by T.G. Ayer
Series: DarkWorld, Book 1
Paperback: 390 pages
Published: April 30th 2013
Publisher: T.G. Ayer Books
Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her. Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.
But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans.
The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people. When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?
Reading Skin Deep reminded me how much I love T.G. Ayer's writing and story telling. She is able to capture your imagination and keep you in this world that she creates with every single word written on the page. Her characters come to life in ways that most writers dream about. You not only read a book written by her but you become the book. As soon as I started reading Skin Deep I was instantly drawn into this world that I have never heard of much before. It was full of action and suspense with every page. It was hard to put down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
T.G. has a way when she writes her characters that they are strong minded and strong willed women who fight for what they want. Skin Deep did not disappoint because I instantly wanted to be Kailin. I mean, why not be a shape shifting panther, right? I also love how T.G. can write a character and have them face such tremendous obstacles and while they do waver a bit because it would be true to life they don't falter to much in which makes me want to scream at the book and wonder what the hell is going on with these characters.
Her attention to details is also amazing in this book because in the beginning when she was describing the death talkers and I could see everything about them. They way their hair looked and felt, their eyes being glossy with milky white centers. I could imagine every detail that T.G. was describing which helped to draw this gorgeous but eerie picture of them. Just one of many reasons to love this author and not only this book but all of her books.
Honestly, over all the story, plot, climax, and even the ending were perfect and left me begging for more which I am sure there will be and I can't wait. I loved the other books written by T.G. and was missing her writing and she did not disappoint me one bit with this book which goes to show why T.G. is always on my to be read list. I seriously could read her books over and over again because they are that good.
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My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain crosseyed.