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Under My Skin [Paperback]

Judith Graves , Val Cox
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5 Mar 2010
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.

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Leap Books (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616030003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616030001
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,517,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Eryn isn't like other girls. After all, that's what got her sentenced to living in Redgrave. She is a part-wolven, part-human girl banished to the small town in an attempt to destroy the magic that runs in her veins.

But when she discovers that she isn't the only magical being around, everything changes. Suddenly, she is the newest member of Redgrave's own paranormal detective squad, as well as being caught in a love triangle as epic as the TWILIGHT saga's.

She finds herself being forced to choose who she really wants to be with - the dark, brooding Wade, or the protective Alec. In a place where wolves are frequent guests and vampires run the town, will Eryn's life ever be normal?

Dripping with wit and humor, Judith Graves' UNDER MY SKIN is electric. Eryn battles werewolves, vampires, and high school armed with her unique sarcasm that all teens can relate to. She writes with a brutal honesty that makes her story stand out in a sea of novels and connects with the readers. Ms. Graves steps inside the reader's mind and leaves with the promise of two sequels in the future to keep your thirst at bay!

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and original 10 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I watched the video promo made for this book and was instantly hooked, but I'll admit the book did come as a bit of a surprise. For one thing, the illustrations made me instantly wary - what kind of YA book comes with illustrations? But aside from that, Under My Skin is actually surprisingly addictive - you can't put your finger on it, but it's a book that refuses to be put down.

The biggest plus of this book is that the main character, Eryn, is NOT a vampire or a werewolf, as is so common these days. True, she's a lot LIKE a werewolf - but only through her mother's side, and having spent her whole life repressing her inner animal with her father's drugs makes for interesting character and plot developments now that those drugs are no longer available. Also undeniable is the fact that there is a love triangle. Superficially, it's pretty predictable - the two contenders are a hunter and a vampire respectively - but both are pretty unique by typical YA standards. The hunter is a teenager leading a gang of equally young hunters (one of whom has a secret of their own you will NOT see coming); the vampire has a wonderfully original backstory of his own which I loved.

Another plus is the unique spin Graves has taken on her not-so-mythical creatures, and the blend of traditional myth - werewolves and vampires still don't like silver - with new ideas, like a Hunter Council (okay, new to YA anyway) and the importance of male witches. There's a few specific moments in the book that really mesh reality with fantasy - like Eryn cutting herself to sate her own bloodlust.

The only reason Under My Skin doesn't get five stars is the slightly predictable nature of the villians up to the climax - though they make up for it then!

All in all, can't wait for the sequel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Eryn isn't like other girls. After all, that's what got her sentenced to living in Redgrave. She is a part-wolven, part-human girl banished to the small town in an attempt to destroy the magic that runs in her veins.

But when she discovers that she isn't the only magical being around, everything changes. Suddenly, she is the newest member of Redgrave's own paranormal detective squad, as well as being caught in a love triangle as epic as the TWILIGHT saga's.

She finds herself being forced to choose who she really wants to be with - the dark, brooding Wade, or the protective Alec. In a place where wolves are frequent guests and vampires run the town, will Eryn's life ever be normal?

Dripping with wit and humor, Judith Graves' UNDER MY SKIN is electric. Eryn battles werewolves, vampires, and high school armed with her unique sarcasm that all teens can relate to. She writes with a brutal honesty that makes her story stand out in a sea of novels and connects with the readers. Ms. Graves steps inside the reader's mind and leaves with the promise of two sequels in the future to keep your thirst at bay!

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Paranormal Read with a Twist 18 April 2010
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Under My Skin is one of those books, that you sit down thinking you'll read a few pages of it and then a few hours later you're done. I found myself wanting to read more of Judith's mythology and world building. By the time I finished reading the book, I wanted to read more.

The first half of Under My Skin was a little slow for me, but this was due to the building up of the mythology and introducing the reader to the characters and the world in which Judith has created. Being the first in a 3 book series, there needed to be the world building and I think Judith did a good job with it. Had there been a lot of the action that comes later in the book, I think it would have distracted from the mythology and getting to know the characters and what Eyrn is and why she's in Redgrave. I loved the setting of Redgrave.

Eyrn is a very snarky, stubborn character who isn't afraid to fight her worst nightmares in the form of werewolves. That's not all that's hidden within Redgrave's small population. Witches, Vampires and more are introduced as we get to know some stand out characters. Be rest a assured there is some great tension in two hot, bad boys that Eryn is torn between.

There's the dark, brooding Alec, who she has an immediate chemistry with, but there's something about him that she has yet to figure out. I loved her first meeting of him, when she's running in the woods, and he's running with "pet" wolf. Then there's Wade, who she can't help but be drawn to, especially after her dream about him.

Eryn will soon find herself torn between Wade and Alec, and the dark secrets that are unraveling around her in Redgrave. As tensions build between Alec and Wade, who are both trying to help Eryn, she will find herself facing the toughest choice of all. Letting her true nature be revealed.

I liked Under My Skin and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New twist on paranormal? 30 Aug 2010
By Novel Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm not a paranormal fan, but Graves' take seemed unique. She's done her research and created a world based on many elements of mythology which added depth to the book. If paranormal is your genre, don't miss this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Under My Skin 11 Sep 2012
By Ravelin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just happened upon this beauty. I never thought I would sit down and read it start to finish in a few hours, then move onto the sequel Second Skin. I found myself captured by Judith's unique tale of were/witch/vamps and other creatures of the night. The characters are well established and have everyday concerns, well at least if you were a paranorm! I love the world Graves has created. Under My Skin is not your everyday run of the mill boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, HEA. It's more boy meets girl, girl tries to ignore boy, girl wants to eat boy ;) You get my point, hehe.

First off we have Eryn, now this girl has bite. Her attitude only equals her hunger for blood. Several times she had me laughing with her witty comments and antics. "the greedy material of his shirt clung to his muscular shoulders like a jealous ex-girlfriend". I honestly don't know where the author comes up with some of this stuff. I found that I liked Eryn even though she was not a very approachable character. She was definitely a girl who didn't take crap from people. I have to admire her for that. There are a few alpha MC's out there and Eryn is one of them. I like her!

Now is the hard part. We have two very different boys falling for out headstrong heroine. There is Alec and Wade. They are like night and day. My biggest problem....I don't know which one I like more. I mean they both have their merits. Alec looks out for Eryn and he has no problem with trying to get her to follow his lead. (yeah you saw that "trying" in there didn't you) Not that he is doing it to control her, but to keep her and the group safe. I get his point. He is the good boy, lets be honest. There were parts I just wanted to squeeze him he was just so dang cute and shy. I think what attracts me to him the most is that he can be all sweet and innocent one minute then all alpha and possessive the next moment. Here ladies is the best of both worlds! *swoon*

Then we have the "Redgrave High's resident hottie" Wade. Now here's our bad boy. Though we are kept in the dark about Wade and what he really wants from Eryn we still get to see a different side of him here and there. Enough that I have no doubt he does have feelings for her. Needless to say Wade and Alec don't get along. At all. Makes for some really interesting scene's when the three are in the same area. Where Alec could make me swoon Wade could make me shiver. There is definite chemistry between both boys and Eryn. I think this is a series where I am going to be left hurt either way, no matter who Eryn picks.

Next up we have some support characters. Brit, Matt and Paige. Brit is the BFF, or I should say she becomes the BFF. I really like her. Once you find out the truth about Brit you will love her as much as I do. She is so cool. Yeah I actually said that. Then we have Matt, Brits BF and Alec's brother. Matt is very verbal in his opinion of Eryn and what he thinks, there is no holding punches with him. Matt is great support for Alec, I love that he care about his brother enough to voice his opinion even if Alec doesn't want to hear it. He loves his brother and it shows. Lastly, we have Paige. Here is the girl we all hate is school, or the majority of us at least. She is just plain mean, nasty and naive. The stuff she says to Eryn are bad, not that Eryn lets her get to her. I guess you could say that they rub each other the wrong way. The banter between them keeps things interesting at least.

As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed Under My Skin. It is nice to see an author that takes the everyday PNR and turns it is to something of their own. Judith does an amazing job with her spin on the paranormal world. I will admit to some younger readers that this might not be the book for you. There is gore and such, so if you have a queasy stomach, you might want to skip some of the fight scenes. Overall Under My Skin was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys PNR with a little horror and gore on the side.
4.0 out of 5 stars If u want 30 July 2011
By Nicole E. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you want a book that jumps right into the story this is the one. I haven't really finished it for been busy with work and drama. But I am hope to finish it soon, and I will do a better review of it for everyone..
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