OTHERMOON, and OTHERSPHERE within a short span, therefore keeping the characters, history, and storyline fresh in my mind.
OTHERKIN started a little slow for me, but I blame that a bit on myself and my reluctance to step out of my box a bit. Didn’t help that my son kept giving me a bit of a hard time. I wasn’t so sure I would enjoy the tiger part of it and kept looking back at the cover trying to put it all together before I got too far into the book. I guess I could say I was trying to talk myself out of liking it before I gave it much of a chance. It didn’t take long for me to begin to enjoy the book and to see that there was potential for a really good story. I believe it was about the time that Caleb was introduced that it really started to get moving for me. He really became a favorite character for me in the beginning, although there was a point where I really started to not trust him and I shifted a bit in my opinion and loyalties. There was a point toward the end of the book that I actually had to put the book down, so irritated with his character, that I wasn’t sure I was going to continue reading. Dez was such a sweet character and so likable that the change in Caleb had really irritated me. OTHERKIN wrapped up nicely but left so much yet to be known. It was a great read that left me wanting more, which is why I was grateful to have OTHERMOON ready to read.
OTHERMOON picked up nicely and got right into the action. There wasn’t much of a gap in the storyline to leave much to wonder about. It introduced some new aspects to the story that were different than what was offered in OTHERKIN, but they were mostly welcomed differences. A little confusion for me, but nothing that I didn’t eventually figure out. I am very grateful I was able to hop from one book to the next, but I enjoyed OTHERKIN so much that I may have been a little too harsh on OTHERMOON and expecting certain things from the storyline. A danger that comes with any sequel. I didn’t get my way throughout OTHERMOON and that was a bit irritating :). Seriously though, it moved the storyline along well and left a great set up for the concluding book in the series, OTHERSPHERE.
OTHERSPHERE did a great job in continuing the story for Dez. Filled with interesting and exciting characters and stories, OTHERSPHERE was a great conclusion to story I unexpectedly got wrapped up in. While some series need to wrap it up and come to an end, I was disappointed to creep towards the last pages of OTHERSPHERE. Nina did a great job continuing to keep up with a great storyline while tying up all its lose ends. I am a little disappointed it has come to an end, but happy I got ‘my‘ way in how things wrapped up. I am too afraid to give too much away in this last book as I feel it would leave the reader a bit disappointed and damage the excitement and intrigue of books 1 and 2. OTHERSPHERE strengthened my connection to the characters. The opening chapters just pulled me in, creating an internal rally for the characters I believed in. It also began with a bit of irritation for me as I was not thrilled with some of the choices that certain characters made. See what a good book can do? Goodness, I think I may have stepped too far into Nina’s world.
Overall, OTHERKIN, OTHERMOON, and OTHERSPHERE worked together to complete on of the better series that I have read in a while. The romance in this story was PERFECT. Not too much, not too awkward, just right. Well, other than that little part that I was irritated with…you’ll know when you read it. Anyway… A really great storyline with enough adventure to keep you interested and gripping for what comes next. A sweet romance that you can believe in and a wonderful story about friendships that we can all learn from. I am glad I took the time to read these books and step outside of my zone. I really need to remember this series as I approach other books that I discount too early. I don’t give stars, but if I did, this would be a five.
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.
*I would like to disclose that I was gifted a copy of the OTHERKIN series in exchange for an honest review.*