Shapeshifting can be a beautiful and deadly secret Gwen craves the forbidden rush of leaping from her bedroom window and transforming into an owl, but she could lose it all if anyone caught her Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others In the small town of Klikamuks, Washington, coming out as a person with paranormal abilities means staring down the barrel of a shotgun Gwen hasn’t even told the truth to her boyfriend, Zack, who she hopes will be the boy to take her virginityWhen a pack of werewolves claims the national forest behind Gwen’s house as their territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate—into murder Prejudice slows the police investigation It doesn’t take Gwen long to realize a serial killer is targeting Others On the hunt for clues, she meets Tavian, a sexy Japanese foxspirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her shapeshifting Can she find the killer before he finds her, or will her secrets be the death of her? What a fantastic debut novel! I absolutely loved this world that Kincy created. Where 'Others' live among humans It's 'normal' to see a centaur beside you shopping in the produce section at the grocery store I mean wouldn't that be a riot! It was interesting to have a novel that included an array of mythological and magical creatures So many times a novel is focused on one being, werewolves, vampires, fae but Other is something unique I'd love to hear about the research that Kincy did for this novel and all of the creatures that live in her world And not to mention it has one of my most favorite aspects of any novel A love story It's not your run of the mill 'boy meets girl' type of love story, which made me appreciate it evenThen on top of all that we have this murder mystery And I can honestly say that I didn't see who the killer was until it was pretty much spelled out! I had my assumptions but they weren't totally correct I love when an author can distract you enough with the story that the big revelation really is a surprise Kincy's character's are real and captivating Especially the main character Gwen I was angry at her initially for how naive and judgmental she was of 'Others' that weren't like her, but it made the story evenfascinating to watch Gwen's character grow Although, I have to admit, I think Tavian was my favorite! I can't wait to readfrom Kincy! I was really looking forward to reading Other, and altogether, I wasn’t disappointed The book does have some minor flaws, and it took me a few pages to get used to the very direct writing style, but I enjoyed it.Gwen is Other, half pooka, half human, and in her small home town, this means she has to hide her true identity Although Others are out in the open, it doesn’t mean they are accepted Gwen struggles a lot with her situation, sometimes unable to resist her urge to shapeshift, but always in fear that she will be discovered.Except from her family and her best friend Chloe, a dryad, nobody knows Gwen is half pooka, not even her boyfriend Zack, with who she has been together for a year.But when a werewolf pack moves into the area and a serial killer begins to hunt Others, Gwen and those close to her are in terrible danger … and Gwen isn’t sure if she can keep her secret any longer.This book is full of all kinds of mythical creatures, not only your average werewolves and vampires, but also dryads, water sprites, centaurs, Japanese fox spirits and manyGwen herself is half pooka, which means she can shapeshift into any animal form possible I found Kincy’s idea that Others liveor less openly in human society, but that they have to face prejudices like many minorities still do in our society quite unique, and I really liked reading about all the different kinds of mythical creatures there were (hilarious: the encounter with the centaur at the local supermarket).Gwen is a flawed character but nevertheless, I found her likeable and she definitely shows some growth throughout the novel It’s not easy for her to keep her true nature hidden, especially from her boyfriend Sometimes she wishes desperately to be ‘normal’, like the rest of her family She despises society for the prejudices it has against Others, but at the same time she herself views ‘bloodborn’ Others (those who have been bitten and turned Other after that, especially vampires and werewolves) as inferior and believes them to be driven only by their lust for blood and violence.What annoyed me: Concerning the murder investigation, some of Gwen’s decisions were rather dumb in my opinion I mean, if you know that there is a serial killer hunting your kind, you normally don’t spend that much time in a) the woods where you discovered a corpse only days ago or b) in a secluded area of a park where you know the murderer has killed before.The romance plot of this novel was refreshing as well Gwen already has a boyfriend, Zack, but due to the fact that she can’t tell him who she really is, she always feels like she has to hold back When he betrays her in the worst possible way, she finds a friend in Tavian, a Japanese guy working at the local bookstore, who is Other like herself Together, they try to find out who is stalking and killing Others in their small Washington town.A lot of people said in their reviews that Tavian was their favourite character in the book, but I thought he remained a little bit flat I couldn't really feel the chemistry between him and Gwen.As I’ve read The Body Finder only recently, I can’t help but compare the plot surrounding the serial killer to it I think it was better executed in Other It wassuspenseful, there were actually a few suspects that also played a role in the novel altogether and I myself as a reader could make assumptions who could be the murderer Although the revelation at the end wasn’t too unexpected, it still had a little surprising twist to it.So all in all, a quite unique take on paranormal YA fiction without the usual romance plot that includes a mysterious, brooding yet incredibly handsome guy Three stars from me and I’ll keep an eye out for the next Other novel, which is supposed to take part in the same world, but