Saturday, May 22, 2010

Review: Under My Skin by Judith Graves

Title: Under My Skin
Series: Skinned 
Book #: One
Author: Judith Graves
Source: Leap Books (review copy)
Published: 2010
Rating .5

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 her world falls apart.

A normal life? Now that's the real fairytale.
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Amber's thoughts:
This book definitely exceeded my expectations. While I'm not a fan of the cover or of the somewhat juvenile pictures found throughout the book, the story was surprisingly good. Graves puts a new spin on things that go bump in the night and those who hunt them. I expected another supernatural romance novel that gained popularity on the tailcoats of the Twilight phenomenon. Instead, I got an original tale of witchcraft and paranormal butt-kicking. 

Eryn, a snarky teenage girl, has always had a weird and extremely dangerous life. She is forced to walk the line between the supernatural world and the ordinary world. Its easy to see why she's as tough as she is. The entire novel is filled with her sarcastic comments and witty comebacks. Although she puts on the front of a tough girl who can handle anything, she's really insecure and vulnerable underneath. In the beginning Eryn annoyed me a teensy bit, but by the end of the book, I'd really grown to like her. 

While fighting her worst nightmares and struggling to learn the secrets of her parent's disappearance, Eryn is torn between two very different boys. 
There's dark, brooding Alec who is a hunter like her. Then there's Wade, who seems to understand Eryn like no one else can, even if he does have a dark side. I really enjoyed this love triangle aspect of the novel.  It definitely sets a good foundation for the next books in the series.

I'm going to recommend this fun read to anyone that enjoys a good mystery along with some paranormal romance. The Skinned series is currently set to be a trilogy. The next book, Second Skin, comes out on March 27th. That's too far away for me!


Karen said...

I enjoyed it too! I wasn't a big fan of thedrawing either though - it was a little distracting to an otherwise good story.

Darlyn said...

really, this one sound fascinating!

Adriana said...

This does sound good. I like mystery so I'll have to read this one.