Under My Skin by Judith Graves
Publisher: Leap Books
Genre: Action/Adventure Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 14+
Length: Full Length (325 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Snowdrop
All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life...
The town of Redgrave had had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets and missing children. The Delacroix family is taking the blame, but Eryn knows the truth. Something stalks the night. Wade, the police chief's son and Regrave High's resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn--in fact, she's lethal.
But Eryn can't help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding, human Alec. And then it all goes bad.
A normal life? That's the real fairytale.
Have you ever had a secret that you couldn't share? Eryn has a few secrets that she is trying to keep from her new friends. Worried about how they would take the news that she is much different from them, she tries her best to keep the secrets deep inside. Little does she know the town she now calls home has many of it's own deep, dark issues too.
Eryn is a tough cookie, always showing off that she doesn't need anyone's help, but deep down she's like every other girl – needing to fit in and feel loved. She accidentally stumbles across the secret that her friends have been keeping from her and joins forces with the misfits, Brit, Matt and the ever drool-worthy Alec. While her friendship with the misfits is growing, Wade the coolest kid in school, starts sniffing around and making her friends second guess their importance in Eryn's life.
Once you turn the first page, you won't want to stop, as you are drawn into the happenings in Redgrave. This is such a well written novel, with characters you can relate to and teenage issues you can remember dealing with yourself, except Eryn and the gang have the added touch of paranormal to the mix. A few characters (I can't say who without sharing spoilers) seemed a little ho-hum at the beginning, but I know you will change your mind about them by the end of the book, as you see their secrets revealed.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series! Will everyone's secrets survive the chaos in Redgrave?