May 17, 2014

Review: 9TH LIFE by Wendy Beck

Title: 9TH LIFE

Author: Wendy Beck

Source: ebook from author for review


~ Concerning Zookeepers ~
Working with the wild is a diverse calling. You learn to scale heights and sedate hurts, rate scars and skin rats, celebrate life and suffer loss. Animals are freer with their acceptance and adoration, also fiercer when angered or threatened. All in all, it’s a safe way to live passionately.
So Skyler thought.
Then he came. Lines were blurred.

~ Concerning Shapeshifters ~
Being a shapeshifter is to know life at its depths. The initiated know the truth. It’s all One. Form is an idea. Ideas can be changed.
But all ideas are not equal.
So Bastian learned.
Then he found her. Lines were crossed.

Skyler Ashcraft never could have guessed the line crossed when she drugged an injured lynx. What Bastian was didn’t even footnote in her zookeeper’s manual. But it did nearly overshadow what he hid.
Secrets are like lines. They divide.
Before and After. Truth or Lie.
Life or Death.

NOTE: New Adult is a diverse genre. 9th Life contains no sex, but the rest of the series does. Mild language throughout. (I get asked about these things a lot so thought I'd share.)

My take...
Beck told me when I started this book that it would be hard to review this book without spoilers. So true. So I am going to focus on things other than the storyline. What you see in the summary is what you get. Sort of. There is actually more that goes on, but like I said, spoilers and what not. All I will say is that the world Skyler thought she knew, it just doesn't exist anymore. Something bigger has taken its place.

The book started off confusing for me. I had no idea what was going on. But soon, I slipped into this world and as time went on, more and more things became clearer to me. Yet, more questions would arise.

Such a unique story. Not the story itself, but all of it as a whole. Everything combined: the writing, the storyline, the characters. It was so beautifully done. I think out of it all I am most impressed with the authors writing. It is actually very poetic. It is different from what I am used to reading and took a moment for me to get used to. But once I did, I felt as if I was really experiencing the book instead of just reading it. Oh lord, that probably makes absolutely no sense to you does it?

Through the first half of the book, we are slowly introduced to a Bastian’s world and during this time a relationship is growing between him and Skyler. Nothing too quick. Just perfectly paced. But the second half is where things are revealed: feelings and more revelations. And my heart was happy and full, only to be breaking and hurting in the next breath. I was spinning. I was experiencing. I was enamored with this book!

If you are looking for a book just about shapeshifters then move along. But if you are looking for a book that gets you thinking, gets you feeling, and it just happens to be about shapeshifters....then this is the book for you. I was so taken with it. I cannot wait for when I get to start on the next book in the series, THE FORGOTTEN. 5 Outstanding Stars!