Book Review: Shift

Choosing the first book to review for 2022 was no easy task, but then this one just sort of presented itself and I couldn't resist.

Shift by T.A. Huber is exceptional!

Maybe its because I had a rough go toward the end of 2021 and had little time to read, but picking up a book that captivated me from the very beginning was a relief and a welcome distraction. I had a hard time putting this one down and ended up reading it really fast... (I might have put off some things that I really should have been doing just so I could see what was going to happen next... Maybe... LOL)

Book Blurb: Kayla has a secret. In her world, differences are to be feared. When all she holds dear is tragically ripped away from her, she finds herself in the last place she ever wanted to be.

Within the village, Kayla holds back, too guarded and scared to trust, but before long, it becomes clear everything she had been taught was wrong.

Now Kayla must navigate her world through this new lens and unlearn everything she thought she knew. Having been led all her young life to fear what makes her special, accepting her true self may be the greatest challenge of all. When an unexpected ally presents new discoveries and a second chance, for the first time in her life, she is not alone.

I have not read a great deal of shifter style fantasy fiction because most of what I have come across is of the romance/erotica variety and is just not my taste at all. So it was really nice to see a book come out that was unexpectedly clean and impressively creative. From the very beginning, I was caught up in Kayla's world. She was very well developed as a teenage girl who has been raised to act and think one way only to discover in the harshest, most terrifying of ways that what she had been taught was completely backwards. I could really empathize with her loss, her fears, her doubts, and her struggle to find a place for herself.

The story moves along at a good pace, is interspersed with enough action, drama, and revelations to keep you interested and holds enough suspense to keep you on edge. There are moments of such emotional turmoil, great warmth, great hope, incredible fears... From the outside looking in, some of it seems unrealistic, and yet I couldn't help empathizing. The book was well-written and well-edited.

I'd recommend Shift to fantasy readers 12 and older. I don't know if T.A. Huber is intending to carry on this storyline, but if she does, I will be in line for the next book.

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