Under My Skin by Judith Graves YA Novel Review


Title: Under My Skin

Author: Judith Graves

Publisher: Leap Books

ISBN: 978-1616030001


May Contain Spoilers

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All her parents wanted was for Eryn to live a normal life… Redgrave had its share of monsters before Eryn moved to town. Mauled pets, 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 Redgrave High’s resident hottie, warns her the Delacroix are dangerous. But then so is Eryn–in fact, she’s lethal. But she can’t help falling for one of the Delacroix boys, dark, brooding–human Alec. And then her world falls apart. A normal life? Now that’s the real fairytale.

This was a fun read because Eryn is such a strong character.  Her life is hopelessly complicated, and she is dealing with a lot of issues.  Her parents have disappeared, and she doesn’t know if they are alive or dead.  She is half wolven, and she is afraid of giving in to the wolf inside of her.  Without her father’s potions to keep her inner beast in check, it is only a matter of time before it takes her over.  The thought of losing control terrifies her, so to keep herself from completely wigging out, she falls back on old habits.  Her parents were hunters, responsible for taking out rogue paranorms, and Eryn quickly learns that Redgrave, the hick town she’s been relocated to, has some deadly secrets of its own.

The action never lets up, as Eryn and her new friends try to keep a powerful vampire from taking over the town. There’s a great love triangle to heat things up, too, as Eryn is torn between Wade, the police chief’s son, and Alec, her comrade in arms.  Wade is sleek and seductive, and he shares a bond with Eryn that no one else ever can.  Alec is earnest and brave, and he would give his life to protect her.  The tension really crackles between all three characters, and I still can’t decide who would be a better match for Eryn.  Usually, there’s one guy that you like better, and you hope all novel long that they’ll get together.  This time around, I am torn.  I like both Wade and Alec, and I like the way sparks fly whenever they are with Eryn.

I enjoyed the look of this book, too.  There are interior illustrations that add a little eye-candy, and left me wanting a few more.  It also made me wonder why more publishers don’t add more artwork to prose novels.

I have to knock the grade down just a bit because of the non-ending.  I hate non-endings!  At least throw us a bone while we wait impatiently for the next installment of the series!  When I came to the end of Under My Skin, I grabbed the book by the spine and shook it!  Hard!  Why?  I was hoping to jar just a few more words loose!  It didn’t work.  It never does!

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher