Author - Andrea R. Cooper
Series - Shadow Bloodlines #1
Genre - YA Fantasy
Published - April 30th 2016
Format - eBook
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Beth had no idea that shifters even existed and that she wasn’t human until the day she received a text from her dad. A father who had taken off on her when she was just a baby and she knew nothing about. Now strangers are in her school and will rest at nothing to get their hands on Beth but she’s not the only one with a secret. Fleeing from school with her best friend she doesn’t think they want to hurt so they venture out to a local club. It’s at the club that Beth is grabbed by the same people who had been hunting for her at school.
Taken to the top of the neighboring building she learns that they plan to kill her after finding out she was a shifter that even she didn’t know she was. Just before she is thrown over the edge her bloody hand touches the gargoyle statue which comes to life catching her as she falls. He whisks her away to a safe place explaining a little more about who she is. Against his better judgement they return to save her friend and mother but it proves to late to get her mother. Knowing this is all her dad’s fault they set off to find him. Will they make it? Will they find him?
I like Beth a lot she’s a good person with a good heart who is willing to risk herself for her friends which I think is a important quality. I find it unique that she is a octopus and fox shifter who happens to not know what her totem is just yet. I think her best friend Jacqueline is amazing a chameleon raccoon shifter it just works so well. Amar is this broody strong ancient shifter who just happens to have more than a desire to save Beth. I see a little romance between Beth and Amar just starting to bloom.
I’ve had my eye on Shadow Bloodlines for a while but haven’t gotten around to it just yet. I decided to pick it up on a spur of the moment and found it hard to put down. While the concept is all about shifters this isn’t your typical shifter story. First off they don’t have one animal but multiple based on parents plus they hail from a long line of shifters like foxes, chameleon, raccoon, birds and hawks just to name a few. While they can’t shift into the animals like the ancient shifters they do have magical abilities they have inherited from them. Hunted to extinction by those who fear they will come to power. I found the concept intriguing and enjoyed the new twist on the shifter concept. Shadow Bloodlines was a captivating novel that captures the heart as well as the imagination. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help falling in love with them all. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and look forward to the next installment.