with a different cast of characters. The setting was very interesting the intertwinement of faeries and werewolves and all sort of supernatural creatures living in a modern world where people know about them but generally treat them as inferior to them It allows for some interesting exploration of themes of racism, intolerance and stereotyping (Though the protagonists tend to indulge in such behavior as much as the seeming villians.) But it was different and I thought it could have really taken the story in a great direction.What I got was angsty whining over Gwen's relationship with Zach And their entire relationship was based on what exactly? Clearly not honesty and any sort of lasting affection or understanding since after Gwen sleeps with Zach and tells him she is halfpooka he dumps her like a hot coal Ick Gwen was sort of a moron with that whole situation Sure, she is feisty and rebellious and independent What that meant was she was willfully stupid and kept running off into danger before ever using a whit of common sense She was totally prejudiced against the werewolves and vampires, seeing them all as inferior to her since they were bloodborn and assuming they were all killers and criminals And then complains about how everybody is so biased against paranormals Like she has any right to be affronted when she treats those she considers somehow less than her the same way she dislikes being treated And she is so determined that a werewolf is the serial killer even when it becomes increasingly clear he isn't And who is? The rabid, fanatical, bigoted Christians of the story Of Course What other motive is there than righteously exterminating these misbegotten creatures and freeing their souls from damnation Spare me The next book that uses Christians (and also refuses to show one decent Christian through out) is only going to confirm the a) lack of creativity and b) lack of tolerance that exists It is bad if anyone else is treated so, but the Christians? Never a good word to say about that lot Tavian was all right, though a bit bland and he and Gwen fell in lust love way too quickly The prose was direct and very dry.So, premise and setting were liked The cover fits the story very well gets hair and eye colour correct, the wood setting very accurate and reflective of many of the scenes in the book I like how what I had thought was the shoulder of a dress is actually feathers showing a shifting into a bird But the characters, content, and style were not to my liking. This is a really interesting world that Kincy's put together Fantasy creatures like centaurs and fairies are real, and increasingly public in their lives Aside from the Others (or people with a paranormal identity, which is fabulously PC), this is recognizably modern America Considering that Kincy doesn't give her supernatural characters much in the way of extraordinary powers, this isn't exactly XMen Or maybe it is, because The Others is mostly about the sort of prejudice that one would expect to spring up when people discover that vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters are real People staring at the centaur in the supermarket? Naturally Pray the fey away church groups? Sadly, yes A serial killer who pointedly poses his Other victims in ways that suggest their exact paranormal natures? Yes, I can see this.Kincy's worldbuilding is the strongest part of the book Granted, it is mostly our world as we know it, but the way people react to the Others is consistent and makes sense She also handles the various abilities (and weaknesses) of the Others in a way that's internally consistent and mostly consistent with the stories that her readers will be familiar with That said, she also ventures outside the usual suspects that pop up again and again in fantasy There are werewolves, sure, but main character Gwen isn't one She's a pooka, a Welsh shapeshifter that I doubt many readers in the target audience would have heard of before Gwen's friend Chloe isn't a fairy, she's a dryad Honestly, I get sick of book after book being about werewolves or vampires, and it's nice to see some variety.That said, how much you like this book will depend almost entirely on how much you can bring yourself to like Gwen I did end up liking her, mostly, but she could be frustrating She has believable flaws, even if they can be irritating It can be very annoying to watch her cling to her prejudice against Others that are made (like vampires), not born (like herself her father was a pooka) And yet, I entirely believe that growing up as she did, in the culture that she did, she'd feel judgmental towards those she sees as making her own life harder I never felt like the author agreed with her in the slightest, or felt that we should, which made it bearable The way she handles her relationship with boyfriend Zack (who does not know that she's a pooka) made me want to shake her sometimes, but it's also painfully realistic How many girls hide important things about themselves from boys they love, out of the fear of losing them?That said, I had a harder time with how doggedly Gwen stuck with her initial impression that a werewolf Chloe is dating must be a bad person Of course, she's basing it off of negative werewolf stereotypes, and of course those stereotypes have been heavily ingrained in her But after awhile, it stops making any sort of sense that Gwen would still be convinced that a werewolf is behind the Other murders, and especially not this werewolf And yet it takes her almost the entire length of the book to come to grips with that I was also surprised with how she kept trying to find the killer, against all reason And speaking of less than wise decisions, how about shapeshifting openly, outdoors, on a sunny day? When you know that somebody is stalking and killing Others in your hometown, shouldn't you becautious?I like the world that Kincy has created, and I think it holds together I'm torn about her main character Gwen can be very hard to like, but it's also easy to see why she is the way she is It seems that other books in the series have different narrators, so I may try those, too.