Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Skulk

Title - Skulk
Author - Rosie Best 
Series - #1 Skulk
Genre - YA Paranormal
Published - September 19th 2013
Publisher - Strange Chemistry
Format - Kindle 

When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes.

As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

Meg is a graffiti artist but she’s kept it a secret from even her best friends but a few know her in the online community but she’s not as famous as E3 her role model. At what should be a simple night of tagging her school she encounters a wounded fox who turns out to be a man who ends up dying not before warning her to run from the fog and leaving her a sapphire stone. Suddenly Meg’s life is tossed upside down as she’s throwing into the world of the Skulk fox shape shifters.

As Meg stumbles through the world of the Skulk she’s learns that she’s one of only six fox shifters and that there are five different shifter who each guard a magical stone that used to be part of a weapon. However the stone she has doesn’t belong to the skulk and their stone is missing. As if Meg doesn’t have enough problems with turning furry her parents have been turned into morbid pigeons that are hunting her for a wealthy woman who wants all the stones. Will Meg be able to stop her and save her parents? What about the story behind the stones and the shifters can they work together before it’s too late?

I liked Meg right from the start she’s not your skinny weak heroine and I found her refreshing. She’s willing to risk her life to save her parents even though her home life was anything but great which I think was honorable. I didn’t care for her before the skulk friends but I did like her fellow skulk members well most of them and the rabble are pretty awesome including her fellow tagger Mo.

I’ve had Skulk on my kindle since it first came out with every intention of getting to it but never seemed to get around to it. I found the concept for Skulk interesting the author has taken the shifter aspect and put her own unique spin creating an exciting new story. I loved the idea for how Meg became a shifter, the fact that the shifts aren’t the typical species spiders, foxes, butterflies, raven, and rats. I think the author did a great job of creating characters who are easy to connect with as well as characters to dislike. Skulk is  fast paced novel that is loaded with action, and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat dying to know what would happen next to Meg. I honestly really enjoyed the whole story it captured my imagination and Meg stole my heart as my new favorite kick ass shifter. It’s a clean story that teens as well as adults will enjoy. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment because I need to know how it’s all going to play out.  
4 out of 5 stars

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