Warning: Mild Cliffhanger

Amazon Blurb:

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.


“It’s a road,” Corey said, pointing.
“A dirt road,” Hayley muttered.
“So? We’ve been slogging through the forest for two days. What do you want? A six-lane highway?”


Hmm… I’m disappointed. I was looking for something different from this book. As I mentioned in my review for the last book, this series started out much happier and on a much different note than the last series did. Unfortunately, this book was exactly like the last series. It was actually kind of boring, overall.

This book was essentially them running through the forest and bitching for a good 70% of the book. This reminds me of what happened in the majority of the second book in the Darkest Powers series. They are basically the same exact book. That is incredibly annoying and boring. Like it is actually ridiculous how similar book two of Darkest Powers and this book is.

This felt like mostly a throwaway book, that the beginning and ending bits could have been kept, but the middle tossed easily enough. There was very little world-building, which I was really disappointed in. The characters barely even learned that they might have been different, yet alone explored those differences (except for Maya), which I was really disappointed in. The relationship with the boy was just as awful, which I was really disappointed in. The relationship with the parents was disappointing because of other reasons.

While the last book didn’t feel unrealistic, just implausible, this book does not have that distinction. Everything about this book felt unrealistic. The helicopter crash. Their running through the woods wounded. Their making it into town towards the end. Really, everything about this book did not feel like it could possibly happen the way it did.

Really, this just did not feel like a good book. I can safely say now that books one through three in this series could have been smashed together into one book and been a better story for it. I’ll still read the last one, but I’m not looking forward to it as much.

To read more reviews for this series, check out the Darkness Rising series page!