Friday, May 21, 2010

YA review: Under My Skin

All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life...
Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, missing children.

The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Redgrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn - in fact, she's lethal.

But she can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding - human Alec. And then it all goes bad.

A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.

My thoughts...I really liked this book.  Initially I was a bit put off by the cover, it is a bit plain.  However, after an interview with the author, I knew this was something I had to read.  I was not disappointed.  The brilliantly charming personality of author Judith Graves really shone through in her writing.  This is a great read for YA fans of all ages. 

In Under My Skin, we meet Eryn, a girl who is not only dealing with her missing parents, but a new town full of things that go bump in the night.  I liked her, she didn't take much slack from other people, but she showed genuine concern for her family and friends.  She meets several people who instantly seem to click with her...and several who don't.  The Delacroix brothers are fun to read, they are sort of a yin/yang pair.  The characters showed growth through the story, but there was still much about them that wasn't revealed. 

From looking at the cover you can logically deduce that the story is about Werewolves.   This is a good werewolf story.  It uses some different folk lure to explain their lives and their appearance.  What sets it apart, for me, was the world building and the story structure.  Graves has developed this supernatural world that has so much potential.  It was described in a way that the reader can really imagine living there and experiencing these harrowing situations.  There was a lot of structure laid down to create what I think will be a great series.  The other part of my love for this book came in the writing of the story structure.  There were a large number of subplots happening at once.  Readers learn about several characters who all seemed to have a back story or mystery behind the state of their current lives.  All of these stories were well written and did not overburden the reader.  They did not take away from plot, but added to it in a very complimentary way.  I was very impressed with the writing in Under My Skin. 

Overall, I loved Under My Skin.  At the end of the book, readers are treated to a sample of the next book, Second Skin.  This will be on my list, as well as other books by this talented author. 

For more information, visit Judith Graves at her website.  You can order your copy from booksellers such as Barnes and Noble or visit the LeapBooks site.  Check out the trailers for Under My Skin,


Dawn said...

Great review, Elie. Judith is new to the Young Alberta Book Society (where I work) and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of her book at the office so I can devour it. She sounds fabulous! It's unfortunate she wasn't able to teach at our youth writing camp this year - so close!

ladystorm said...

Sounds like a good book!

Juju at Tales of said...

Awesome review! I've heard nothing but great things about this one :)

Happy weekend :)

Amelia said...

Cool! I haven't heard of this one, but now I'm off to find out more info. Thanks again and have a great weekend :D

Anonymous said...

I love books with great world building, definitely going to check this out. Wonderful review! :D

GMR said...

Enjoyed the review. I've started to see this one around more and though I haven't really delved into the werewolf genre (besides Twilight of course) it sounds like a promising read. Thanks for the recommendation!

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