Release Date: 05/04/12
Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is - a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents including local bad boy Rafe, with whom she shares a dangerous, powerful secret. Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. After a terrifying helicopter crash, they find themselves stranded in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. But can Maya really trust her friends? And can she learn how to control the frightening new gift she has discovered before it controls her?
As a fan of Kelley’s writing, I’ve always loved it when she brings her skills to a new set of characters as well as allowing another generation to enjoy what she does so well. The action is crisp, the characters not only fun to be around but a gang with flaws as well as boons that allow them to feel fully fleshed. Add to this some wonderful twists as well as a good use of pace which when backed with Kelley’s understanding of what a reader wants in her books, makes them one of the best Supernatural writers on the market.
Add to this a great understanding of prose and character dialogue that has a realistic bent to it and the reader really won’t notice where the time goes. My only gripe is that a lot of the chase sequences felt like the resembled others that had gone before in Kelley’s previous YA series, although that said, it is fun, it generates a whole lot of excitement and I really couldn’t put it down. Great fun all in.