Jul 8, 2009

Review | The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Anne Kogler

 Fern will never pass for normal. Fern communicates with her dog, blisters 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, she begins to realize exactly how 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.

Thoughts: From the beginning, I really enjoyed this book, and not just because it was about vampires. Although I really picked it up because of that reason, it was a little different than most vampire books I've read recently since its not a romance.
This book seems directed to younger teens, since the main character is twelve and her biggest problems consist of being weird and not fitting in with the kids at school.
I really liked that the author mixed vampire history with mythology as well, making it quite interesting to learn about. The character and plot were all developed very nicely and the book flowed nicely.
There were a few chapters that were a bit slow, but overall it was a very fun and quick read that young adult lovers can enjoy. I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but I think this book is great as a stand alone.

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