Hardcover, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Harper
Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone 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.
Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
So I scrolled down my friend list on Goodreads on this book’s page and I felt that I had either read something vastly different from the rest of my friends or we have totally different tastes in books because I was utterly unimpressed by this novel. Nothing happens. I mean, you’ll argue that a lot does happen, they get caught, they shipwrecked, then there’s a forest or woods or the Canadian equivalent, there are, I don’t know, secrets shared, more forest working etc etc. But nothing happens! They don’t leave the forest!
Honestly. This just seemed like such a shabby follow up to what was possibly one of my favourite novels of last year. And the romance. Okay, fine. If Rafe is the one with whom the main character is going to have a HEA, please make things less ambiguous where the best is concerned. I mean, Armstrong is clearly setting things for a romantic reveal or confession for feelings where the best friend is concerned but I don’t know understand, if this is going to happen, why it has been postponed till the last in the trilogy. I mean, does the guy’s feelings not warrant more soul searching then will be possible within the limits of the conclusion? Or, if I am wrong and there is nothing where the best friend is concerned, then why are we being led to think there is?
Because honestly? Rafe doesn’t do it for me. I’m going to read the next one only because I want to know how this ends but I’m not as enthusiastic about it as I once was.