11.7.2010 | Sunday

The Shifters

category: Book Reviews

The Shifterstitle: Shifters
author: Alexandra Sokoloff
series: The Keepers Trilogy #2
published: 26 October 2010
publisher: Harlequin
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 288
source: publisher
format: eARC
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: three-half-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

Charged with overseeing the shapeshifters of New Orleans, Caitlin MacDonald has her reasons for being wary of their kind. So when charismatic bounty-hunting shifter Ryder Malloy blows into town claiming to be on the trail of a horde of malevolent entities called Walk-Ins, Caitlin has no reason to trust him—with her city or her heart. But as tourists start dropping dead from supernatural possession, Cait must team with Ryder to navigate his shadowy, ephemeral world…

Fiercely independent, Ryder usually hunts alone—but this case requires an exception. To prevent a supernatural massacre, he needs the beautiful Keeper on his side—and, if possible, even closer. In his world, appearances can be deceiving and deadly. And the only way they'll survive is if this woman who tempts him like no other trusts in him completely…

my review

The Shifters is the second novel in the trilogy, this time focusing on the second oldest sister, Caitlyn MacDonald.  Caitlyn is the Keeper of the shifters, and she has an obvious distrust of those she is sworn to protect.  But she soon finds herself in a situation where, like or not, she must join forces with those she distrusts in order to save her city from bodiless entities who seek to destroy life.  Unfortunately, time and time again, a true stubborn streak and the inability to ask for help gets her in trouble repeatedly.  As the story progresses, Caitlyn struggles with her distrust and with her inate stubborness and finds that maybe there are those that she can trust.

The first novel left me with a definate distaste for Caitlyn, annoyed by her attitude and judgements against those she was supposed to protect.  Her character was very vehement in her prejudices and it really put me off of her.  However, within a few chapters, the reader gains some insight into the true reasons behind her prejudice.  After that point, she was a far more relatable character as you learned more about what made her they way she is.  There were twists and turns throughout the book that always kept me guessing and, although there was no big “reveal” in the end as there was in the first, the book was still had a satisfying conclusion.

About Alexandra Sokoloff

Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of nine supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.

She is also the workshop leader of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and blog.

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