Where I Got It: A review copy from the author (thanks!)
Who I Recommend This To: If you like shape-shifter tales, but are a little tired of the same story outline, check this out and be pleasantly surprised.
Length: 231 pages
Series: Book 1 Tails of Change
I’m going to let you in on a little secret:
This book is so not me: No sex, little violence, like 3 cuss words, high cuteness factor. And I LOVED every minute of it.
But I am not going to beat myself up over that. No, instead I am going to tell you all why J. Bridger is now on my watch list. If she is this good a writer now, imagine what she can do in the next few years.
Caleb Byrne, 18, lives with his father in a small town. His mother left him when he was young and so it’s just him, his dad, the family dog, and his aspiring journalist girlfriend. Life is already a bit tough at that age, but throw into the mix shape-shifting. Poor dude. One day he finally figures it out. He’s a cocker spaniel. Yep.
But luckily he has some California relatives on his mother’s side who know just what he’s going through. Caleb and his dad go out to sunny CA so that Caleb can learn the ways of the pack and the laws of the shifters. His cousin and aunt are cockers too, while his uncle and male cousins are wolves. There’s a variety of other shifters Caleb has to get used to, including the alpha’s wannabe dominant son. All this change and the world had to throw in some grisly murders that Caleb feels the need to investigate.
This book was a fast-paced, fun read full of humor and wit. I read it in three nights, the last night reading over half the book. I simply didn’t want to put my ‘little cocker’ book down. My man was amused. I simply found it fascinating to watch Caleb deal with this ridiculous situation; what would you do if you found out Senior year you were a shape shifter and that the shape you’re stuck with is a cocker spaniel? I loved how Caleb had to muddle through much of it on his own (that’s what coming of age is) but he still had the support of some caring adults and contemporary friends. Throw in the tension of relationship problems and male dominance pissing contests, and you have some real life scenarios that readers can relate to.
What I Liked: Caleb’s reactions to the various situations were realistic; the tension in the second half of the book is great; the family dog becomes a second parent to the cocker-Caleb; dog show competitions; murder mystery solved but the ending wasn’t expected.
What I Didn’t Like: The murder mystery didn’t rear it’s head until well into the second half of the book.
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