ISBN #: 978-0425261697
Page Count: 352
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
(Taken from Amazon)
In national bestselling author Sharon Shinn’s latest Shifting Circle novel, a woman must choose between hiding her nature—and risking her heart...
For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn’t escape. Even though she’s built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her—and for each other—she can’t help but wish for a chance at being normal.
When she’s not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes—a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.
But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.
Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.
So, at first, I didn't know if I was going to even like this book. The first couple of chapters weren't anything special to keep me hooked. But because I am doing a review, I really wanted to finish it-and boy, am I glad I did!
A book about friendship and loyalty, morals and ethics and moral ambiguity, and even some love, Shinn did a great job combining all of those elements with the supernatural that was just so seamlessly stitched in. I loved it. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. And just when you think you have it all figured out, BAM! Plot twist! Then you have it figured out....NOPE! But it was all done so well that at the end, you have to just put it down and go, "Wow. That was amazing!"
The characters are fleshed out, challenging and so real; I mean, let's face it, we ALL have the crazy party friends like Celeste and the homebody ones like Karadel. Shinn makes the whole group fit together like one big puzzle, with just a little piece missing, and then *poof* we get Joe. I mean, really, the chemistry between them all was just so fantastic, and once you get to the end and look back, you even put together all the little hints left behind that help you realize that you could have solved it all a while back. I love books like that!
I really enjoyed this and I think I will check out more of Sharon Shinn's work in the future.
*A paperback copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.