Book Review: Shifter
*There might be spoilers in this review, consider yourself warned*
*I received a reader's copy from Ms. Jennifer Reynolds in exchange for an honest review*
Shifter is a wonderfully woven tale about a human and shifter discovering their way to love and redemption.
I finished, devoured, the book in a span of twelve hours. It's a definite page turner, alright, and not even for a second did Jennifer lose my attention nor interest in her novel. She held me captivated. Abby and Dimitri had me wrapped around their little pinkies.
All the while I was reading, I hope that there would be more follow up novels. There are lots of characters in this book that I'd be happy to read about such as Devan or the mysterious Darius. And I want to know more about the life Dimitri and Abby have after they got married, I want to know more about their pups!
What I liked best about this novel is that it easily flowed. Being inside Dimitri and Abby's head was so easy and natural. The reading experience was absolutely smooth and enjoyable, wherein Jennifer Reynolds did a good job with. The characters are lovable, some of them pissed me off (namely: Devan and Mark), they are adorable (the P.O.D's and Carrie) and the villains, they made me want to stake them.
I really do hope that Reynolds will write more about the supernatural world she established in this book, that would be seriously awesome!
I have always had a soft spot for paranormal and supernatural novels: I like me some were stories, succubi, shifter and vampire, not so much with the latter though. I have always liked warm blooded than the vampires, especially how the shifters or weres mate.
The idea of turning Dimitri, a shifter with a base form as a wolf, into a cute and adorable Maine Coon is hilarious. It made me crack for a number of times and not to mention the 'awe' noises because of how adorable kitty Dimitri is. And he is so so freaking adorable, I like being in his head. His thought amused me.
Abby on the other hand has her ups and downs. I understand her self-deprecating nature. Being in an abusive relationship will do that to anyone. I admire her, because even though her self-confidence was seriously damaged, she was still able to come up with a way to lift herself up. I know she started losing weight because of Devan but it's a start and she knows it. For me, her character is strong but it still gave Dimitri a reason to protect her. It's a perfect balance. There are times though, that her stubbornness rubbed off at me as well, especially when all I want is for them just to get it on! Haha, sorry, can't blame me, they have been skirting around that big elephant in the room for three fourths of the novel! Understandable though, because the first quarter of the novel, Dimitri is in a cat form but it's terribly adorable seeing him twist himself from the attraction he felt for her.
And don't get me started how hot the sex scenes are! I, myself, had never been very good at writing it, but I especially admired how Reynolds wrote it. It's not written in a way that it will make you cringe. It's passionate and intimate, in all sense. I have read quite a few novels who wrote sex scenes for the sake of writing it and having a steamy scene. The steamy scenes in this novel all came naturally and it didn't look awkward at all! I loved it.
I only have one qualm about this book though, and that is the tone of voice. There are two POVs in this book, Abby and Dimitri's. Now, what I observed is that the two voices are too similar that it seems as if there's only one tone and I can't pinpoint if it is female of male most of the time. I don't have much problem with Abby's tone of voice, I know if it's her who's talking. It is Dimitri's POV whom got me confused a couple of times that I had to recheck whose chapter I was in. There's a hint of femininity in his tone of voice which could be a result of the fact that the author is female. I know that being a female author, it's quite tricky to wrote in the POV of the opposite sex. I wish Dimitri's voice is a little bit more masculine. But I loved his humor though, that is one of the best part of this book.
Another great point in this book is the references! I loved it that Reynolds mentioned one of my favorite shows and books! My favorite is the Voldemort jab.
Overall, Shifter has been a great read. I fell in love with Abby and Dimitri. It's been long since I last read a good shifter book, so thank you so much Ms. Jennifer Reynolds for giving me the chance to read your wonderful novel. I hope to read more from you!
I highly recommend this book for YA lovers who like paranormal and supernatural novels. Especially for readers like me who like big bad ass shifters or weres, this book is the perfect read! Go and buy the book and read it, then let's drool over Dimitri together!
With that all said, I give this book 5 star rating. It very much deserve that rating.
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