June 13, 2013

SKIN DEEP Blog Tour {Review}


Author: T.G. Ayer

Source: ebook from author for review


Panther Shape-shifter Kailin Odel just wants to be normal. Leaving her clan, and her Alpha responsibilities, to live with her grandmother in Chicago had been the best thing for her. Only then did she discover her ability to track and kill the soul sucking undead creatures called Wraiths. Now she protected the humans, and had something to be proud of.
But, when she discovers the body of a murdered shape shifter, Kailin has to come to terms with the reality that her own kind are just as vulnerable as the humans.
The closer Kailin gets to the killer the more she has to face the intricacies of her people. When the time comes can she accept who and what her real purpose is?

My take...
SKIN DEEP was the first book by Ayer that I have had the privilege to read. I really enjoyed the detail and the buildup on the story. Ayer gives us a world of Shape Shifters and other unworldly things that go bump in the night. I savored the whole mystery of the story and loved being able to play detective right along with the characters.
In the beginning I felt there was a bit too much going on and not enough answers. The author would introduce one obstacle after another and I kind of felt it was too much chaos. But in the end the author actually brings it all together nicely. Soon you are having these ‘ah ha’ moments and things start clicking into place. Things you once forgot about come barreling to the forefront of your mind and it ends up making total sense.
What I wasn’t crazy about was I felt it jumped around a bit for my taste in the POV department. I wasn't crazy about the changing of POV's without being informed. I like to be notified when there is a POV change and who’s POV it is. Take for instance one scene we are inside of Logan’s head and after a break with ***** we are back in Kailin’s head. I thought it was still Logan’s POV and once I realized it was Kailin’s I had to start the scene all over again. And that happened a few times…so the book ended up taking me longer to read.
What I did like was the growing feelings between Kailen and Logan. I thought they were brilliant apart...but even better together in the story. The romance was very subtle and it definitely worked for this book. Yes, action has a more prominent role but the author really knows how to write those scenes.
So all together I really enjoyed the story and will recommend this book to guys and gals alike who love a good action/mystery read.

Series: The DARKWORLD Series
Volume: 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy - NA
Publication Date: 30th APRIL 2013
Format E-Book : B00CKGOKY4 http://amzn.to/Yi5rg4
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13:  978-1484836705 http://amzn.to/18sBHPs
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 390

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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  1. Sounds like a mixed bag, but still fairly good. :-)

  2. Thanks for your honest review Mandy :)