Image of Darkest Fear (Birthright)


Image of Darkest Fear (Birthright)

More than just another shapeshifter novel, Darkest Fear, the first in the Birthright series, is surprisingly deep in its examination of human nature. There’s a lovely romance subplot, but this is truly a story of a young woman finding herself — and Vivi, our protagonist, is utterly relatable. Overall, a great beginning to an exciting new series.

On her 13th birthday, Vivi’s parents revealed a stunning family secret: that they were part of an ancient race capable of turning themselves into jaguars at will. Five years later, Vivi would do anything to forget her origins — and is planning on moving from Florida to Seattle for college to do just that. Her plans come to a halt, however, when her parents are brutally murdered. Suddenly alone, Vivi must come to terms with her nature, discover a family she never knew existed and try to create a future entirely different from any that she could have anticipated. (SIMON PULSE, Jan., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781442482463, HC, 14 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Meghan Watts