4 Stars out of 5***** Read 9/30/2103
RELEASES October 8th 2013
When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shape shifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shape shifting foxes.
As she learns about the other groups of shape shifters that lurk around London – the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster and the Conspiracy – she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shape shifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.
Okay this book is seriously weird. Weird in a good way, but non the less weird lol. I got the ARC for this book from Net Galley and going through my list I realized I had only 2 days to read it before it got released. So I was hoping for great things that would mean I couldn’t put it down. I wasn’t wrong and it lived up to my hopes.
Meg, a privileged girl likes nothing better that to spray paint graffiti works of art under the tag name of Thatch. It was one outing that changed her world. While trying to send a message to her over priced school she’s interrupted by an injured fox. Or so she thinks…
The fox changes into a naked, dying man who hands her a beautiful flawed stone and a whispers a cryptic message before dying in front of her. That is the last time she will be normal again. Meg’s world is turned upside down when she takes on the man’s shift and she also can become a fox. She is then stalked by a spider, has crazy pigeon’s banging on her window and a raven who wants her to understand tall tales of ancient wizard curses.
If that wasn’t freaky enough, her politician mother abuses her (I could not stand that woman) and her father is apathetic to her. If you can get past humans shifting into foxes, spiders, ravens, rats or butterflies this book is actually compelling. It’s a new take on the regular shape shifting stories that usually involve were wolves.
Meg’s life is in danger, there’s a mysterious fog eating up shifter’s looking for the stones they protect. Each set of animals has a name. For Meg, being a fox she is in the Skulk. I loved, Loved, Loved the character’s James and Addie. But it was Mo I liked the most….fellow painter and Meg’s hero I was pleased to see that story gently unfold.
Will Meg be able to protect the stone she got that fateful night? Will she be able to work out who is the Meta Shifter and will she be able to stop the evil Victoria before all the shifter’s are killed and all the stones are back in one hand, the wrong hand. Don’t put your head down, you’ll miss something.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable story, made rich by the wonderful descriptions of London. The ending scenes in the Shard were immensely well written and had me on the edge of my seat. I will never look at another animal in quite the same way, especially pigeon’s. This book is out now, if you want something that’s just a little bit different, new and fresh this is just for you.