Book Review: Other by: Karen Kincy



Publish Date:
July 1, 2010


Trade Paperback

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Gwen Williams has been hiding a strange and fantastic secret: she's a shapeshifter. Although society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in her small Washington town who don't care for her kind.

When a new werewolf pack moves into the area, tensions rise - and Others start showing up dead, including someone close to Gwen. Despite the methodical murders, the police are ignoring evidence that suggests a serial killer. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen - along with a mysterious and sexy guy who happens to be a Japanese fox spirit - risks her life to find the murderer. But Gwen is already the killer's next target... 

Review: Gwen is a half-pooka – an Other – but she’s also a teenager and wants what every other teenager does. She knows she and her family could be ostracized if people her small town know she’s Other. Then Others keep turning up dead – murdered - and the police don't seem to care. Gwen wants to solve the mystery and receives help from Tavian, who is someone she just met and isn’t sure if she totally trusts at first. But they've got to find the killer before the killer finds them and they're running out of time.

I definitely think this is a good story parallel with our society and how people perceived as “Other” can be shunned, discriminated against, or even killed. Just because someone is different than you are does not justify any of the harsh and harmful behavior I see everywhere. I was very proud of Gwen, who matured in many ways through the story, in regard to the way she dealt with and accepted her Otherness.

While, yes, there were werewolves and vampires, thankfully they weren't the main focus of the story. I think this is a wonderful first novel and I am highly anticipating the next Other novel.  The author has created a fresh and new world that I’d be happy to get lost in time and time again.

The Others Series: Other (1), Bloodborn (2), Foxfire (3)


  1. Sounds like a great book.thanks for the review.

  2. I love the sound of this one, what a great review...I looked for it the other day in the store, but they did not have it...gotta get it soon!

  3. I wasn't really sure about this one. Great review. Sounds pretty good.

  4. I've been intrigued by this book, and I'm glad to hear it's fresh. I also love that there's some social commentary mixed in there. Thank you for the thoughtful review! Can't wait to check this one out!


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