Young adult paranormal
Shapeshifting can be a beautiful and deadly secret.
Gwen craves the forbidden rush of leaping from her bedroom window and transforming into an owl, but she could lose it all if anyone caught her. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others. In the small town of Klikamuks, Washington, coming out as a person with paranormal abilities means staring down the barrel of a shotgun. Gwen hasn’t even told the truth to her boyfriend, Zack, who she hopes will be the boy to take her virginity.
When a pack of werewolves claims the national forest behind Gwen’s house as their territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate—into murder. Prejudice slows the police investigation. It doesn’t take Gwen long to realize a serial killer is targeting Others. On the hunt for clues, she meets Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her shapeshifting. Can she find the killer before he finds her, or will her secrets be the death of her?
Book #1 in the Other series
I can’t last much longer. It’s been one week, three days, and I forget how many hours.
My belly cramps, and I curl on my bed, staring out at the stars. A delicious breeze glides through my window and cools my sweaty forehead. The air smells of summer—mowed grass, recent rain, lingering barbecue—and tempts me more than I want to admit. Shards of moonlight and shadow shift on the wall. I clench my teeth and toes and try to ride out the pain. My bedroom drifts counterclockwise, and I shut my eyes.
It can’t be good for me, not shapeshifting.
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“This who-done-it is an unusual blend of mystery and fantasy, starring original characters not often featured in modern urban fantasy for teens. I really enjoyed it.” – Annette Curtis Klause, author of Blood and Chocolate
“Other has it all: love, shifters, pookas, and nail-biting action. What’s even better, Kincy’s characters are vibrant, real and lovable. This is a debut that leaves you aching for more.” – Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Need and Captivate
“Gwen is extremely likable as the impulsive, conflicted heroine, and although Tavian is a bit perfect, their romance is a dynamic counterpoint to the suspenseful mystery.” – Booklist
“The emotional turmoil of the characters is evident and will appeal to readers who have felt misunderstood or as if they don’t belong.” – School Library Journal
What readers are saying…
“What a fantastic debut novel! I absolutely loved this world that Kincy created….. Where ‘Others’ live among humans. It’s ‘normal’ to see a centaur beside you shopping in the produce section at the grocery store. I mean wouldn’t that be a riot! It was interesting to have a novel that included an array of mythological and magical creatures.” – The Story Siren
“Other was a fantastic and enthralling debut that had me glued to the pages from the start…. With an engaging and exciting plot, romance, and terrific characters, Other is a debut I’d recommend to just about anyone.” – The Book Scout
“Outstanding debut! Karen Kincy does a fantastic job weaving our world with a mythological one, a place were all beings can coexist. Can you imagine seeing a centaur in the produce aisle – it would definitely make grocery shopping a lot more interesting. Karen takes a current problem in our world and develops this amazing story around it. The story itself is great, but it is the underlying lesson it teaches that makes me love it” – Page Turners
“Other is a remarkable debut novel featuring an amazing mystery who-done-it style. Add in a wide variety of paranormal creatures, and I was hooked.” – The Neverending Shelf
“Overall the book is really very sweet, and has an addictive and captivating storyline. I found it to be a fast read – and every page is convincing. It’s very sad in places, and the characters shine through with their emotions. Most of the way through the book I was smiling, it’s a deliciously delightful read with some fantastic twists…” – Clover Hill Book Reviews
“Gwen’s snark is realistic, without being overshadowing the rest of her personality. She isn’t just a random font of witty one-liners and banter. She struggles between her human and Other selves, and explores some of her own self-hate throughout the course of the novel. If Gwen had been gay, or of a mixed race, many of the themes of the book would still have held true.” – The Bookanistas
“Other has a strong storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You have mystery, paranormal, suspense, love. All things we want in our YA novels.” – Courtney Reads
“Karen Kincy has an absolutely awesome writing style. It’s descriptive and at sometimes, almost poetic.” – Mindful Musings
“The writing was fantastic. It really made you feel as if you were right next to Gwen. Gwen goes through a lot, and Kincy portrays this very well and really makes you feel for Gwen. There’s a perfect balance between describing everything and dialogue.” – The Book Cellar
“There is almost a love triangle, but not quite. I will say, keep your eyes peeled for Tavian. He is awesome. Plus he’s Asian. YAY PoC love interest!!”- Good Books & Good Wine
“The plot is original and creative. Honestly, it was one of few books that I could not guess what was going to happen or who the enemy was. No part of this book bored me and it ran in a smooth pace. I dare you to go and pick this book up right now!” – Lost in Believing
“There are dryads, and water sprites, and leprechauns, oh my!… They are all so unique and fascinating in their own way, I loved reading about them and I was sorry to see the story end because it meant my journey with them was coming to an end for now.” – A Bookworms Haven