Book Review: The Otherworldlies

Book Review: The OtherworldliesThe Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler
Series: The Otherworldlies #1
Published by Eos on June 1st 2008
Pages: 385

Fern communicates with her dog, blisters from just moments in the sun, and has correctly predicted the daily weather for more than two years. Even so, she's always seemed to be a normal twelve-year-old girl . . . until one day when Fern closes her eyes in class and opens them seconds later on a sandy beach miles away from school. When Fern disappears again, this time to a place far more dangerous, she begins to realize exactly different she is.

With the help of her twin brother, Sam, Fern struggles to gain control of her supernatural powers. The arrival of a sinister vampire in town—who seems to have an alarming interest in Fern's powers—causes Fern to question her true identity. Who is she? More importantly, who can she count on? Soon Fern finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle—one that could destroy Fern and endanger everyone she loves.

Honestly, I was both pleased and disappointed with this book. Upon reading the description, I was thinking it was going to be a super powers/heroes kinda book. Unfortunately, it was just another book about vampires. (Don't get me wrong, I love vampire books, but this genre has gotten so flooded with vampires that I find myself a bit jaded when it comes to this paranormal subject.) However, I was pleased to find that Kogler was able to transform this book from an "average" vampire book to something a bit different. After all, who wants to continuously read the same plot over and over again. Not me.
What made this book so special for me is that Kogler shows the reader a different side of vampires by having them have different abilities and traits. I really enjoyed that Kogler was able to wonderfully blend vampire history and Greek mythology in order to make this new breed of vampires. For this, I give her many kudos.
The plot is fast paced, but leaves the reader asking more questions than were answered. In addition, the ending is left semi-opened for the possibility is a sequel. Personally, I would enjoy to learn more about this new breed of vampire. I look forward to possibly learning more about Fern and definitely reading more from this author.
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