Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Giveaway & Review: Change (Kitsune #1) by Melissa Stevens

A sudden life threatening injury turns Nickie’s world on its ear, but not in a way she ever would have predicted. Nickie finds out that not only do shape-shifters exist, but she is one. The Kitsune are a race of shape-shifters that have been living in secret alongside humans for centuries. As Nickie struggles to master her newly discovered shape-shifting and the abilities it brings her, she learns that some of the people in her life are far more than she knew. Can Nickie handle all the changes headed her way on her own? Or does she have someone who can help her?
What was immediately refreshing with Change, is that Melissa Stevens is very adamant that this is a novel about shape-shifts not werewolves. Don't get me wrong, I love werewolves, but I really liked that this book was based on a race of shifters who are in control of their actions, behaviour and thoughts, and are not simply driven by the moon. 
In the novel we are introduced to a well-rounded character Nickie, who is likeable and easy to cheer for. We are additionally introduced to an interesting world of the Kitsune, and two interesting male characters. What I liked was that the love interest was not immediately predictable; it took many twists and turns.
I really enjoyed Change. It is well-crafted with an interesting plot development. The only thing that I struggled with a little was the dialogue. At times, it wasn't overly free flowing and was a little formal. However, this did not take away any of the pleasure I had following the character or action.

3 ½ pretty stars. 4 for Amazon and Goodreads.
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